Dan Barasch and James Ramsey have a crazy plan — to create a park, filled with greenery, underneath New York City.
The two are developing the Lowline, an underground greenspace the size of a football field.
They’re building it in a trolley terminal abandoned in 1948, using technology that harvests sunlight above-ground and directs it down below. It’s a park that can thrive, even in winter.
This week i caught an interesting documentry on BBC 2 called ‘Allergies: Modern Life and Me’; the main premise of this show was in explaining the rise in allergy sufferers in modern western society, with a third of the population being affected in some way or another.
While in the past there have been various conflicting views over the cause of allergy suffering in children, there is now a greater consensus with new evidence, suggesting it is to do with the levels of healthy bacteria we are exposed to in early life, from both what we take in from our mothers and the direct environment we are born into.
This bacteria is similar to the cultures found in healthy yogurt drinks that are sold to benefit our health; but these same ones have always existed in nature, and as humans have evolved we have been exposed and built up a dependent relationship…
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Shawn Frayne and Alex Hornstein, two young inventors based in the Philippines, are taking their passion for clean free energy and developing a way to make it accessible and cheap for everyone. These guys are working tirelessly to provide a product that could be used by practically anyone to make homemade solar panels.
The factory is small enough to fit on a desktop and efficient enough to produce 300k to one million panels per year, up to one every 15 seconds. By cutting out much of the labor intensive process, which represents 50% of the total cost, this machine can dramatically reduce the price of solar. Their pocket solar panel producer can change the way the world views electricity.
What type of applications can a homemade solar panel have? For starters it can replace the need for outlets in a home for smaller electronics such as phones, computers, lamps, etc.
One of the more intriguing applications is the added versatility solar panels can provide. In short, with these panels you can use your electronics anywhere there’s sunshine.
Their initial Kickstarter campaign was quickly fully funded, but they are raising additional funds to redesign the CNC laser cutter with the intentions to open source the technology. Eventually they plan to power the solar panel maker using solar panels.
The product is continuously being improved and the technology is open source which makes it free for anyone to copy or improve upon.
Other grass-roots inventors, such as Ma Yehe — who invented a 3D printer to build houses – are beginning to emerge in hopes of improving the world. These are the type of inventors that are going to drive innovation and technology into the new age. Corrupt, politicized and controlled global marketplaces cannot suppress innovation anymore. The future is promising with the budding new wave of inventors with actual intentions to improve mankind with open source technology and ideas. Check out the video below and the Solar Pocket Factory website for more info.