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Richard Kenny

20 April 2021

Zambia

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Long distances and lack of transportation present steep obstacles to education, healthcare access, entrepreneurship, and economic mobility in general for Zambians. Onyx Connect is an initiative that provides affordabl...

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Stephen Staff

13 April 2021

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The American Exchange Project connects high school students from different socio-economic, racial, and regional backgrounds across the U.S, with hopes to become the country’s first domestic exchange program after the ...

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Daniel Gordon

6 April 2021

Java, Indonesia

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As human infrastructure continues to threaten animal habitats, researchers are coming up with ways to use artificial structures as bridges for these creatures to get where they need to go. In Indonesia, irrigation pip...

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Charlotte Horn

23 March 2021

Winterthur, Switzerland

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A warehouse in Switzerland is being transformed into new creative workspaces. The catch: It’s being constructed out of reused building materials. About 70 percent of it is being made from old materials like wood floor...

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Katarina Zimmer

16 March 2021

Costa Rica

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A court in Costa Rica decided that a local municipality was illegally polluting a stream and this ruling set the stage for the country to ensure that a clean and healthy environment is a human right. They ingrained th...

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Julie Ball

9 March 2021

Somalia

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A greenhouse that is cooled by seawater and the wind is allowing farmers in Somaliland to grow crops like tomatoes and vegetables despite extreme heat. By creating an environment that is higher in humidity and cooler ...

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Ben Wyatt

23 February 2021

United States

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To prevent concussions during sports, some conferences are changing rules, while others are turning to technology to create new kinds of helmets and mouth guards that do a better job at protecting the brain. The innov...

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Je Seung Lee

11 February 2021

South Korea

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The largest cinema chain in South Korea is renting screen time and auditorium space to video gamers as a way to supplement business income during the coronavirus pandemic. Though it doesn't generate a comparable amoun...

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Peter Yeung

28 January 2021

Paris, France

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Paris hosts a dozen "repair cafes," which are free, monthly events where residents can fix household objects and electronics with the help and advice of volunteers. The events usually have about 25 attendees who seek ...

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Craig Langran

26 January 2021

United States

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Doctors have created a pressure garment that prevents women from dying from obstetric hemorrhage during childbirth. Modeled after the NASA spacesuit, the product was far from ideal when first envisioned in 1969 and we...

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Isabelle Gerretsen

26 January 2021

Santa Barbara, California, United States

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As oil rigs stop producing fossil fuels and become decommissioned, many are being repurposed into artificial reefs that support populations of marine wildlife with food and shelter. In the United States, more than 500...

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David Silverberg

22 January 2021

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Quick Response (QR) codes have become a popular way to conduct contactless business, and even contact tracing, during the coronavirus pandemic. Restaurants and retail stores allow customers to order and pay by scannin...

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Mansur Kurugu

21 January 2021

Bardo, Nigeria

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Community workers in a village in Nigeria worked together to buy a car to use as an emergency vehicle for pregnant women who are in labor. The initiative has caught the attention of local government, which prompted th...

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Hope Ngo

12 January 2021

China

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A boom in Chinese bike-share companies sought a technology-driven transport solution for people traveling short distances. While investors were drawn to green transportation solutions, a lack of any regulatory framewo...

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Peter Yeung

7 January 2021

Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Under an innovative scheme in the Democratic Republic of Congo, indigenous communities are obtaining the legal right to own and manage the forests where they reside. This ownership has shown success in slowing defores...

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Elizaveta Vereykina

1 January 2021

Moscow, Russia

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An initiative on the Moscow metro system has posters on the train featuring cats and dogs that are looking for a home. Known as the “Tails and Paws” train, these animals come from 13 animal shelters in the city and ri...

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Bara’atu Ibrahim

22 December 2020

Nigeria

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Women who faced difficulty getting to the nearest hospital when they were in labor, organized to raise money to buy a car that could be used as an emergency vehicle. Although having the car has helped significantly wi...

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Meenakshi J

15 December 2020

Tamil Nadu, India

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Local villages along the coast of India are seen as a model for large-scale seaweed cultivation, which can be a form of sustainable agriculture and climate mitigation. As the country’s land is being lost to soil degra...

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Richard Kenny

24 November 2020

Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia

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As a way to reduce the amount of diesel fuel that powers trains, governments and transit companies around the world are turning to solar panels as a way to utilize renewable energy. In Australia, a solar train launche...

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Jo Mathys

17 November 2020

Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

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Frustrated by a tight labor market, two locally owned Grand Rapids employers discovered the virtues – economic, not just moral – of hiring formerly incarcerated people, whose gratitude for an opportunity translated in...

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Ben Wyatt

27 October 2020

Cape Cod, Massachusetts, United States

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To prevent the mass stranding of dolphins on Cape Cod, staff and volunteers from the International Fund for Animal Welfare are utilizing technology to work efficiently and quickly to save these creatures. An app calle...

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Ed Butler

22 October 2020

Switzerland

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Contact tracing apps have received a lot of attention since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, but researchers caution they should be used in conjunction with other tactics and not be relied on to help on their ow...

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Tom Colls

20 October 2020

Bangladesh

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Offline communities are being connected to the world's information through a network of people who physically carry data on devices containing content from Wikipedia and Khan Academy. Residents in a Himalayan village ...

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Rebecca Kesby

19 October 2020

Portugal

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When Portugal became the first country to decriminalize personal possession and use of small amounts of drugs, choosing to shift to treating drug abuse as a health rather than a criminal matter, the feared downside of...

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Daniel Gordon

6 October 2020

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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In the wake of George Floyd's killing by police in Minneapolis, where several officers failed to prevent one officer's actions, New Orleans police have been besieged by requests from police nationwide to export their ...

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