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February 27, 2017

Dousing Flames with Low-Frequency Sound Waves

A new type of extinguisher that uses sound waves to put out fires has been built by two engineering students in the US. Both chemical- and water-free, the invention offers a relatively non-destructive method of fire control, which could find applications in fighting small fires in the home, and the researchers now hold a preliminary patent application for their device.

While the concept of using sound waves to extinguish flames is not new, previous attempts to realize the principle – including efforts by teams at West Georgia University and the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) – had not been successful.

Undeterred by this, as well as initial [...]

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May 22, 2015

Fashion Library Lends You Clothes Instead of Books

LENA is a closet that allows patrons to borrow fashions of their choice in order to create more sustainable fashion practices…

Clothing can be expensive and difficult to access, not to mention costly to the environment. If people could borrow clothing like they borrow books, than the trend of fast fashion, that has caused some many of the issues that plague the fashion industry, would be halted. LENA is a library exclusively created for women’s clothing, ranging from tops, skirts, dresses, shorts, purses, and more.

Patrons sign up for a specific subscription, starting at €19.95 a month to get 100 points for the month, ranging all the way up to €49.95 subscription [...]

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March 30, 2015

Anonymous ‘Spider-Man’ Feeds Homeless People At Night

A U.K. man is donating his nights to making sure that those in need don't go hungry.By day, this 20-year-old man from Birmingham, England, who wishes to remain anonymous, is a bartender. But by night, he dons a Spider-Man suit and takes to the streets to feed homeless people. The "Birmingham Spider-Man," as he is known, says that he hopes his work will show others that everyone deserves a helping hand -- no matter their situation.
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January 9, 2015

Check Out This City In Iraq That Is Made Completely Of Floating Homes

How many of you know about the marshlands located in Iraq? We are guessing that not many of you do. Let’s take a trip to the Tigris-Euphrates marshlands that used to cover more than 9,000 sq. miles and were inhabited for more than 5,000 years and at one time – during its peak – was home to 0.5 million ‘Ma’dan’ (Marsh Arabs).

Marsh Arabs was the collective name given to a number of tribes that had managed to develop a culture that was both beautiful and eco-friendly while focusing on natural resources of the marsh. The most amazing aspect of the lifestyle that was adopted by Marsh Arabs was the intricate designs of their housing. The houses floated and were made from reeds [...]

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January 5, 2015

Cape Town’s Pop-up Store for the Homeless Goes Global

Looking out from their advertising agency balcony onto the main street, a pair of Cape Town advertising creatives has changed the way people give and receive for humanitarian reasons worldwide.

The copywriter and art director team of Kayli Levitan and Maxmillian Pazak say they were simply looking for a way to bring together the “haves and have-nots” who fill the streets around their workplace area every day. With support from their ad agency M&C Saatchi Abel, and partnering with the nearby headquarters of the Haven Night Shelter, Cape Town’s largest network of homeless shelters, the team have fine-tuned a concept aimed at changing the process of giving and receiving. The [...]

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December 18, 2014

Learning From Innovation Hubs: Fluidity, Serendipity, and Community Combined

Innovation hubs are popping up from Addis to Amsterdam and Boston to Bangalore. Fuelled by ideals of openness, community and collaboration, hubs aim to be the next orgware for innovation—beyond business incubators and R&D labs. Managers, policymakers and investors have taken note, but are grappling with how to engage. What makes hubs so appealing and can they teach innovation managers anything new?

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