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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

WIND POWERED MINE SWEEPER




         Massoud Hassani was smuggled out of Afghanistan by his mom at an early age, but has returned with an engineering marvel that just might be very useful at ridding his home country of decades worth of unexploded ordinance and land mines.

         Called the "Mine Kafon", Hassani's invention is inexpensive, and uses the wind to propel it across the landscape.

         Too cool!

6 comments:

Teri said...

Wow, does he have a kickstarter page or something so we crowdsource/fundraise for this. I also think the Princess Diana Foundation (who was big on getting rid of land mines) would be great to send this to.

Awesome stuff....15 pumpkin pies done, 12 apple and 2 pecan.

Thanks for making stop feeling sorry for my 1st world problems...

Happy Thanksgiving
Teri

squatlo said...

Wow, Teri, I thought I had done something by getting two caramel pies into the fridge! Do you run a bakery, or are you just compulsive at Thanksgiving?!!

the yellow fringe said...

Better than the Falkland Island solution, send flocks of sheep out to graze, they clear it in this way, but it's brutal. This is better, though it can never be uniform, wind and terrain will funnel the things into common paths, but at least it makes a start, you can know some paths and areas are OK to traverse.

squatlo said...

Fringe, I can't think of a modern weapon more in need of elimination, bar none. We've left a million of 'em around the globe, and we're probably nowhere close to being the worst at it.

Of course, when my daughter was about 17, I thought about laying mines all around the yard, like a moat...

Teri said...

Only 2 pumpkin, 1 apple and 1 pecan are for family the rest for the church food pantry.

Have you ever used a Neti pot for your congestion? It works well with distilled water and a few tsps of vinegar (its a natural antiseptic).

feel better soon
teri

squatlo said...

Oh god, I was afraid someone was going to suggest a Neti Pot. Cindy championed that cause until we saw an episode of House wherein a very ill person's mystery disease was tracked back to a Neti POt. She left me alone about the damn thing after that. Which is good, because HER bi-annual illnesses weren't helped a whole hell of a lot by using one of them.

I'm impressed by the baking proficiency, though. I don't bake often (and my caramel pies don't require an oven, actually) but admire anyone who carries through on such a scale.

Well damn done!

Happy Turkey Day to you and yours!