BC Grads: Solving The World’s Water Crisis With A Beetle?

June 14, 2012 12:00 AM
BC Grads: Solving The World’s Water Crisis With A Beetle?
" BOSTON (CBS) – A couple of Boston College graduates are banking on a beetle to help solve the world’s clean water crisis.

The World Water Council estimates about 1.1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water worldwide. Deckard Sorensen and Miguel Galvez are hoping to help change that through their start-up company NBD Nanotechnologies.

They already won the $10,000 grand prize from the Boston College Venture Competition, which is going toward developing their prototype.

Now, NBD has been picked as one of 125 finalists in this year’s MassChallenge, a competition that awards promising entrepreneurs world-class mentorship, free office space, access to funding, media and more. The competition’s finalists participate in a 3 month accelerator, and the top 10-20 startups split $1,000,000 in cash awards.

Material made to mimic a Namib Desert Beetle holds droplets of water. (Photo Courtesy: NBD Nanotechnologies)

NBD’s design for a water collecting device is based on the Namib Desert Beetle, which manages to survive in one of the hottest, driest, and most uninhabitable places on the planet. The bug uses its back to extract its water supply from morning fogs "

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