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How Medicare Data influcence our life? When you get hurted (which we don’t wish to happen), how will Medicare system take care of you? To what extent will Medicare System pay you? What is the high cost and low cost contributors to the Medicare system? In our project, we will do researchs on the real world Medicare claims data to get valuable insights on both the data and on parties who are involved in it like healthcare system.

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October, 21st 2014
7:12
 

This art project, which will ‘vanish’ at the end of October 2014, was created using eco-friendly materials and GPS technology in a fascinating way.  The National Mall in Washington, DC is the site of the commissioned artwork, created by artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada.  The giant portrait is visible from the ground, from atop the Washington Monument, and from outer space!

A little explanation by the artist… “I use vector files, which are images based on points that have algorithms to keep the curves in position. Then we use high-accuracy GPS technology to place stakes in the ground, and string to delineate the curves. The etching design also makes it work — the farther away you are, the more it comes together as shadowing. So when we get the final images from the satellite from space, it will actually look photographic.

Read more about his vision & the work itself in these two articles:

Out of Many, One

 

This Six-Acre Portrait on D.C.’s National Mall Can Be Seen From Space

Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada demonstrates how a ‘rover,’ or high-precision GPS marker, was used to create his six-acre sand and soil ‘facescape’ on the National Mall in Washington, Oct. 1, 2014. Chip Somodevilla—Getty Images

Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada demonstrates how a ‘rover,’ or high-precision GPS marker, was used to create his six-acre sand and soil ‘facescape’ on the National Mall in Washington, Oct. 1, 2014. (Chip Somodevilla—Getty Images)

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October, 20th 2014
7:52
 

Solar Impulse 2 will attempt an historic journey relying on the sun’s energy to power its trip around the world. It can fly day and night fueled only by solar power or termed “perpetual endurance”. Just think, taking a flight using no fuel and with no emissions.

After some short trial flights, the journey around the world is scheduled for March 2015. The aircraft was developed in Switzerland and is sponsored by Masdar, the Abu Dhabi government’s clean-energy company.

The future of aviation looks very bright and very sustainable with these advances in technology. Read the wealth of information that led up to this historic event here.

Do you have any expertise or ideas that can advance current technology to leave a smaller footprint in our world?

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October, 20th 2014
6:50
 

You may win an afternoon with Astronaut Buzz Aldrin to talk one on one.
The first 250 teams to register for the Giant Leap to Mars Challenge at www.conradchallenge.org will automatically be entered into a drawing to win the “Office Hours with Buzz Aldrin” sweepstakes for a chance to video chat with the legendary astronaut. NASA and the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge want you to design a creative solution that addresses the issues and challenges of a Mars mission including long duration space travel, healthcare, nutrition and quality of life to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and the historic voyage of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

 

leaptoMars

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October, 19th 2014
1:03
 

Researchers from the University of Michigan and the University of Buffalo are working with the Rich Earth Institute to generate some means of making human urine usable as fertilizer. Just like researchers at the University of South Florida are trying to find ways to make sustainable fertilizer production possible from livestock waste, researchers are working with the Rich Earth Institute to find ways to achieve the same ends with human waste. It is something to see useful results from this research that could potentially lead the world beyond chemical fertilizers.

Read more here.

Carrots grow in a plot of land at Hope Roots Farm in Westminster set aside for the Rich Earth Institute's use. The collaborative research team funded by the EPA from the University of Michigan and the University at Buffalo met on Monday in Brattleboro and visited the test plots in Westminster in the afternoon. The group is studying the pharmaceutical residuals in urine and what happens to them in soils, water and plant tissue when it is used for fertilizer. (Kayla Rice/Reformer)

Carrots grow in a plot of land at Hope Roots Farm in Westminster set aside for the Rich Earth Institute’s use. The collaborative research team funded by the EPA from the University of Michigan and the University at Buffalo met on Monday in Brattleboro and visited the test plots in Westminster in the afternoon. The group is studying the pharmaceutical residuals in urine and what happens to them in soils, water and plant tissue when it is used for fertilizer. (Kayla Rice/Reformer)

The time needed to get the project underway has made it to where it will take years to get results, but finding a way to put urine rich in nitrogen and phosphorus to use is now in reach. Urine can be toxic for water supplies but if the work is done right, a sustainable and efficient way can be found to make fertilizer from urine that will help the environment and provide nutrition to plants while being harmless to local water sources.

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