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David Bornstein

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18 October 2010

Maseru, Lesotho

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In a mountainous region of Lesotho, a man named Tsepo Kotelo visits 20 villages every week on his new motorcycle to provide health care to local villagers. The Elton John AIDS Foundation gifted the motorcycles to Kote...

National Geographic

Tina Rosenberg

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1 April 2010

Foro, Konso, Ethiopia

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Foro, a village in southwestern Ethiopia, has suffered from drought conditions for years, leaving the little water the communities can access polluted with waste. While various water projects have been attempted only ...

The New York Times

Thomas L. Friedman

6 March 2010

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Recession economies engender a sense of malaise and stagnancy, but two innovative men are working to find affordable, scalable solutions to current issues. Instead of worrying about CO2 emissions, Vinod Khosla imagin...

Pacific Standard

Bob Burtman

28 December 2009

Mebane, North Carolina, United States

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Mapping technology has been used in creative ways to visualize discrimination on the municipal level and hold governments accountable for using methods that are hard to understand or quantify to perpetuate discrepanci...

Science in Society

Sam Burcher

8 May 2009

Mastala, Kusungu District, Malawi

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A bright young man named William took it upon himself to bring electricity to his small, rural village in Malawi, despite having few resources at his disposal. William invented a windmill using recycled materials, an...

NPR

John Nielsen

24 June 2008

New York, United States

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Invasive weeds are ruining the habitat of New York's wild bog turtles. In Hudson River Valley, domestic goats and cows are being used to save bog turtles by grazing on this foreign weed. So far, the plan seems to be w...

The Spokesman-Review

Nafeesa Syeed

14 January 2007

Anita, Iowa, United States

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Anita, Iowa faced many of the same challenges as other small towns when the last local grocer closed amid competition with large chains like Costco and Walmart. But when its residents realized the value of a local "mo...

Forbes

Robert Langreth

20 June 2005

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Medical errors kill 100,000 Americans every year. A new vanguard is out to fix the fatal flaws, mostly by evaluating processes and looking for points of breakdown or confusion.

San Francisco Chronicle

Kevin Fagan

9 May 2004

San Francisco, California, United States

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In the U.S. most supportive housing programs have a 75 percent turnover rate, meaning people end up in the streets again. Direct Access to Housing in California manages a turnover rate of only 15 percent by providing ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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11 April 2004

Ndumu, South Africa

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DDT was banned in the United States in 1972 because of the harm it can cause to the natural environment when it is sprayed in mass quantities over large areas. However, spraying DDT on the walls inside of homes is the...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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10 August 2003

Mexico

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Corruption in Mexico is ingrained in all systems and interactions. President Vicente Fox and his administration are trying to change this. Their mentality is that for corruption to truly be fought the government needs...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Emma Eisenberg

1 October 2001

Australia

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In the U.S. the electorate skews white, wealthy, and old because such demographics are more likely to vote. Creating mandatory voting laws would increase voter turnout and thus increase voting equity.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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28 January 2001

Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Soon, AIDS in Africa will be doing more than killing millions every year. It will destroy what there is of Africa's economy and cause further instability and, perhaps, war. But a nondescript hospital in Brazil could s...

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