This week Awesome Stories bring you water adventures, kindness, solar innovation, earth love, enlightened nursing care and musical mastery.
I love how this simple act of kindness has grown into a wellspring of helping others. It started with a homeless man named Robbie offering a young student all his money to help her with taxi fare. Dominique Harrison-Bentzen was stranded without money, phone or purse, and Robbie offered to help. She turned down his offer, but was so touched that she decided to repay his kindness by starting a fundraising campaign on his behalf. In trying to find Robbie, Dominique grew to understand how hard it is to be homeless. She has now raised over $50,000 and is working on how to best utilize the money to help both Robbie and other homeless people in the Preston area of the UK.
Researchers at the University of Toronto just tested and published a paper on a new technique to spray solar cells onto almost any surface. In their vision, installers would literally spray on solar cells onto almost any object, turning it into an energy producer. This roll-on-coating is much simpler and less expensive than current approaches to coating surfaces with solar cells.
I don’t need to own one, but I’d love to ride in one of these Quadrofoils. While they’re still in the development stage, the features are very interesting. They are fun, quiet, non-polluting and cruise above the water on runners. They are designed to be a fun personal watercraft that feels like flying over the water. I want a test ride. How about you?
Transforming Nursing Home Care
After accepting the role of Medical Director, Bill Thomas was struck by how little life was evident in Chase Memorial Nursing Home. He was determined to bring more life, enthusiasm and independence to the patients. Bill Thomas decided on the radical idea (at the time) to bring animals into the nursing home. First he had to convince the management, change the rules and gradually win the support of staff and patients. His wild plan was to bring in 4 dogs, 2 cats, rabbits, hens and 100 song birds! Read about the gradual transformation of the patients and facility in this DailyGood article. Ultimately, the patients helped care for the animals, became engaged and more functional. The drug use and medical costs dropped and Bill Thomas became a pioneer for transforming patient care in nursing homes.
Start-up company Phononic has a very innovative solution to thermal energy management. They’ve created some unique approaches to heating and cooling that may revolutionize energy management. Specifically, they created a solid state chip that replaces compressors in cooling applications. This would mean reduction in cost and size, eliminating toxic refrigerants, and no moving parts or cooling fans. All while saving money on the systems and energy use. Very cool stuff!
Dame Evelyn Glennie is a gifted musician with an amazing story. Despite becoming deaf around age 12, she is considered a percussion virtuoso and one of the first to sustain a solo career. She has won numerous awards and continues to compose, perform, teach, lecture and wow audiences. She plays by listening with her whole body, is a master of many instruments, has a collection of 1800 instruments and continues to explore new creative expressions.
What joys did you bring into the world this week? If you are short, you can borrow some of mine! 🙂