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What Can a Desert Beetle Tell Us About Water Harvesting?

The trend that sees technologies mimic systems or elements found in nature for the purpose of solving our real-life complex problems will not (and should not) cease. Nature is simply mind-boggling and biomimicry can provide design inspirations and techniques to optimise many daily products, like a self-filling water bottle – with the help from the Namib Desert beetle. Read on

Thinking Outside of the Candy Box

Oh, Halloween. It's the one day of the year you can dose yourself in fake blood, don a few bursting warts, and make yourself sick on candy. It's win-win...kind of. Unfortunately, when you get older, you realise it's not all fun and games. Wrapped up in all this spooky festivity is a very simple fact: Halloween isn't so green. Read on

D-Rev Creates Simple Solutions to Big Problems

The high tech wizards from D-Rev design vital medical equipment for those people who live on less than four dollars a day. What does that include? A milling machine, a laser cutting machine, a 3D printer and a climate chamber made out of a wine refrigerator to test the effects of moisture, temperature or sand on prototypes. Read on

Malaria Diagnosis Without Any Prick

Matibabu, smartphone-based system which uses special kind of light and sensor (no need of a blood test), is all that is required to diagnose malaria. The hardware does not require any pricking of the body and consists of red LED and a light sensor. Users insert a finger into the device, the system scans the finger and the results can be viewed on a smartphone.  Read on

Tracing the ‘Fingerprints’ of Fracking Fluids

Hydraulic fracturing has been seen as one of the key methods of extracting unconventional oil and gas resources and has, for decades, been the subject of much debate as environmental campaigns fight against its impact on the planet which include substantial water pollution. New tracers have been invented to identify fracking fluids released into the environment. Read on