Sustainable Development Geek

Do you know the 17 goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development РSDGs? The SDGs officially came into effect on 1 January 2016. Until 2030, world leaders from poor, rich and middle-income countries will mobilize efforts and build strategies to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, as well as to tackle environment protection, while ensuring that no one is left behind.

With these goals in mind, the SDC Swiss Global Institutions developed a card game that tests players’ knowledge and encourages them to think about sustainable development in a captivating way. The card game can be played by two or more people in several ways and is also suitable for school classes or for use at large-scale events. The best part: you¬†can download the game for free here.

Everything | Gameplay Film

Imagine you could be anything: a tree, a ladybug, a particule of dust, an atom, a planet. That is the primary concept of Everything, a game developed by David OReilly, an irish filmmaker and artist, better know for his first simulation video game, Mountain, praised by critics as a novel concept in the game field. In Everything you experience an ever expanding generated universe, in which you come to understand your place among a web of interconnected things. You don’t just inhabit this generated universe; you become it. Another awesome feature is that it is narrated by British-American Zen philosopher, Alan Watts, which has a soothing and hypnotic effect on the player.

Fold it – Solve Puzzles for Science

Did you ever wish to contribute to important scientific research and you never knew how? Then this is for you! All you have to do is to play a computer game called Foldit. In this revolutionary crowdsourcing computer game, you don’t have to fight evil mad scientists or politicians that don’t believe in global warming. All you have to do is to fold a protein into its optimum shape by using the cursor to grab, bend, pull and twist the chain of amino acids anywhere along its length. The only rules are based on physics: atomic bonds have limited angles of rotation, opposite charges attract, and the parts of the molecule that stick to water tend to point outward.

The online game Foldit is designed to reveal the shortcuts nature uses to weave a tangle of amino acids, like the one shown here, into a protein. Players click to move pieces around until they fit.

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