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Mountain Scent Is Mother's Invention From Necessity – State Journal

Mountain Scent Is Mother's Invention From Necessity
State Journal, WV – 17 hours ago
ALBANS — Necessity, we have been told, is the mother of invention. This is the story of a Kanawha County mother whose necessity was to help ease the

Source: Mountain Scent Is Mother's Invention From Necessity – State Journal

U invention could have big impact on world sewage – KSL-TV

U invention could have big impact on world sewage
KSL-TV, UT – 22 hours ago
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

Source: U invention could have big impact on world sewage – KSL-TV

Fishy Tech and Robo Clams

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.  It just takes someone with the ability to see what is already there to make it happen.  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:

How Fishy Technology Could Power the Future

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 — from tiny sperm to giant whales — create vortices (or little whirlpools) that they push off of to propel themselves forward.

RoboClam


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

International Transport Logistics invention simplifies shipping
Bizjournals.com, NC – Nov 24, 2008
JACKSONVILLE — An invention by two Jacksonville companies allows roll-on/roll-off cargo and other oversized equipment to be stored on container ships

Source: International Transport Logistics invention simplifies shipping – Bizjournals.com

Time Magazine's #1 Invention of 2008: The Retail DNA Test – Associated Content

Time Magazine's #1 Invention of 2008: The Retail DNA Test
Associated Content, CO – Nov 29, 2008
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

Source: Time Magazine's #1 Invention of 2008: The Retail DNA Test – Associated Content

Broward man's invention makes beach security a breeze – MiamiHerald.com

Broward man's invention makes beach security a breeze
MiamiHerald.com, FL – 10 hours ago
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

Source: Broward man's invention makes beach security a breeze – MiamiHerald.com

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