Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience

Before now it would take 2 hands (all 8 fingers and 2 thumbs) to screw in a light bulb.  1 set to hold the new bulb and the other to unscrew the spent bulb, then screw the new bulb in.  Well, things are changing.  Thanks to research at MIT you’ll have a couple of extra fingers to accomplish more with more.  You can use the robot fingers to hold that new bulb and your fingers on one hand to unscrew the bulb.  Now what to do with all of those biological extras…

Here’s That Extra Pair of Robot Fingers You’ve Always Wanted

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Most people think of a hotel as a place to eat and sleep when traveling. But a new ecosystem is developing with people sharing things with total strangers – even their kitchens, spare bedrooms and cars!

With the use of mobile apps and websites, owners with stuff connect to the people who need that stuff. This new trend puts money in owners’ pockets for things that were otherwise going unused, and the “renter” usually pays a much cheaper rate.

For those with a limited budget – this really expands their ability to “see the world” on a shoestring!

Planning your next destination?




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If you’ve read the children’s tale of Jack, the Giant Killer and his adventures scaling the beanstalk (or some version of this story that has been handed down in a non-US culture), you know that climbing high can have its rewards and its challenges.  Vertical farms may bring a new language to farming around the globe – as we climb ever higher to feed our expanding world population.

Vertical farming is a way in which smaller spaces can be used to produce quantities of produce and plant life that plots of land don’t allow for in crowded or urban areas.  “Simply put, vertical farming means using a multi-level building, preferably within an urban centre, to grow food.” (JP Brown)  Check out his full post on LinkedIn:  Growing Up, Not Out: The Potential of Vertical Farming

Take a look at some of the companies that are involved with this growing technique.  Maybe there’s an employment opp here for you?

SkyGreens in Singapore

The Plant in Chicago

Terrasphere in Boston

Green Living Technologies, Inc.


See the vids! maybe order the book?


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I know when you graduate and get your first “real” job, often the focus is on salary.  There’s much more to success than just the paycheck.  You may not achieve the balance right away; but think about your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being; can this position support all those things, if not now, as time goes by?  Not only should you think about these things, but employers should realize that the more they can align with the aspects that provide satisfaction, the more profitable they will be.  As you follow your career, and become the ‘boss’; maybe you can try to make sure the things that make work enjoyable and satisfying are provided.  Here’s the article.


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July, 19th 2014

What the heck is a mollusk, you may ask…  Well, it is any of a large phylum (Mollusca) of invertebrate animals (as snails, clams, or squids) with a soft unsegmented body usually enclosed in a calcareous shell.  Now on to the point of this blog post…

Camouflage is essential to many life forms – it is the key to their continued survival.  The Cuttlefish is one such creature; another water dweller having adaptive coloring capabilities is the Pencil Squid.  Scientists are hoping to capitalize on their investigation of the amazing ‘blend with your surroundings’ capability of these (admittedly rather unattractive) marine dwellers to increase the chances of survival for humans in combat.  [One side observation on my part, camouflaged or not, a backbone is going to be necessary for the soldier if he is being called upon under these circumstances!]

Research is being done at Harvard and UC Irvine, among other institutions and corporations globally.  To paraphrase one of the researchers on the goals of studying these marine life forms and their transmutability: “we’re…seeking to make shape-shifting clothing — the stuff of science fiction — a reality.”

There are a few different slants on the story – take a swim through them…  cuttlefish

Dinner Plate Squid used to Develop Color-changing Camouflage  (for some of us, dinner may take on a whole new ‘flavor’ – watch the video; soooo awesome!!!)

“Chameleon of the sea” reveals its secrets  (wow-imagine looking at that face in the mirror every morning)

Relying on speed, squids and cuttlefish do not have a thick, heavy outer shell. Their shells are reduced to lightweight internal bones. In squids, the bone is thin and pencil-like. In cuttlefish, these are flat surfboards riddled with tiny gas-filled chambers. Each of these creatures has eight ‘arms’ or tubers and they propel themselves by jetting water.  For more detailed info on this unusual creature go on over to Wild Fact Sheets

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