Popular Mechanics 2008 Breakthrough Awards Winners

Popular Mechanics 2008 Breakthrough Awards Winners 

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Popular Mechanics announced its picks for the 2008 Breakthrough Awards awards in what the publication called The 10 Most Brilliant Gadets of the Year. Here’s the list of international winners; you may be surprised at the gadgets on the list.

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Ecovative Design’s Greensulate Revolutionizes Insulation

Ecovative Design’s Greensulate Revolutionizes Insulation 

Ecovative Design’s Greensulate (building insulation) and Negative Volume (packaging) are manufactured -or rather, grown-from agricultural waste products like rice hulls, which are combined with water, recycled paper and living mushroom cells to create panels that can be used to insulate buildings or protect packages during shipment.

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“Grandma’s Penicillin” May Help Lower High Blood Pressure

“Grandma’s Penicillin” May Help Lower High Blood Pressure 

 Chicken Soup – “Grandma’s Penicillin”

Chicken soup, that popular home remedy for the common cold sometimes known as “Grandma’s Penicillin,” may have a new role alongside medication and other medical measures in fighting high blood pressure, scientists in Japan are reporting. Their research is scheduled for the October 22 issue of ACS’ biweekly Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

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Automated Construction System To Change Face of Home-Building

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A new automated construction system is all set to change the face of home-building, for it is soon going to step out of the developmental phase and become a functional house-building robot. This prototype was developed by Behrokh Khoshnevis of the University of Southern California.

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Ottawa To Build The First Gasification Plant In North America

Ottawa To Build The First Gasification Facility In North America

First gasification facility in North America to make energy from waste.

This week, city counselors in Ottawa, Ontario, unanimously approved a new waste-to-energy facility that will turn 400 metric tons of garbage per day into 21 megawatts of net electricity–enough to power about 19,000 homes. Rather than burning trash to generate heat, as with an incinerator, the facility proposed by Ottawa-based PlascoEnergy Group employs electric-plasma torches to gasify the municipal waste and enlist the gas to generate electricity.

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Dumping Old Subway Cars Into the Atlantic

Dumping Old Subway Cars Into the Atlantic

The setup certainly doesn’t make it sound positive: The Redbird Reef off the coast of Slaughter Beach, Delaware is a dump site for retired New York City subway cars, and there are already nearly 700 of them on the ocean floor. Before you cry foul, consider the words of Jeff Tinsman, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s artificial reef program manager, who told the New York Times: “They’re basically luxury condominiums for fish.” (Pics)

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