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      Technology for Rural Indians, Over-treating Malaria, Cameras Capture Wildlife

      Posted: 19 Aug 2011 02:30 AM PDT

      A recently launched engineering lab in southern India is trying to improve the lives of the rural poor.  In many African countries, even when tests show that a patient does not have malaria, clinicians often prescribe malaria treatment. An international project by the non-profit Conservation International is using hidden cameras to gather candid shots of wildlife.

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      Technology lab in the rural part of Southern India.

      Beautiful geography with marvelously lush farmlands because of thunderous monsoons.

      But a rural engineering lab?  Clothes remain DAMP because they're hung out to dry DURING the monsoon, so they need an electrically efficient inexpensive clothing dryer, and we who are energy-miserly need the same thing.

      So, this engineer opened a lab in the area and polled the residents.  Foundations funded him, and he housed the lab (using marketing techniques for his engineering research) in the local engineering college.

      Well, he came up with an inexpensive fruit dryer (not a clothing dryer), and the rawfoods vegans are very interested in this in the DEVELOPED world, but that's a digression.

      Poor women working in food packaging find this food dryer very helpful.

      Now they're drying nuts then exporting them (or secure them) before the wild monkeys can raid their stores of picked food (and ravage them - or eat them).  The villagers crops were at risk.  

      So, the local villagers developed an engineering solution - with audio recordings of wild lions and tigers, but then the monkeys LEARNED that these were harmless sounds.  Though a testament to the monkeys intelligence, the villagers were disappointed with the outcome.

      But what about the clothing drier?  Burning wood for heat gave a smoky smell to the dried clothing.

      But more at theworld.org/science

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