Solar panels that track the sun currently involve the use of motors and electronic control systems to move them and convert the power to energy. But a team of engineering students at MIT, inspired by heliotropic plants that move in the direction of the sun all day (like a sunflower), have developed a new method of motivation for the photovoltaic cells to move. Their invention won first place in MIT's Making and Designing Materials Engineering Contest (MADMEC) -- a $100,000 prize!
Summer is almost here, which means, picnic time! Plan Toys is offering yet another fantastically fun eco-friendly product just perfect for kids. So, get your party on with the Picnic Play mat!
As the temperature soars to 30 degrees Celsius here today, I am praising my air conditioner; but it also got me thinking about more fashionable and eco-friendly ways to cool off. As I searched for cooling clothing, I stumbled across designer Katharina Ludwig's unique ice jewelry, which boasts some beautiful designs that will help keep even the hottest chicks cool on a hot summer day.
Popular Science has announced the 2009 Invention Awards for the top 10 groundbreaking inventions that originated from the minds and perseverance of individual inventors. These inventions did not have big companies behind them with a big research lab and lots of money. You won't see the likes of Apple® or Motorola® or Honda® among this list. Just folks like you and me whose inventions will make a major impact on the way we live, work, learn, play, and even manage intelligence in battle.