Earth911 Inspiration: Malala Yousafzai on the Value of Education

February 14, 2020 by  
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Just before he died, Stephen Hawking predicted the ‘end of the universe’

March 19, 2018 by  
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Just before he died, Stephen Hawking was working on a groundbreaking study that predicted the end of the world and sought to prove the multiverse theory. His co-author Professor Thomas Hertog, of KU Leuven University in Belgium, says that the work is so important that Hawking could have received a Nobel Prize had he not passed away last week . Hawking’s paper, titled “A Smooth Exit From Eternal Inflation,” looks at ways in which humans could identify parallel universes – known as the multiverse theory – using probes on spaceships. It also theorizes about the end of the universe, saying that it will end as the stars run out of energy. Related: Beloved physicist Stephen Hawking passes away at 76 The paper is currently being reviewed by a leading scientific journal, and while it will no doubt contribute to our understanding of the world around us, sadly, Hawking can’t win a Nobel Prize for his work. “He has often been nominated for the Nobel and should have won it. Now he never can,” Prof Hertog told The Sunday Times . Via The Independent an CNBC Images via Wikimedia and Flickr  under CC license

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Agtech start-up Plenty plans to grow hydroponic peaches

March 19, 2018 by  
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San Francisco -based start-up Plenty is expanding the possibilities of what can be grown on indoor farms, with its sights set on peaches. Plenty uses a hydroponic growing system, which feeds crops through a steady flow of nutrient-rich water, to grow high-quality, local produce. This kind of system is typically used to grow annual crops, not perennial trees like peaches. Nonetheless, Plenty’s success has the company confident that it can break new ground. “[Plenty’s kale] is nothing like the tough, bitter leaf we’re used to,” Plenty CEO  Matt Barnard proudly stated to Wired . “It’s sweet and velvety. People say we should find another name for it.” Plenty grows its crops indoors thanks to light supplies by LEDs and vertically-aligned growing spaces. This allows for greater crop density, which best serves the urban environment in which Plenty farms. In addition to its environmental benefits, Plenty’s local harvest tastes better too. “Right now, produce often has to travel 3,000 miles from the farm to consumer,” said Barnard, “which is why so many farms grow iceberg lettuce , which tastes of nothing. Our salads are spicy and citrusy and sweet at the same time. People are amazed they can eat it without salad dressing.” Related: 6 places where soil-less farming is revolutionizing how we grow food The primary obstacle to greater success for operations like Plenty is cost. “Anyone can buy some shelves, some lights, irrigation,” said Barnard. “The challenge is to get your produce down from $40 per pound to $1. At the moment, for example, we have an expensive peach.” Plenty plans to incorporate data and machine learning capabilities into the system, so as to allow for algorithmic alterations based on plant needs. “Now we are having what I like to [call] a ‘Google moment,’” explained Barnard. “Just like Google benefited from the simultaneous combination of improved technology, better algorithms and masses of data, we are seeing the same.” Via Wired Images via Plenty and Depositphotos

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Airbus wants to harpoon a satellite and bring it back to Earth

March 19, 2018 by  
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The aeronautics company Airbus is currently testing a three-foot harpoon they hope will catch the nonfunctional satellite Envisat and pull it back to Earth. This particular proposal may also address the rising problem of space debris. “If we can design a harpoon that can cope with Envisat, then it should be able to cope with all other types of spacecraft including the many rocket upper-stages that remain in orbit,” project engineer Alastair Wayman told the BBC . Prior to launch, the harpoons are being tested by being shot at high speeds into various materials that are used to build satellites. “The harpoon goes through these panels like a hot knife through butter ,” said Wayman. “Once the tip is inside, it has a set of barbs that open up and stop the harpoon from coming back out. We’d then de-tumble the satellite with a tether on the other end.” In the end, the ancient technology of the harpoon may prove more effective than robotic arms in space. “Many of these targets will be tumbling and if you were to use a robotic arm, say, that involves a lot of quite complex motions to follow your target,” explained Wayman.”Whereas, with the harpoon, all you have to do is sit a distance away, wait for the target to rotate underneath you, and at the right moment fire your harpoon. And because it’s a really quick event, it takes out a lot of the complexity.” Related: Space Scientists Develop Harpoon System to Capture Rogue Satellites and Clean up Space Junk Prior to its sudden death in 2012, Envisat, operated by the European Space Agency (ESA), was the world’s largest civilian Earth observation satellite. The ESA hopes to bring it back home, starting with a scaled-down harpoon expedition known as the RemoveDEBRIS Mission. The RemoveDEBRIS demo satellite will bring its own debris into space, then attempt to catch it. This experiment will also test a net-based system. Via BBC Images via European Space Agency and  RemoveDEBRIS Mission

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David Chipperfield unveils scaled-back designs for Stockholm’s Nobel Center

September 22, 2015 by  
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Scientists who discovered how to unboil an egg win an Ig Nobel Prize

September 18, 2015 by  
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The scientists at Australia’s Flinders University , who became famous for  figuring out how to un-boil an egg , have been awarded the prestigious Ig Nobel prize. Using a machine called the Vortex Fluidic Device , Professor Colin Raston and his team were able to return some of the egg whites back to their fluidic state. The feat of kitchen science could mean big things for the pharmaceutical industry, and nabbed the scientist the award- given for science that makes people “laugh, and then think.” Read the rest of Scientists who discovered how to unboil an egg win an Ig Nobel Prize

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Malala Yousafzai Becomes Youngest Ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

October 10, 2014 by  
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17-year-old Malala Yousafzai has been named the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate , sharing the prize with Kailash Satyarthi for their work supporting the “struggle against the suppression of children and young people.” Yousafazai, a Pakistani teen who addressed the UN on her 16th birthday , is particularly well known for her advocacy of the rights of all children to an education, after she was shot in the head by the Taliban while on her way to school in 2012. Satyarthi, a 60-year-old Indian activist, works in the tradition of Mahatma Ghandi to lead peaceful protests that focus “on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain.” Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of Malala Yousafzai Becomes Youngest Ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: child labor , children's rights , education , Hindu , India , islam , kailash satyarthi , Malala Yousafzai , nobel , nobel peace prize , Pakistan , taliban , UN , United Nations

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Analog Watch Co. Designs Comfortable and Chic Wooden Watches From Reclaimed Lumber

October 10, 2014 by  
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Analog Watch Co. have designed a gorgeous set of minimalist watches made from the offcuts of lumber. Unlike other wooden watch manufacturers, this Philadelphia-based company is the first to fit each watch with a flexible wooden and leather strap, rather than clunky wooden links. The sturdy unisex watches are 80% biodegradable and are presented in recyclable packaging. The company will plant a tree for every watch sold through a nonprofit partner. + Analog Watch Co. The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Analog Watch Co. , biodegradable watches , reader submitted content , reclaimed timber , reclaimed wood , recycled wood , watches , wooden watches

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Wooden Discovery Centre Blends in With the Forests of Québec

October 10, 2014 by  
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Twelve Architects Announced in Competition to Build New Home for the Nobel Prize

March 21, 2013 by  
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Once a year, the whole world looks to the Nobel Center in Stockholm, Sweden to announce the Nobel Prizes . The center recently announced plans to relocate to a new building, and out of 140 architects, 12 have been selected to compete to design the new home of the Nobel Foundation and its related cultural and educational activities. Notable designers include OMA , Herzog & de Meuron , BIG, and David Chipperfield Architects . The majority of the selected applicants were from Europe and Scandinavia, with only SANAA’s Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa chosen from outside the region. Read the rest of Twelve Architects Announced in Competition to Build New Home for the Nobel Prize Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: architect , big , David Chipperfield Architects , Herzog & De Meuron , kazuyo sejima , lars heikensten , nobel center , nobel foundation , Nobel Prize , oma , Ryue Nishizawa , SANAA , scandinavia , Stockholm , Sweden

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