Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience
 
October, 20th 2014
7:52
 

Solar Impulse 2 will attempt an historic journey relying on the sun’s energy to power its trip around the world. It can fly day and night fueled only by solar power or termed “perpetual endurance”. Just think, taking a flight using no fuel and with no emissions.

After some short trial flights, the journey around the world is scheduled for March 2015. The aircraft was developed in Switzerland and is sponsored by Masdar, the Abu Dhabi government’s clean-energy company.

The future of aviation looks very bright and very sustainable with these advances in technology. Read the wealth of information that led up to this historic event here.

Do you have any expertise or ideas that can advance current technology to leave a smaller footprint in our world?

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October, 20th 2014
6:50
 

You may win an afternoon with Astronaut Buzz Aldrin to talk one on one.
The first 250 teams to register for the Giant Leap to Mars Challenge at www.conradchallenge.org will automatically be entered into a drawing to win the “Office Hours with Buzz Aldrin” sweepstakes for a chance to video chat with the legendary astronaut. NASA and the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge want you to design a creative solution that addresses the issues and challenges of a Mars mission including long duration space travel, healthcare, nutrition and quality of life to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and the historic voyage of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

 

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October, 19th 2014
1:03
 

Researchers from the University of Michigan and the University of Buffalo are working with the Rich Earth Institute to generate some means of making human urine usable as fertilizer. Just like researchers at the University of South Florida are trying to find ways to make sustainable fertilizer production possible from livestock waste, researchers are working with the Rich Earth Institute to find ways to achieve the same ends with human waste. It is something to see useful results from this research that could potentially lead the world beyond chemical fertilizers.

Read more here.

Carrots grow in a plot of land at Hope Roots Farm in Westminster set aside for the Rich Earth Institute's use. The collaborative research team funded by the EPA from the University of Michigan and the University at Buffalo met on Monday in Brattleboro and visited the test plots in Westminster in the afternoon. The group is studying the pharmaceutical residuals in urine and what happens to them in soils, water and plant tissue when it is used for fertilizer. (Kayla Rice/Reformer)

Carrots grow in a plot of land at Hope Roots Farm in Westminster set aside for the Rich Earth Institute’s use. The collaborative research team funded by the EPA from the University of Michigan and the University at Buffalo met on Monday in Brattleboro and visited the test plots in Westminster in the afternoon. The group is studying the pharmaceutical residuals in urine and what happens to them in soils, water and plant tissue when it is used for fertilizer. (Kayla Rice/Reformer)

The time needed to get the project underway has made it to where it will take years to get results, but finding a way to put urine rich in nitrogen and phosphorus to use is now in reach. Urine can be toxic for water supplies but if the work is done right, a sustainable and efficient way can be found to make fertilizer from urine that will help the environment and provide nutrition to plants while being harmless to local water sources.

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October, 17th 2014
8:54
 

Building your dream home with your own two hands and a bunch of your friends just became a little easier…  That is, if your family will fit comfortably in about 700 square feet of house!
 

Check out this amazing structure assembled in public view, on the grounds of the London Building Centre, in England-

Downloadable, 3D-printed house built with staples, screws and a hammer

WikiHouse

 

Take a look at the company’s website (including their blog):  WikiHouse

Challenges remain on the structural integrity in the face of weather issues – strong winds… lashing rains… violent, ‘no fun’ kinds of storms.  Maybe there’s an opportunity for you to bring your mind to the puzzle and create a more sustainable model?  Great opportunity to put your “inner architect”, as well as your techie self, into a potentially great future!

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October, 16th 2014
9:05
 

New awards!

University of Missouri, US – 2 projects:
“RaW”, led by Chao Fang, finding protein substructures to enhance knowledge of protein function using analytics!
“DORK”, led by Xinjian Yao, using analytics to understand Medicare data to further understand what happens in the system.

University Putra Malaysia: Embedded Systems for Public Water Management, led by BALAMI Emmanuel Luke, toword making water supplies more sustainable.

Lumbini Engineering College, Nepal – event held September 28 to inform students about Smarter Planet, Bluemix, Watson, IBM and Students for a Smarter Planet opportunities. Led by Basant Pandey.

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