Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience
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July 29th, 2014
10:14
 

Sometimes leaving the path you’ve chosen can be so very positive!  Read the post by Lavina Melwani on LinkedIn about these two former U Cal Berkeley students, Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez, who’ve gone Robert Frost and ‘diverged’ with wonderful success…

Trash Collectors or Environmental Superheroes?

Visit their website and learn more:  Back to the Roots

"Our mission is to make food personal again through the passionate development of tools that educate and inspire, one family at a time."

“Our mission is to make food personal again through the passionate development of tools that educate and inspire, one family at a time.”

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July 29th, 2014
7:01
 

Buildings and streets are helping out the environment by fighting pollution.  These structures are able to do this because of a titanium dioxide coating that’s integral to their design.  The coating heats up when the titanium dioxide is exposed to light, which is every day thanks to the rays of the sun.  When it heats up it releases molecules that combine with moisture in the air that neutralizes pollutants.  In The Netherlands some streets are paved with the titanium dioxide coating helping neutralize the effects of 1,000 cars a day.

Now that’s what I call pollution fighting free radicals.

Only one questions remains.  Where can I get a jar?

6 Nearly Living Architectural Designs That Fight Air Pollution

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July 28th, 2014
10:17
 

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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July 27th, 2014
10:16
 

It’s kind of expensive right now to “go green” with your vehicle. The price of the electric car is tied directly to the size of the battery used to power it. The bigger the battery, the more miles you can drive on one charge.

Tesla Motors’ chief executive, Elon Musk, announced Tesla would invest in a $4bn-$5bn “gigafactory” doubling the world’s production of lithium-ion batteries. These batteries power your mobile phone, but also Tesla‘s high-end luxury electric cars. The objective is to cut battery prices by 30% in three years, and to halve them by 2020.

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Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors, posing with with a Tesla elecric car in Times Square. Photograph: Mark Lennihan/AP

BMW is also in the electric car arena and have developed the BMW i series from the ground up.

This new series has a whole new sustainable production process: FSC-certified eucalyptus wood has been used in the interior, the leather has been naturally tanned using olive oil rather than chemicals, and the dashboard and internal side panels are made from natural fibers rather than plastic.

Read all about the BMW of the future

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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!

Robot offers company and security to 94-year-old grandmother

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)

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