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Just months ago hundreds of sightseers along with tourists and workers gathered together in the deep concrete canyon of the Panama Canal to take a look at it before it was submerged into the water. [Image Courtesy of Boston Consulting Group] The canyons are made of rough concrete and are 11 storeys deep and are the new locks of the Panama Canal that have been made bigger as part of a huge expansion project in the summer. [Image Courtesy of Boston Consulting Group] The project for the expansion is now almost complete and many engineers gathered at the locks in […]
The Dutch have a special relationship with land and water. ‘Netherlands’ literally means ‘Low Countries,’ and for good reason. Of the roughly 41,500 square kilometers of Dutch land, about half is more than one meter above sea level, and a significant portion of the rest is man made, reclaimed from the sea. The Netherlands also boasts a population density of 407 humans per square kilometer, the 4th highest density worldwide. It’s easy to see why the Dutch don’t feel they have much to leave to waste; that’s where IJsseloog comes into play. IJsseloog is a truly innovative environmental containment facility. […]
According to the World Health Organization, there are over 370,000 accidental drownings annually, worldwide; that makes drowning the 3rd leading cause of accidental death. The WHO goes on to note that this figure “may be significantly underestimated.” Males and children are especially at risk, and low to middle income countries account for 91% of those deaths. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 88% of drowning victims in the United States weren’t wearing a life jacket. With that in mind, a reliable, relatively inexpensive anti-drowning device could make a huge difference. Enter the Kingii, (pronounced ken-gee), a small, wrist worn water […]
It’s a stone, cold fact that many great ideas are very simple things. And of that genre, the ones that really shine are those that make you think, ‘why hasn’t anyone thought of that before?’ LucidPipe, a truly elegant water to wire electric power generation system, is such an idea. Portland, Oregon based Lucid Energy has developed LucidPipe to generate electrical power from water flowing within the supply pipes that feed our cities and towns – Clean energy generated from an existing resource that remains virtually uninterrupted after installation. The company has recently installed a system in their home town, […]
In 2014, TechCrunch teamed with the Consumer Electronics Association and sponsored a competition, Hardware Battlefield. Competitors got free exhibition space at the annual Consumer Electronics Show, and the winner took home $50,000 and a trophy. That winner was CubeSensor, a Slovanian company lead by CEO Ales Spetic, and CTO Marko Mrdjenovič. Now located in the U.K., CubeSensor followed up the win with a $700,000 investment from fellow Slovanian company Bitstamp, (that cash infusion came in the form of Bitcoin, a rare occasion for a start up, indeed!) In essence, CubeSensors are a home health monitoring system, a souped up weather […]
What do you do with the gigantic oil tankers that are no longer used? Just leave them to rust? Well a team of architects have another idea about what to do with them and they would like to re-use them as infrastructure by turning them into living communities. [Image Courtesy of WonderfulEngineering] At the moment decommissioned oil tankers are scrapped in ship graveyards in developing countries and it is here that workers have to take the ships apart by hand and this is a task that isn’t without danger. The workers have to deal with toxic chemicals and oil that […]