Can IBM’s Supercomputer Help Africa?

Technologies promising to revolutionize international development are in no short supply – though the results are somewhat more difficult to find. Inventions and would-be solutions come and go, but the problems persist. The web was a flutter earlier this month with the announcement that IBM is devoting $100 million dollars over ten years to apply the power of its Jeopardy! …

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First-Year University Student Sets Her Challenges Malaria and Big Pharma

In her first year as a Life Sciences student at the University of Toronto, Jessie MacAlpine has developed a plant-based drug to fight the effects of malaria. The project’s name is Mustard Oil as an Apicomplexan-targeting Drug Therapy for Plasmodium falciparum, which won the Best Category for Medicine and Health Sciences at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. She …

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Growing Vegetables on Lakes and Rivers

Professor Ricardo Radulovich of the University of Costa Rica has been working on techniques for growing vegetables on rafts and flotation devices. Over the past decade he and his team have developed several techniques for growing lettuce, tomato, cucumber and cantaloupe melons, among others. Some of the plant roots are allowed to drag through the water while others are reliant upon cotton …

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Remote Monitoring of Rural Hand Pumps

This project aims to develop a monitoring tool that reports on the health of a standard hand pump in a rural community. Using specific Global System Mobile tools, a group of students from Oxford University are developing a way to remotely track the health of a hand pump in rural communities. As their report highlights, one out of three installed …

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