Wednesday, September 07, 2005

25 inventions which changed our lives

Scientists have harnessed the power of pee to charge batteries in home-based health kits! 'Ewwwww', you say? Not really.

The urine-activated battery would be integrated into biochip systems for healthcare diagnostic applications. The inventors envision a world where people will easily be able to monitor their health at home, seeking medical attention only when necessary.

This research is published in the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering.

If it weren't for innovative people, our lives would be pretty simple. :-)

In the last 25 years, our lives have been impacted/changed by 25 major innovations.'s 'Top 25 Innovations' are...

1. The Internet
2. Cell phone
3. Personal computers
4. Fiber optics
5. E-mail
6. Commercialized GPS
7. Portable computers
8. Memory storage discs
9. Consumer level digital camera
10. Radio frequency ID tags
11. MEMS
12. DNA fingerprinting
13. Air bags
14. ATM
15. Advanced batteries
16. Hybrid car
17. OLEDs
18. Display panels
19. HDTV
20. Space shuttle
21. Nanotechnology
22. Flash memory
23. Voice mail
24. Modern hearing aids
25. Short Range, High Frequency Radio

Read CNN's article

Have any of these innovations changed your life for the better? Are there others that CNN did not consider, but should have?

Will the pee powered home medical kits make the next top 25 innovation list?


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