MAKANI POWER FLYING WIND TURBINEWhat do you do when the strongest winds can't come to you? You go to them. That's the thinking behind Makani Power's airborne wind turbine, which basically looks like a small airplane. The lightweight apparatus can reach heights of 1,500 feet - high enough to harness the power of the strongest winds using much less materials than a traditional turbine.
We’ve written about Osorb before, but we were eager to see this miracle material in person. Made out of what is essentially glass, the substance acts like a nanomechanical sponge that absorbs petroleum, solvents and other toxins. Just think about the applications – from cleaning up oil spills to purifying water from frack sites to providing potable water to those who need it. Osorb’s creator, Paul Edmiston was on hand to explain how the material – which he explained he first made accidentally – works and even did a demonstration right before our eyes where he contaminated some water, introduced and then removed the Osorb, and then proceeded to drink the newly clean water!
WEST PHILLY HYBRID X TEAM
When we think about what we were doing when we were in high school (playing Super NES, possibly eating a sandwich?), it make us downright embarrassed to even stand next to the youngsters of the West Philly Hybrid X Team, who were also honored at the event. These talented 10th, 11th and 12th graders under the guidance of faculty advisor Simon Hauger spend their afternoons building and tweaking hybrid vehicles like this one that gets 160-MPGE. And get this – some of them can’t even drive yet!