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Device that harvests water from thin air wins the James Dyson Award
Young Melbourne-based inventor Edward Linacre has won the 2011 James Dyson Award, making it the second year in a row where the prestigious prize has gone to an Aussie. Linacre stole this year’s competition with his Airdrop irrigation concept that collects water from thin air. The Swinburne University of Technology design graduate was driven to transform an ancient cooling technique into a new sub-surface irrigation system, following the enduring Australian drought that saw high levels of farmer suicide along Australia’s Murray- Darling Basin. The Airdrop irrigation concept is a low-tech design that uses the simple process of condensation to harvest water from the air. Utilizing a turbine intake system, air is channeled underground through a network of piping that quickly cools the air to soil temperature. This process creates an environment of 100-percent humidity, from which water is then harvested. The collected water is stored in an underground tank, ready... Continue Reading
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Back to the Start: Willie Assists Chipotle’s Quest To End Factory Farms
In this charming music video from Chipotle, Willie sings about going “back to the start” of American farming, before animals were pumped with antibiotics and kept in factories. A farmer, not content with his small family farm, starts to modernize. He turns his farm into a factory, pumping drugs into his pigs and pollutants into the water. But one night, he has a revelation: This is not what his life needs to be. He lets his animals roam free and raises them naturally (though still eats them). That’s the premise of the new music video commissioned by Chipotle, featuring Willie... Continue Reading
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Unthink, the ‘Anti-Facebook’: A Social Networking Revolution
Unthink says it is starting a social networking revolution. And it is serious. According to CNET, Unthink promises to “emancipate social media” and “unleash people’s extraordinary potential.” The Unthink homepage even features black and white photos from the Civil Rights Movement as its background. It will be the “anti-Facebook.” Unthink backs this proclamation by stating that, as an online social networking hub, it will be free of “privacy issues,” “endless redesigns,” and “commercial junkyards” for shameless promotional ploys. Individuals can sign up for an invitation code once an email address is submitted. Users will be able to own their data... Continue Reading
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New Wave in Oil Cleanup Technology Spurred by Competition
When the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in 2010, we all watched in horror as oil gushed unchecked into the Gulf of Mexico. Cleanup crews flocked to the scene, but their ability to respond to the spill was limited: they were stuck using the same technology deployed during the Exxon Valdez disaster, 21 years earlier. Those outdated, inefficient booms and skimmers managed to pick up just 3 percent of the nearly 5 billion barrels of oil spilled in the Gulf. Philanthropist Wendy Schmidt, head of the Schmidt Family Foundation and an NRDC board member, knew America could do better. In June... Continue Reading
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CooKit solar panel cooker
Panel solar cookers are the first solar cookers that are truly affordable to the world’s neediest. In 1994, a volunteer group of engineers and solar cooks associated with Solar Cookers International developed and produced the CooKit, based on a design by French scientist Roger Bernard. Elegant and deceptively simple looking, it is an affordable, effective and convenient solar cooker. With a few hours of sunshine, the CooKitmakes tasty meals for 5-6 people at gentle temperatures, cooking food and preserving nutrients without burning or drying out. Larger families use two or more cookers. The CooKit is made of cardboard and foil... Continue Reading
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Doing good helps companies do well
Award nominees cited for their business practices, but also appreciated for the benefits they bring to their communities They may be small, but that doesn’t mean they have small hearts. Three of the nominees for Small Business of the Year for Small Business Week 2011 don’t let the fact they only have a handful of employees stop them from trying to make a big impact in the community. The Residential Electric Contractor Company – or TRECC Electric for short – helps build houses for Habitat for Humanity. Calgary‘s Child Magazine helps raise money for respite care for parents. And Sure... Continue Reading
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craigslist and craigconnects Founder Craig Newmark Releases Infographic
I get asked a lot if nonprofits are using social media effectively. After taking a look at the Nonprofit Times list of 100 top nonprofits based on income, the craigconnects team decided to look at who was proactively and effectively utilizing social media in August and September of 2011. Do the highest earning nonprofits use social media the most effectively? How are people responding and interacting? The deal is with social media use on the rise, we decided to check this out and created an infographic to show the results. A few cool things we figured out: •92% of the... Continue Reading
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Margaret Atwood’s New Book is Made of Straw Paper
Margaret Atwood, writer and Canada’s National Treasure, is issuing a limited edition of her latest book on straw paper. The paper is made solely of straw leftover after the grain harvest. Her new book, In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, will be the first in North America to be printed on this energy saving paper. The book, In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, is the story of her relationship with science fiction and brings together three unpublished lectures on this theme. It will be printed on “Second Harvest” paper. This is paper made from the leftover... Continue Reading
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The app that dares you to care
In a time when economic uncertainty is the only thing that’s certain, it’s hard to focus on anything but your own survival. But with CareZone, Ritesh Tilani hopes you’ll still continue to care. A year ago Ritesh Tilani had an possibly profitable idea that would give consumers the choice to buy from socially conscious companies. And in August, under Tilani’s umbrella company Innoventa, the mobile app CareZone was launched at JamJar Dubai. And with over a hundred users in under a month, CareZone is poised to become a nationwide app of choice. So what is CareZone? The press release announcing... Continue Reading
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