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A Brief History of Climate Change and the First Giant Step in History to Fight It

Posted by on Jun 7, 2014

For centuries people have known about the dangers of global climate change. Yes, centuries. Ancient Greeks and 19th century Americans debated about how cutting down our forests...

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Screening of Space Shuttle Endeavour “Three Nights, Three Days” at 10th Annual Film Festival Hollyshorts

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014

The HollyShorts Film Festival (HSFF) is an annual film festival showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe of 30 minutes or less. The biggest names,...

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Mathobotix presents First Robotics to High School Students at the Garden Grove Library

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014

Recently Mathobotix presented to high school students at the Garden Grove Library information about First Robotics and how to get a team started. Mathobotix headquarted in Irvine,...

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Spitzer Space Telescope Team selected to receive the 2014 AIAA Space Science Award | AIAA Space Forum 2014

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014

The Spitzer Space Telescope team has been selected to receive the 2014 AIAA Space Science Award during the AIAA Space and Astronautics Forum August 4-7 in San Diego, California at...

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Mathobotix presents First Robotics to High School Students at the Garden Grove Library

Mathobotix presents First Robotics to High School Students at the Garden Grove Library

Sep 15, 2014

Recently Mathobotix presented to high school students at the Garden Grove Library information about First Robotics and how to get a team started. Mathobotix headquarted in Irvine, Ca offers Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) educational services K – 12 linking Robotics to Grade Level Academic Success and Workplace. So it’s no surprise that CEO & President Kumar Ramajayam of Mathobotix is also the point of contact and Regional Director for First Robotics in Orange County, Ca. After the presentation, QGITS asked Teen Services Librarian of the Garden Grove Libray – Kimberly Banks what she thought about having First Robotics come out and talk to the students. “It seems like a great program that provides opportunities for teens to get real world engineering experience, as well as learn important team-building skills. It would be a excellent program for Garden Grove High School or a team from all three of the Garden Grove high schools to get involved with.”

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In photo: Louis Gavidia Mentor at Mathobotix speaking to Garden Grove High School students.

The FIRST Robotics Competition challenges teams of young people and their mentors to solve a common problem in a six-week timeframe using a standard “kit of parts” and a common set of rules. Teams build robots from the parts and compete in games. It’s as close to “real-world engineering” as a student can get. Students involved in First Robotics learn from professional engineers, build and compete with a robot of their own design, learn and use sophisticated hardware and software, develop design, project management, programming, teamwork and strategic thinking, they can earn a place in the Championship, qualify for scholarships at over 150 colleges. www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc

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In photo: President Kumar Ramajayam of Mathobotix and mentor Louis Gavidia. www.mathobotix.com

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A Portable EKG Integrated with GoPro & Arduino by Inventor Andrew Wilson

A Portable EKG Integrated with GoPro & Arduino by Inventor Andrew Wilson

Sep 12, 2014

This video shows the heart activity of inventor Andrew Wilson, Embedded Engineer while making a BASE jump in Moab, Utah wearing a portable EKG, integrated with a GoPro. It’s a technical engineering project, but built for no other reason than to do it–that is an applied engineering multi media experience art! The home built electro-cardiogram is powered by an Arduino Uno and is paired with the GoPro video during the jump. He added a LED and piezo buzzer that blink/buzz at the beginning of each data capture also custom software was written to filter the data and render it into the playable video you see here. The numbers shown alongside the green heart activity trace are calculated beats per minute. When the numbers are not displayed, the data was too noisy to distinguish the heart beat.

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See this cool EKG base jump video Andrew created with filtered EKG traces and ‘beat per minute’ calculations.

To read up on the full project overview, check out:
http://derefnull.org/ekg/

Screening of Space Shuttle Endeavour “Three Nights, Three Days” at 10th Annual Film Festival Hollyshorts

Screening of Space Shuttle Endeavour “Three Nights, Three Days” at 10th Annual Film Festival Hollyshorts

Sep 4, 2014

The HollyShorts Film Festival (HSFF) is an annual film festival showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe of 30 minutes or less. The biggest names, celebrities and Oscar winners have participated in the festival in the past 10 years also a destination to help filmmakers to connect with industry pros and advance their careers in movie making. This year’s 2014 10th Annual Film Festival Hollyshorts presented the screening of “Three Nights, Three Days: Endeavour’s Journey Through Los Angeles.” The ‘mini-film’ is an incredible documentary chronicling Endeavour’s final journey, a three-day voyage to the California Science Center with a cheering crowd of over 1.5 million who lined the route. At the film festival QGITS had the opportunity to video interview some of the cast and film crew after watching “Three Nights, Three Days” on the big screen.

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On the red carpet, I caught up with Astronaut Garrett Reisman who flew on Endeavour mission STS-123 to the International Space Station (ISS); Director Paul Bozymowski; Executive Producer David Knight; Producer Melissa Ayn Eccles and Cinematographer, Mark August. Check out video interview at the Hollyshorts event:

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Mandalay Bay Hosts 2015 CES Press Day, CEA Market Research Presentations & CES Unveiled Las Vegas

Mandalay Bay Hosts 2015 CES Press Day, CEA Market Research Presentations & CES Unveiled Las Vegas

Sep 3, 2014

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) today announced its official Press Day schedule for the 2015 International CES. Open exclusively to registered CES media, Press Day will showcase 2015 CES exhibitor press conferences with major product and company news from 8 AM-5 PM on Monday, January 5, at Mandalay Bay. Owned and produced by CEA, the International CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. The 2015 CES is scheduled to run January 6-9, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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“Every year, we are energized by the innovative product unveilings at Press Day that reveal the trends we’ll see on the CES show floor and the technologies that will fuel our industry and excite consumers in the year ahead,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, International CES and corporate business strategy, CEA. “We’ve got a terrific group of companies that are part of the dynamic 2015 Press Day lineup, including first-timer ZTE, all of whom will announce the next generation of breakthrough innovations in consumer technology.”

The 2015 CES will feature more than 3,500 exhibitors unveiling the latest consumer technology products and services across the entire ecosystem of consumer technologies. For more information on the 2015 CES, visit CESweb.org

13 Year old Quin Etnyre CEO of Qtechknow teaching Intro to Arduino Class at Deezmaker

13 Year old Quin Etnyre CEO of Qtechknow teaching Intro to Arduino Class at Deezmaker

Aug 11, 2014

Quin Etnyre is a maker, teacher and entrepreneur at just 13 years old, he runs his own company Qtechknow. His company manufactures electronic ArduSensors and kits that enables beginners, intermediate and advanced users to start making and programming with the open-source computing platform – Arduino. Quin recently taught a fun interactive intro to Arduino workshop class at Deezmaker 3D Printers & Hackerspace in Pasadena, Ca to both kids and adults of all ages. Diego Porqueras Founder of Deezmaker said of the event, ” It’s a really fun experience to have Quin teach a class at Deezmaker working with the Arduinos that we love to do. He is super smart, fun to hangout with and his parents are very supportive. When people see him teaching Arduino, it amazes them and makes them also feel that what he’s teaching in the Arduino system is really not that hard to work with, its pretty accessible for everybody to learn it . It’s been inspiring for the young kids to see someone their age know about it and for the adults they understand that if a younger person can do it, maybe they can learn Arduino too.” This is Quin’s 3rd time teaching the intro to Arduino class at Deezmaker, he has also taught MIT graduates how to program electronics, he has been invited to speak at the Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum and he was invited to participate at the first ever White House Maker Faire.

Matt Terndrup a Writer at Hackaday spoke with Quin, CEO of Qtechknow while at the Arduino workshop event at Deezmaker, as students were working on there projects.

Quin is also the Maker of Fuzzbot a fully autonomous small Arduino robot that acts like a Swiffer Duster to pick up any unwanted dirt off of the floor. Seen here in photo demonstrated on table by one of the students in the class.

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Check out more photos from the intro to Arduino class with Qtechknow at Deezmaker Hackerspace. Photos taken by Grant Keller.

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Rick Tumlinson Chairman of Deep Space Industries | National Space Society ISDC 2014

Rick Tumlinson Chairman of Deep Space Industries | National Space Society ISDC 2014

Aug 3, 2014

One of the world’s top visionaries and influential people in the space field Rick Tumlinson Chairmain of the Board at Deep Space Industries. Deep Space is a renaissance company that combines veterans in space commerce, policy, asteroid missions, and risk management with young leading edge leaders from the “maker” and nanosat communities. Rick has also led the team that took over the Mir Space Station as the world’s first commercial space facility, signed up financier Dennis Tito to become the first citizen explorer to stay on the International Space Station and was a Founding Trustee of the X Prize. He co-founded the Space Frontier Foundation and founded the Texas Space Alliance, the EarthLight Institute and Orbital Outfitters – provider of commercial space suits to the new industry of suborbital space travel. He has testified on space policy issues twice for the US Senate, four times in the US House of Representatives and assisted NASA in the creation of its plan to return to the Moon and the formation of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group.

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QGITS had the chance to talk to Rick Tumlinson after his presentation at the ISDC International Space Development conference 2014, here’s what he had to say:

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Interview with Entrepreneur Techie & CEO Neel Murthy of Swapbox

Interview with Entrepreneur Techie & CEO Neel Murthy of Swapbox

Jul 30, 2014

Originally from Huntington Beach, Ca Neel Murthy studied in the technical field at Stanford University where he started his first entrepreneurial venture videocrank with a few other Stanford students as a front-end and back-end developer. From there he leveraged his experience to become a lead developer of mylinkpower a startup from one of Stanford’s top entrepreneurial programs on campus called StartX and in his latest venture he is Co-founder & CEO of Swapbox a San Francisco-based startup that’s received $800,000 in seed funding from the Y Combinator accelerator program. Swapbox has now become a trending Bay Area startup that’s led by a team of engineers from Stanford, Google, Microsoft, and Zynga. I had the opportunity to have a phone chat with Neel Murthy and talk to him about his entrepreneurial experience and Swapbox easy convenient way to send/receive packages.

QGITS: What exactly is Swapbox?

Neel: Swapbox is a fully automated post office that is located inside places you already go – grocery stores, convenience stores, laundromats, etc…it’s like an atm for packages. It allows you to send and receive packages in a fraction of the time it took before and at your own convenience. To receive a package simply sign up at swapbox.com and choose your closest swapbox (you can change it later) and we’ll give you a new address to ship packages too and notify you via text/email when it arrives. To send packages, just take your item to your closest Swapbox, answer a few onscreen questions and drop off your item (packaged or not – we’ll professionally pack it up for you if it’s not packages) – That’s it!

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QGITS: What inspired you to become an entrepreneur and start working on your own ventures?

Neel: I think I was just fortunate enough to go to a place like Stanford where I was exposed to a lot of good people that inspired me to do something that has meaning and purpose. Before going to Stanford, I was on this path to become a doctor and that’s what I thought I would do my entire life. Since going to Stanford I connected with some cool people, worked on a couple of projects there and tried a couple of my own ventures also while in school. Eventually, I came across the genesis of Swapbox and worked on it for quite some time in school but then it just took a hold; it became something that I thought about all the time. I ended up dropping out of school in the MSCS/MBA program to pursue Swapbox full time. That was a hard decision and I am pretty thankful that I was able to do that.

QGITS: How did you and your team come up with the idea of swapbox?

Neel: Swapbox was not actually the first iteration it sort of evolved into it’s concept. The initial inspiration for both me and my co-founder Nitin Shantharam who I have known for 15 years, was that we would talk about how we thought transactions were broken. There are two things: 1) the global transaction, you buy from an ecommerce site and receive your package; 2) the postal system that was designed for a different age and purpose. Family dynamics are different today. I still have a stack of missed delivery notices that we keep as reminders and inspiration of why we started Swapbox.

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QGITS: Where we can find Swapbox locations?

Neel: So right now we have 21 kiosks in San Francisco area, we just got started a little bit over a year ago and we are working pretty hard to expand. We are targeting LA then New York next. We still have a small team and we want to make sure we get this right, to stay customer focused and make sure we don’t expand to quickly. We have locations in 7-eleven stores and also have plans to be in big grocery store chains. The biggest thing is we are so technology focused and we have algorithms for figuring out where the packages went, being able to dynamically route and store packages. It’s all suppose to be very hassle free and the biggest thing we like to do is make sure the interface is really easy to handle for our customer’s user experience.

Check out video by Swapbox:

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Spitzer Space Telescope Team selected to receive the 2014 AIAA Space Science Award | AIAA Space Forum 2014

Spitzer Space Telescope Team selected to receive the 2014 AIAA Space Science Award | AIAA Space Forum 2014

Jul 24, 2014

The Spitzer Space Telescope team has been selected to receive the 2014 AIAA Space Science Award during the AIAA Space and Astronautics Forum August 4-7 in San Diego, California at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. This award was originally established in 1961 and is given to an individual for demonstrated leadership of innovative scientific investigations associated with space science missions. The citation for the award reads: “For outstanding science producing over 2,000 papers, 50,000+hours of observation, and significant findings such as the first telescope to directly detect light from extrasolar planets.” The award consists of an engraved medal and a certificate of citation.

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The Spitzer Space Telescope is designed to detect infrared radiation, which is primarily heat radiation that allows scientists to peer into cosmic regions that are hidden from optical telescopes, including dusty stellar nurseries, the centers of galaxies, and newly forming planetary systems. Spitzer’s infrared eyes also allows astronomers see cooler objects in space, like failed stars (brown dwarfs), extrasolar planets, giant molecular clouds, and organic molecules that may hold the secret to life on other planets. Recently NASA’s Spitzer and Kepler Space Telescopes has helped scientist with the most precise measurement ever of the radius of a planet beyond our solar system. Their discoveries confirm Kepler-93b as a “super-Earth” that is about one-and-a-half times the size of our planet. Although super-Earths are common in the galaxy, none exist in our solar system. To learn more visit: http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/

Join this year’s AIAA SPACE Forum: This event will give you a 360-degree view of the impacts of space activity on society. Focused on “Connecting, Protecting, and Enhancing a Global Society,” this forum will connect you with the researchers, engineers and experts who are driving our industry forward.

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bioDensity Inventor Dr. John Jaquish Workshop Leader at Evo Kids Science Space Program | Evolution Expo 2014

bioDensity Inventor Dr. John Jaquish Workshop Leader at Evo Kids Science Space Program | Evolution Expo 2014

Jul 16, 2014

Dr. John Jaquish PhD is the Inventor of bioDensity system that rapidly enhances bone health for individuals that are affected by the bone disease osteoporosis and helps Astronauts that spend long periods of time in zero gravity. After completing many years of research on osteogenic and neurological function/response, John developed the initial prototype of bioDensity. His doctoral dissertation in biomedical engineering research is from Rushmore University. He conducted 4 years of testing with human subjects focused on user comfort biomechanics and optimal bone muscular stimulation for individuals. This device can greatly benefit de-conditioned elderly populations, high performance athletes and Astronauts living in space – for stronger bone tissue and increased muscular strength.

John was one of the Workshop Leaders for the Evo Kids program at Evolution Expo 2014 in Oakland, Ca. Check out video and hear what John had to say about the family fun event and inspiring kids in science, technology, engineering, arts and math fields.

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Evo Kids “Think Tank” with NASA Astronauts Wendy Lawrence & Joe Edwards | Evolution Expo 2014

Evo Kids “Think Tank” with NASA Astronauts Wendy Lawrence & Joe Edwards | Evolution Expo 2014

Jul 9, 2014

NASA Astronauts Wendy Lawrence and Joe F. Edwards presented and interacted with kids at Evolution Expo 2014 – Evo Kids program talking with them up close and personal about their experiences in the pursuit of space exploration. They also discussed new technologies like having 3D printers in space that will manufacture tools on demand or even food and the challenges for future space exploration missions. The program was enjoyable for everyone as kids asked questions to both Joe and Wendy after panel discussion and soon after in the breakout session, they worked together in groups of teams called the “Think Tank.”

Astronaut Joe Edwards is also an aviator, combat Navy fighter pilot and experimental test pilot of the most advanced fighter aircraft in the world. In the Space Shuttle – Mir Space Station program he set world records for flying the largest mass in Earth orbit, the most humans in space simultaneously and he flew the closest flying maneuvers in the history of manned space flight in the Orbiter Endeavour.

Astronaut Wendy Lawrence former U.S. Navy Captain and helicopter pilot. She received a bachelor of science degree in ocean engineering from U.S. Naval Academy and a master of science degree in ocean engineering from MIT and WHOI. She was selected as an astronaut mission specialist and worked at NASA for 14 years. Her technical assignments included serving as the Director of Operations at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. She is a veteran of four shuttle missions (STS-67, 86, 91 and 114) and has logged over 1225 hours in space.

Hear from both Joe and Wendy at Evolution Expo about what inspires them and advice to others in following their dreams:

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