The AFISR Agency: Woman Owned Small Business Capability Brief Conference at the Procurement Technical Assistance Center in San Antonio, Texas was a total success! We had a fantastic time meeting AFISR agency contracting officers & administrators as well as various Small Business Specialists from SBA. Here’s a mini recap of the event that took place.
Great news everyone! MAJ Solutions, LLC has been selected to attend the AFISR Agency: Woman Owned Small Business Capability Briefs at the Procurement Technical Assistance Center in San Antonio, Texas next week on Thursday June 12th! We’ll be displaying our various technical capabilities to AFISR agency contracting officers & administrators as well as Small Business Specialists present from Joint Base San Antonio, Ft. Sam and SBA.
"How did you come up with the name MAJ Solutions?"
MAJ are the president’s first, middle, and last initials. She was named after Maya Angelou and Angela Davisand her last name is Jones. Since its inception, MAJ Solutions has been a company that defined itself not by particular products, technologies or leaders, but by persistent values. Maya wanted the company to celebrate who she is and to embody the strength that both of her name sake exemplifies.
It hurts me (Maya Angela Jones, President & CEO) greatly that Maya Angelouhas passed away but she will forever be in my heart and she will never be forgotten.
elephants are conspicuously expressive and joyful creatures. when celebrating a birth or reuniting with old acquaintances, elephants will intertwine their trunks together and engage in friendly trunk wrestling. when trying to console a loved one, elephants will stroke or caress each others’ heads and backs with their trunks.
demonstrations of true consolation in animals are rare, and has only been documented in the great apes, canines, and some corvids. this might be because complex cognitive abilities are required for consolation, such as the ability to empathically take the perspective of another. elephants are one of the few animals to pass the mirror test.
with their strong social bonds, it’s not surprising that elephants show concern for others. elephants get distressed when they see others in distress, reaching out to calm them down. the consistency with which elephants responded to a friend in distress is quite remarkable. rarely does an elephant give a distress call without a response from a friend or group member nearby.
A new bioplastic made from the second-most abundant organic material on Earth may help to stop plastic pollution.
Chitosan, a form of chitin, is a polysaccharide found in the shells of shrimps and some insects. Chitin from shrimp shells is usually discarded or used in fertilisers, but researchers at the Wyss Institute have used a novel method to transform it into a bioplastic that is cheap and easy to make.
The chitosan bioplastic can be used to make 3D objects, such as plastic cups, cutlery and even diapers, using traditional casting or injection-moulding, explained the researchers in a news release. Best part: the material breaks down just a few weeks after being discarded, becoming a nutrient-rich fertiliser. [x]
If Hoyoung Lee’s concept pencil printer becomes reality, you’ll never buy another ink cartridge. The pencil printer separates the wood from pencils and uses the lead to print documents. There’s even a built-in eraser component that allows you to remove text from a page and reuse the paper, so you’ll be saving money and trees.
“Projects ‘for the 90%’ mostly fall somewhere between two extremes: charity and business,” designer Gabriele Diamanti tells Co.Design. “Neither was my inspiration!” Instead, spurred on by his own extensive travel and friends’ involvement in NGOs, he developed a fascination with global water scarcity as a graduate student at Milan Polytechnic in 2005; he recently decided to pursue his interest again and the result is Eliodomestico, an open-source variation on a solar still.
It functions by filling the black boiler with salty sea water in the morning, then tightening the cap. As the temperature and pressure grows, steam is forced downwards through a connection pipe and collects in the lid, which acts as a condenser, turning the steam into fresh water. Once Diamanti established the fundamentals were sound, he experimented with a series of concepts for the aesthetic of the object. “My goal was to design something friendly and recognizable for the users,” he explains. “The process developed quite naturally to determine the current shape; every detail is there for a reason, so the form, as well as production techniques, represent a compromise between technical and traditional.” Primary field studies in sub-Saharan Africa revealed the habit of carrying goods on the head—also a common practice in other areas around the world—and this was integrated into Eliodomestico’s plan. And while solar stills aren’t a totally new concept, Diamanti says it’s rare to find them in a domestic context rather than in missions or hospitals, or as large plants overseen by qualified personnel that serve entire communities. “I tried to make something for a real household that could be operated directly by the families,” he says.
The project recently won a Core77 Design Award for Social Impact; already, Diamanti has received international feedback, and hopes to see locals adapt and modify the design to take advantage of their own readily available materials and native environments. “The idea is that instructions for the project can be delivered to craftsmen” with the help of NGOs, he says, then a micro-credit program could be established to finance small-scale start-ups specializing in production. “So the NGO is the spark, micro-credit is the fuse, the local craftsmen are the bomb!”
After devastating floods in 2012, the city of Lagos, Nigeria, is building a sustainable floating city. Phase 1 of the project is already underway. Construction workers are building a new multilevel floating school, whereat community members can learn about the issues of poor waste management and land scarcity.