Nationalism vs. globalism: the new political divide

Nationalism Will Not Solve The Global Problems Of Today

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We are the Explorers


A new movie trailer for NASA’s space program – “We are the Explorers”.


“We can show our students and young people that we’re in an exciting new era of space exploration,” AIA — an aerospace trade group said. “Now is the time to reach them — to remind them that an inspiring space program awaits, one that is worthy of their ambition.”


Support the Indiegogo campaign “We are the Explorers”


Graphene Supercapacitor – The Future of Energy Storage



Graphene – a simple carbon polymer, which can be used as the basic component of a supercapacitor – a high energy density storage device that charges far more rapidly than chemical batteries.


The future of energy storage – the battery tech of today!



The Super Supercapacitor


Read more about this scientific discovery at ReWire Science



What is Graphene?

Video compliments of Vega Science Trust

Seeds of Freedom



The story of seed has become one of loss, control, dependence and debt.
It’s been written by those who want to make vast profit from our food system, no matter what the true cost.
It’s time to change the story.

Seeds of Freedom from The ABN and The Gaia Foundation on Vimeo.

A landmark film narrated by Jeremy Irons. Find out more at

Produced by The Gaia Foundation and The African Biodiversity Network, in collaboration with MELCA Ethiopia, Navdanya International and GRAIN.

Road of the Future

Interactive and Electric Car Ready Highways are Here | Netherlands



A futuristic highway that can save energy and improve road safety is set to be installed in the Netherlands by mid-2013.



Two companies, Studio Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure, came up with the highway, which includes: glow-in-the-dark road markings painted with photo-luminescent paint which are charged during the day and light up during the night; temperature-responsive paint which indicates slippery roads when temperatures fall below zero; and interactive lights along the highway that light up as cars approach. Wind lights that light up using the draft produced by cars and priority induction lanes that can recharge electric cars as they run along them also feature.

The luminous road markings and weather indicating roads will debut in the Dutch province of Brabant in the middle of next year. The wind powered and interactive lights along with the induction lanes are planned to go into service in upcoming years.


DOE is developing batteries 5x more powerful & cheaper in 5 years

5x5x5 DOE Battery Project

The U.S. Dept. of Energy has set a goal to develop battery and energy storage technologies that are five times more powerful and five times cheaper than today’s within five years.


The DOE is creating a new Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, at a cost of $120 million over five years, that’s intended to reproduce development environments that were successfully used by Bell Laboratories in the World War II Manhattan Project that produced an atomic bomb.

The Battery and Energy Storage Hub project will involve six national labs, five universities — Northwestern University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, and University of Michigan — and four private firms, Dow Chemical, Applied Materials, Johnson Controls, and Clean Energy Trust.


“When you had to deliver the goods very, very quickly, you needed to put the best scientists next to the best engineers across disciplines to get very focused,” said U.S. Energy Secretary Stephen Chu.

Continue reading the story at Computerworld’s Emerging Technologies

Digital Aristotle: Thoughts on the Future of Education



Some thoughts on teachers, students and the Future of Education

Courtesy of C.G.P. Grey’s YouTube channel

Urban Aquaponics – The Future of Farming | Kijani Grows

The genius behind Kijani Grows – Eric Maundu is trying to farm in West Oakland, a land covered with freeways, roads, light rail and parking lots.

In an environment where there is not much arable land and the soil is contaminated. So Maundu doesn’t use soil. Instead he’s growing plants using fish and circulating water.

It’s called aquaponics – a gardening system that combines hydroponics (water-based planting) and aquaculture (fish farming). It’s been hailed as the future of farming: it uses less water (up to 90% less than traditional gardening), doesn’t attract soil-based bugs and produces two types of produce (both plants and fish).

Using sensors (to detect water level, pH and temperature), an Arduino micro-controller, relay cards, and social media (Twitter and Facebook), Maundu has programmed his gardens to tweet when there’s a problem (i.e. not enough water) or when there’s news (i.e. an over-abundance of food to share).

Today he runs Kijani Grows (“Kijani” is Swahili for green), a small startup that designs and sells custom aquaponics systems for growing food and attempts to explore new frontiers of computer-controlled gardening.

Aquaponics – the future of farming

Learn more at Kijani Grows

Break your filter bubble – Practice Safe Search | DuckDuckGo




There are no “regular results” on Google.

There are no “regular results” on Google anymore. from DuckDuckGo on Vimeo.

Please educate yourself on the realities of search engine personal results filtering.

Better search and real privacy are not mutually exclusive. That’s why DuckDuckGo doesn’t track or put you in a filter bubble.

DuckDuckGo recently performed a small-scale experiment to test the Filter Bubble. The study had 131 DuckDuckGo users search Google at the same time, and then the results were collected.


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Blinding Laser Attacks on Airplane Pilots Surge




High-powered LED torches have many uses, however they are not good in every situation.





1. Flash blindness

 High-powered LED torches, (also known as lasers) can cause a great deal of stress to a pilot, especially when in the critical stages of a landing. In the year of 2011 this is exactly what happened when two locals in Chicago decided to shine a laser at both an approaching commercial plane and a police helicopter.

Both individuals were found in a nearby vehicle in the possession of a high-powered LED device. The pair were later charged with two counts of firing a laser pointer at a police officer and four counts of discharging a laser at an aircraft.


2. Blinding laser attacks on airline pilots surge

The last few months have showcased a huge rise in blinding attacks on aircrafts. According to government figures, both aeroplane and helicopter pilots in Germany are at the greatest risk.

A total of 220 laser attacks have been reported against both planes and helicopters. The high-powered LED lasers not only put the pilots at risk, but also everyone on board.

Aviation experts have asked that such devices be treated as weapons in order to prevent future threat.


3. 2,836 reported instances

 The FAA has recently announced an astounding figure in regards to near aeroplane disasters caused by high-powered LED torches. This figure is in fact double of the one caused last year.

The recorded incidents generally tend to occur at night and as such, cause a great distraction to the pilot. One particular incident in fact temporarily blinded the pilots. A strong laser beam is akin to a definite camera flash and because of this, causes great disturbances in the likes of critical landings and take-offs.


4. Testing the range

 On the 20th March 2010, a 26-year man noticed an incoming helicopter. After much deliberation he decided to try out a newly purchased laser. His reason being, he wished to test the range of the LED in question. His laser hit the pilot directly; the pilot wasn’t however any ordinary pilot and was that of a police helicopter. Within minutes the police were on the scene with a warrant for the individual’s arrest.


5. Final approach

 February 20th 2011 brought with it the approach of a Southwest Airlines flight carrying more than 130 passengers. As it began its descent into Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, a high-powered LED hit it.

A certain individual from the ground directly pointed a laser into the cockpit of the plane, which was at around 2,000 feet.

Both the pilot and co-pilot managed to land the plane safely, despite this; they both also suffered eye injuries.

The individual responsible for the attack has not yet been found; the FBI is however offering an attractive reward for any information on the matter.


6. Aeroflot Jet nearly crashes after sudden laser attack

A 15-year-old boy directly pointed a laser at an aircraft carrying 128 people, which caused the craft to almost crash in Barnaul whilst landing. The laser was directly pointed at the cockpit, which in fact caused the pilot to become majorly distracted. This particular incident took place in September of 2011.


7. Laser attacks continue despite greater penalties

 Despite the increased penalties, laser attacks on aircrafts are in fact growing at an alarming rate. Only recently an 18-year-old man was arrested for aiming a laser at the cabins of three commercial aircrafts, as well as a police helicopter in Auckland earlier this year.

Pravikash Chandra was summoned to Manukau District Court and was then later charged with four counts in September.




8. Laser louts target Glasgow Airport

 High-powered light sources have been shone at several planes heading in and out of Glasgow Airport over the past couple of weeks.

Police are said to be currently hunting the so called yobs in order to prevent any further incidents.

The latest incident occurred at 10.30pm on a Saturday evening, when a green light was shone into the cockpit of a Jet2 flight.


9. Laser pen shone into the eyes of a helicopter pilot

 A laser pen was shone into the eyes of a helicopter pilot whilst in mid rescue. The pilot in question was in the midst of rescuing a drowning woman.

The crew of the Royal Navy Sea King were attacked suddenly and unexpectedly, which almost caused them to lose control of the air craft.

The lives of both the crew and the women were put at risk at a crucial time. The police are currently looking for the individual responsible.


10. Laser pen attacks RAF

An individual was recently jailed for four months because of shining a laser pen into the cockpit of an RAF Tornado. The man responsible for such an incident was the fruit picker ‘Radu Moldovan’. His brainless stunt left the pilots without a clear view, which made it almost impossible for them to see the route ahead.

The laser attack occurred whilst the air craft was flying at high speed and filled the cockpit with a vivid green light.

When the crew tried to approach the RAF Leuchars in Fife, the individual once again shone the light at the pilots.

Radu Moldovan has claimed he didn’t know such an activity would cause so much danger and as such, is extremely sorry for his actions.

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