A Novel Idea
A Novel Idea could mean three things;
If you have plans on writing and having your next work of art burst into an exciting and engaging read, it could mean the concept behind such work(novel);
Or, you know that app used by writers when they experience the writer’s block? It helps break down the aspects of plotting and develop story elements including scenes, characters etc. and link them together to create the plot. Could mean that too;
One more thing, a novel idea is also the “luxury version” of ‘a good idea’.
Well during the past years, different people/groups have come up with ideas that have changed the world and more are coming up with ideas that are bound to change the world, and hopefully better our lives especially with the systems of living.
From new technology, to the adjustment of social systems and rights… I believe that the minds behind these thoughts deserve a highlight into the “A noble idea” category.
Below is a random selection of some;
A Journey into The Past;
Imagine a world without zero: that magic number that has given us everything from simple algebra to Quantum Physics and it also lets us know when we’ve drained our bank account with one too many shopping trips. Although zero has been around since the time of the Babylonians, it didn’t infiltrate Western thinking until the 12th Century when Italian mathematician, Leonardo Fibonacci included it in his book “Liber Abaci.” Once it was finally adopted, it paved the way for the concept of decimals, allowing mankind to advance its knowledge of mathematics and logic. It has also given us everything from simple algebra to quantum physics and rocket science to binary code, the basic language of all modern computers.
League of Nations / United Nations
In the aftermath of the First World War, US President Woodrow Wilson wanted to create a new world order which would prevent such a devastating war in the future. Among his 14 points, he advocated the creation of a League of Nations, which would be an international forum trying to help defuse conflict and offer diplomatic solutions. The League of Nations proved very limited in influence, but after the Second World War, a second attempt was made with the creation of a United Nations. This included all major powers and has often played a leading role in global affairs.
Although the concept of human rights has been batted around by philosophers for centuries, one of the first modern milestones was the UN’s “Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” which reasserted the concept after the horrors of World War II. The movement’s next landmark moment was in 1961 when British lawyer Peter Benenson wrote a newspaper appeal, “The Forgotten Prisoners,” calling for an international campaign to fight the imprisonment of people for their political and religious beliefs. There were thousands of responses and Amnesty International was born. Since then, other organizations like Human Rights Watch have spun off from Amnesty, performing vital work standing up for people who are unable to stand up for themselves.
Into The Future;
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has developed devices that can monitor alcohol levels by sniffing a driver’s breath or scanning the blood in their fingertips via the steering wheel, immobilising the car if levels are too high. Drivers using the system could be offered lower insurance premiums.
Drown forest fires in sound
Forest fires could one day be dealt with by drones that would direct loud noises at the trees below. Since sound is made up of pressure waves, it can be used to disrupt the air surrounding a fire, essentially cutting off the supply of oxygen to the fuel. At the right frequency, the fire simply dies out, as researchers at George Mason University in Virginia recently demonstrated with their sonic extinguisher. Apparently, bass frequencies work best.