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  • Virtual Watch Room Monitors the World’s Largest Marine Reserve

    In March of this year, the United Kingdom officially announced the creation of the largest marine reserve in the world. Covering 834,334 square-kilometers (roughly 3.5 times larger than the U.K. itself), it protects the waters around the Pitcairn Islands, which are home to over 1,200 different species. While marine reserves aren’t a new idea, this one changes the game by using satellite technology to monitor the area in real time.

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From Motorcycles to Tractors

From Motorcycles to Tractors

By Anna Snider

Sector: Agriculture,Inventions

Tractors are too expensive for small-holder farmers in India and draft animals are becoming increasingly difficult to feed in drought-prone areas. A farmer in the Indian state of Gujarat has come up with an innovative solution.... (more)

Tags: farming,India,motorbike,tractor

Re-Defining Waste: New Nano-Tech Toilet Creates Water

Re-Defining Waste: New Nano-Tech Toilet Creates Water

By Sarah Anstett

Sector: Inventions,Water & Sanitation

Researchers at Cranfield University are developing an innovative waterless toilet, the widespread use of which can improve the lives of millions in vulnerable communities around the globe.... (more)

Tags: clean water,sanitation,toilet,Water

The Green Roofs of Mexico City

The Green Roofs of Mexico City

By Brendan O'Driscoll

Sector: Environment

Mexico City, which has struggled for decades with dangerous air quality, has become a global leader in combating ambient air pollution. In 1992, the United Nations described Mexico City's air as the most polluted on the planet. Since then, the city has enacted stringent pollution control measures to improve its reputation and quality of life.... (more)

Tags: architecture,Green innovations,green roof

The Mobile-Controlled Greenhouse Modernizing Kenyan Farms

The Mobile-Controlled Greenhouse Modernizing Kenyan Farms

By Valerie Busch

Sector: Agriculture

Over 70% of Sub-Saharan Africans work in agriculture, but the sector is faced with challenges such as a heavy reliance on rain, and outdated farming technologies. But two Kenyan university students have a new idea: what if they could build greenhouses to protect crops, and irrigate only when needed using SMS?... (more)

Tags: Agriculture,greenhouse,irrigation,Kenya,Mobile,Sub-Saharan Africa,Technology

Street Lamps Light the Way to Eradicating Dengue Fever

Street Lamps Light the Way to Eradicating Dengue Fever

By Valerie Busch

Sector: Health,Inventions

Dengue fever has become widespread in the tropical world, causing as many as 390 million infections per year in 128 different countries. Researchers at the University of Malaya (UM) have devised an LED street lamp to capture mosquitoes to curb the spread of dengue and other mosquito-borne illnesses.... (more)

Tags: dengue fever,mosquitoes

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