Have you seen the great work of Amy Smith? She operates D-lab nestled beneath the infinite corridor at MIT.

Fumes from indoor cooking fires kill more than 2 million children a year in the developing world. MIT engineer Amy Smith details an exciting but simple solution: a tool for turning farm waste into clean-burning charcoal.

Amy and her students are creating low-tech technologies to benefit people who have little access to the systems many of us expect.

Happy Ada Day!

Chris Connors

Chris Connors

Making things is the best way to learn about our world.

  • Michaelc

    I wouldn’t mind a bit if Obama gave Amy Smith a few hundred million dollars.