The TV show Heroes didn’t win an Emmy this weekend, but that’s okay. Awards of a different kind have just been handed out to real heroes: people who are using technology to help those in need. The Tech Museum in San Jose recently announced its annual Tech Award Laureates, a group of 25 organizations doing innovative work in the areas of health, the environment, education, economic development and equality. Check out these photos of some of the most intriguing honorees in action, everywhere from a rice field in China to a medical clinic in Sierra Leone.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.