Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience

Shiny, sparkly, shimmery – and now blinky (!)  The  Crown Jewels they may not be, but beautiful baubles are undergoing a major revamp as a fashion accessory…

Click on the dazzling pic below to learn about Jewelbots!  The concept:

“Jewelbots, a new line of programmable friendship braceletsthat light up and vibrate when other Jewelbots are near. BFFs can assign one another custom callsigns using the iOS and Android app, and when they meet, their bracelets will pulse and buzz in tandem.”


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Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom
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Another way to interest young women in pursuing a career in technology!  This fun and funky item may bring a whole new advantage to girls who were classified as ‘geeky’ because they’re science minded – coding & programming has been elevated to another level – now, the techies, too, can be “chic”, “avant garde” and totally a “fashion maven”!!

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Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde is building what he calls the world’s largest air purifier. The Smog Free Tower is designed to allow people to breathe clean air in a city … plus it also turns the smog into jewelry.

For more information, take a look at the Kickstarter video:

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A LOT more work has to be done to bring Daan’s vision to reality, but how great that people in all walks of life are really embracing solutions for our carbon footprint.

Do you have any great ideas incubating?


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We frequently hear that eating fish is a healthy thing to do, because it’s full of beneficial long chain fatty acids. Unfortunately, the Western diet tends to be short on fish and bigger on beef, which contains short chain fatty acids that aren’t quite so good for us. Chinese scientists are creating a work-around, however – genetically-engineered beef that’s high in the “good” fatty acids.

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This cowfish is here to make this a colorful blog post

Fish is a prime source of long chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, more commonly known as omega-3 oils, which help protect against obesity, cardiovascular disease and neurodegenerative disorders. The short chain fatty acids in beef are known as n-6.

In order to turn n-6 into n-3, a research team from China’s Northwest A and F University, and National Beef Cattle Improvement Centre, first isolated the fat1 gene from a nematode worm. That gene codes for desaturase enzymes, which play a key role in converting n-6 fatty acids to n-3.

While the research is still ongoing, I wonder how many of us would want to take the plunge and eat this new type of beef.

I guess we could order our “omega-burger” at McDonald’s golden arches and feel that we are eating healthier at least.


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For those with allergies,  a ‘no pets’ policy can be a welcome salvation.  These types of rules generally apply to 4-legged furry creatures; but, the regulations have been extended as folks have gotten more “creative” in their choice of non-human companions for the home.  I recall (with somewhat of a shudder), the glass box of Tarantulas that graced the bedside table of a guy friend of mine.  Don’t know what became of him – or the arachnids – but, I do know that fish are often in a nebulous gray area when it comes to those pesky pet policies.  Their mini-homes within your home can range from a glass jar filled with water to some really impressive tanks, with all sorts of acoutrements to make the inhabitants feel like they are back in their native locale.

There are a lot of fishy people in the world (I leave the interpretation of that up to you!) Two of them, Yoon Hoon and his friend and co-founder, Andy Zhong, have come up with a nifty gadget to give your finny little friends a CLEAN place to frolic – no human intervention required!!  The product has been debuted and promoted at Hax Demo day in San Francisco and the inaugural CES Asia event in Shanghai last May, as well as the 2014 Mini Maker Faire, in Shenzhen, China.

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AquaTrek is an all-in-one cleaning, monitoring, and surveillance tool. Much like the Roomba, it is a largely autonomous, utilizing an aquatic scrubber and auto sensing technology to perform its duties.


The pair have a start-up and you can sign up for their email list here: Moai Devices

What a great use of Robotics and Sensor tech!  If you’ve got an idea that seems ‘out there’, maybe reading about these guys will spark you into acting on your brain-child… It might be the next big thing!

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Adidas uses ocean trash to make footwear – and a statement

We’ve all heard the news reports, the world’s oceans are in serious trouble due to a combination of pollution, overfishing and climate change.  Adidas is heeding the warning and has teamed with conservation group Parley for the Oceans to create footwear made with trash harvested from the oceans.

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Parley for the Oceans works with partners such as Adidas to come up with creative solutions to spread the word about the crisis facing the world’s oceans. With this goal, Adidas will produce a line of footwear with uppers made of yarns and filaments recycled from ocean waste and deep-sea gillnets used by illegal fisheries.

Do these ocean-styled Adidas fit in with your style?

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