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Smarter Sensing Cities
Smarter Sensing Cities
Building cities smarter by using advanced digital technologies as their design and operating base. It's a concept promoted by the World Economic Forum at Davos. Their specific reason is to impact and reduce accelerating climate change. A staggering 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions come from buildings. Lighting, heat, cooling and power for homes, office buildings, schools and hospitals account for 1/5th of global emissions yearly.
Looking for Energy Miracle
World Economic Forum officials believe smarter cities are a key factor that could change that. Microsoft's Bill Gates is part of a group which has created a fund to invest in climate change solutions through technology. As Gates puts it "we need an energy miracle". Meanwhile, a company called Sidewalks Labs is putting the smarter cities theory into practice. Sidewalks is owned by Google's parent company Alphabet. Non-fossil fuel energy will power it.
Toronto Project - the Smarter Sensing City
Sidewalks is partnering with the Canadian government and Waterfront Toronto, the government agency overseeing the project. The project is called Quayside and it matches cutting edge urban design with state of the art digital technology. Developers are making decision on design, policy and technology based on sensors. They've deployed an extensive network of sensors around the city. They monitor everything from air pollution to noise pollution. They are building Quayside based on the data to address problems like greenhouse gas emissions.
Robot Cars and Robot Workers
Sidewalks calls Quayside "the world's first city built from the internet up."
The vision for Quayside is all vehicles would be autonomous and shared. Parts of the urban neighborhood would be vehicle free. Robots would perform basic services such as mail delivery.
Food disposal systems would eliminate the need for a landfill. Self-contained thermal grids would recirculate non fossil fuel generated energy to heat and cool buildings. Buildings would be constructed of eco-friendly materials. And Sidewalks Labs will provide open access to the software and systems it's creating so that other companies can use it as a base to build services.
Source: Stock Photo of Toronto
The project is located in Toronto's industrial waterfront district. It's a 12 acre, mixed use "complete community". Construction is planned to start in 2019. Public hearings and community meeting are now underway. A number of other cities from Los Angeles to Boston are interested in working on urban projects with Sidewalks Labs. It's a smarter city model of important innovation.
1st Test for CTE, Sports-Related, Traumatic Brain Injuries in the Living
Breakthrough Research and Discoveries by Boston University Scientists
CTE is the danger for players inherent in any contact sport. Repeated hard hits to and rattling of the
head in the course of games taking a cumulative toll and resulting in traumatic brain injury CTE which is a fatal disease. Until now, there was no way to detect it in the living. The only reference points for doctors were changes in mood and behavior in the patient following a bad hit to the head and concussion.. But now, there is a brain scan test to detect the abnormal protein tau which is an indicator that the disease condition is present. It's an important breakthrough just announced by scientists at Boston University. For a great news blog, go to Important Innovations Collection: Breakthrough on CTE Brain Injuries from Sports: First Test for CTE in the Living Source: Stock Image Game-changing Discovery by Boston University…
One of the World's Largest: $2.3 Billion EV Battery Plant for Lordstown, Ohio
GM and South Korea's LG Chem Joint Venture
GM and South Korea's LG Chem are investing $2.3 billion to build an electric vehicle battery cell plant in the Lordstown area of Ohio, USA. The plant will be one of the world's largest EV battery cell producing plants. GM and LG Chem will break ground for the new facility in mid-2020 and the new plant will create 1100 jobs at the start of operations. The companies say this plant will be flexible enough to respond to rapid changes in EV battery technology needs. Those needs are accelerating with demand for greater range on less charge times, advancing with electric car technology and they are very expensive. GM CEO Mary Barra's Electric Vehicle Commitment
This is a very significant investment. GM CEO Mary Barra believes that the future of driving is electric. The lack of lithium-ion battery supplies, persistent production problems and the pres…
Continuous Supply of New Neurons Tied to Lifetime Learning & Memory Important Discovery by University of Pennsylvania Medical School Scientists
This is breakthrough research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. The scientists have shown for the first time that brain neurons grow and develop over a lifetime from a single population of stem cells in the hippocampus region of the brain. That region is the brain's center of memory and learning. It's also a key area of reaction to stress and mood adjustments.
Why is This Important to You
The discovery underscores how a continuous supply of new neurons throughout life is the source of youthful like learning and memory throughout your life. The discovery was found in research on mice. And, it sets a new benchmark. It helps neuroscientists to determine how to enable youthful life brain conditions for memory and learning for all of us throughout our lives. It's also a path of discovery to repair and regen…