Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience
Security and resilience
August 4th, 2014

What does it mean to live lightly? A community in Ithaca, NY is a testament to the benefits of this lifestyle and demonstrates how sustainable this lifestyle is.

EcoVillage was started in 1991, as a demo community to show how people can live “more lightly” in the world. Each phase employs new technologies to make each successive phase of the community more sustainable and efficient.

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The latest neighborhood is using the passive house method of construction which is designed to naturally control the temperature and humidity in the house by constructing the house more “tightly”.

Imagine sub-zero degrees outside and nice and warm inside without having the hefty heating bill arrive in the mail!

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July 28th, 2014

You may ask, what is a drone degree? More universities are offering engineering degrees in the fast-growing field of drones.

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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.

Classroom of future drone engineers

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Would you like to live in a perfect city in South Korea or Abu Dhabi or Japan?  They do exist!  Commercial and private organizations are increasingly investing in these pop-up cities.  Imagine a city that recycles 80% of it’s water, replaced cars with electric pods and has street lights with motion sensors creating a security network.


Take a look at these sustainable Pop-Up Cities!

The MIT and Masdar Institute Cooperative Program enables students to work with government to focus on alternative energy, sustainability, and advanced technology.

Gale International, of New York City, is one such private organization developing the Songdo sustainable city in South Korea.

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Very interesting article concerning alternative power sources being explored globally.  Over the centuries, we’ve found other drilling/mining operations to have unexpected consequences to the earth’s structure – and to humankind.  The jury is still out on this one, I guess…

Hot rocks are a core asset


New engineering techniques mean that hot rocks in the Earth’s crust are second only to hydroelectric schemes as the most productive source of renewable energy, with huge potential to cut greenhouse gas emissions

Hot RocksTemperature distribution at 1000 m depth in Europe

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June 11th, 2014

This new type of social interaction has pros and cons – what are your thoughts?  Is being able to erase all trace of your communications a good thing?  Or do the potential downsides discussed in this article outweigh the benefits?

Voycee is the latest app to capitalize on desire for privacy, secrecy


It’s kind of like Facebook — with amnesia. Voycee, a New York-based start-up, is a mobile-only social network where previous posts vanish without a trace each time a user shares a new status update or posts new content.

Source: © 2014 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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