Absolutely Brilliant Times
By: Jood Abu Hantash, Mariola Lopez Perez & Yosra Kok
Students Build Sustainable Solar-Powered Pop-Up Van
‘Stella Vita is a self-sustaining house on wheels,’ state Dutch students of the Eindhoven University of Technology. Over the past year, 22 Dutch students have worked on creating the first-ever fully functional mobile home running on only a solar panel roof! They have named the model Stella Vita.
On a good sunny day, this mobile home can travel up to 730 km in 24 hours and reach 75 miles per hour; whilst being Zero Emission. Furthermore, the mobile car still produces up to 70% of energy on a cloudy day. It is equipped with your typical household needs such as a bed, fridge, toilet, and kitchen. These students have come to show the world that you can both live and travel the world in a sustainable way. Want to see how they achieved this in more detail? Watch this video. A step in the right direction for cars to finally stop running on gas!
Sea Turtle Baby Boom!
The sea turtles of Cape Verde have definitely been busy! Sea turtle conservation in Cape Verde is finally paying off! In the West African nation, sea turtle nests have boomed. They have increased remarkably by 2000% from 2015 to 2020! This makes the archipelago the second-most visited nesting spot for big marine reptiles in the world.
In the past six years, the nest counts within the archipelago saw a rise from 10,725 to nearly 200,000. Gilberto Silva, Cape Verdean Minister of Agriculture and Environment, mentions that this has all been made possible through increased awareness and the application of new laws incriminating the hunt on sea turtles! Let’s welcome our hatching sea turtle babies by protecting their homes!
A turban miracle! Five Surrey-based international students save the lives of two tourists in a very unique way.
Two wayward tourists slid down a steep rock wall in British Columbia’s Golden Ears Provincial Park, leaving them stranded at the edge of a waterfall. They were found by 5 Sikh men, but with no cell service or rescue equipment, a rescue was far out of sight. Thanks to the Sikh men’s quick and creative thinking, the 2 tourists were rescued by the unwinding of their traditional headwear, with which they managed to create a 10-meter long lifeline. The hikers were pulled up safely and didn’t require any medical care. Watch how they did it here!
Bouncy Castles and Clean Air!
You can now reduce CO2 while having fun! Marco Poletto’s COP26 bouncy castle gobbles up C02 and releases oxygen while you jump! Within the tubes of the playground, algae help clean our air. With every jump, the inflating pump pulls in the CO2 which feeds the microscopic creatures! As said on BBC, ‘this technology could give climate change the most formidable enemy it has yet faced: the relentless energy of a play-hungry schoolkid.’
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