Calling teachers and students innovators: register for 2018-2019 conrad challenges


Audience: Students Ages 13-18 and Educators of Grades 9-12
Registration Deadline: Nov. 2
Category: Student Competitions
The Conrad Challenge is an annual, virtual competition that invites students worldwide to become entrepreneurs and apply innovation, science, technology, creativity and critical thinking to solve challenges having global impact in six categories. Teams of two-five students, ages 13-18, create products and/or services that address some of the most pressing global challenges. Guided by teachers and industry experts, the competition becomes a master class in collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication.




Audience: All Interested U.S. Citizens, Including Higher Education Educators and Students
Deadline: No Later Than Sept. 30, 2019
Category: Competitions
NASA, in partnership with the nonprofit Methuselah Foundation’s New Organ Alliance, is seeking ways to advance the field of bioengineering through a new prize competition. The Vascular Tissue Challenge offers a $500,000 prize to be divided among the first three teams that successfully create thick, metabolically functional, human vascularized organ tissue in a controlled laboratory environment. The first registered team(s) to meet the required guidelines and complete their trials by Sept. 30, 2019, will win the awards.

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Scholarships and financial support

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The following is the list of shortlisted applicants for the internship
interview scheduled at CIVE-UDOM on 15th -16th October 2018 starting
from 8.00 a.m. each day. The process shall comprise the following two
parts: (1) Laboratory demonstrations of the relevant skills, and (2) Oral
presentations. Interviewees are free to bring any of the tools that can help
them to demonstrate their skills, especially for the laboratory sessions. All
costs related to travel; meals, accommodation and health care shall be
borne by the interviewees.







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Lazy Girl Guide: 13 Easy Ways to Lose Weight. Thirteen easy, anyone-can-do-them tips to help the exercise-phobic weight.

23F337CE00000578-2868834-image-m-35_1418240842927Long hours at the gym and restrictive diets are tough to maintain when you want to loose weight Our budgets and busy schedules might not allow us to attend spin class every morning and nosh on organic food and green juices. Although exercise is important for good health, there are easy ways to lose weight without stepping foot into your local gym. Don’t get demoralized! Only a few slight changes to your daily routine can be enough to slim down:

1. Use Smaller Plates.
It’s natural to want to fill up your plate, but by using a smaller one, you can fill your plate and still cut down on the amount of food you end up eating. You actually trick your mind into thinking you ate more than you did since your plate looks so full.

2. Take The Stairs.
It may seem daunting, but taking the stairs instead of an elevator can tone your tush in no time. It’s strength training without actually hitting the gym, so opt for stairs the next time you need to head up a few flights!

3. Don’t Eat in Front of the TV.
When you’re distracted, you’re not paying attention to how much food you’re consuming. Researchers have found that watching TV while eating leads to higher calorie consumption since you’re eating without thinking. Be especially mindful while snacking so you can avoid packing on extra pounds.

READ MORE: 9 Sneaky Reasons Your Belly Fat Won’t Budge

4. Drink “Skinny Cocktails.”
Happy hours and boozy brunches are fun but they can lead to over-indulging on high-caloric cocktails. Try these calorie-cutting hacks for healthier cocktails instead!

5. Get More Sleep.
Studies have shown that lack of sleep can lead to weight gain, a slower metabolism, and an increased risk of obesity and diabetes. So, clock in an extra few hours of shut eye to ensure you keep your waistline slim and your energy up.

6. Don’t Deny Yourself Sweets.
Denying yourself your favorite snack will only make you crave it more. We always want what we can’t have!. Instead of cutting out sweets entirely, allow yourself to indulge in that fun-size bag of Doritos or two scoops of gelato once a week. That way, you won’t binge on your favorite treats if you fall off the wagon once or twice (which, by the way, you shouldn’t beat yourself up about — it happens). You can seek out low-calorie dessert options, such as this low-cal healthy cheesecake.

7. Down a Glass of Water Before Meals.
It’s easy to confuse hunger with thirst, so drink a glass of water before a big meal to ensure you’re not simply thirsty. A glass of agua will make you feel fuller so you won’t eat as much during your meal.   

READ MORE: What Is A Healthy Weight For Me?

8. Learn to Love Green Tea.
Save those Frappuccinos for an occasional treat and learn to love the green stuff — no, not money, teaGreen tea is known to reduce belly fat, boost metabolism and help digestion, so drink up!

9. Limit Going Out to Dinner to Eat.
Unlimited breadsticks, anyone? It’s nice to treat yourself to a meal out with friends every once in awhile, but restaurant portions are always much bigger than anything you would normally make at home. Save the night’s out for special occasions so you can indulge within reason.

10. Eat Sitting Down.
Studies have found that eating while standing up is not only bad for digestion, it actually leads you to consume more calories. When standing up, you eat food more quickly, so you’re more likely not to realize how full you’ve actually become. Take a few minutes to sit down and enjoy your meal.

11. Don’t Drink Your Calories.
You might be sabotaging your own diet plan without even realizing it! Drinking high-calorie beverages might not seem like a big deal at the time, but at the end of the day it adds up. Your morning Starbucks latte has an average of 265 calories, your afternoon soda has 227, and your evening ice tea has 180. When all is said and done, you’re approaching nearly 1000 calories in drinks alone! One of the most easy ways to lose weight is to replace your sugary beverages with water.

12. Walk Everywhere. 
If you just can’t seem to squeeze in a workout sesh at your gym, torch a few extra calories by choosing to walk as much as you can. Take a walk around the office at lunchtime, or skip the bus and walk to work. Walking increases cardiovascular health and strengthens muscles. Studies have even shown that it may even be just as good for you as running!

13. Ditch the Sweatpants.
News Flash: You know those glorious, ultra-comfortable, 10-year-old pair of sweatpants you love so much? They are not your friend. They’re “the leading cause of divorce” (according to Eva Mendes), and also have been sneakily playing a part in fattening you up. Sweatpants are the most forgiving piece of clothing out there — which is why we love them when we feel bloated before our periods, but not so much when we’re minding our weight. Jeans, on the other hand, will tell you right away if you’re bursting with food and help you say “no, thanks!” to seconds

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20 Common Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Weight

When you lose weight, your body fights back.

You may be able to lose quite a lot of weight at first, without much effort. However, weight loss may slow down or stop altogether after a while.

This article lists 20 common reasons why you’re not losing weight.

It also contains actionable tips on how to break through the plateau and get things moving again.

Reasons You Are Not Losing Weight

1. Maybe You Are Losing Without Realizing It

If you think you are experiencing a weight loss plateau, you shouldn’t fret just yet.

It is incredibly common for the scale not to budge for a few days (or weeks) at a time. This does not mean that you are not losing fat.

Body weight tends to fluctuate by a few pounds. It depends on the foods you are eating, and hormones can also have a major effect on how much water your body retains (especially in women).

Also, it is possible to gain muscle at the same time as you lose fat. This is particularly common if you recently started exercising.

This is a good thing, as what you really want to lose is body fat, not just weight.

It is a good idea to use something other than the scale to gauge your progress. For example, measure your waist circumference and body fat percentage once per month.

Also, how well your clothes fit and how you look in the mirror can be very telling.

Unless your weight has been stuck at the same point for more than 1–2 weeks, you probably don’t need to worry about anything.

SUMMARYA weight loss plateau may be explained by muscle gain, undigested food and fluctuations in body water. If the scale doesn’t budge, you might still be losing fat.

2 You’re Not Keeping Track of What You’re Eating

Awareness is incredibly important if you are trying to lose weight. Many people don’t have a clue how much they’re really eating.

Studies show that keeping track of your diet helps with weight loss. People who use food diaries or photograph their meals consistently lose more weight than people who don’t (12).

SUMMARYKeeping a food diary can be helpful when you are trying to lose weight.

3. You are Not Eating Enough Protein

Protein is the single most important nutrient for losing weight.

Eating protein at 25–30% of calories can boost metabolism by 80–100 calories per day and make you automatically eat several hundred fewer calories per day. It can also drastically reduce cravings and desire for snacking (34567).

This is partly mediated by protein’s effects on appetite-regulating hormones, such as ghrelinand others (89).

If you eat breakfast, be sure to load up on protein. Studies show that those who eat a high-protein breakfast are less hungry and have fewer cravings throughout the day (10).

A high protein intake also helps prevent metabolic slowdown, a common side effect of losing weight. Additionally, it helps prevent weight regain (111213).

SUMMARYLow protein intake may bring your weight loss efforts to a standstill. Make sure to eat plenty of protein-rich

4.You’re Eating Too Many Calories.

A large number of people who have trouble losing weight are simply eating too many calories.

You may think that this does not apply to you, but keep in mind that studies consistently show that people tend to underestimate their calorie intake by a significant amount (141516).

If you are not losing weight, you should try weighing your foods and tracking your calories for a while.

Here are some helpful resources:

  • Calorie calculator — Use this tool to figure out how many calories to eat.
  • Calorie counters — This is a list of five free websites and apps that can help you keep track of your calorie and nutrient intake.

Tracking is also important if you’re trying to reach a certain nutrient goal, such as getting 30% of your calories from protein. This can be impossible to achieve if you’re not tracking things properly.

It is generally not necessary to count calories and weigh everything for the rest of your life. Instead, try out these techniques for a few days every few months to get a feel for how much you’re eating.

SUMMARYIf your weight loss seems to have come to a standstill, it’s possible you may be eating too much. People frequently overestimate their calorie intake.

5. You’re Not Eating Whole Foods

Food quality is just as important as quantity.

Eating healthy foods can improve your wellbeing and help regulate your appetite. These foods tend to be much more filling than their processed counterparts.

Keep in mind that many processed foods labeled as “health foods” aren’t really healthy. Stick to whole, single-ingredient foods as much as possible.

SUMMARYMake sure to base your diet on whole foods. Eating too much processed food could ruin your weight loss success.

How to Lose Weight Fast: 3 Simple Steps, Based on Science

obese-vs-thin-woman-1296x818There are many ways to lose a lot of weight fast.

However, most of them will make you hungry and unsatisfied.

If you don’t have iron willpower, then hunger will cause you to give up on these plans quickly.

The plan outlined here will:

  • Reduce your appetite significantly.
  • Make you lose weight quickly, without hunger.
  • Improve your metabolic health at the same time.

Here is a simple 3-step plan to lose weight fast.

1. Cut Back on Sugars and Starches

The most important part is to cut back on sugars and starches (carbs).

When you do that, your hunger levels go down and you end up eating much fewer calories (1).

Now instead of burning carbs for energy, your body starts feeding off of stored fat.

Another benefit of cutting carbs is that it lowers insulin levels, causing your kidneys to shed excess sodium and water out of your body. This reduces bloat and unnecessary water weight (23).

It is not uncommon to lose up to 10 pounds (sometimes more) in the first week of eating this way, both body fat and water weight.

This is a graph from a study comparing low-carb and low-fat diets in overweight or obese women (4).

The low-carb group is eating until fullness, while the low-fat group is calorie-restricted and hungry.

Cut the carbs and you will start to eat fewer calories automatically and without hunger (5).

Put simply, cutting carbs puts fat loss on autopilot.

SUMMARYRemoving sugars and starches (carbs) from your diet will reduce your appetite, lower your insulin levels and make you lose weight without hunger.

2. Eat Protein, Fat and Vegetables

Each one of your meals should include a protein source, a fat source and low-carb vegetables.

Constructing your meals in this way will automatically bring your carb intake into the recommended range of 20–50 grams per day.

Protein Sources

  • Meat: Beef, chicken, pork, lamb, etc.
  • Fish and Seafood: Salmon, trout, shrimp, etc.
  • Eggs: Whole eggs with the yolk are best.

The importance of eating plenty of protein cannot be overstated.

This has been shown to boost metabolism by 80 to 100 calories per day (678).

High-protein diets can also reduce cravings and obsessive thoughts about food by 60%, reduce the desire for late-night snacking by half, and make you so full that you automatically eat 441 fewer calories per day — just by adding protein to your diet (910).

When it comes to losing weight, protein is the king of nutrients. Period.

Low-Carb Vegetables

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Kale
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Swiss chard
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumber
  • Full list here.

Don’t be afraid to load your plate with these low-carb vegetables. You can eat massive amounts of them without going over 20–50 net carbs per day.

A diet based mostly on meat and vegetables contains all the fiber, vitamins and minerals you need to be healthy.

Fat Sources

  • Olive oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Butter

Eat 2–3 meals per day. If you find yourself hungry in the afternoon, add a 4th meal.

Don’t be afraid of eating fat, as trying to do both low-carb AND low-fat at the same time is a recipe for failure. It will make you feel miserable and abandon the plan.

To see how you can assemble your meals, check out this low-carb meal plan and this list of 101 healthy low-carb recipes.

SUMMARYAssemble each meal out of a protein source, a fat source and low-carb vegetables. This will put you in the 20–50 gram carb range and significantly lower your hunger levels.

3. Lift Weights 3 Times Per Week

You don’t need to exercise to lose weight on this plan, but it is recommended.

The best option is to go to the gym 3–4 times a week. Do a warm-up and lift some weights.

If you’re new to the gym, ask a trainer for some advice.

By lifting weights, you will burn lots of calories and prevent your metabolism from slowing down, which is a common side effect of losing weight (1112).

Studies on low-carb diets show that you can even gain a bit of muscle while losing significant amounts of body fat (13).

If lifting weights is not an option for you, then doing some cardio workouts like walking, jogging, running, cycling or swimming will suffice.

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Tire Health Check Challenge

Tire Health Check Challenge
Deadline: 2018-10-17
Award: $40,000
Open to: Everyone (except employees and UBC students)*
Kal Tire is seeking a new technology or methodology to deploy in their 260 stores that will help inform customers about the health and condition of their tires. Submit your idea for how we can measure tire tread depth in a way that is faster, more accurate and easier to implement than the status quo!

Open Data Challenge for Public Transportation in Tokyo

Open Data Challenge for Public Transportation in Tokyo
Deadline: 2019-01-15
Award: ¥1,000,000
Open to: Everyone*

The Association for Open Data of Public Transportation has promoted the openness of public transportation data with an aim to make public transportation in “Tokyo,” which is said to be the world’s most complicated, easier for all people, including foreign visitors, people with disabilities, and elderly to navigate.

In addition to various data of public transportation in Greater Tokyo, the “2nd Open Data Challenge for Public Transportation in Tokyo” will publish the data prepared by Ministry of Land Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism on the intra-station map and its facilities of the train stations around Shinjuku station and Tokyo station. The contest is open to applications or ideas that support “Tokyo” anticipating the year 2020 when people of different nationalities, ages, occupations, and physical characteristics will visit there.

The contest calls for new applications and ideas using open data of public transportation and open data from other sources.
Applications include, but not limited to, smartphone apps, Web services, and IoT gadgets.

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