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
The growth study has begun at USF. Environmental Engineering students are researching the direct effects of fertilizer treatments on the growth of rye grass. Students are utilizing different combinations of struvite, MCP, clinoptilite and chabazite to see which fertilizer and/or combination produces the greatest positive difference from the conventional fertilizers used today. Different methods of production were used to make the some of the fertilizers along with different amounts – a half and full dose are used. It is unknown what the specific trends are going to be until more weeks pass, however, there is promise of a good ending in this beginning.
The students involved in this endeavor under the direction of Dr. Sarina Ergas are Adib Amini, Veronica Aponte, John Pilz, Lindsay Guntner and Andres Garcia. Andres Garcia is a high school student who is utilizing his experiences at a research university like USF to sharpen his scientific abilities with hopes of a future career in science. Just as the symbolic growth of these sprouts show promise for interesting results, the students in this study hope to be a part of this until the end. Please follow us as we continue to provide updates on this growth study here on “Students for A Smarter Planet.”
We are team “RaW” from University of Missouri – Columbia. We are very excited to have this opportunity to work with IBM company on the smart planet project. Our project introduction is as followed:
Protein is a sequence of amino acids and it always folds into a specific 3D shape. Structures are important to proteins because the functional properties of proteins depend on their 3D structure and structures are more conserved than sequence during the evolution of proteins. Structural Motif is a frequently occurring substructure of proteins. Motifs are thought to be tightly related to protein functions. Identifying motifs from a set of proteins can help us to know their evolutionary history and functions. Our project is to find the frequently occurring substructure using Big Data analytics techniques, in another word, to find one substructure from each protein, that exhibit the highest degree of similarity.