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  •  I agree with you. (6+ / 0-)

    Absolutely !

                     Hugs,
                     Heather

    Torture is ALWAYS wrong, no matter who is inflicting it on whom.

    by Chacounne on Mon Aug 08, 2011 at 12:42:18 AM PDT

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    •  I Am A Big Fan Of TED Talks (7+ / 0-)

      They bring in people to speak for 15 minutes. Sometimes it is somebody like Bill Gates. Famous. More often it is somebody you've never heard of that is going something staggering. Something with some funding that could change the world. Often it is related to poverty. Hunger. Illnesses.

      People literally get up on stage and say they have figured out how to end hunger or provide power to everybody. They then show you the product. They are often real product. Something that works and you can touch. Not a pipe dream.

      Yet I never see any funding. I never see these things being embraced and mass produced.

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Mon Aug 08, 2011 at 12:48:55 AM PDT

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      •  A REALLY important point. (5+ / 0-)
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        Seems like it might threaten entrenched interests. Maybe that is why the ideas don't get funded ?

                           Just off the top of my head,
                                     Heather

        Torture is ALWAYS wrong, no matter who is inflicting it on whom.

        by Chacounne on Mon Aug 08, 2011 at 12:52:54 AM PDT

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        •  Clearly I Think That Is At The Top Of The List (6+ / 0-)
          Seems like it might threaten entrenched interests.

          Dean Kamen who invented the Segway and the machine I mentioned that can clean almost any water, no matter how toxic in minutes, was on the Colbert Report.

          When he showed Colbert how it worked it was one of the only times he almost broke out of character. To see a machine, about the size of a microwave, that will run off animal dung, can provide hundreds of gallons of water a day .... well that is kind of a gamer changer.

          Heck if I was the Army I'd order a couple thousand of them yesterday. That aid organizations are not buying as many as can be made just makes no sense to me.

          But alas, much in this world doesn't make a lot of sense to me.

          When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

          by webranding on Mon Aug 08, 2011 at 12:59:49 AM PDT

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          •  So the question is: (7+ / 0-)

            Stephen saw this machine, and how it works, and recognized the good it could do in the world. He has money, quite a lot of money, some of which, I am sure he invests. Why didn't Stephen buy a few of the machines and donate them to MSF, for example, and show them around. It make me sad.

            Yes, you absolutely right about the army and charities too.

                                     Hugs,
                                     Heather

            Torture is ALWAYS wrong, no matter who is inflicting it on whom.

            by Chacounne on Mon Aug 08, 2011 at 01:08:25 AM PDT

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            •  I Don't Know. I Really Don't. (5+ / 0-)
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              Most folks know Dean Kamen for his Segway. But that isn't where he made his money. He made a number of pretty amazing medical devices, so he has experience in this area. Heck he created a wheel chair that climbs stairs.

              When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

              by webranding on Mon Aug 08, 2011 at 01:12:06 AM PDT

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              •  I remember that wheelchair ... (4+ / 0-)
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                VERY cool !

                Seems like except in very specific areas innovation isn't being rewarded like it used to be.

                                       Just my two cents,
                                             Heather

                Torture is ALWAYS wrong, no matter who is inflicting it on whom.

                by Chacounne on Mon Aug 08, 2011 at 01:16:09 AM PDT

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                •  Well I Just Found An Article On The (5+ / 0-)

                  water machine. He calls it a Slingshot. It has been around since 2005. Right now they cost $100,000 each. So clearly price is an issue. But he thinks if they can be massed produced, the price would be under $2,000.

                  The power machine, which he calls the Stirling, is the size of a washing machine and runs off cow dung as well.

                  Each machine continuously outputs a kilowatt of electricity. That may not sound like much, but it is enough to light 70 energy-efficient bulbs. As Kamen puts it, "If you judiciously use a kilowatt, each villager can have a nighttime."

                  This is what the article says about the Slingshot:

                  The Slingshot works by taking in contaminated water – even raw sewage -- and separating out the clean water by vaporizing it. It then shoots the remaining sludge back out a plastic tube. Kamen thinks it could be paired with the power machine and run off the other machine's waste heat.

                  Compared to building big power and water plants, Kamen's approach has the virtue of simplicity. He even created an instruction sheet to go with each Slingshot. It contains one step: Just add water, any water.

                  When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

                  by webranding on Mon Aug 08, 2011 at 01:23:17 AM PDT

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                  •  That is really, really, really cool :) (2+ / 0-)
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                    I hope he finds customers and a way to get them mass produced.

                                                       Hugs,
                                                       Heather

                    Torture is ALWAYS wrong, no matter who is inflicting it on whom.

                    by Chacounne on Mon Aug 08, 2011 at 01:50:28 AM PDT

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                  •  It has to work under the worst conditons possible (4+ / 0-)
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                    Generally, the best water purifying devices are the simplest. In this situation, there is little or no water to purify. People are finding water to drink but crops and animals have died in the withering sun.

                    look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening. "It's the planet, stupid."

                    by FishOutofWater on Mon Aug 08, 2011 at 05:59:18 AM PDT

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                  •  I've read that even several layers of sari cloth (2+ / 0-)
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                    as a filter can significantly reduce the presence of vibrio cholera in drinking water.  It's not perfect, but it's been proven to reduce cholera cases when used in Bangladesh.

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