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Adele Peters

22 January 2019

Worcester, United Kingdom

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Microsoft recently piloted the Code Jumper, a kit that allows children with visual impairments to learn how to code using tactile and auditory responses. The Code Jumper kit features several "pods" that correlate to a...

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Varissara Charassangsomboon

11 January 2019

Singapore

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The Digitalisation of Inmate Rehabilitation & Corrections Tool (DIRECT) project gives inmates in Singapore tablets to communicate with family members and access e-learning resources. Similar initiatives have been show...

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Jessica Mendoza

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19 December 2018

Jefferson, Iowa, United States

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An interesting advocate for spreading tech jobs into small towns comes in the form of Silicon Valley’s congressman. Representative Ro Khanna hopes that investing in small towns will stimulate local economies as well a...

The Colorado Sun

Tamara Chuang

10 December 2018

Denver, Colorado, United States

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PCL Construction is known in the construction industry for being innovative. Most recently, they have begun a push to integrate technology to modernize their company and the industry. By working with software engineer...

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Emily Feng

6 December 2018

Lagos, Nigeria

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In Nigeria, entrepreneurs are overcoming the hurdles of an underdeveloped tech ecosystem to solve problems at the bottom of the pyramid, from health to education to access to money. It’s attracting the attention of in...

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Nick Fouriezos

25 November 2018

Burlington, Vermont, United States

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A specialized digital tablet allows blind students to draw, erase, and learn in a new, tactile way, creating opportunities for students to more effectively master complex math, engineering, and architectural concepts....

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Kathleen Burge

16 November 2018

Maine, United States

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Virtual reality is being used as part of medical education providing a way for nurses and other medical workers to better understand how a patient may experiencing their surroundings. Virtual reality modules have been...

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Adele Peters

1 November 2018

Palo Alto, California, United States

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Households across the United States are using (and paying) for energy that they're not actively consuming. A new invention that connects to an app helps identify the how much energy is being expended by various applia...

The New York Times

Benedict Carey

31 October 2018

France

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People with severe spinal injuries have gained some movement after having a small device implanted that sends signals to muscles that mimic communication from the brain. While further research is needed, improved capa...

New Hampshire Union Leader

Gretchen M. Grosky

29 October 2018

Maine, United States

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Through the use of virtual reality, medical students in Maine are experiencing what it is like to live with aliments common to older adults such as hearing and vision loss. These visceral experiences will help student...

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Gustavo Solis

29 October 2018

Chula Vista, United States

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Police in Chula Vista, Calif., are using drones to respond to some emergency calls as part of a pilot program between the Federal Aviation Administration, Chula Vista and the city of San Diego. It’s an idea from Ensen...

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James Rainey

28 October 2018

Brazil

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Biomimicry is defined as finding "solutions to man-made problems with designs inspired by the natural world," and some scientists think it could be at least part of the solution to climate change problems. From recycl...

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Olivia Goldhill

28 October 2018

Spain

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A tool is helping police across Spain identify false robbery reports. VeriPol uses textual analysis and machine learning to find suspicious reports. During the pilot project, the tool helped detect 64 false reports in...

Talk Africa

Mercy Odada

26 October 2018

Nairobi, Kenya

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In 2016, the Kenya government instituted a broadcast programming code that required reporting programs to include sign language interpretation. Through this code, people with hearing impairment have access to news and...

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Roberto Torres

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26 October 2018

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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As Philadelphia struggles to make a dent on its high poverty rate, it can look to solutions in Albuquerque, New Mexico. One key is putting many support providers under one roof: the New Mexico Workforce Connection is...

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Ammar Ebrahim

23 October 2018

London, England

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Assistive, wearable technology has been developed to send tactile or visual information to the brain in order to address mental or physiological challenges. One company has made a bracelet that can calm or energize a ...

FastCompany

Eillie Anzilotti

19 October 2018

Huntington, West Virginia, United States

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Generation West Virginia, a nonprofit created “to support opportunities for young people to build up their own careers and the economy in the state overall,” has expanded its programming. Its newest initiative is a te...

The Hechinger Report

Tara Garcia Mathewson

18 October 2018

United States

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As more states have added computer science courses to required education standards, teachers are taking creative approaches to integrating computer science into traditional subjects such as music and social studies. “...

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Jeffrey Dastin

9 October 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Amazon trashed its automated resume-reviewing software after the company discovered that the software had taught itself to discriminate against women applicants. The situation shows the limits of machine learning in h...

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Melissa Locker

4 October 2018

London, England

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Through the use of smart glasses, the London’s National Theatre is making theater going accessible to the hard of hearing. A play’s dialogue is displayed in the glasses, and software links the timing of the words bein...

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Jacky Achan

30 September 2018

Uganda

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Clean cookstoves can reduce indoor air pollution, along with a host of other social and environmental benefits. However, uptake has been slow in countries such as Uganda because such stoves tend to be more expensive f...

Wall Street Journal

Melissa Korn

30 September 2018

California, United States

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Amidst the rise of new forms and packages of higher education, a traditional four year college with no computer science department of its own and a coding boot camp are joining forces. Students at Dominican University...

Pacific Standard

Dwyer Gunn

24 September 2018

Hazard, Kentucky, United States

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In Hazard, Kentucky, the future of coal remains uncertain. However, efforts by KVEC, or the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative, led to funding from the Department of Education. This grant is helping train student...

NBC News

Maggie Fox

24 September 2018

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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At least five people who were paralyzed are walking, thanks to a pain stimulator and physical therapy. The stimulator, which is implanted in the body, sends electricity to the spine, and combined with therapy, can r...

The Guardian

Kate Connolly

23 September 2018

Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany

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Radar, lidar, and sensors guide the world’s first autonomous tram across Potsdam. While not yet commercially viable, the tram is an advancement in driverless technology. It can respond to road hazards faster than a hu...

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