Category Archives: Inspiration

Things that inspire and motivate us to share

Ocean MOOC

MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course, and there is currently one running on oceans:

www.oceanmooc.org

Today (7 July, 2016) at 9 pm UK time, there will be a question and answer session on ocean energy with Ally Price from Wave Power Conundrums:

www.wavepowerconundrums.com/2016/07/hangout-with-mooc.html

Should be great!

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Make Your Own WEC!

Offshore renewable energy should be fun too!  Researchers in Oregon, USA have developed a simple working model of a wave energy converter (a direct drive linear generator) that you can make at home with your kids! Actually, it looks like the kids can make it by themselves:

The device was designed as part of a teaching curriculum. For more, including paper instructions and how to make the project into a full-fledged science experiment, see the article by NNMREC:

nnmrec.oregonstate.edu/education/build-wave-energy-device

International collaboration, increased impact

It turns out that when scientists collaborate internationally, they are more like to have an impact on science than purely domestic collaborations.

Check out this really interesting story from NPR on international reseach collaboration:

http://www.npr.org/2014/12/15/370878827/why-some-scientific-collaborations-are-more-beneficial-than-others

Right on Mr. Barker

The following is from a speech made by UK Minister for Climate Change, Greg Barker, at the EU Ocean Energy Association conference in Edinburgh (emphasis ours):

“But before I go further, let me stress the 3 key points I want to talk to you today:

Firstly, I want to re-affirm the UK Government’s genuine, long-term commitment to ocean energy. As a direct result of this commitment and of the extensive support framework we have put in place, great advances have been made in developing the sector, here in the UK.

Secondly, we must not forget that Europe is in a global race for the development of ocean energy. As with all such races, others will challenge our leadership. But winning this race will bring global rewards and open world-wide future opportunities to the sector.

Thirdly, but perhaps most importantly, staying in the race and winning it will require strong partnerships. Collaboration is absolutely essential in getting the sector to move forward to the next stage of its development. Collaboration between Governments. Collaboration across Europe. But mostly, collaboration across the industry.

We couldn’t agree more…

Open source is saving the world!

Tropical diseases, such as tuberculosis (TB) and malaria, that effect millions of people in third-world countries have not received nearly the same amount of attention from drug companies as so-called new-age diseases such as cancer and diabetes that are more prevalent in the first-world. The reasons for this are straight-forward: the manufacturing interest of pharmaceutical industry is largely driven by the demand and purchasing capacity of the consumer population.

The Open Source Drug Discover (OSDD) is changing this model.  OSDD is a project lead by a team in India that through an open and crowd sourced platform is searching for new therapies and treatments to previously neglected but prevalent diseases. The current focus is on TB and Malaria.  The project is already producing promising results: several candidates have been identified for TB as ‘hit to lead‘ and OSDD is in discussion with various organizations for the development of clinical and pre-clinical candidates.