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Peru Straps GoPros To Hungry Vultures To Sniff Out Its Trash Problem

Vultures make me think of that dopey guy from Loony Tunes or crooked-bill predators circling a poor desert rat on the brink of death. But in Peru, the carcass-eating birds will soon be outfitted with cameras so they can help map Lima’s awful trash problem.


The UN's New Report On Asian Teenagers And HIV Is Just Heart-Breaking

We’re making progress in the fight against HIV around the world, but it’s still very unevenly distributed. And the United Nations’ brand new report on HIV infections among teenagers in Asia is pretty upsetting. Some 50,000 Asian teens (aged 15-19) became HIV-positive in 2014 alone, and a total of 220,000 adolescents were living with HIV in the region.


How Everyday Moroccans Used An Online Platform To Help Change Their Constitution

In late 2010, a stunning series of events across the globe showed how fed up millions are with political corruption, inequality, and social injustice. Technology played a key role in rallying support during the Arab Spring, and in Morocco, an open online platform that allowed citizens to help revamp their country’s constitution four years ago led to a website that still works to empower normal citizens in the legislative process.


In Nigeria, Solar-Powered Fridges At Outdoor Markets Save Food From Spoiling

In developing countries, an unbelievable 45% of food goes bad because of a lack of cold storage. It’s an especially big problem during transportation from farms to outdoor markets, where food sits in the scorching sun for hours on end. But one startup has a solution: solar-powered refrigeration stations that could save the livelihoods of half a billion farmers worldwide.


How An Australian Supercomputer Helps Fight Flies That Ravage Crops For 700 Million People

Ever hear of whiteflies? They’re the colour of snowflakes and practically as tiny, but they’re global plant-killers. One of their favourite snacks is the cassava, a root that’s a crucial staple food for 700 million people worldwide. But one computational biologist and her team are on a mission to save the cassava from this virus-carrying menace.


A Clever Way Of Purifying Water For A Ballooning Global Population

With over 1.2 billion citizens, India is the second-most populated nation on Earth. Sixty-eight per cent of Indians live in rural areas that might not have clean drinking water. Since the world population will hit 7 billion by 2050, with many of those people living in developing countries, increased access to clean water is crucial. One Indian company’s engineered a well that could provide just that.


The Data-Collecting Company That Wants To Give Earth A 'Nervous System'

Data. It’s a powerful tool that helps us battle climate change or keep companies sustainable. But there’s so much data, and it’s hard to corral, index, and understand. But one company wants to give Earth a “planetary nervous system” to help out companies and policy makers make faster, more informed decisions that will be beneficial for the blue marble we call home.


These Hero Rats Are Trained To Sniff Out Land Mines And Tuberculosis  

An international NGO trains rodents to find buried bombs and a deadly respiratory disease. Meanwhile, I’ve taught my dog how to carry three tennis balls in his mouth at once.


How The UN Screwed Up Its Cyberviolence Report 

Billed as a “world-wide wakeup call,” the UN’s “Cyber Violence Against Women and Girls” report was quickly pulled down, after criticism about its sourcing and conclusions. It does the impossible: Gamergaters and Zoe Quinn think it sucks. What went wrong? The problem started with bad sourcing.


A Princess's Plan To Bring Light To The 1.3 Billion Africans Without Power

Many people living in Africa need electricity, but don’t have it. Luckily, something of a solar power revolution is afoot in Africa, triggering a wave of innovation from solar energy entrepreneurs. One of them is a princess descended from an ancient Mossi warrior, who stresses that the best way to combat this problem is by empowering the people to educate and help themselves.


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