This Test For Heart Disease in Newborns Costs Less Than a Diaper Change

Congenital heart disease is one of several ailments, including pneumonia and sepsis, that kill eight babies every minute, every day. But a decades-old technology, combined with a smartphone app, can tell doctors in less than 60 seconds if a baby is at risk for any of these asymptomatic, hard-to-detect killers. And in… »10/28/15 11:40am10/28/15 11:40am


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… »10/21/15 11:15am10/21/15 11:15am

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… »10/19/15 10:40am10/19/15 10:40am

How a Supercomputer Helps Fight Flies That Ravage Crops for 700 Million People

Ever hear of whiteflies? They’re the color of snowflakes and practically as tiny, but they’re global plant-killers. One of their favorite 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… »10/16/15 10:30am10/16/15 10:30am

A Clever Way of Getting Clean Water to a Ballooning Global Population

With over 1.2 billion citizens, India is the second-most populated nation on Earth. Sixty-eight percent of Indians live in rural areas that might not have clean drinking water. Since the world population will hit 9 billion by 2050, with many of those people living in developing countries, increased access to clean… »10/14/15 11:00am10/14/15 11:00am

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. However, one company wants to give Earth a “planetary nervous system” to help out companies and policy makers make faster, more informed decisions… »10/12/15 12:15pm10/12/15 12:15pm

A Princess's Plan to Bring Light to the 620 Million 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… »10/07/15 10:00am10/07/15 10:00am

This Startup Wants To Plant One Billion Trees a Year Using Drones

Deforestation downs 10 billion trees around the globe annually. Replanting trees by hand is slow, expensive, and barely puts a dent in reversing the damage. But one startup wants to use drones that can reforest our increasingly tree-strapped Earth, on a big enough scale to replace slow and expensive hired humans. »10/05/15 9:30am10/05/15 9:30am

The UN Is Building an Emergency Back-Up Tower Next to Its Headquarters

As the United Nations wrapped up its 68th General Assembly last week, a major piece of news nearly slipped under the radar: Designs for the UN Consolidation Tower, a 36-story building that will flank the headquarters like an eager little brother, housing almost 3,000 employees. But besides offering much-needed… »10/01/13 3:14pm10/01/13 3:14pm

Lego United Nations HQ seems way more functional than the real one

The United Nations is gigantic bureaucracy in which different tribes fight each other for power and dollars, incidentally helping the world from time to time. But they have awesome headquarters in New York City's East River, designed by Le Corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer. Now it's available in Lego form. »9/26/13 6:31pm9/26/13 6:31pm

The United Nations Gets a Revamp, Just in Time For the General Assembly

This week, as delegates descend on the United Nations for the 68th General Assembly, they just might be spending their free time in a brand-new lounge area. The renovation, officially opening on Wednesday, is an official gift from the Netherlands to the UN, so it's only appropriate that it was masterminded by two of… »9/23/13 11:00am9/23/13 11:00am

The NSA Has Even Listened In On Encrypted UN Communications

According to documents read by Der Spiegel, the NSA was able to bypass the United Nations’ videoconferencing system in summer 2012 and decrypted 446 internal communications in three weeks for a total of 458. Der Spiegel quoted the documents (translated from German) as saying that the hack had, "a dramatic improvement… »8/25/13 10:49am8/25/13 10:49am