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  • OneDollarGlasses: high quality eyewear even the poorest can afford.
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    OneDollarGlasses: high quality eyewear even the poorest can afford.

    We talked to Martin Aufmuth, founder of the OneDollarGlasses organisation and inventor of a mobile optician’s workshop to make eyeglasses available to all poor and isolated communities....

  • On your bike!
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    On your bike!

    How about a bicycle made from PET plastic bottles, shampoo packs and old fridge parts?   After fleece, cushions and duvet fillings, PET plastic bottles have found a new use: bicycle frames.  This t...

  • Fog Harvester
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    Fog Harvester

    Developed some twenty years ago in Chile by the Canadian NGO Fog Quest, the technique used to convert fog into drinking water has been reproduced throughout the world. Its first use in North Africa h...

  • Robo Raven - Eye in the sky
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    Robo Raven - Eye in the sky

    A robotic bird devised by the U.S. Army and University of Maryland researchers mimics the flight of birds so well that even hawks were fooled. Although famed for their keen eyesight, during a test fl...

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