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  1. Elsa Zaldívar, 2008 Rolex Laureate


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    Elsa Zaldívar takes leftover pieces of a vegetable sponge and mixes them with other vegetable matter and recycled plastic to form strong, lightweight panels that can easily be assembled into…

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    • Andrew Muir, 2008 Rolex Laureate


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      South African conservationist Andrew Muir is harnessing the healing powers of nature to help young people orphaned by HIV/AIDS become independent citizens. Andrew’s Umzi Wethu programme provides…

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      • Andrew McGonigle, 2008 Rolex Laureate


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        Scottish physicist Andrew McGonigle is developing a reliable way to predict eruptions, using an unmanned, small-scale helicopter to measure gases that escape from volcanic vents. His combination of…

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        • Tim Bauer, 2008 Rolex Laureate


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          Working in the Philippines, American mechanical engineer Tim Bauer and his team have developed a kit to reconfigure these machines, drastically reducing their noxious emissions. He now plans to install…

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          • Talal Akasheh, 2008 Rolex Laureate


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            Chemistry professor Talal Akasheh, who has devoted 26 years to documenting Petra scientifically, is set to complete a knowledge system that will underpin the city’s future conservation. Watch…

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