Google’s Energy-Generating Kites

Google’s secretive innovations lab Google[x] will launch an 84-foot power-generating kite next month in its quest for more efficient clean energy solutions. The test flight is the culmination of years of work on Project Makani, a program that Google hopes will replace outdated ground-based wind turbines with more advanced airborne ones. The kites take advantage of high-speed winds unreachable by standard turbines and, if successful, …

Chai Time

Four small-batch food sellers dish up delicious spiced flavors

No matter what the weather, chai remains a perennial favorite for its mix of sharp spices and pleasant sweetness, balanced out by a milky base. Coming away from the 2012 Fancy Food Show, we found four small businesses who are channeling the classic blend in various forms of food and drink. The Chai Cart Paawan Kothari left her Silicon Valley career to take advantage of …

Airdrop

A lo-tech air harvester aims to alleviate the effect of drought on agriculture

Dependent on regional agriculture for sustenance and economic security, rural communities are often the hardest hit by droughts. Following a twelve-year dry spell in southeastern Australia’s Murray Darling basin, Edward Linnacre saw the need for a lo-tech solution to maintain agriculture in particularly arid climates. The Swinburne University of Technology student created Airdrop, an “air harvester” that collects and distributes critical moisture to crops during …