A student research team at the University of South Florida has developed a novel system to treat extremely problematic wastes by recovering Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), and Potassium (K) to create potentially high quality fertilizers while also generating energy (as methane) from the waste. Fertilizers are sustainably created, offsetting any need to create conventional fertilizers. Conventional fertilizers require mining of important nutrients such as phosphate, which generates extremely harmful environmental impacts and often creates wastelands on the mine site. Funds will be used for the next phase of the project.
An award was made to Bells University of Technology in Nigeria to support their summer school event / course. The funds will allow three students to attend who would not be able to afford to otherwise. In the class the students will learn about web and mobile application development, which skills gained, in turn, will serve the community and surrounding organizations, meeting their web and mobile application development needs.
Bells University of Technology is offering a 5 week class this summer on the future of the web and mobile development. Students for a Smarter Planet is contributing funds for 5 tuition scholarships. IBMers from around the world will be speaking throughout the event. More details to come.
There’s always been controversy between science and religion concerning the ‘rights and wrongs’ of trying to create life. In this interview with Matt Powner that question is not at the heart of the discussion. Rather, the focus on pure science, and the different research paths being followed by John Sutherland and Matthew Powner is the central theme.
Matt Powner: “We’re fundamentally interested in the scientific question: Why is nature the way it is?”
Several learning institutions play a key role in this ongoing project: the University of Manchester, University College London & University of Cambridge [all in the United Kingdom] and Harvard in the United States. Aside from renewed funding in 2013 from Harry Lonsdale’s Origin of Life Challenge, Powner and Sutherland are now also being supported as investigators at the Simons Foundation Origins Collaboration
2nd Place (awarded $7,500) WE ARE SO PROUD – Glad we are part of Matt’s in crowd. I Love Free Concerts,
(Matthew Diaz, Lehman College):A curated calendar website and email newsletter platform offering free live music event listings, serving one quarter of a million consumers in New York City and the greater area.