Thursday, April 19, 2007

Simple designs that could save childrens' lives

Simple designs that could save childrens' lives
Amy Smith designs cheap, practical fixes for tough problems in developing countries.
Fumes from indoor cooking fires kill more than 2 million children a year in the developing world. MIT engineer Amy Smith details an exciting but simple solution: a tool for converting farm waste into cleaner-burning fuel.
Plain-spoken and passionate, Smith talks about some other tools she and her students are creating, including an incubator that stays warm without electricity and a grain mill that frees women from hours of grinding every day. These are basic tools with world-changing results.

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