13-Year-Old Wins Top Prize: Makes Wind Energy Device That Costs Just $5

13-Year-Old Wins Top Prize: Makes Wind Energy Device That Costs Just $5

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A 13-year-old student from Ohio won the top prize at the 2016 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge Tuesday for developing a cost-effective device that uses solar and wind power to create energy.

Maanasa Mendu, a ninth grader at William Mason High School in Ohio, said she was inspired by a visit to India where she discovered many people lacked basic life necessities such as clean water and lighting.

Mendu’s initial idea harnessed only wind energy when she entered the competition. According toBusiness Insider, the leaves cost roughly $5 to make.

During the past three months, Mendu worked with Margaux Mitera, a 3M senior product development engineer, to develop a more advanced system that was inspired by how plants function. Mendu decided to create “solar leaves” that harnessed vibrational energy. Her “leaves” get energy from rain, wind and the sun, using a solar cell and piezoelectric material—the part of the leaf that picks up on the vibrations—and transforms it into usable energy, Business Insider said.

Besides being named “America’s Top Young Scientist,” Mendu won $25,000 for her invention.

“Each year, the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge reminds us of the inspiring ingenuity that results when we empower our youngest generation to apply science, critical-thinking and creativity to solve real-world problems,” said Bill Goodwyn, president and CEO, Discovery Education.

The second, third and fourth place winners each received a $1,000 prize and a trip to a taping of a show on Discovery’s family of networks for their inventions:

  • Rohan Wagh from Portland, Oregon, a ninth grader at Sunset High School in Beaverton School District, received second place for his innovation that utilizes the natural metabolism of bacteria to create energy.
  • Kaien Yang from Chantilly, Virginia, an eighth grader at Nysmith School for the Gifted, received third place for his innovation that uses pumpkin seed oil to create both a biodiesel and bioplastic that reduces emissions and pollution from plastic.
  • Amelia Day from Sumner, Washington, a ninth grader at Sumner High School in Sumner School District, received fourth place for her invention that uses sensory feedback to help rebuild neural connections inside of the brain during rehabilitation.

Souce: EcoWatch

Amazing Glow-In-The-Dark Bicycle Path

Amazing Glow-In-The-Dark Bicycle Path

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A new glow-in-the-dark bicycle path in Poland, is charged by the Sun.

Lidzbark Warminski in the north of Poland, unveiled a luminous blue cycling path, created by TPA Instytut Badań Technicznych Sp.

The glow-in-the-dark path made from a synthetic material, is illuminated ten hours, when charged by the sun during the day.

The concept was inspired by Studio Roosegaarde in the Netherlands, that is using LEDs. This system is dependent upon solar power.

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SpaceX Interplanetary Transport System

SpaceX Interplanetary Transport System

SpaceX founder Elon Musk has outlined his highly ambitious vision for manned missions to Mars, which he said could begin as soon as 2022 – three years sooner than his previous estimates.

“The reason I am personally accruing assets is to fund this. I really have no other purpose than to make life interplanetary” – Elon Musk

 

You can read more about Musk’s ambitious plans here.

NASA Future Aircraft Will be a REVOLUTION !

NASA Future Aircraft Will be a REVOLUTION !

An airliner means a device used to carry passengers on a commercial basis. They are most often operated by airlines that own or lease. They serve the regular lines or are chartered to transport groups starting to commercial airports.

The vast majority of online service aircraft are designed exclusively for these types of uses, but in the first half of the twentieth century they were often developed from military aircraft bomber-type or transportation. Many are also available in freighter to transport cargo or passengers-cargo combined version. Old appliances sold on the used market are often converted for freight transport. Some devices have been built for the transportation of persons (heads of state) are used as a business aircraft or know military applications (troop transport, refueling, etc.).

Video credit: NASA

Watch An Insane 20,000 Watt Lightbulb Test!

Watch An Insane 20,000 Watt Lightbulb Test!

Most of the lightbulbs in your home are probably equivalent to 60 to 100 watts. Above, “electrical overload” fan Photonicinduction fires up a 20,000 watt halogen bulb in a small lab space.

The 20,000-watt halogen bulb is typically used on large film sets, is almost 2 feet long, and uses garage door springs as filaments.

After giving the bulb a test run, Photonicinduction turns off the autoexposure on the camera to allow the viewers to experience the full brightness of bulb.