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Professor invents virtual eye for the blind

The days of the visually challenged groping their way with the aid of white canes may soon be over. Thanks to an invention by an assistant professor in the city, blind people, especially children, can now travel alone in complete safety without any escort. Called the Virtual Eye, this wireless device helps a blind person … Continue reading

Quenching the thirst for purified water

AQUA-NU: IT MAY HAVE taken six years, but Louth-based entrepreneur Pat Farrelly of Aqua-Nu has come up with a pioneering water filtration technology that has some of the biggest names in the water- filtration industry knocking on his door. Farrelly is keeping mum about the detail of his invention (which is protected by 42 patents) … Continue reading

TEDxCMU – Jay Whitacre – Reinterpreting the Process of Innovation

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently … Continue reading

Do Aid Projects Work?

Tiny Sensors Will Now Let Us Know In Real Time Companies and NGOs spend millions of dollars outfitting people in the developing world with technologies to improve their lives. But do those water filters or new toilets actually make a difference? Instead of waiting for a follow-up study, we can now monitor their effects Learn … Continue reading

Winds of change

“I still feel like a kid,” says American scientist Doug Selsam. The 52-year-old sees the world with the eyes of a five-year-old and this childlikeness helps him ideate in uncommon ways. He came up with a revolutionary design of a wind turbine, after mulling hard over one question: “If Mother Nature grew a wind turbine, … Continue reading

A Pinoy’s mission to power the country —with rice husks

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is an adage that Professor Alexis Belonio had long ago taken close to heart. In 2003, he was able to invent a cooking stove that didn’t need electricity nor gas to work, only rice husks—the outermost layer of rice grains most usually discarded in the milling process. Pinoy’s … Continue reading

FreeStreet LED lighting system does away with lampposts forever

FreeStreet requires its own network of wires Over the past year, we’ve enjoyed getting to know Philips and its increasingly wacky design concepts. But hard on the heels of the totally serious L Prize Bulb comes FreeStreet, an innovative outdoor lighting solution that has (or should have) a place in every single city. Here’s what … Continue reading

Electric-Car Makers’ Quest: One Plug to Charge Them All

WITH electric cars and plug-in hybrids at last trickling into the showrooms of mainstream automakers, the dream of going gasoline-free is becoming a reality for many drivers. Cars like the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Volt can cover considerable distances under electric power alone — certainly enough for local errands and even most daily commutes … Continue reading

Single Nanomaterial Yields Many Laser Colors

Producing lasers in a very inexpensive way Engineers at Brown University and QD Vision Inc. have created nanoscale single crystals that can produce the red, green, or blue laser light needed in digital displays. The size determines color, but all the pyramid-shaped quantum dots are made the same way of the same elements. In experiments, … Continue reading

Possible Biological Control Discovered for Pathogen Devastating Amphibians

Zoologists at Oregon State University have discovered that a freshwater species of zooplankton will eat a fungal pathogen which is devastating amphibian populations around the world. This tiny zooplankton, called Daphnia magna, could provide a desperately needed tool for biological control of this deadly fungus, the scientists said, if field studies confirm its efficacy in … Continue reading