The last time the ocean was as acidic as it is now was 50 million years ago and the change occurred over millennia, not over decades. We now know that the oceans cannot take infinite abuse.
The Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE is a 2 year competition worth $2 million dollars for team to create radical breakthroughs in measurement technology, namely ocean acidification (pH levels). The point of the competition is to accurately measure acidification for the first time. This alerts people to the fact that we’ve got a problem that is so important that someone is willing to put up private resources as a reward. One of the goals of this prize is to bring more instruments to the problem. There has been an ongoing dearth of data on the state of the health of the oceans. This is an opportunity to start fresh with new tools to share with the public what is really going on.
Measuring the pH in the oceans efficiently and effectively is no easy task. It isn’t only a challenge of accurate measurement but also the depth with which the sensors are able to sink and still perform.
Check out the source link at xprize.org for a video and to find out which team won the prize!
The ocean is critical for the planet and all living species. If competitions like this bring passionate endeavoring people together to make leaps, then what an amazing thing it would be for more such innovation-driven events to emerge.
In March 2016, a design student named Ari Jonsson entered in a design festival in Reykjavik, Iceland with his invention, a biodegradable water bottle that holds its shape while there is water in it. When it is empty, it naturally begins to compose. As it is made from jelly, it is even edible!
Ari Jonsson studies product design at the Icelandic Academy of Arts. After realizing just how much plastic we use, he decided that he’d take the initiative to offer a solution. “I read that 50 percent of plastic is used once and then thrown away,” he said. “I feel there is an urgent need to find ways to replace some of the unreal amount of plastic we make.” His solution comes from a source that is proving itself to be more and more useful: algae.
Jonsson’s water bottle can be formed by simply adding water and heat, then placing the jelly that forms into a freezable mold. When the bottle is filled, it keeps its shape. Then, when you’re done drinking whatever it is you’re drinking, the bottle begins to decompose. And, much like the delicious soup-in-a-bread-bowl, you can even eat the bottle.
Considering how many water bottles people use everyday (whether or not they recycle them!), this could mean a lot for the future of disposable containers for liquids we consume on the daily. Of course, maintain metal or glass containers is also effectively sustainable while these designs are in development.
(Visit this Source link for more info!)
JouleBug is the easy way to make your everyday habits more sustainable, at home, work, and play. Discover how you and your friends can use resources, without using them up, with this newly designed app.
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Loon Copter: The Air + Surface + Underwater Drone (winner of 2016 Drones for Good Competition)
Check out this video on this new Drone technology developed through Oakland University.
Here is their team’s website. Not a bad achievement and milestone. Thumbs up.
What a great contest to hold. This is BIG!
In their mission statement the UAE Government says they “…invite the most innovative and creative minds to find solutions that will improve people’s lives and provide positive technological solutions to modern day issues.”
There is a new 2017 competition being held. Click on the graphic above to visit their site for more info!
Who knows what all of the inventors will create, keeping in mind it is for good…a lot could come of such a competition despite their being only one “winner” we may all benefit from the hundreds of new inventions.