An End-of-the-Year Reflection Piece

By Valkyrie Holmes

The past year has been a period of immense growth and exploration for me and in the theme of Sharif Shameem’s “Questions” article from the end of 2020, I thought I’d do my own little variation. Let me know if you have any comments or possible answers to any of these and next year, I’ll be sure to give any updates!

What’s the best way to retain everything I read or watch?

My brain moves on very quickly in the fact that I’ll forget things I read if I don’t feel they’re of…


Diving into Digital Tokenization

By Valkyrie Holmes

We’ve all been hearing a lot about NFTs lately in everything from Saturday Night Live to Elon’s Twitter feed and it’s time to finally take a look at what an NFT is and how I created one using Rarible.

NFT stands for Non-Fungible Token, which is a digital collectible stored as a unit of data on a ledger, namely the Ethereum Blockchain. The “non-fungible” aspect comes from the certification of an asset, meaning that each one is unique and cannot be changed once secured on the blockchain. When they were first introduced, no one thought much of…


A Look Inside Jeff Bezos’ Day 1 Mindset

By Valkyrie Holmes

What if I told you that Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder and former CEO of Amazon, has held the same mindset for over 20 years? His companies have shifted with the times, changed to accommodate his audience, and have grown to the height they are now due to the fact that he’s always had one hard rule.

It is always Day 1.

A crucial part of running companies as big as Amazon is constantly innovating. Without innovation, companies don’t evolve. Without evolution, the company goes under. Bezos realized this and revolutionized how people thought of new industry…


The Rise of Drone Technology, Vortex Cannons, and Fire Weather

By Valkyrie Holmes

Note: This is Part 2 of a three-part series surrounding Fighting Fire with Sound. You can check out the first part here!

Firefighters have a hard job. That much is true. But why is it so hard to put out a fire? Why do fires get as big as they do? How could this be improved? All this and more will be answered in this deep dive into the wild world of autonomous drone technology and how that could be used to solve one of the biggest problems in fire-fighting: communication.

The Ins and Outs of Fire

For those of you who are…


Using An Autonomous Drone-Plane Network to Contain Wildfires

By Valkyrie Holmes

California in September 2020, at the height of the wildfire season

“It looks like the apocalypse.”

“It feels like it’s the end of the world.”

“Good morning, Hell.”

This picture was taken on September 1st, 2020. It showcases the orange-covered sky, clouds filled ablaze with ash, and the darkness that encircled California in one of the most devastating years for wildfire prevention since the early 2000s.

Imagine waking up to find your whole world has gone up in flames. You’ve been relocated to another city, your home and belongings are destroyed, and you’ve been separated from your family in a mad frenzy to evacuate your loved ones. My…


The Evolution of Modern Fire-Fighting Drones

By Valkyrie Holmes

Note: This is the third and final installment of a three-part series. You can view the first and second parts here.

Wildfires have been running rampant in the last decade, with the intensity of these natural disasters steadily growing stronger and more frequent. As the last installment of my Moonshot Material series, I decided to dive a bit deeper into the two college students who started it all and ARSAC Technologies. Special thanks to Suchinder Paul Dhillon for talking with my team and helping us along with this fantastic project.


A Simply Explained Replicate

By Valkyrie Holmes

This pretty much sums up the last five days of work for me.

I decided to do something that I’ve never fully done before and that’s trying to code in Javascript. I’m only slightly familiar with Python and can’t say I’m even intermediate at that so this was definitely a fun challenge that had me pulling my hair out halfway through but also jumping for joy when the code finally worked the way I wanted it to. I get the struggle.

I’ve recently been learning about blockchain, a system of decentralized currency that…


The Future of Digital Currency

It’s not often that an insanely popular franchise like Star Wars contains any loose ends with regards to world-building, and the “credit” aspect is no exception to that rule. The Intergalactic Banking Clan issued credits across the galaxy, with Jabba the Hut only using digital money to run his empire. But this future isn’t too far off.

Imagine a world where paper money no longer exists. Imagine a world where all of your finances are locked in an online database and you have the only key. Imagine being able to pay for things using only your fingerprint. Sounds pretty awesome…


Taking Control of Mental Discomfort

By Valkyrie Holmes

Imagine you’ve been asked to choose between a hundred dollar bill and a thousand dollars. Which would you choose?

Now assuming you’ve picked the one of greater value, now let’s say that you have the same options but the hundred dollar bill has a 20% chance of being fake and the thousand dollars has a 90% chance of being fake.

Holding those two scenarios in your head, now which one would you choose?

This clash of influencing factors is something we call cognitive dissonance. Cognitive dissonance happens to our brains whenever a pair of incompatible beliefs or…


How Bio-Printing is Changing the Technological World

By Valkyrie Holmes

Anyone who hasn’t been living under a rock probably knows about 3D printing. It is a miraculous new method of creation that many haven’t fully grasped the concept of. Take the picture below, for example. Those crystalline structures were actually all 3D printed and you’d never know!

Valkyrie Holmes

I am a seventeen-year-old biotech enthusiast from Vegas, interested in everything from Crypto to CRISPR.

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