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Just following the People’s Climate March in NYC, Rick McGahey, who teaches economics and public policy at The New School, published an CNN Opinion article.

In the article, Rick tries to debunk the notion that helping our environment would hurt our economy. Though transitioning would cost more, the end result would actually create new US jobs.  Studies have shown that for every $1 million of investment in clean energy, the U.S. can create 16.7 jobs compared with only 5.3 jobs from fossil fuel investments.

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Read the article here.  Where do you weigh in with this debate?  And, more importantly, do you have the expertise for one of these newly created jobs?

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I am a self-proclaimed chocoholic and couldn’t resist the chocolate temptation when I ran across this exciting use of chocolate.

I would have a tough time resisting the urge to drink the fuel (since, after all, it was derived from chocolate production)….

This started as an idea and grew into a viable, sustainable solution to production waste. Any ideas floating around about how to use the by-products of cotton candy production :-)

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3D Printing is going off-roading – or, more accurately, off-Earth-ing! Thanks to some really intense work done by Made In Space for NASA, the

First Zero-G 3D Printer Is On Its Way To The Space Station

Credit:  Made In Space

Credit: Made In Space

While there are many unique challenges inherent in this endeavor, the aim is to provide a means for parts replication, food production, and other ‘manufactured’ items on-site in space to lessen the weight of the provisions which astronauts have been carrying from necessity in previous space missions.

Here are some other articles from various sources about the topic:

Space.com       NASA       Nature.com

Can you offer your skills to address some of the hurdles that must be overcome to make this a viable reality for space travel?  And maybe take a trip among the stars yourself??

 

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October 7th, 2014
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Children love to imagine flying far above the world with just ‘faith & trust – oh, and a little bit of pixie-dust’.  For right now, we still need a vehicle to get us airborne…but, here’s some tech that may change the game…  Is your work with Cognitive Computing similar?  What other applications can you envision for this ‘thought controlled’ headgear?  Take a few minutes to look at the other research being done at these German Universities (links below).

A combination of four pictures shows test person Thiel posing with an electroencephalography cap at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen in Garching

MICHAELA REHLE September 11, 2014 4:57 AM
A combination of four pictures shows test person Thiel posing with an electroencephalography cap at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen in Garching
A combination of four pictures shows test person Niklas Thiel posing with an electroencephalography (EEG) cap which measures brain activity, at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) in Garching near Munich September 9, 2014. The researchers from TUM and the Technische Universitaet Berlin (team Phypa) try to find ways to control an airplane with computer translated brain impulses without the pilot touching the plane’s controls. The solution, if achieved, would contribute to greater flight safety and reduce pilots’ workload. Picture taken September 9, 2014. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle (GERMANY – Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
CREDITS: Reuters, Yahoo News, Facebook

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October 3rd, 2014
2:54
 

Or at the very least, inspire change for the better in some capacity?  While you should aim to ‘make your mark’ on a global scale, sometimes starting small makes sense – take into consideration financial constraints and that “Rome wasn’t built in a day”.  But, don’t stop dreaming on a large scale!  Every idea that comes to fruition began with a dream…

Here’s an event being held in October in the U.S. that is worth investigating (click the pic for full details). 

 

BBC World Changing Ideas

 Speakers are to include:

  • Professor Mary “Missy” Cummings, Director of Humans and Autonomy Laboratory, Duke University
  • Ezekiel Emanuel, Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, University of Pennsylvania
  • Julius Genachowski, Former Chairman, FCC
  • Alexis Ohanian, Partner, Y Combinator and Co-founder, reddit
  • Alfred Spector, Vice President of Research, Google

 

NOTE: I’m aware it’s a pricey event for a Grad Student.  If you aren’t able to attend, you can follow them on Facebook or Twitter!

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