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NATURE saves lives. ( Little)  And few in the world know that  51%  of cancer fighting drugs are derived from nature:

*Such as coral reefs*.  So Coral Reefs must have a fighting chance to survive and thrive into the future.

Then the very basic, and over arching question is ''How best to heal nature?'' 

In a cramped work trailer not far from Iceland's largest geothermal power plant, a researcher pored over a box of core samples-

Cylinder of rock that a drilling rig had pulled from deep underground just a few minutes before.

In a test that began in 2012, scientists had injected hundreds of tons of water and carbon dioxide gas 1,500 feet down into layers of porous basaltic rock, the product of ancient lava flows from the nearby Hengill volcano.

Now the researcher  Sandra Snabjornsdottir,  a doctoral student at  the University of Iceland, was looking for signs that the CO2 had combined with elements in the basalt and become calcite, a solid crystalline mineral.

In short, she wanted to see if the gas had turned to stone because the Scientists in Iceland tests ways to store harmful emissions underground.

Remarkable thinking all way! And I hope to cover this in greater details in the future endeavours.

*Empowering Girls To Help Save The World*

Studies has shown that girls' career ambitions can be heavily influenced by their playthings.

But when moms  Dawn Nadeau and Julie Kerwin  started searching for female action figures that were athletic and empowering   -as opposed to dolls like Barbie, most of which cannot even bend their limbs-

They were dismayed to find.........none. So using funds they raised on Kickstarter -$162,906 to be exact, more than a quadruple their goal  -they designed and commissioned a firm to build their:

IAmElemental series of action figures, meant to portray women as heroes with strong personalities.

Each figure embodies a different  ''element''  of heroism, like persistence or honesty:

''The idea that girls could save the  -that's a very powerful fantasy,'' says Nadeau. 

The Supersmart Spacecraft

Nobody gets Mars right on the first try.

The U.S. didn't. Russia didn't. Europeans didn't.

That's when the Mangalyaan  -Mars craft in Hindi-  went into orbit around the Red Planet, a technological feat, no other Asian nation has yet achieved.

Building the craft cost India just $74 million, less than the budget for the film Gravity.

At that price, the Mangalyaan is equipped with just five onboard instruments that allow it to do simple tasks like measure Martian methane and surface composition. More important, however:

It allows India to flex its interplanetary muscles, which portends great things for the country's space program  -and for science in general.

The Seamless Sign Language Translator

For the millions of deaf people who cannot speak, everyday communication often requires costly human translators and tedious note writing.

Enter the  Uni, a tablet and attachment that leverages  motion-sensing cameras and voice recognition to translate American Sign Language into spoken words   -and spoken words into text  -in real time.

''The need for this is so great.'' writes Ryan Halt-Campbell, the CEO of San Francisco-based MotionSavvy, who is deaf.

Roughly 200 Indiegogo backers agree: the company has raised more than $20,000 to date.

Screens That Showcase Digital Art

''There are so many artists''  making beautiful works on and for computers, says digital artist Jake Levine, referencing the burgeoning Tumbir community (among others).

But putting that art on physicals walls has been nearly impossible.

Levine's Electric Objects, which has raised more than $3 million in funding, aims to change that.

*The sleek,  22-by-13 in, flatscreens are wired specifically to display art. Their brightness dims in tandem with sunlight, and their matte finish blocks glare so they resemble actual paintings*.

And a comparison smartphone app lets users switch what is displayed on a whim  -eventually.

Levine hopes, from a marketplace full of digital artwork.

The Honour and Serving of the  ''operational research''  continues. Thank you for reading and see Ya all on the next one. 

With respectful dedication to the Students, Professors and Teachers of Pakistan. See Ya all on  !WOW!   -the World Students Society Computers-Internet-Wireless:

'' Nature Honours ''

'''Good Night and God Bless

SAM Daily Times - the Voice of the Voiceless


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