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Student Invents Cool No-Spill Cup

You don’t have to be an engineer to think like one and design things to help people. Just ask Lily Born. At age 9, she invented a no-spill cup for her grandfather, whose Parkinson’s disease make his hands tremble. Two years later, the Kangaroo Cup is now in production – and Lily, 11, was honored at the White House.

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An Eye for Engineering

Ruth Tie was born and raised in Southeast Asia, where professionals such as doctors and engineers are in high demand. Here’s why she decided to study electrical engineering at the University of British Columbia in Canada.

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Invisible Bike Helmet

Who says safety can’t be stylish? Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin, two young Swedish designers, have rethought the traditional bike helmet as an unobtrusive nylon neck-wrap hat operates like a self-deploying air bag to protect your head.

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Olympic Engineering

There’s no Olympic medal for sports engineering. But breakthrough technology is playing a star role at the London games – if you know where to look. The National Science Foundation has teamed up with NBC’s Olympics and education division to create a guide to the split-second timekeepers, wave-reducing pools, high-performance gear, and other feats of technology that let athletes compete at their peak.

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World’s Greenest Office Building?

To get a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) platinum certificate, a building must cut energy use to about half that of a typical structure. That’s tough. What’s tougher? The Living Building Challenge (LBC).

According to Time magazine, the LBC was created six years ago, and to win certification a building must use half the energy of a LEED platinum building and have net-zero energy and water systems. So far, only three buildings have managed that feat, and they’re quite small. However, a six-story, 4,600-square-meter office building will open this fall in Seattle that’s aiming to meet the LBC requirements.

The $30 million Bullitt Center will house the Bullitt Foundation, whose president is Denis Hayes, a former staff director who worked with Earth Day founder Former U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson.

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