The environmentalist, Nnimmo Bassey, deplores the Green Revolution in Africa and oil spills in the Niger Delta region. He does not underestimate the work to be done to educate people on the need to stop those who wish to destroy the environment and to redefine new concepts of development Read an interview with Nnimmo Bassey, director of Health of Mother Earth Foundation in Nigeria, which is an ecological think tank.
Visit the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) website and learn the stories of those who want to make a difference. Explore the activities undertaken by these individuals driven by their love of humanity. (Be patient; it may take a few mins for the site to load…) While you’re there, view some of the recorded videos of Bassey – powerful stuff!
You may ask, what is a drone degree? More universities are offering engineering degrees in the fast-growing field of drones.
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.
If you aren’t already aware, the population of elderly inhabitants of our planet has grown by leaps and bounds as medical improvements have extended life span way beyond the expectancies of previous generations. If you think these ‘older folks’ are technology dummies, take a look at this hip Italian granny – and her vid screen companion!
Visit the company site, too, for more project details and contact information: GiraffPlus
(GiraffPlus is funded by the European Community’s Framework Programme Seven (FP7) under contract #288173. FP7 – ICT – Challenge 5: ICT for Health, Ageing Well, Inclusion and Governance. Duration: 01.01.2012 to 31.12.2014)
What the heck is a mollusk, you may ask… Well, it is any of a large phylum (Mollusca) of invertebrate animals (as snails, clams, or squids) with a soft unsegmented body usually enclosed in a calcareous shell. Now on to the point of this blog post…
Camouflage is essential to many life forms – it is the key to their continued survival. The Cuttlefish is one such creature; another water dweller having adaptive coloring capabilities is the Pencil Squid. Scientists are hoping to capitalize on their investigation of the amazing ‘blend with your surroundings’ capability of these (admittedly rather unattractive) marine dwellers to increase the chances of survival for humans in combat. [One side observation on my part, camouflaged or not, a backbone is going to be necessary for the soldier if he is being called upon under these circumstances!]
Research is being done at Harvard and UC Irvine, among other institutions and corporations globally. To paraphrase one of the researchers on the goals of studying these marine life forms and their transmutability: “we’re…seeking to make shape-shifting clothing — the stuff of science fiction — a reality.”
Dinner Plate Squid used to Develop Color-changing Camouflage (for some of us, dinner may take on a whole new ‘flavor’ – watch the video; soooo awesome!!!)
“Chameleon of the sea” reveals its secrets (wow-imagine looking at that face in the mirror every morning)
Relying on speed, squids and cuttlefish do not have a thick, heavy outer shell. Their shells are reduced to lightweight internal bones. In squids, the bone is thin and pencil-like. In cuttlefish, these are flat surfboards riddled with tiny gas-filled chambers. Each of these creatures has eight ‘arms’ or tubers and they propel themselves by jetting water. For more detailed info on this unusual creature go on over to Wild Fact Sheets
The textile industry is getting VERY creative by re-purposing some interesting materials into fabric. theguardian reports that crab shells, plants, trees, bamboo, coffee grinds, and plastic bottles are some of the components used to produce fabric that have some great characteristics:
- moisture wicking
- UV protection
- dries quickly
This is so revolutionary that a Pittsburgh-based Corporation, Thread, is taking fabric sourced from plastic bottles to the next level by creating a new natural resource for Haiti. Today Thread has bottle collection centers in nearly a dozen Haitian cities. Haitian plastics are taken to the US to create 100% post-consumer recycled fabric. Thread estimates that it has removed over 200m bottles from the streets of Haiti.
And if you think using these unconventional items to make fabric are far-fetched, take a look at how Ford and H.J. Heinz Company explore the use of tomato fiber to develop a more sustainable bio-plastic material for vehicles !