Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience
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December 19th, 2014
5:08
 

If you didn’t hear about this event from one of your siblings – or a co-worker – or just by browsing around on the Internet – here’s what social is really all about!   Learning and growing and changing the world – one click at a time!  All it takes is an

HOUR OF CODE

 

What is the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.

When is the Hour of Code?

Anybody can host an Hour of Code anytime, but the grassroots campaign goal is for tens of millions of students to try an Hour of Code during December 8-14, 2014, in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. Is it one specific hour? No. You can do the Hour of Code anytime during this week. (And if you can’t do it during that week, do it the week before or after).
The Hour of Code is organized by Code.org, a public 501c3 non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color.

In one week alone last year, 15 million students worldwide learned an Hour of Code.

Take an hour and do something valuable – host an hour of code in your neighborhood – maybe at the library? – for seniors, a scout troop – be creative!  Teaching is powerful and, if you’ve never had a chance to do it before, brings you rewards that you’ll not anticipate – and a sense of accomplishment that you’ve really contributed something amazing towards a Smarter Planet!

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SolaRoad in Krommenie, the Netherlands, will be the world’s first cycle path with embedded solar panels. Around 2,000 cyclists ride its two lanes on an average day. Solar panels embedded in the cycle path near Amsterdam could generate enough electricity to power three houses, with potential to extend the technology to roads.

Wouldn’t it be nice if our roads act like solar panels? And if we could drive our vehicles with the solar power generated by this? That was the brainchild of the developers at SolaRoad and what led to the first solar cycle path.

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What kernel of an idea do you have that will revolutionize the way we live in this world?

 

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There are so many places to turn for information in our society.  Squiggles of light and pixels and flat screens have taken over the places which used to be occupied by musty, dusty tomes of the ‘archaic’ printed page.  While the storage capacity of a Nook or Kindle is greater than the average bookshelf, the preservation of the material that made up those bound volumes is a passion for scholars and bibliophiles alike.

This very interesting melding of laboriously documented printed texts into a digital format will allow them to be shared with an audience not planning a trip to the mountains of Tibet.  There are many who value these teachings and wish to imbibe of the knowledge regardless of their geographical limitations…

Read about the Tibetan eText Repository by clicking the logo:

TBRC logo

 

It is fitting that the old and the new come together in harmony…as stated in TBRC’s Mission statement:

To preserve and share the Tibetan literary heritage through the union of technology and scholarship.

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Once again, I get to report that the textile industry is really making the investment into sustainable products. Just announced, CRAiLAR Flax is the first sustainable natural fiber with the potential to revolutionize the textile industry.

From the farms where the flax is grown to the mills where it’s spun into yarn, CRAiLAR Flax Fiber drastically reduces chemical and water usage. In fact, CRAiLAR was designated as a 100% BioPreferred® product by the USDA in April 2012. That clean record from dirt to shirt concludes with fabrics that are indistinguishable from cotton, while helping to prevent a cycle of environmental harm.

From this……

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to this….

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                                                                                                                                                                     but more sustainably.

I won’t look at a formally set table in the same way again after learning about this new technology, how about you?

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December 15th, 2014
6:10
 

If you’re from the British Isles, you take ‘the lift’ when you want to ascend to an upper floor in a building.  There’s now tech that will make your travel in an elevator a bit more unusual -

 “So what exactly makes the design so special? First, it can travel sideways as well as up and down, making it ideal for building designs such as Google’s under-construction “groundscraper” in London, which, as its nickname sort of suggests, is longer than it is tall.”

 

New Magnetic

 

Sideways Elevator

 

Watch the video announcement from the system’s designer:  ThyssenKrupp

 

Otis Elevators, founded by Elisha Otis, is still the world’s largest producers of vertical transport systems. We’re still largely using cable systems to hoist elevator cabs up and down between floors, as we did in the early 1800s. And as urbanization stretches cities taller and wider, this will have to change.”

There’s a batch of articles on the subject – it’s being tested in Germany at present.

Read more:

http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/german-firm-developing-maglev-elevators-go-sideways/#ixzz3LK235W8y

http://www.cnet.com/news/this-crazy-elevator-concept-is-straight-out-of-willy-wonka/

If they install this on any campuses, wouldn’t this be a cool way to get to that class you’re always late for???

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