U invention could have big impact on world sewage
KSL-TV, UT –
It's the first full-scale test of a major invention from the University of Utah. If it works, it could have worldwide significance and will save people here …
I have always believed that everything we need to live and thrive can be found on the earth and I don’t mean just food and shelter.Â It just takes someone with the ability to see what is already there to make it happen.Â I think we dismiss nature too much in favor of man made technology and ignore simple and effective solutions to problems that have already been solved, by nature.
Some interesting examples:
Think like a fish not like a bird, say researchers trying to harvest energy from water currents. Their new fish-inspired power generator can work in slow-moving currents where traditional turbines are less effective.
Tidal streams and moving rivers in the United States could generate 140 billion kilowatt-hours per year, or about 3.5 percent of the nation’s electricity demand, according to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).
Most of the attempts to tap this potential have employed underwater windmills. These so-called tidal turbines use the force of lift to turn their blades.
“We live in air so we are used to lifting surfaces that support birds, sail boats and airplanes,” said Michael Bernitsas of the University of Michigan.
In water, however, Nature has devised a different strategy. Most natural swimmers â€” from tiny sperm to giant whales â€” create vortices (or little whirlpools) that they push off of to propel themselves forward.
The simple razor clam has inspired a new MIT robot that could lead to a “smart” anchor that burrows through the ocean floor to reposition itself and could even reverse, making it easier to recover.
The so-called RoboClam is being developed to explore the performance capabilities of clam-inspired digging, as well as to shed light on the behavior of the real animal.
International Transport Logistics invention simplifies shipping
Bizjournals.com, NC –
JACKSONVILLE â€” An invention by two Jacksonville companies allows roll-on/roll-off cargo and other oversized equipment to be stored on container ships …
Time Magazine's #1 Invention of 2008: The Retail DNA Test
Associated Content, CO –
Anne Wojcicki and Linda Avey, co-founders of 23andMe, a gene testing service that topped Time Magazine's 50 Best Inventions of 2008 list, don't seem to …
Broward man's invention makes beach security a breeze
MiamiHerald.com, FL –
A Broward resident's invention makes life a little easier for beachgoers worried about their valuables. BY JULIE LANDRY LAVIOLETTE Where did you hide your …
WALL: An all-American invention
Los Angeles Daily News, CA –
By Tom Hoffarth, Columnist It must have been a pure harmonic convergence, a real fortuitous happenstance, that the most American of holidays – Thanksgiving, …