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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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July 13th, 2015
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Freedom includes the right to go where one wishes – unfettered and unafraid.  At least, that’s the concept…  When one is hampered by a physical impairment, travel becomes more challenging.  A short walk can become nightmarish when you are unable to clearly see the dangers that lie in your path.

Read about Alex Deans, and his prize-winning invention.  On June 2nd, he received the 2015 Weston Youth Innovation Award from The Ontario Science Centre.  At age 12, he identified a need to be met and worked on his own to acquire the skills and knowledge to address it.

He’s now 18, and the end result is:

iAid

 

iAid

Providing assistance for the visually impaired, the system works like a GPS, using ultrasonic sensors and smartphone technology to help in navigation for a human rather than a car.  To take on a project that was wholly altruistic in nature is truly remarkable.  Although the product is not yet available on the market, it is on its way.  And I, for one, am confident that Alex has more in store for us in the future!

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If you are fortunate enough to live in a part of the world that’s blessed with sunshine a good amount of the year, you take advantage of that blessing.  Students at Cal Poly put their minds to just such a project with their INhouse.  It’s part of a competition that will take place at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California, from October 8 through October 18.

“…the name INhouse describes the process the team has been going through—the design, engineering, and construction is really “in house” at Cal Poly. Also, three words—”interactive,” “intuitive,” and “integrated”—describe the technological-meets-natural features of the house. Mostly, it’s learning by doing—a process of iteration and trying many things before reaching a final conclusion.”

INhouse

Read about the team and watch their video!

 

Cal Poly’s Solar  Decathlon 2015

 

INhouse Invites the Outdoors In

 

The story linked above was first published on the site: 1SunforAll.  Visit them and learn more about the sun’s extraordinary powers and how we are finding new ways to brighten our world with new technology!

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June 17th, 2015
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Finding ways to best utilize our planetary resources has been a theme of UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – a specialized agency of the United Nations) for many years.  This initiative has garnered less attention in the media than perhaps might be expected – but, as ordinary citizens, we’re becoming more personally aware as our world continues to undergo startling changes relative to climate, water availability, sustainable construction, etc., etc.

One of UNESCO’s objectives in which I find myself particularly interested is the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB), which “develops the basis within the natural and social sciences for the rational and sustainable use and conservation of the resources of the biosphere and for the improvement of the overall relationship between people and their environment.”

There is a yearly competition in which you might wish to participate (and of which you may be unaware…as I was), that encourages new avenues to tackle the issues mentioned above affecting everyone around the world -

UNESCO logoMAB Young Scientists Awards

 

Although the 2015 application has not yet been posted, you can find out details about the competition by clicking the link above.  There is a $5,000 USD award to the winner(s).  To be eligible, award applications must be made on the MAB Young Scientists Award application form (in English or French) and be endorsed by the applicant’s MAB National Committee, which may endorse only two applications per year from applicants who are not older than 40 years of age (at the closing date of the application).

There are other incentives UNESCO offers as well; take a look here: Awards and Prizes

Even if you find that you don’t qualify for the competitions, I do hope that you’ll spend some time exploring the wealth of information on UNESCO’s website… There’s much food for thought and many pathways to explore – what will YOU contribute?

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The Eiffel Tower in Paris is an easily identifiable structure – no matter where on the planet you happen to reside.  Designed by Gustav Eiffel, it became the symbol of the city, and remains a tourist attraction that draws throngs of visitors each and every year.

But…there’s a move afoot all around the globe for eco-friendly and sustainable building – and Paris is embracing this trend!

35 Story Carbon Neutral

 

Wood Skyscraper

 

Proposed For Paris

 

Wood skyscraper Paris

As reported on PlanetSaveVancouver architect Michael Green is a world leader in designing and building tall buildings out of wood, says a report in the Vancouver Sun.  Now, in partnership with French architects DVVD Paris and developer REI France, he has proposed a 35 story carbon neutral wood skyscraper for the Reinvent Paris competition, a bold effort by local authorities to inspire innovations in urban design and sustainability that will revitalize Parisian architecture.  [This story first appeared on the Green Building Elements site.]

Are you busy mentally constructing the buildings of the future?  There are lots of places looking for your vision and optimism!  Become part of the movement…

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