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A Light in India
When we hear the word "innovation," we often think of new technologies or silver bullet solutions - like hydrogen fuel cells or a cure for cancer. But some of the greatest advances come from taking old ideas or technologies and making them accessible to millions of people who are under-served. One off-the-grid electricity company based in Bihar is doing just that. With an innovative solution to th... posted on Feb 01 2011, 2,650 reads

 

Being the Change In Bihar
In an under-construction school building in India's Bihar village, children are learning algebra, chemistry, Newton's laws of motion. There's no teacher in the classroom, no blackboard. The teacher is hundreds of miles away, and he is teaching via Skype. In this very unsual school, teachers mark their attendance using a biometric fingerprinter, and students log their attendance in a computer. The ... posted on Jan 26 2011, 3,390 reads

 

A Home Like No Other
Dai Haifei lives in an egg on the sidewalk. Though he might sound like a character in a new movie- he's actually an architect from Beijing. Taking small living spaces to a new level, Haifei built a mobile egg-shaped house made of bamboo strips, wood chippings, sack bags, the six-foot tall structure that is powered by the sun. He even planted a covering of grass to sprout in the spring!... posted on Jan 16 2011, 2,191 reads

 

Virtual Doctors Reach the Rural Poor
These days, it's not uncommon to skype a friend overseas, or videochat with family over the holidays. But how about using videoconferencing to provide health care to rural villages? That's what E Health Point Services is up to. By opening clinics up in rural India, the program allows patients to video chat with a doctor, and then run necessary tests and get the appropriate medicine from the clinic... posted on Jan 14 2011, 2,345 reads

 

Can Science Create Heroes?
Can modern science help us to create heroes? That's the lofty question behind the Heroic Imagination Project, a new nonprofit started by Phil Zimbardo, a psychologist at Stanford University. Heroism isn't supposed to be a teachable trait. We assume that people like Gandhi or Rosa Parks or the 9/11 hero Todd Beamer have some intangible quality that the rest of us lack. When we get scared and selfis... posted on Jan 07 2011, 3,616 reads

 

If Santa Claus Was An Engineer...
Of all the gifts that will be exchanged this holiday season, there probably aren't too many that will change someone's life. But a robotics workshop in Seattle has taken the holiday tradition and given it a high-tech twist. When Yoky Matsuoka started getting emails from parents of disabled children asking for help, the neurobiotics pioneer made it her hobby to build devices to assist kids in need.... posted on Dec 25 2010, 2,314 reads

 

The Economics of Trust
The laws of economics say that people act out of rational and self-serving motives. But what would it say about the self-sacrificing gestures we make for family and friends? On an inquiry into why people invest in their children in 2000, neuroeconomist Paul Zak discovered the hormone oxytocin, a chemical released when petting dogs, nursing children, or cuddling with loved ones. Since then, Zak has... posted on Dec 15 2010, 3,598 reads

 

Engineering Solutions for Africa's Rural Poor
It's a question posed by many immigrants. "When you come here and are successful, you have this nagging feeling. What have you done for the people at home?" Born, raised, and educated in Uganda, William Kisalita is now a University of Georgia bioengineering professor. He designs three-dimensional cell-based biosensors, a promising new technology that could revolutionize how pharmaceutical companie... posted on Nov 22 2010, 2,239 reads

 

A Quiet Savior
Though her story is nearly forgotten, she was once America's most admired civil servant. Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey's journey - honored with the FDA's first Kelsey Award - has transformed medical safety in the US and throughout the industrialized world. Thanks to Dr. Kelsey, thalidomide - causing children to be born limbless or with flipper-like arms and legs - had a far more limited effect in th... posted on Nov 16 2010, 2,027 reads

 

How to Recycle: An E-Waste Odyssey
Did you know that in New York, it's illegal to throw rechargeable batteries in the trash? Or that many office supply stores will accept your used printer cartridges? While many people know that e-waste is supposed to be recycled, items like cellphones, batteries, televisions, digital clocks and broken computers contain sensitive chemicals that can't just be tossed in the trash or landfill. But rec... posted on Oct 27 2010, 2,496 reads

 

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