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The Water Channel

June 14, 2012
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Our project and its video was just posted on The Water Channel! Here’s a description of what they do: TheWaterChannel was launched at the WordWaterForum in 2009 in Istanbul as a partnership of MetaMeta Communications, Nymphaea, UNESCO-IHE, and Cap-Net. The idea was to support education and awareness in water by making video material available...
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Hydrophobic Coating for DRIPS

April 19, 2012
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Daikin Industries from Japan developed a hydrophobic coating. This is just the thing for D.R.I.P.S. — we want to be able to coat our atmospheric water collector so that every single drop of moisture gets delivered to the roots of plants.
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Cost of Chicken Project

November 23, 2011
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Cost of Chicken Project

This year (2011), we are still focusing on food. We want to know the true cost of food — its price; the distance it traveled to get to our dinner tables; the people who grew it; the methods that were used to grow it; how it was produced; how good is it for us...
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Thinking about water pumps

October 30, 2011
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There’s an interesting blog post about water pumps. There needs to be a cheap and easy solution for people to pump water out of the ground. Here’s the article: BUILDING A BETTER MOUSETRAP IS ONLY THE BEGINNING
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World Agroforestry Centre’s Impact Assessment Report

October 16, 2011
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There’s an interesting report on the use of trees in agriculture — how intermixing the trees among the crop fields actually produces higher yields. Part of the problem discussed in the report is poor water management among rural farmers. Here’s quote: “In Africa, it is generally agreed that poor soil management — along with...
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Open Source Ecology

October 6, 2011
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Open Source Ecology

This is another organization we learned about at UC Berkeley Design Lab. They are doing some cool things: open source tractors! We might contact them for help with our prototypes. Check them out!
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Hackerspaces

October 6, 2011
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We met with UC Berkeley and they recommended a few places that can help us develop the D.R.I.P.S. prototype. Here’s one: Noisebridge. Watch what they do:
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GreenMonk: the blog

August 4, 2011
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We found this blog post by one of the judges for the EDF Sustainable Design Challenge: GreenMonk. The post not only gives a nice description of the competition, but it also links to our project! Thank you!
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Drip Irrigation Driven by Fog in Santiago

July 4, 2011
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Domingos is a farmer living in the highlands of Serra Malagueta. He says that they get 1000 liters per day from one of his fog nets! He grows potatoes, many different varieties, like we did. Check out the cool use of old beer bottles—he recycles them to help build his structures for farming. The...
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Videos on Fog Collection Around the World

July 1, 2011
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To make our collection of resources a bit more international in scope, here are few videos we found on how to make fog collectors with cheap materials and use them around the globe. Enjoy! The cool addition here are the fans inside the cage that lower the temperature for better fog collection (at least...
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India’s Army: Atmospheric Water Generator

June 4, 2011
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Here’s an expensive piece of technology that India’s army is using for its water need. This is a CNN report:
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How to Build a Dew Catcher

June 4, 2011
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This video shows to construct a dew catcher (really more like a fog catcher) from an aluminum frame and netting.
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Dew Harvesters in India

June 4, 2011
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This video shows how to contract a dew harvester.
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The Voyage of the Mimi: Making Dew

June 4, 2011
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This is a very old science educational video (my mom worked on it). See if you recognize the little boy in the video… Oh, and it shows how to make fresh water from seawater through evaporation and dew formation (start at about 9 minutes into the video):
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NASA Water Cycle Video

June 4, 2011
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Here’s a nice animation showing the water cycle: Follow the red dot to track the water as evaporates, forms into clouds, condensates, rains down, gets absorbed into ground water, seeps into rivers and lakes, flows down into the ocean, and evaporates again to complete the cycle.
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