Archive for October, 2011

In Rajasthan, India, an extraordinary school teaches rural women and men — many of them illiterate — to become solar engineers, artisans, dentists and doctors in their own villages. It’s called the Barefoot College, and its founder, Bunker Roy, explains how it works.

What an inspiration!

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Smart Garden Watering

Smart Garden Watering gives all Melbourne and Geelong gardeners the capacity to make informed decisions on achieving a water efficient garden. The program determines the amount of water required for each zone or section of the garden. The postcode of the garden is used identify local climate and also identify native soil type. The program uses the Burnley Plant Directory to provide comprehensive drought tolerance, water use, flower colour information, as well an image for each plant. The algorithms and data sets required for the water calculator model were developed at Burnley. Trials were conducted on mulch, wetting agents, irrigation systems and irrigation control devices as part of the project.

The SmartGardenWatering website, developed by Department of Resource Management and Geography, in conjunction with the Department of Information Systems, University of Melbourne, is the product of a 3 year project funded by the Smart Water Fund.

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