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Eco-Patent commons

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Two heads are better than one, but nine are even better.  Nine businesses have agreed to participate in the Eco-Patent Commons, a first-of-its-kind not-for-profit organization which enables companies to pledge environmentally-beneficial patents to the public domain.  The patents can then be used by anyone free of charge.  The goal of the project is to establish a collection of environmentally protective patents which can be used to spread, develop, and improve methods for protecting the environment.  This revolutionary idea does not aim to undermine business interests of its parent companie

AGNES - The "Age Suit"

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Joseph Coughlin's AgeLab at MIT has managed to design something rare - empathy. That is the objective behind a suit named AGNES, an acronym for the Age Gain Now Empathy System which is designed to help young engineers wearing it understand the physical limitations of older people. Designed by excercise physiologist Rozanne Puleo and a team of mechanical engineers, the suit mimics:

*reduced hearing and vision

*limited joint mobility and extension of spine

*restricted mobility

*lowered tactile ability

*induced fatigue

Oasys Water - Affordable Desalination from the Cambridge startup

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Access to drinkable water is one of most basic human needs.  As water tables sink and rainfall patters becomes erratic, coastal communities are being forced to consider the expensive and cumbersome prospect of desalination.  Fortunately, this option has the potential to become a whole lot cheaper.  Oasys Water, a Yale University spinoff, is commercializing a technology it calls Engineered Osmosis (EO) that could halve the cost of desalination and make it viable for people in need around the world.

Urban aquaculture

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Professor Martin Schreibman says our oceans have been overfished beyond repair. If we're going to keep eating fish and chips, tuna tartare, and all those omega-3 fatty acids, we may have to rely on aquaculture. Schreibman is working to bring those fish farms straight to the demand cities.

Sun Catalytix

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We all know that solar cells generate electricity from the sun; but the nagging question for the modern era is how to store that energy when it isn't needed.  Putting it into batteries or using it to pump water uphill are both dreadfully inefficient.  However, a more elegant solution may be at hand.  Inspired by the photosynthesis performed by plants, Professor Nocera of MIT has developed a process that allows water to be more efficiently split into its elements, oxygen and hydrogen, the latter of which can then be used as a zero-emission fuel on site.  The vision is to combine this system


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Does your vote count and will it be so, correctly?  Scantegrity is a research and open source project, that has developed an election verification sytem that will allow voters to ensure their vote has been tallied while maintaining anonymity.  The technology works in conjunction with one of the most popular voting techniques in the US - optical scanning, in which voters fill in a bubble on a paper that is then scanned for a computer record, as well as leaving a smart paper trail.  The new Scantegrity's encryption technology uses new ballots with invisible ink that produce a unique confirmat

AWAK Technologies

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Receiving treatment for end stage kidney disease can be daunting - dialysis treatment is required three days a week and can take upto four hours a day. This can prevent patients from working, traveling, and living normal lives.

EveryScape - 3D World Online, Inside and Out

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Meshed 360 degree photography that creates virtual tours has been popularized by Google's 'Street View'. This Cambridge startup picks up where the search engine left off  and extends the technology to views inside of buildings.  Local business owners can opt to have photos of the inside of their building available on the website.  Everyscape creates and hosts the content and allows users to learn about the business through a consistent immersive experience in a way that a TV or print ad cannot describe. 

Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry

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Dr. John Warner, the visionary scientist and founder of the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry in Woburn, MA, is quick to remind you that every product ever made involves chemistry of some kind.  And if like virtually everything, it was made since the dawn of industrialization,  then it probably wasn't designed with your health in mind.  But Dr. Warner intends to change that.  The doctor has invented the science of Green Chemistry, which at its core has basic concepts of toxicology that are often overlooked by industrial chemists.