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Video: TED Talks series - Janine Benyus: Biomimicry in Action Last Updated on 2012-08-01 00:00:00 SUMMARY 17:40 minutes TED Talks series, FILMED JUL 2009 • POSTED AUG 2009 • TEDGlobal 2009 Janine Benyus has a message for inventors: When solving a design problem, look to nature first. There you'll find inspired designs for making things waterproof, aerodynamic, solar-powered and more. Here she reveals dozens of new products that take their cue from nature with spectacular results. GOAL Benyus discusses how the Earth's systems and biological systems in nature should be researched and modeled by humans to optimize multiple aspects of human life; such as health, energy efficiency, communication and more. ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION AND TEACHING MATERIALS They [Biomimics] have asked themselves, 'What if, everytime I started to invent something, I asked 'How would nature solve this?'" (Janine... More »
Podcast: TED Talks series - Janine Benyus: Biomimicry in Action Last Updated on 2012-08-01 00:00:00 SUMMARY 17:40 minutes TED Talks series, FILMED JUL 2009 • POSTED AUG 2009 • TEDGlobal 2009 Janine Benyus has a message for inventors: When solving a design problem, look to nature first. There you'll find inspired designs for making things waterproof, aerodynamic, solar-powered and more. Here she reveals dozens of new products that take their cue from nature with spectacular results. GOALS Benyus discusses how the Earth's systems and biological systems in nature should be researched and modeled by humans to optimize multiple aspects of human life; such as health, energy efficiency, communication and more. ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION AND TEACHING MATERIALS They [Biomimics] have asked themselves, 'What if, everytime I started to invent something, I asked 'How would nature solve this?'"... More »
Podcast: TED Talks series - Cesar Harada: A novel idea for cleaning up oil spills Last Updated on 2012-07-17 00:00:00 SUMMARY 14:30 minutes TED Talks series, FILMED JUN 2012 • POSTED JUL 2012 • TEDxSummit When TED Senior Fellow Cesar Harada heard about the devastating effects of the BP Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, he quit his dream job and moved to New Orleans to develop a more efficient way to soak up the oil. He designed a highly maneuverable, flexible boat capable of cleaning large tracts quickly. But rather than turn a profit, he has opted to open-source the design. GOALS Harada is trying to open up discussion on the possible methods for cleaning up massive oil spills, such as the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. He explains his technology that he designed for cleaning up oil.  ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION AND TEACHING MATERIALS Listen >> TED Talks: Cesar Harada: A Novel Idea for Cleaning Up Oil... More »
Carbon Storage In Geological Formations Last Updated on 2010-11-09 00:00:00 Video: Curt Oldenburg, who heads Berkeley Labs Geologic Carbon Sequestration Program, focuses in this lecture on the challenges, opportunities, and research needs of this innovative technology. From UCTV and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's 2009 Summer Lecture Series. Injection of CO2 into geological formations is currently the most practical option for long-term CO2 storage. The oil and gas industry routinely conducts analogous procedures for several purposes, including disposal of acid gas (natural gas contaminated with large amounts of hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide) or liquid waste into spent wells, storage of natural gas in geological formations, and injection of CO2 into wells to enhance oil and gas recovery. Large commercial facilities for geological CO2 storage have been operating for several years at two sites in Salah, Algeria and Sleipner, Norway,... More »