A Brazilian person who is paralyzed will walk onto the pitch in Sao Paulo, Brazil, this June wearing an exoskeleton walking suit to complete the ceremonial first kick. Built with light metals and powered by hydraulics, the walking machine could one day make wheelchairs a thing of the past.
Duke University professor Miguel Nicolelis is leading a large, multi-university and multi-nation research project to build a walking suit for paraplegic people. Nicolelis insists the technology enables human movements, instead of stiff, robotic ones.”All of the innovations we’re putting together for this exoskeleton have in mind the goal of transforming it into something that can be used by patients who suffer from a variety of diseases and injuries that cause paralysis,” Nicolelis told The Guardian.
I made it only two steps before I detonated a land mine. The explosion ripped through my ears as my heart pounded. Were this a real land mine, a recording informed me, my hands would be torn apart. Shrapnel would fly at my face, blinding me. Without swift medical attention, I would die. But none of this actually happened. The minefield I walked through was only virtual. I was on the top floor of New York’s New Museum, overlooking a sea of silent Manhattan rooftops, far from the conflict zones where this sort of horror is a reality.
Within five minutes of the simulation, I detonated three more land mines.
The United Nations Mine Action Service organized this land mine simulation, called “Sweeper,” which debuted in New York on Friday. It communicates the terrifying threat of land mines throughout the world, despite a 1999 worldwide ban on anti-personnel mines. “Sweeper” simulates the very real terror of leaving home, walking to school or driving to work, and not knowing if you’ll survive your next step.
Check it out here: http://getsweeper.com/
Check out the Google Doodle video celebrating International Women’s Day, which is marked each year on March 8.
International Women’s Day, which was first held in Chicago on May 3, 1908, honors respect, love and appreciation of women. It is celebrated in countries around the world, and this year, the United Nations’ theme for the day is “Equality for Women is Progress for All.” You can read the message by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon here, originally posted on the IWD 2014 website.
via Google Doodle Video Celebrates International Women’s Day.
Happy International Women’s Day. Find out how you can turn oppression into action through the Half the Sky Movement http://www.halftheskymovement.org/ and check out a recent provocative post fighting for the rights of girls
Retard. The word stings of ignorance and disgust. But if the Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign succeeds, you’ll never have to hear it (and hopefully never say it) again.
It’s a derisive term used interchangeably with “idiot” and is especially hurtful when referencing someone who is actually intellectually disabled. It’s also short for “retarded” or “mentally retarded,” terms often used to describe developmentally disabled people. But it’s been misappropriated into a word that hurts them and their loved ones.
You are invited to the following guided walk in Lighthouse Park,
Sunday February 23rd, 2014
“Climate Change Past, Present & Future using Lighthouse Park as our class room”
A field trip for Nature Vancouver (Vancouver Natural History Society).
Trip leader: David Cook
Registration: Not required.
Meeting place & time: Lighthouse Park parking lot at 10 am.
Duration: Approximately 3 hours.