Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience

Drones are in the news more than ever – whether you think they are good, bad or even if you are totally indifferent, you have to admit they are COOL!

And, if you are part of the researchers and developers working on these “magnificient flying machines”,  there’s a gathering that may pique your interest… read the press and see an interview with the President/CEO of InterDrone event coordinator BZ Media, Ted Bahr, here:  International Drone Conference Preview

Join a bunch of enthusiasts in Las Vegas, September 9-11 and see what all the hype is about:

Drone conference


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August 1st, 2015

With so many demands pulling us in every direction, there’s often precious little time to decompress (or none at all!!)  Studies from a variety of sources have shown that stress affects both your physical and mental well-being.  While it would be really nice to have an afternoon nap like babies & toddlers get, the practicality of this ‘luxury’ in most parts of the world is not going to allow that to happen on a mass scale.

Read this story to see how technology called Muse can help to bring you a calming state of being:

Brain-Sensing Headband

Helps Users Manage Stress


Muse headband

The headband uses EEG sensors that detect the brain’s electrical activity. Users are then asked to participate in a three-minute guided exercise that aims to reduce stress, calm anxiety and increase focus and concentration.

Visit the Muse site to learn more:  Muse


The funny thing is, technology is often blamed for the freneticism of our current existence.  To put it to use as a de-stressing tool… I really enjoy the irony!!!

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Ponder the flatworm.  Yes, I’m serious.

If you’re not familiar with this lifeform, their resilience may astound you.  Particularly one such flatworm known as the Planarian.  This fairly unheralded and simple organism has the capacity to regenerate its body parts.  Yup – cut it in half and it will split itself and regrow into two separate worms.  But, the why and how behind this regeneration being possible has been elusive.

Although flatworms are a parasite that can cause great damage to the internal workings of the human body, this power of ‘self-replicating’ may hold the key to medical advances that we’ve been seeking.  And it’s all due to Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) and an ongoing study at Tufts University.

It would allow doctors…who help patients who have suffered scarring and traumatic injuries, to regrow body parts from the patient’s own cells.


Read the article posted in here to learn about the computer breakthrough:

Computer independently solves

120-year-old biological mystery



And a shorter piece in Computer A.I. Solves 120-Year-Old Biological Mystery

NOTE:  Press releases and other material on the work of the researchers named in the articles above can be found by typing “flatworm” into the search box on the Tufts University website – check out their A.I. work with the worms and other cool stuff they are doing with worms and electricity!!

What other ‘mysteries of life’ might A.I. solve for us?  Take up the challenge and make history for yourself!

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Travel can be risky – monetary crises, allergies to unusual foods, unsafe drinking water…and being a potential robbery target as you navigate unfamiliar locales.  Not that I’m advocating fear of traveling!  I love to go exploring anywhere and everywhere.  Sometimes, just getting there carries risks, too.

Read this short piece published by RedOrbit about a budding 17-year-old scientist named Raymond Wang from St. Georges School in Vancouver. Wang’s device sets up “personalized breathing zones” for each passenger.

Teen invents way to stop airborne viruses on planes


And watch the YouTube video linked there of the award for his prize-winning invention – and an interview with the inventor himself (you can click the pic below to go right to it…)

Airborne virus

With global concern about the spread of diseases, this young man’s invention may make the air we breathe safer for everyone – and it has applications far beyond commercial flights.  What adaptations can you envision?

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Anyone who has ever seen a cartoon or a horror film where an electronic device gets dropped into a tub in which an unsuspecting bather is relaxing knows that electric current and water don’t generally get along well – in fact the results can be pretty terrible.  And if you’ve spilled a beverage on your computer or handheld device, that too can put a ‘damper’ on your day fairly quickly.

But there are instances where water and technology can co-exist quite harmoniously; and, at Stanford University in California, researchers have come up with a rather fascinating concept – a synchronous computer that operates using the unique physics of moving water droplets.  This is complex stuff – and awesomely COOL!

As stated by Manu Prakash, the theorist and researcher at the helm of the project, “… it opens up a new way of thinking of computation in the physical world”

Just add water


Water clock computer


Read this companion piece published on

Engineers build first-ever water-based computer


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