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Airdrop Irrigation System Wins 2011 James Dyson Award Top Prize
The 2011 James Dyson Award has just been handed to Edward Linacre of Melbourne, Australia for his Airdrop irrigation system — a device capable of transforming drought-ridden areas into fertile farmland. The Airdrop is modeled after the Namib Desert beetle, which is able to live in the driest of conditions by capturing and collecting small amounts of water from the air. Linacre’s irrigation systemharvests tiny amounts of moisture from even the driest climate and then pushes the moisture through a network of piping that condenses it and funnels it directly to the roots of crops. Linacre’s winning design netted him a prize of about $16,000, which he’ll use for testing.