Engineer Lourens Boot is using a stateof-the-art textile to mimic the water cycle and generate new sources of clean water for agriculture and drinking.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of NASA astronauts landing on the moon, Newsweek is spotlighting pioneers in science and technology, highlighting their very own moonshots and how they hope to change the world.
Lourens Boot is the co-founder and CEO of Sponsh, a Dutch company that aims to generate water from one of the world’s most abundant resources: the air around us. A finalist for the Mohammed bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity’s Sustainable Energy challenge, Sponsh wants to solve the world’s pressing water-shortage problems.
What is your moonshot?
Our moonshot is to provide affordable water for everyone around the globe.
What’s the big problem you set out to solve?
We all know that water is the source of life. Without water, everything stops. But we also know that it’s getting scarcer and scarcer every year. We want to tackle that by providing water from an untapped reservoir: the air around us.
How does that work?
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It was a season to remember. It was a season to forget. Either way, you look at it, it was the strangest of seasons for San Francisco that you will ever see. Looking back at the year that was to illustrate that point, The Niner Report has assembled the best, worst and most unconventional of the 49ers’ 2020 season.
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TOP 8 Worst encore seasons
There have been plenty of tough acts to follow in the history of the 49ers franchise with a team that has five Super Bowl championships, seven Super Bowl visits, 16 trips to the NFC Championship game, and 27 playoff appearances. That kind of success has seen the 49ers enter many seasons over the years looking to take the next step to greatness or simply maintain it. That makes them fall and crash even worse when San Francisco failed to achieve those goals coming off triumphant seasons. The 2020 49ers know all about it, which lands them a place on this list of the worst encore seasons in franchise history.
SEASON IN REVIEW
Did somebody say Super Bowl hangover?
After building the 49ers into NFC champions with young talent during their first three years together — when San Francisco had a total of 40 rookies see action from 2017-2019 — the team’s leadership tandem of general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan found themselves with considerably less draft capital at their disposal in the fourth year of their partnership.
GOOD MOVE OR BAD MOVE?
Revisiting 49ers’ 2020 personnel decisions
Tenders of the Vine
Visiting Russia’s Nascent Wine Region
Restoring the Future
A Small Town Gets a Makeover
CRAIG CHERRY 1964 FORD GALAXIE
Craig Cherry’s Galaxie is a perfect example of a muscle car time capsule.
Here I stand, on the summit of Anik Mountain, drenched to the bone amid zero visibility, driving rain, and a fierce wind.