Waterless Shower Now Possible

With inspiration from a friend too lazy to take a shower and a few months of research on the Internet, South African university student Ludwick Marishane has won global recognition for an invention that takes the water out of bathing.

Marishane, a 22-year-old student at the University of Cape Town student invented a product called DryBath, a clear gel applied to skin that does the work of water and soap. The invention, which won Marishane the 2011 Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award, has wide applications in Africa and other parts of the developing world where basic hygiene is lacking and hundreds of millions of people do not have regular access to water.

The product differs from the anti-bacterial hand washes by eliminating the heavy alcohol smell. It creates an odourless, biodegradable cleansing film with moisturisers.

Marishane used his web-enabled mobile phone to search through Google and Wikipedia in pursuit of a formula. Six months later, he came up with DryBath and a obtained a patent. The product is now manufactured commercially with clients including major global airlines for use on long-haul flights and governments for its soldiers in the field. Marishane also sees it helping conserve water in the poorest parts of the world.

Would you use DryBath as substitute for a real shower during a long travel? Do you think Marishane’s invention will go a long way in helping communities?

Source: Yahoo News

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Things You Should Never Buy Secondhand

Not every product is a good deal when purchased used. Some secondhand goods carry significant safety hazards, some wear down in quality after repeated use, and some are just plain gross. Here are a few to avoid.

Mattresses. Fear of bedbugs means that there’s virtually no secondhand mattress market to speak of, and you’re a lot more likely to see an old mattress in the back of a garbage truck than on Craigslist.

Couches and Upholstered Furniture. Bedbugs can be found in all sorts of upholstered furniture, not just beds. (They’d change the name, but “upholstered furniture bugs” just doesn’t have the same ring to it.) That’s why we previously recommended buying only non-upholstered furniture.

Bathing Suits. The fact that bathing suits are worn without underwear should be enough to dissuade you from buying a used one. Even if you run it through the washing machine with hot water and germicidal detergent, there’s no washing away that “ick” factor.

Tires. Consumer Reports notes that worn-down tires are a lot less safe in wet conditions, and unless you have enough car expertise to assess the wear and tear on a set of tires, it’s best to just buy them new.

Laptops. Laptops are opened and closed hundreds of times, and that constant use means a lot of unseen wear and tear over the years. There may be various electronic components that may be on the verge of failure. Even if the laptop boots up when you test it out, it’s difficult to gauge what sort of abuse a computer has sustained in its travels.

Source: Yahoo News

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