Clean stoves aim to reduce indoor polution

  Over four million deaths every year are attributed to indoor and outdoor pollution from cooking fires and inefficient stoves. Prakti is a research and design organization working to produce cleaner stoves that can operate on local fuels without the associated pollution.   Their stoves are low maintenance, versatile, and reduce air pollution up to 90% compared to traditional methods. Added …

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A Smart Bracelet that Protects Civil Rights Activists

The Civil Rights Defenders have developed a smart bracelet under Project Natalia that uses satellite navigation technology to alert social media and allies if the wearer is in danger or if it is removed. The purpose of this device is to prevent the disappearance of political activists or at least to mobilize their allies in case of an emergency. Disappearances …

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Turning Peru’s Fog into Usable Water

  German-based NGO Alimon has developed fog collectors in Peru to help communities in arid climates capture much needed water. They do so by erecting specially made screens on fog prone hill-tops that absorb the moisture into water droplets that are then funneled into water tanks. This is a common technique among certain plants. Project “Green Desert” has been implemented …

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Dry Vaccine Patch Could Revolutionize Delivery

Professor Mark Kendall of Queensland University in Australia has developed a new format for producing and delivering vaccines using nano-technology. He and his team have created a patch that is applied topically, much like a stamp. It does not require medical supervision, is very low cost (estimated at $1 per patch), and most importantly does not require refrigeration. Self-administering provides …

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Locally-Sourced Solar Light

An estimated 90% of the population of Mali has no access to electricity and is thus hostage to daylight to be productive. Italian architect Matteo Ferroni identified that this problem has a dramatic impact on the lives of villagers, particularly women, as it limits their ability to carryout their responsibilities. Through years of work he has developed a solar lamp …

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