The husband-and-wife team of Jim and Debbie Aung Din Taylor started small in 2004, but today the founders of the socially responsible company Proximity Designs work together with Harvard and Stanford Universities. 2012 was their most successful year ever, as they were able to better the lot of Burmese farmers with over 500 projects.
Those include foot-powered water pumps, simple-to-construct irrigation systems and mobile reservoirs which are both inexpensive and built to last. Products like these are the secret to success for the social entrepreneurs and their Rangoon design studio.
Xinhua News Agency (Mar. 8, 2011) A UN food study has determined that the adoption of ecological agriculture in poorer nations could double their food production within a decade. The study draws an explicit connection between ... watch video
AP (Apr. 1, 2014) A conservation group says Chinese logging and demand for monkey bones are threatening a rare monkey species in northern Myanmar. The Myanmar snub-nosed monkeys were recently captured on video for the ... watch video
Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Oct. 31, 2014) Tiny hair-thin muscles in the skin of batwings give the creatures unprecedented control during flight, according to researchers in the United States. The scientists hope to improve the aerodynamics ... watch video
Reuters (Oct. 1, 2013) Researchers at Stanford University are looking to one of nature's most agile creatures - the hummingbird - for design tips as they build the next generation of aerial search and rescue vehicles. ... watch video
Reuters - Innovations Video Online (July 12, 2016) A chimpanzee enclosure in Britain is trialling a new design tool that mimics the wild environment, encouraging the animals to move around using more natural behaviours. Matthew Stock reports.
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Reuters (Feb. 8, 2012) Israeli scientists have developed a small-scale method of analyzing microclimates using satellite images, to improve prospects for better farming. The researchers say the system could boost yields ... watch video
AFP (May 13, 2013) The UN's Food and Agriculture organization has called on Western consumers to get over their disgust of insects as they are a great source of protein. In many countries around the world, people are ... watch video
Aug. 26, 2016 Several species of bacteria found in smokeless tobacco products have been associated with opportunistic infections, according to a new paper. An estimated 8 million people use smokeless tobacco ... read more
Aug. 24, 2016 Since concern about widespread honey bee colony losses began ten years ago, there have been surveys carried out to assess winter losses in North America and many European countries. So far, the ... read more
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Aug. 26, 2016 A new study will help researchers understand the ways that marine animal larvae use sound as a cue to settle on coral reefs. The study has determined that sounds created by ... read more
Aug. 26, 2016 Researchers found that the specialist moth Heliothis subflexa benefits from secondary plant components by turning the original defensive function of these compounds into its ... read more
Aug. 26, 2016 Chemists have significantly improved upon the synthesis of a molecule related to muscle and neuronal function. A research team has been busy trying to crack the puzzle of the ... read more
Aug. 12, 2013 Designing products for the developing world can be a hit-or-miss endeavor: While there may be a dire need for products addressing problems, such as access to clean water, sanitation and electricity, ... read more
May 14, 2013 A truss design devised to help workers process space shuttles continues to find new uses as a space shuttle engineer-turned-entrepreneur adapts it to everything from a solar-powered electric ... read more
May 9, 2013 Often, it's not what you know, but who you know when it comes to business and research success and that still applies even in the age of online social networking, according to new ... read more
Oct. 14, 2011 A new study of more than 440 technology entrepreneurs reveals that wealth does not necessarily bring happiness. According to new research, long-term employment growth in a new technology-based ... read more