Ballooning Internet Access in Remote Regions of Brazil

An estimated 50 percent of Brazilians lack internet access, a figure that is disproportionally higher in hard-to-reach, rural areas that are not covered by fiber-optic cable networks. In response, Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) is working to bring connectivity to isolated communities through internet-transmitting balloons. These balloons, equipped with radio transceivers, would be anchored in strategic locations including …

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The Moser Light: A Cheap, Eco-friendly Solution to Indoor Lighting

Sometimes the simplest innovations can have the widest impact. Although this idea isn’t as new as some of the others we highlight here, no collection of innovative ideas would be complete without mentioning Alfredo Moser’s brilliant solution to indoor lighting. Using only a clear plastic bottle, water, and a tiny bit of bleach, Moser’s invention refracts sunlight through holes in …

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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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