“In the safest, most boring country, the worst lone gunman shooting happens. The worst in the world, in history. But it will not make our country worse. The safe, boring democracy will supply him with a defense lawyer as is his right. He will not get more than 21 years in prison as is the maximum extent of the law. Our democracy does not allow for enough punishment to satisfy my need for revenge, as is its intention. We will not become worse, we will be better. We lived in a land where this is possible, even easy. And we will keep living in a land where this is possible, even easy. We are open, we are free and we are together. We are vulnerable by choice. And we will keep on like that, that’s how we want to live. We will not be worse because of the worst. We must be good because of the best.”—Ola (via youmightfindyourself)
Eden Full is a 19-year-old social entrepreneur who seems to have a knack for solving big problems with simple technologies. Her patent-pending invention, the SunSaluter, maximizes the output of solar panels—a technology that’s notoriously inefficient—simply by rotating them with the sun. Better still, it’s cheap, made of recycled materials and easy to construct, making it truly sustainable. In the past couple of months, Full has won a 20 Under 20 Fellowship (worth $100,000) from the Thiel Foundation and theEcoLiving 2011 Student Leadership Awardfrom Scotiabank. So this fall Full says she’s “stopping out” (not dropping out) of Princeton, where she’s been studying mechanical engineering, for the past two years, to pursue her dream of improving lives and the environment through technology. PopTech caught up with Full to learn more about the SunSaluter and her rise as a young inventor.
PopTech: As a young inventor, why have you chosen to work on solar energy? Eden Full: There’s so much potential with solar. It’s expected to meet 7 percent of the world’s energy needs by 2020 and 25 percent by 2050. But I believe that if we want to reach the goal of making solar accessible to as many people as possible then the technology has to be simpler. By that I mean that the cells themselves can continue to get more efficient—you can continue to design organic solar cells, cadmium telluride-based solar cells, anything you want—but the core technology that you are actually deploying to the market needs to be a lot simpler.
“flavorpill: Thanks to a new advertising campaign currently running in subway stations in South Korea, commuters can shop the “shelves” of a Tesco billboard using their smartphones, and the goods they purchase will be delivered to their homes within the day.
Have you ever looked at fat white asparagus in a jar and thought, “Man that’s bizarre-looking.” After work today I went foraging for things to put in vials and apothecary jars for Snape’s corner at the library’s Potter parties. I’ll post photos to see if you can recognize any of it. Don’t you think saladitos would make good bezoars?