Hero of the Week: Fionn Ferreira, Google Science Fair Winner

Hero of the Week: Fionn Ferreira, Google Science Fair Winner

Bright and undaunted teenagers may just save us yet!  Fionn Ferriera had the ingenious idea to use magnets to filter microplastics from water and he found that when he did, they removed at least 85%. Using a magnetic liquid called ferrofluid, which adheres to plastic and then is attracted to the magnets and removed from the water.

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Hero of the Week: Rod Schoonover Who Resigned In Protest

Hero of the Week: Rod Schoonover Who Resigned In Protest

In July, Rod Schoonover resigned from his job at the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research in protest because the Trump Administration blocked the written testimony prepared for a hearing of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.  Schoonover was ultimately allowed to speak to the Committee but the White House blocked the written […]

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Hero of the Week: Jason Carney Bringing Solar Power to Communities of Color in Nashville

Hero of the Week: Jason Carney Bringing Solar Power to Communities of Color in Nashville

National Public Radio (NPR) this week did a wonderful profile of Jason Carney, a solar panel installer in Nashville, who was startled to learn that, according to a 2015 survey of jobs in the solar industry, 0.0% of solar workers in the state of Tennessee were African American.  Given that solar installations are booming across […]

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Hero of the Week: Judy Sullivan

Hero of the Week: Judy Sullivan

While it’s astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Mike Collins who are the celebrated heroes of the Apollo 11 moon landing, their mission may have not been possible without a brilliant NASA engineer named Judy Sullivan. As Good Morning American explained, after earning top grades as a biology major Sullivan became a biomedical engineer at […]

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Heroes of the Week: Erin and Evan Addison and Andrew Arevalo

Heroes of the Week: Erin and Evan Addison and Andrew Arevalo

Erin and Evan Addison and Andrew Arevalo, classmates at Steel City Academy charter school in Gary, Indiana, are all rising high school sophomores and founders of the award-winning Steel City Academy podcast and were featured last week in a radio segment on NPR’s All Things Considered. Last year when Maya Energy was proposing to build […]

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Hero of the Week: Bruce Butterworth Saving Coral in Indonesia

Hero of the Week: Bruce Butterworth Saving Coral in Indonesia

This week, John Kelly, a Washington Post Metro section columnist caught our eye with a story about Bruce Butterworth, a D.C. resident who has been snorkeling and diving since the 1980s and has witnessed first-hand the decline of coral reefs.  Two years ago, he learned that in the Coral Triangle of Indonesia, pristine reefs remain […]

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