Elizabeth DiCesare

Elizabeth DiCesare

Elizabeth is a writer currently based in Kitchener-Waterloo.

PEEK-a-Boo: A Mobile App that’s Easy on the Eyes

A team of ophthalmologists, engineers, business experts and software developers based at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is developing a mobile app that is changing the way that eye exams can be conducted. Called Peek Vision, the group has developed a Portable Eye Examination Kit (PEEK), which consists of new innovative technology that allows health care workers …

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Affordable, Stackable, and Sustainable Emergency Shelter

Michael McDaniel had witnessed many hurricanes growing up in Mississippi, but nothing came close to the destruction that Hurricane Katrina brought in 2005. Humanitarian responses were slow to start, very costly, and close to one million people were left homeless. This prompted McDaniel to begin developing his own innovative technology to ensure that people directly affected by disasters would be given …

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Brazil’s World Cup Preparations Include Education and Training for Former Slaves

As soccer fans around the world gear up for the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup this summer, most are likely not thinking about slavery. However, unbeknownst to many spectators of the soccer tournament, twenty-five men, who were deemed by the Brazilian government to have been previously subjected to slave labour, contributed to building the Arena Pantatanal, one …

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Sustainable Rubber Harvesting is Great News for Safe Sex

  A Brazilian company called Natex has developed a way to manually harvest rubber trees deep within the Amazon rainforest. This new innovative technology not only helps curb the growing amount of deforestation, but also helps produce roughly 100 million condoms per year. These condoms are then purchased by the Brazilian federal government to be freely distributed throughout the country …

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Aqua-Agriculture: Sustainable Futures for Coastal Populations

For many people living throughout the Global South, the only way to earn an income is through traditional activities. Coastal communities often rely on fishing as one of the only sources of income, but when fish populations begin to dwindle, new sources of income are needed. People living in the town of Mandapam, on the Gulf of Mannar in the …

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