Monthly Archives: July 2011

Recycle Plastic Bottles, Use as Lightbulbs

Via Fast Company: Students at MIT, in an effort to design lighting solutions for homes not connected to the grid, developed this brilliant new “lightbulb,” made only of a used plastic bottle, water and bleach. The simple technology can be … Continue reading

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e-Governance Workshops Across India

GOI’s Department of Information Technology, in partnership with NASSCOM, is organizing a 50 e-Governance consultation workshops in all states and union territories between July 2011 and July 2012. The objective is to bring senior decision makers and stakeholders of National … Continue reading

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The World Collaborates to Make a Film

On October 10, 2010 (10.10.10), people in every country on the planet recorded important issues in their lives over a 24-hour period, and contributed to the largest participatory media event in history. This extraordinary project, One Day on Earth, brought … Continue reading

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India’s Top Innovators Under 35

Technology Review released the 2011 awards for India’s top innovators under 35 years of age. Ajit Narayanan, winner of the “Innovator of the Year” award, created a voice device for people with speech disabilities, while Alefia Merchant, winner of the … Continue reading

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Museums as R&D Departments of Society?

Fast Co.Design features MoMA’s new show, “Talk to Me: Design and Communication Between People and Objects,” exploring how the remarkable exhibits help illuminate our increasingly intimate relationships with objects. Projects featured are as varied as an implanted microchip-dictionary which “whispers” … Continue reading

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India to Implement Ambitious “Smart-Grid” Pilot Project

In an effort to save power and improve energy efficiency, India’s Ministry of Power has recently set up an India Smart Grid Task Force (ISGTF). The initiative involves the implementation of pilot projects in eight different locations over the next … Continue reading

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Indian-Italian Partnership for Renewable Energy

Energy Alternatives India, a consultancy for renewable energy in India, recently entered into a collaboration with Agici Finance Business, an Italian pioneer in the energy business. The two companies signed an MoU to develop joint initiatives aimed at bringing renewable … Continue reading

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Office Architecture That Inspires Creativity

Innovative Ad Agency Sid Lee‘s new Montreal office is designed to inspire free-thinking and creativity, with its open, mutable spaces, walls that can be scribbled on, long corridors for impromptu brainstorming sessions, and its provision of healthy breakfast and free … Continue reading

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Reasons For India’s Low Rank In The Innovation Index

This slideshow highlights some innovations that have emerged from rural India in recent years, and examines the reasons why these smart and useful ideas have not received the attention they deserve. These invariably arise from insufficient funding, lack of government … Continue reading

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Solar-Charged Fuel May Mean the End of Batteries

Researchers at MIT have discovered a new fuel that can store solar energy as heat. While they are yet to develop an efficient process to convert the heat to electricity, the scientists predict that these solar-fueled nanotubes could outdo lithium … Continue reading

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