Once we stop looking to banksters to solve the problems (they helped create) we can focus on what true life-improving innovations look like. Yes we can.
A soccer ball that generates electricity to help light African homes won recognition in the sixth annual Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Awards.
The ball, developed by Jessica Lin, Jessica O. Matthews, Julia Silverman, and Hemali Thakkar, when they were still undergraduates at Harvard University can generate enough energy during 15 minutes of play to provide three hours of LED light, which could come in handy in sub-Saharan Africa, where less than 25 percent of the population has reliable electricity. Here is a direct video link.