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Are you wondering what to do with your spare time?  Re-runs on TV got you bored to tears?  Played a little too much “Candy Crush” and finding your teeth aching from a sugar overdose?  Make use of your extra hours and CODE!!

There are so many ways to contribute to the technology revolution taking place all around us – if you love the nitty-gritty details that make stuff work, this is a chance for you to be a player…click the logo for more info!!

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They work with a host of governmental agencies in Partnerships!

And check out the details on their Summit to be held in September in Oakland, California -   code for america summit

There’s local Hack Events, too, for all you ‘geeks’ – maybe one in your neighborhood?

Put YOUR smarts to work – and maybe find yourself a job that you’ll love in the process!!!

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August 30th, 2015

When I read about recycled plastic roads, it sounded like a great idea to me!  Plastic doesn’t immediately jump to mind when you think about going green, but here we are talking about recycling plastic which litters our oceans.  It seems to be a very good incentive to clean up our waterways as well as find a home for this traditional blight on our oceans.

VolkerWessels has quite a few interesting projects underway, including recycled plastic roadways which is in the conceptual stage.

The plan promises a lightweight design, a fraction of the construction time, virtually maintenance free, and three times the expected lifespan of the road.

Check out this video that has interesting narration which describes it in more detail:

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In a similar video, you can see how India is also incorporating what used to be nuisance plastic into their roadways:

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Do you know of any adaptations to further this cause?


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Most of us take our mobility for granted.  But for those who are challenged in this area, any breakthrough that enriches their lives is a major “step” in the right direction.

Take a look at the advances in wheelchair technology that the students from ETH Zurich and the Zurich University of the Arts have developed:  the Scalevo electric wheelchair, which features wheels for cruising and tracks for climbing stairs:

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Do you have any brain child that would enrich someone’s life?

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August 19th, 2015

My last post talked about spores.  In keeping with the ‘theme’, this one is about microbes.  Now, I did fairly well in biology (and didn’t pass out during frog dissection, like a couple of the guys in my class) Laughter   But, I have to admit, I didn’t much pursue further information about this branch of science until I began writing for this blog.  And, I must say, I’ve a renewed sense of interest in how all the stuff that surrounds us can be harnessed for amazing uses.

DARPA or the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is a US Government agency.  DARPA comprises approximately 220 government employees in six technical offices, including nearly 100 program managers, who together oversee about 250 research and development programs. The program within DARPA to use the extraordinary powers of biologic material is called Living Foundries.

“Biology can replicate, it can scale from one to millions to billions in hours; it can adapt, it’s programmable through its genetic code. No other technology that we know of can do these things,” Alicia Jackson, deputy director of the Biological Technologies Office at DARPA, says.


Read this piece, featured on Public Radio International (PRI) to learn about why

Microbes may hold the key



to future high-tech



meds and materials


DARPA is very actively recruiting scientists, either to build new programs or to work with them to build new technologies. One of the quirks of DARPA is that scientists can only stay for three to five years.  And your strength doesn’t have to be as a biologist – there’s a host of opportunities.  Maybe your future is to bring your innovations to life at DARPA?

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August 14th, 2015

I saw this on the news a little over a month ago and can’t stop thinking about how ingenious it is!

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Samsung’s prototype “Safety Truck” offers view of the road ahead (Credit: Samsung)

Many people take unnecessary risks when driving behind big semi-trailers if they want to pass because they can’t see what’s ahead (if anything).  Now Samsung Electronics has come up with a way to help reduce this problem by mounting cameras on the front of a truck and large screens on the rear to display to following drivers a clear view of the road ahead.

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Again, as with so many great ideas, it’s taking basic existing technology and combining them in a way that makes sense.  It’s very refreshing to see a large company take a role to develop something that doesn’t necessarily grow their profits, but with the goal of saving lives.



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