There are still billions of people who don’t have access to electricity, clean water and sanitation. Fortunately, electricity, light and even food storage don’t have to be expensive – thanks to the minds who came up with simple yet brilliant ideas that can help people in developing countries with their day-to-day living.
Check out 13 of the most awesome innovations out there in the world today.
The rolling WaterWheel was an idea developed by Cynthia Koenig and Wello to help make a difference in India.
The 20-gallon rolling barrel makes it easier for people, especially women, to collect water and transport it to their homes in just a single trip.
#2. Solar Bottle Light
The Solar Bottle Light is a clever idea to power up houses with little cost that anyone can do it.
Filipino entrepreneur Illac Diaz started the campaign to help provide cheap lighting for slum areas in the Philippines. The idea has since spread throughout impoverished areas in Vanuatu, Colombia and India.
#3. Gravity Light
Light can come from various sources and one of them is gravity. GravityLight was invented by designers Jim Reeves and Martin Reddiford, who are both based in London.
The inventors have successfully accumulated funds to construct an assembly line in Kenya to provide jobs for some of the residents.
#4. Zeer pot
Who says you need electricity to power up a fridge? With Zeer pot, anyone can have fresh food stored without the use of electricity.
A zeer pot uses a smaller pot nestled insider a larger one and a layer of wet sand in between. The zeer pot works by evaporative cooling.
#5. Flow light
The beautifully designed Flow public lighting is made from bamboo and is self-maintaining. It operates based on the principle of vertical wind turbine.
The product uses simple mechanics and junctions which means it is easy even for an unskilled local to make.
#6. Water-producing billboard
This billboard in Lima, Peru harnesses humidity so it can produce around 100 liters of drinkable water every day.
The project is a collaborative work of University of Engineering and Technology researchers in Peru and Mayo DraftFCB ad agency.
#7.The Drinkable Book
The Drinkable Book is the answer to clean water access in developing nations. Each book is printed on a filter paper that has the ability to kill disease-causing bacteria.
Silver nano-particles are used to coat each page of the filter book. These ions from the particles are capable of eliminating bacteria that cause deadly diseases like typhoid and E. coli.
#8. Dry Composting Toilet
Human waste can be turned into organic fertilizer for efficient gardening with this idea.
Liquid and solid waste will be separated but both can be used as fertilizers for adjacent gardens. The toilet will be non-polluting and also odorless but can produce organic fertilizer that can be used for gardening.
#9. Rocket Stove
The design of this stove produces heat to create a clean and efficient burn without using too much fuel.
Anyone can easily create a rocket stove with a few materials and a set of instructions, which can be found via Instructables.
#10. Solar Cookers
Ninety-five percent of rural households in Mexico cook using wood fires, the smoke of which can be dangerous to the health in the long run.
As an alternative, the solar cookers uses energy from the sun to slow-cook food.
#11. EMAS-Flexi Hand-Operated Water Pump
The hand-operated water pump is simple to make as it uses materials that are readily available like PVC pipes, thread adapters, galvanized iron pipes and glass marbles.
This innovative gadget filters contaminated water into a clean and potable one. It is small enough to fit in the bag making it easier to carry it around.
#13. Self-adjustable Glasses
It comes cheap and the user does not need to visit an optometrist to get the right prescription glasses. All you need to do is to add or subtract the silicon oil placed in the middle of the lens until a clear vision is achieved. This process typically takes about a couple of minutes.
Humanity Beware, or Humanity Rejoice? Viruses Found ‘Talking’ to Each Other!
What are the effects now that we know virus can talk to each other?
Should we be scared or rejoice with this new finding by scientists from the Weizmann Institute of Science? In one of their lab experiments, they accidentally found out that viruses have the ability to communicate with each other. This trait is first observed in bacteria, and is called quorum sensing.
Quorum sensing allows bacteria cells to signal to each other their collective plan of action. With quorum sensing, bacteria can decide whether they need to reproduce more numbers before infecting the host. Or another usage is to decide whether to secrete protective mechanisms against antibiotics.
Dr. Rotem Sorek, the principal scientist for the new viral finding.
Israeli scientists headed by Dr. Rotem Sorek conducted the study. The initial research involved the observation of this quorum sensing trait in a bacteria called Bacillus subtilis. The experiment wanted to note how the bacteria will communicate if they are infected with a phage virus but instead, Sorek found out that the viruses talk to each other too! ...
Scientists Create First Human-Pig Embryo Hybrid To Help Produce Donor Organs
Yeah, and then they’ll be able to talk and have these crazy superpowers.
With the recent advancements in science and technology, more and more stuff that were previously believed to be impossible to accomplish are slowly becoming real, and, not surprisingly, weird. Just like the chimera - a creature lifted off from science fiction novels and animes about a short guy with a metal arm and leg. Thanks to a team of scientists, the previously imaginary creature is now a step closer to being existent.
You see, embryos containing human and pig DNA were produced in a laboratory. They were allowed to grow for weeks but were ultimately destroyed. Scientists say that "technical challenges" made the chimeric embryo formation more difficult.
Chimeras made from human and pig cells are no longer figments of our imagination.
But before we go further with our story, let's talk about chimeras first, as some of you might be wondering what they are and why the hell would scientists waste time and money to create them. Chimeras are creatures formed from two zygotes coming from two different species. Scientists claim that a chimera, particularly one that is created from human and pig DNA, may have organs that are similar to that of humans. As such, it may be considered a potential source of organs for people who may need organ transplantation....
NASA Releases Stunning Footage of 2005 Landing On Saturn’s Moon, Titan
Behold, our first glimpse at an alien world.
We’ve all wondered what an alien world would look like and now thanks to a footage uploaded by NASA, we do not have to wonder anymore! The video looks like straight from a sci-fi flick except, well, this isn’t a movie but something that actually happened back in 2005.
Taken by NASA’s Huygens probe, the video brings us to the surface of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. The footage has been released by the space agency to mark the approaching end of the nearly 20-year Cassini mission because the spacecraft is expected to descend in a self-destruct mission into the fiery planet this year since it is already running low on fuel.