sustainability

Sustainability – The Bigger Picture – with guest Dr. Oliver Putz

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When you think of protecting our planet, what comes to mind?  Making a better world for your children?  Cleaning up your neighborhood?  Often, we think of that which we see around us – our communities, our lives, and our loved ones.  There is nothing wrong with that response.  But perhaps, when looking at sustainability, we […]

Trash and recycling

Robots That Eat Trash and the Entrepreneurs Who Build Them – with guest Jaidev Shah

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In many places of the world, trash management is a challenge.  And in countries such as India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Indonesia, trash piling up is quickly becoming a major environmental and health concern. This inspired the young entrepreneur Jaidev Shah to come up with a solution.  In his home country of India, there is little […]

Renewable Energy and Carbon-Negative Technology

The Energy Future of America – from Renewable Energy to Carbon-Negative Technology – with guest Dr. David Babson

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Deploying renewable energy is a huge step in slowing climate change.  But do you know that in the long term, it will also be cheaper?  Right now, countries around the world are looking for new environmentally friendly energy sources.  These strategies will not only help the environment, but will also be economically preferable.  Where will […]

Children in South Pacific

Educational Hotspots for Children of the Developing World – with guest Dr. Laura Hosman

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Books, computers, and internet connectivity are something we might take for granted in our schools. But for large sections of the developing world, classrooms might be devoid of desks, libraries might be empty of books, and teachers don’t keep lesson plans from year to year because they would deteriorate in the high humidity. There are […]

Buddhist Monks

The Dalai Lama, Tibetan Monks, and Science – with guest Dr. Chris Impey

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https://media.blubrry.com/podcasts_sparkdialog/p/api.spreaker.com/download/episode/11499786/the_dalai_lama_tibetan_monks_and_science.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS If the Dalai Lama didn’t become a monk, he would have been an engineer. Even today, science and mathematics fascinate him. But in spite of this, many Tibetan monks are unfamiliar with modern science, some not even knowing that the Earth revolves around the sun. […]

The Robotic Moral Code – Programming Ethics into Machines with guest Dr. Don Howard

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A robotic moral code may seem like an odd thing to talk about. But there are now instances when robots, machines, and artificial intelligence will need an ethical framework. From self-driving cars to autonomous weapons systems to robots in healthcare, machines will be called upon to make ethical decisions. Even Google Maps displays a certain […]