Maker Pioneers: Ben Dubin-Thaler and BioBus

Energy & Sustainability


Here is the latest in our Make: Shorts video series, covering “Maker Pioneers,” inventors, entrepreneurs, makers, who are dreaming up clever solutions to today’s energy and environmental problems. In this episode, we climb aboard the BioBus, with its creator, Ben Dubin-Thaler. The “Cell Motion BioBus” is a self-powered mobile microscopy lab that brings hands-on science to students in New York City. The BioBus runs on power from solar panels, a wind turbine, and an engine burning waste vegetable oil. Students not only discover the microscopic world around them, but learn about the green tech that powers the lab.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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