Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience
October 20th, 2014

Solar Impulse 2 will attempt an historic journey relying on the sun’s energy to power its trip around the world. It can fly day and night fueled only by solar power or termed “perpetual endurance”. Just think, taking a flight using no fuel and with no emissions.

After some short trial flights, the journey around the world is scheduled for March 2015. The aircraft was developed in Switzerland and is sponsored by Masdar, the Abu Dhabi government’s clean-energy company.

The future of aviation looks very bright and very sustainable with these advances in technology. Read the wealth of information that led up to this historic event here.

Do you have any expertise or ideas that can advance current technology to leave a smaller footprint in our world?

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I am a self-proclaimed chocoholic and couldn’t resist the chocolate temptation when I ran across this exciting use of chocolate.

I would have a tough time resisting the urge to drink the fuel (since, after all, it was derived from chocolate production)….

This started as an idea and grew into a viable, sustainable solution to production waste. Any ideas floating around about how to use the by-products of cotton candy production :-)

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Programming has come a long way since I barely passed my required course in COBOL as an undergrad.  Learn about a new language that’s been added to the many already out there in this article from Wired online:


The Next Big Programming Language You’ve Never Heard Of


D language

Click the pic for interesting coding info!


You may want to add this one to your courseload…

“…judging from D activity on various online developer services—from GitHub to Stackoverflow—the language is now among the 20 to 30 most popular in the world.  D is a compiled language, meaning that you must take time to transform it into executable software before running it. Unlike with interpreted languages, you can’t run your code as soon as you write it. But it compiles unusually quickly.”

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October 8th, 2014

Smash Cup is a recently announced product invented by a regular guy, like you and I, who was looking for a way to help the planet while continuing to enjoy his cup of coffee in the morning.

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This is a product whose time has come!  Why didn’t I think of that?

What ideas are you harboring that would help the planet?

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I’ve heard of some unusual textiles, but never any quite like this….  This discovery happened during a snail plague at the inventor’s home. Lieske Schreuder discovered that if snails eat colored paper it dyes their poo.

While the results are quite pretty and colorful, I’m not sure how many of us would want to wear clothing made from snail poo, but it does illustrate how creative people are when thinking outside of the proverbial box. It kind of sparks your imagination as to what the possibilities are.

blog snail poo

Besides getting over the idea of wearing “poo”, this textile is biodegradable so, you’d want to inspect the garment(s) before each wearing.

Read about this technology and other unlikely textile sources here.

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