A clarion call for inventors and investors

March 28, 2020 by  
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Geoengineering and environmental technologies are the vaccines author Thomas Kostigen believes we need to cure the planet’s ills.

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Mobile cooler designed by 22-year-old Will Broadway could save 1.5 million lives

September 9, 2016 by  
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Transporting vaccines in developing countries can be precarious. Highly sensitive to temperature, vaccines can be damaged if they freeze or even if the car transporting them gets stuck in traffic. Loughborough University industrial design graduate Will Broadway utilized his final year at the university to devise Isobar , a mobile vaccine cooler which could potentially save 1.5 million lives. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yR-6BlB7G1Q Isobar heats water and ammonia to generate ammonia vapors, which are released into the main chamber to maintain a temperature of two to eight degrees Celsius (around 35 to 46.4 degrees Fahrenheit) to keep vaccines stable. Broadway designed an insulated backpack that can transport the Isobar easily. He created two methods of recharging the device as well, through propane or through electricity. He specifically designed the Isobar to be small so it could also be carried conveniently via the device’s handle. Related: This solar-powered device keeps fruits and veggies fresh without a fridge Broadway drew inspiration from travels in Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and China. He also counts Albert Einstein as an influence. In the 1920’s, Einstein designed a device that provided refrigeration without electricity. The device worked through a chemical process that just needed a heat source. Broadway’s Isobar won him a national James Dyson Award . Broadway’s goal is not to profit from Isobar, but to get it to the people who desperately need vaccines. He told BBC Newsbeat, “Medical products have such a big markup that it’s unreasonable for people around the world to purchase these items. If it is the best thing available, then it should be out there saving lives…I wanted to make something for people who have next to nothing. It should be a basic human right, in my opinion, to have a vaccination.” Next up: production. Broadway intends to develop the device for widespread use, and thinks they could also be used to transport organ transplants or blood donations. He said there even could be an application for commercial cooling. + Isobar Via BBC Newsbeat and The Guardian Images via screenshot

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Chinese public outraged at $90 million illegal vaccine scandal

March 22, 2016 by  
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China is suffering another health scandal, and it’s not the smog this time. Almost $90 million worth of vaccines were sold illegally throughout the country on the black market, and the people that received the vaccines are at risk for severe side effects and even death because the drugs weren’t transported properly. Read the rest of Chinese public outraged at $90 million illegal vaccine scandal

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Solar-powered Polak building paves the way to a more sustainable university campus

March 22, 2016 by  
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You can play this building like a gigantic xylophone

March 22, 2016 by  
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Teen inventor develops “No Ice, No Electricity” solution for last-leg vaccinations

August 10, 2015 by  
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A remarkable amount of effort goes into transporting vaccines to people who desperately need them in areas of the world where fancy hospitals and refrigeration are not common. Oftentimes, the “last leg” of the journey proves disappointing, as vaccines can lose efficacy if they are not stored at a consistent and fairly cool temperature. Anurudh Ganesan, a 15-year-old inventor from India, has developed a solution that could save the day, as well as countless lives, while using very little power. He calls it the “Vaxxwagon,” and it’s earned him a slot as a finalist in the Google Science Fair  this year. Read the rest of Teen inventor develops “No Ice, No Electricity” solution for last-leg vaccinations

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