Archive: Environment & Energy

November 12th, 2012 | By Mallory Smith | Posted in Art & Society, Business & Economy, Environment & Energy | Comments Off

The U.S. is slowly changing its mind about women

Women have been front and center in the elections this year, drawing attention to issues that concern everyone like employment and energy, and issues that focus on women more exclusively, like reproductive issues. Recently there seems to be progress being made for women, in politics especially. The 113th Congress will have  20 female senators, which is the most ever in U.S. history, and you can meet them here. Though it’s not a great ratio since it’s still well below half, it does represent a certain air of change that’s taking shape as we speak.  Recently the senate has been making some  bold moves  in support of pro-choice groups. The 2012 presidential campaign had a major focus on women, and their votes made a huge impact on the election.

The 112th U.S. Congress had 17 women of 100 people in the Senate and 73 of the 435 in the House.  Now there are 20 female senators, and 78 representatives in the House. Only four states (Delaware, Iowa, Mississippi and Vermont) have yet to elect a woman to Congress.



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October 22nd, 2012 | By Mallory Smith | Posted in Environment & Energy | Comments Off

From the desk of Captain Obvious: Water’s important

Not only is water important to maintain and preserve so the entire world can have drinkable water in the future, but water is important to share with those who are unable to obtain potable water right now. The Vestergaard Frandsen LifeStraw is an easy way to contribute to society. According to the LifeStraw website: “Half of the world’s poor suffer from waterborne disease, and nearly 6,000 people – mainly children – die each day by consuming unsafe drinking water.” LifeStraw filters through dirty and contaminated water, making it clean and safe to drink, minimizing the risk of waterborne diseases. Donate a LifeStraw to someone in need today!

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October 12th, 2012 | By Mallory Smith | Posted in Art & Society, Environment & Energy, Innovation, Science & Tech | Comments Off

State of the Arts 2012 update

I had previously mentioned that you would be able to watch the State of the Arts 2012 event online and here it is! I’ll include my favorite segments below, which include an introduction of Hollywood, Health & Society by Sandra de Castro Buffington, and an early look at the philanthropic video game Cyber Hero League with Dana Klisanin.

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October 8th, 2012 | By Mallory Smith | Posted in Art & Society, Environment & Energy | Comments Off

Building with the eco-brick

As population increases, more homes need to be built. As population and consumption increase, so will our piles of garbage. So, it’s safe to say that in the future we need to build more homes and efficiently dispose of more garbage. How can we build more homes while putting less garbage into landfills? If you skeptically answered “build homes with garbage?” you are correct. The eco-brick is Susanne Heisse’s brilliant answer to alternative trash management. As  founder of Pura Vida, Heisse designed the eco-brick out of a  plastic bottle stuffed with inorganic trash that, when sufficiently stuffed, can be used as a building block for homes and schools. As of today eco-bricks have been used to build more than 200 schools and several homes throughout Central America. Watch this video and learn more about the super simple, super effective eco-brick.

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October 2nd, 2012 | By Mallory Smith | Posted in Art & Society, Business & Economy, Environment & Energy, Innovation, Science & Tech | Comments Off

Innovation’s TEN points of access

Last week the Ten Conference drew quite the multidisciplinary crowd to the beautiful Sleeping Lady Resort in Leavenworth. Given the innovative and futuristic nature of Ten, all types of people attend- from artists, scientists, and entrepreneurs to publicly traded people.

That’s right, Mike Merrill is the world’s only publicly traded person. From profession to obsession, you can skillfully orchestrate almost every part of this man’s life by purchasing stock in him here. Peter McGraw runs HURL, the Humor Research Lab that focuses on what makes things funny. Beth Kolko uses her company Shift Labs to design  innovative health technologies for low resource communities. Shift Labs opts for a more forward-thinking approach to research, encouraging anyone with any background to send in their inventive ideas and solutions to fuel the search for solutions to global issues.

In fact, this cross-discipline collaboration mentality is a major theme throughout TEN.  New York’s renowned DIY bio lab, Gen Space, is  dedicated to promoting citizen science and access to biotechnology. Anyone with an interest in biotech can show up to learn and play. Actually the entire conference is separated into 10 categories with engaging titles like Hackademia and Makerspace that playfully urge you to have fun with science and technology. If you’re interested in learning more, check out the One to the World broadcast of TEN (coming soon) and be sure to show up next year!


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