Smart Planet: Fukushima Now a Global Disaster

Fukushima nuclear disaster now global environmental problem The Japanese government has asked for help — but is the plea two years too late? Despite previous assurances, the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster continues to contaminate the world’s oceans — and the Japanese government is finally asking for international help. The March 2011 power plant meltdown …

Smart Planet: Google Data Center Interior

An inside look at Google’s data centers By Kirsten Korosec | October 17, 2012 Google has long kept details about its data centers–everything from the number of servers and design of the building to its energy use and –from the prying eyes of the public. Very few people, with the exception of its critical data …

Smart Planet: Top Disease Spreading Airports in USA

Top disease-spreading airports in the U.S. While the Honolulu airport gets only 30 percent as much air traffic as New York’s Kennedy International Airport, the new model predicts that it is nearly as influential in terms of contagion because of where it fits in the air transportation network: its location in the Pacific Ocean and …

Smart Planet: In the Philippines, turning plastic waste into fuel

In the Philippines, turning plastic waste into fuel Plastic waste is a problem all over the world. And it is especially troubling in the Philippines where plastic waste piles up in Manila’s Payal landfill, unable to decompose. But one inventor thinks he might have found the answer to this chronic problem. Jayme Navarro, founder of Poly-Green …

20120712 Smart Planet Headlines

      Using nuclear waste, PRISM reactor could power UK for 500 years ‘Swiss Army studio apartment’ transforms into 6 rooms Finland’s schools are designed for success Harnessing the jet stream for wind turbines GIS tools map social injustice in civil rights cases How to turn a T-shirt into a battery E.U. invests $450 …

SmartPlanet: Google Planning to Dominate Ubiquitous Sensor Processing

Why Google bought robot-maker Boston Dynamics Google has bought Boston Dynamics, the maker of futuristic military-grade robots including the galloping “WildCat” and the Sandflea, which can jump more than nine metres into the air. Boston Dynamics is the eighth robotics company Google has purchased in the past six months. CBC business commentator Kevin O’Leary, chair …

SmartPlanet: 4% Completion Rate for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)

Only four percent complete massive open online courses: setback or growing pains? Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have relatively few active users, and  user engagement falls off dramatically, especially after the first one to two weeks weeks of a course. Ultimately, only a handful of users persist to the course end. That’s the gist of …

SmartPlanet: The Open Source Business Model

Freedom from shareholders: how to succeed as an open-source business For many launching businesses in today’s fast-moving tech sector, the goal is to attract investors and shareholders, and eventually selling it all to an even larger company. One tech vendor, however, is bucking this urge, preferring instead to have a positive impact on its communities …

SmartPlanet: Voiceprints to Fight Fraud? 97% Accuracy, 100 Identifiable Attributes

What businesses want with your voice You’d be forgiven for not wanting to give businesses a recording of your voice. They get your email address and your inbox is flooded; the same goes for physical address. But, if a business asks for voiceprint in the near future, it might actually be for your own benefit. …

SmartPlanet: Staggering Costs of Fukushima Clean Up (Never Mind Toxicity Blowing East) + Fukushima RECAP

The staggering costs to clean up Fukushima More than two years since the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, the Fukushima power plant meltdown is still a major, global environmental problem. And the staggering price tag for cleaning it up continues to rise. The Japanese government just announced that it’s borrowing about $30 billion more to …

SmartPlanet: Saltwater-Cooled Greenhouse Grows Crops in the Sahara

Saltwater-cooled greenhouse grows crops in the Sahara How do you grow vegetables in arid areas? Reverse the trend of desertification, the Sahara Forest Project proposes. The project combines existing technologies — such as the evaporation of saltwater to create fresh water along with solar thermal energy tech — to utilize what we have (saltwater, CO2) …

SmartPlanet: Marijuana Next Great US Industry?

Is marijuana the next great American industry? By Kirsten Korosec | November 8, 2013, 9:11 AM PST The legal U.S. marijuana market is projected to grow 64 percent to $2.34 billion by 2014 and exceed $10 billion by 2018, making it one of the fastest growing industries in the country, according to ArcView Market Research. …

SmartPlanet: Degrees, Thorium, Tesla Batteries

Will future college degrees be based more on experience than classroom time? Increasing signs of a movement toward granting degrees without ever setting foot in a classroom. By Joe McKendrick Conventional nuclear giant Areva strikes thorium deal Agrees to research and development with $17 billion Belgian chemicals stalwart Solvay. By Mark Halper Tesla wants to …