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Extreme gardening in space

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Research teams at Ghent University of the Centre of Excellence Food2Know are supporting the European Space Agency (ESA) with the development of the MELiSSA project. The driving element of MELiSSA is the recovery of food, water and oxygen from waste, carbon dioxide and breath condensate through the development of technology for long-term manned space missions. Without recycling, an estimated 30 tons of supplies would be required to sustain a manned Mars mission.

 

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3 PhDs in computational mechanics of composites and 3D printed materials wanted @UGent

UGent - logoThe three PhD vacancies are part of a large research program “Macro-level predictive modeling, design & optimization of advanced lightweight material systems (MacroModelMat)”, that is funded by the Flemish funding organization SIM (Strategic Initiative Materials – http://www.sim-flanders.be/). The coordinator of this research program is the company LMS (part of Siemens PLM Software – http://www.lmsintl.com/). There is also a strong interaction with the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL-MTM research group) and the Free University of Brussels (VUB-MeMC research group) in this program. Below, the content of the three PhD’s is listed.

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TED of the Month: Mikko Hypponen – Living in a Surveillance State

George Orwell was an optimist“.

Recent events have highlighted that the United States is performing blanket surveillance on any nternational user of the interne. Whether they are suspected of wrongdoing or not. Mikko Hypponen holds a plea to find alternative solutions to using American companies for the world’s information needs.

As far as Gent BC is concerned, this talk was one of the highlights of TEDxBrussels

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TED of the Month: Apollo Robbins – The art of misdirection

Hailed as the greatest pickpocket in the world, Apollo Robbins studies the quirks of human behavior…as he steals your watch. In a hilarious demonstration, Robbins shows how the flaws in our perception make it possible to swipe a wallet and leave it on its owner’s shoulder while they remain clueless.

And the million dollar question is: if you could control somebody’s attention, what would you do with it?

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