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July 28th, 2014
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You may ask, what is a drone degree? More universities are offering engineering degrees in the fast-growing field of drones.

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Professors are combining robotics and computer science with engineering to provide these degree programs.  Nevada is hoping to be the next Silicon Valley in this field.

The US Army just granted a $150 thousand grant to engineer drones to detect radiation and other toxins.

The drone industry is expected to generate over $89 billion over the next few years.

Classroom of future drone engineers

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Saint-Gobain has sponsored 7 student teams in the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 challenge.

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The aim of this international academic architectural competition was to improve education and research in the fields of sustainable architecture and solar energy. This year, 20 student teams representing 41 universities from 16 countries and three continents have presented full-scale prototypes of the sustainable, comfortable, innovative and affordable solar energy houses they designed.

Take a look at the top contenders:

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Check out the career opportunities with Saint-Gobain

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As soon as all the materials were gathered to start the next phase of the project, pots were prepared and filled with dirt for the growth study. Research is being done still as to what amount of rye grass per pot to add, however, ratios of how much nutrients to give the plants has been decided. With all of the specific steps still being decided, here is a series of images to illustrate what was carried out so far.

A nursery cloth was carefully placed to avoid leakage of dirt in the water flowing out of the pots.

A nursery cloth was carefully placed to avoid leakage of dirt in the water flowing out of the pots.

To fill up all those pots, a wheelbarrow was filled to transport everything to the greenhouse.

To fill up all those pots, a wheelbarrow was filled to transport everything to the greenhouse.

Carefully, we placed each pot on a tray to measure all the fertilizer (leachate) that passes through the pots.

Carefully, we placed each pot on a tray to measure all the fertilizer (leachate) that passes through the pots.

Each prepared pot was carefully placed to maximize optimization of all the space used.

Each prepared pot was carefully placed to maximize optimization of all the space used.

The finished product - pots, pots and more pots.

The finished product – pots, pots and more pots.

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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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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.

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See the vids! maybe order the book?

 

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