Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience
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March 25th, 2015
5:35
 

Air-conditioning and heating are undergoing a ‘face-lift’ around the world.  The push is to make these systems ever more efficient, while decreasing their destructive impact on our planet’s environment.   Now there’s a way to keep your own personal surroundings at a temperature that’s suited distinctly to you…read all about it here:

CloudsPersonal Cloud

 

Follows You Around,

 

Keeps You Cool

 

This “really cool” tech, named Cloud Cast, is part of ongoing work by the SENSEable City Lab at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

The real-time city is now real! The increasing deployment of sensors and hand-held electronics in recent years is allowing a new approach to the study of the built environment. The way we describe and understand cities is being radically transformed – alongside the tools we use to design them and impact on their physical structure.

Studying these changes from a critical point of view and anticipating them is the goal of the SENSEable City Laboratory, a new research initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

Take a look, too, at their information on turning up the heat for yourself: Heat Spotlight Warms You, Not the Room.

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March 21st, 2015
5:28
 

Well, it’s Spring here in the U.S.  There’s an old saying that tells us that Spring is when a young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of love.  After the wicked way Old Man Winter treated us this year, and all the *#$! snow shoveling, everyone could most certainly use a dose of a more gentle activity.  Here’s a little science to go along with the emotion…funny enough, this particular article is from the Daily Mail published in the U.K. – where they are renowned for their ‘stiff upper lip’ and cool, dispassionate response to life.  Maybe that’s why it’s a science article and not a sonnet?  The research comes from Professor Xiaochu Zhang of the University of Science and Technology of China

Scan that says it’s true love:

Brain experts say they can tell what stage of

romance someone is at by looking at MRI results

 

And here’s a little bit about different types of love from BrainHQ

Brain love

 

And from the city that saw the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, research at the University of Chicago shows A region deep inside the brain controls how quickly people make decisions about love

So, while you’re chasing butterflies and composing songs to celebrate your sweetie this Spring, think about what’s going on inside your head that makes it all so wonderful!

 

 

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…brought to you by

 

IBM Deep Thunder

 

The weather is an ever-changing source of fascination for everyone – no matter which part of the planet you inhabit.  The seasons go round, and with these cycles, weather takes on different aspects.  You can get the weather report from your TV, radio, smart phone or a myriad of other sources.  But, generally, these are localized reports and pertain to traffic conditions, school/business closures and the like.  In other words, how the stuff going on outside your door is going to affect you personally.

Deep Thunder is a more complex system -  it “focuses on the operational problems that weather can present to businesses in very specific locales—challenges that traditional meteorology doesn’t address.”  The roots of this technology date back to 1995, when IBM and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) joined forces to take on the challenge of targeted forecasting.  Read the full story by clicking the picture below:

Deep Thunder

As our planet continues to evolve, and we seek new ways to be Smarter in all our business decisions and use of the Earth’s resources,  Deep Thunder may be a big player for strategists seeking to ensure best outcomes.  Are you thinking of going the route of entrepreneurship?  Perhaps Deep Thunder will serve to aid you in making choices about whatever project you’re seeking to establish!

 

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Amusement park rides have traditionally been for… well… amusement.  They draw in flocks of families with children, those of a certain age seeking to recapture the fun they had as youngsters, and tourists visiting a particular locale seeking something other than the quiet of a museum to put a spark into their vacation travel.

Here is a concept that’s being explored by the Netherlands to turn an icon of the amusement park into an energy-producing vehicle with a multiplicty of purposes.  Besides producing electricity, the circular construction will also house apartments and a hotel, as well as other possible businesses!

Take a spin inside The Dutch Windwheel

Read more about it here:  Windwheel Roller Coaster Generates  Electricity

The bladeless wind turbine would rely on technology called an electrostatic wind energy convertor, which was developed at Delft Technical University.

 

How utterly wild would it be to actually LIVE inside this structure?  Since the turbine is bladeless, you’d be surrounded by comfort and quiet…a pretty nice combo for an apartment dweller.  What ‘unusual’ architecture will you contribute to the new look for the Smart Cities of tomorrow?  (Click the pic above if you want to see more about the future of building)

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March 13th, 2015
5:44
 

Along with modernization has come an increase in noise pollution worldwide.  Although this technology was introduced approximately a year ago, its relevance remains timely.  As we move further along the path to more organized and efficient mass transportation worldwide, consideration must be given to the impact the noise will have on the surrounding environs and inhabitants (both human and other…)  Sustainability of the materials is another concern – and that, too, is addressed.

Take a look at the: BREMEX ANNSYS for railways – watch the videos posted there!  The system was designed by  ELPA logo

a company based in Slovenia, and has been installed in Russia and Germany.  Visit their website by clicking on the logo above.  Their purpose is developing systems that solve worldwide railway problems relating to noise, wear and tear, friction, vibrations, jolts, corrugation, maintenance problems, and railway working conditions.  All their solutions are supported by revolutionary WONROS™ (Wear Out and Noise Reduction On Source) technology.

And, read about their involvement in the Better Cities for Better Life conference held in Prague in 2014.

Advantages of the BREMEX system:

  • 99 % reduction of high frequency braking noise
  • Reduces vibrations and strokes on the rail brake
  • Effective anti-wear protection of rail braking segments and wagon wheel flanks
  • Effective anti-noise and anti-wear protection for exposed parts on the switches, check rails, etc
  • Operates at all extreme weather conditions with the same material (DBM 50)

 

What noise reduction systems do you envision to make the world a more soothing place to inhabit, while providing increased mobility to the masses?

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