University of Missouri, US – 2 projects:
“RaW”, led by Chao Fang, finding protein substructures to enhance knowledge of protein function using analytics!
“DORK”, led by Xinjian Yao, using analytics to understand Medicare data to further understand what happens in the system.
University Putra Malaysia: Embedded Systems for Public Water Management, led by BALAMI Emmanuel Luke, toword making water supplies more sustainable.
Lumbini Engineering College, Nepal – event held September 28 to inform students about Smarter Planet, Bluemix, Watson, IBM and Students for a Smarter Planet opportunities. Led by Basant Pandey.
CNN has reported on some pretty fantastic developments of the Israeli Water-Gen company. They have created a system that can produce drinking water from thin air. While this is not a new idea, they claim to do it more efficiently, setting them apart from other companies.
Co-CEO Arye Kohavi explains: “We believe that the products can be sold to developing countries in different civilian applications. For example in India, [drinking] water for homes is not available and will also be rare in the future. The Atmospheric Water-Generation Unit can be built as a residential unit and serve as a perfect water supply solution for homes in India.”
Another product Water-Gen has developed is a portable water purification system. It’s a battery-operated water filtration unit called Spring. Spring is able to filter 180 liters (48 gallons) of water, and fits into a backpack — enabling water filtration on the go.
“It’s something a Westerner cannot understand because you have perfect water in the pipe, but people are dying from lack of water,” says Kohavi.
Imagine how this product could help Haiti, the world’s most water impoverished nation.
Do you have the skills to contribute to this life-saving technology?
Did you ever deal with ‘toothy’ stuff… Braces? Fillings? Crowns? Implants? Root canal? A trip to the dentist is usually not looked forward to with much enthusiasm – more like trepidation. But – did you ever stop to think about the effects of our oral hygiene on the rest of the planet? Maybe Mother Earth is as frightened of the sound of a dentist’s drill as humans are – and possibly with good reason!
Dental Recycling International (DRI) announced that it has partnered with the Rwanda Dental Association. DRI provides education on and technology for dental waste recycling throughout the world, and will help the association to reduce the amount of mercury from dental amalgam entering the local environment. Take a look at related articles found linked at the bottom of the posting. There’s a great piece on amalgam alternatives, with credits to U Illinois, too.
And check out Dental Recycling International (DRI) while you’re at it!
While aesthetics are often a main concern in home furnishings, and haute design is slick, these gadgets may completely revolutionize decor! If you live in a house built in the 1800′s (as I do), you might have some reservations about putting these pieces next to a vintage dining table or hand-turned stair banister – but, mixing things up might make you a forerunner in stylish magazine photos, right???
École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL—Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne) scientists are creating futuristic furniture that can move around and autonomously change its shape.
After all, the Swiss are known for the cuckoo clock and that’s become a collectible around the world – proving a little silliness can be a very positive thing!