Drones spreading millions of sterile mosquitos to combat Zika and other diseases

Aedes mosquitos, responsible for the spread of diseases like Zika, dengue and yellow fever, do not disperse for more than 100 meters in their lifetime. They are also fragile, and high-altitude releases by airplanes can damage their wings and legs. Drones are being used to spread millions of sterile mosquitos a week. Sterile mosquitos were …

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3D printed bridge looks like alien technology

MX3D is 3D printing a fully functional stainless steel bridge to cross one of the oldest and most famous canals in the center of Amsterdam, the Oudezijds Achterburgwal. They equip typical industrial robots with purpose-built tools and develop the software to control them. The unique approach allows us to 3D print strong, complex and graceful …

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Permitted 3D printed home made in less than 24 hours for less than $4000

ICON has built the first permitted 3D printed home in America. ICON is one of the first new businesses to launch from the Saturn Five startup studio, based in Austin, TX. The home was unveiled in March 2018 in Austin, TX and was built using a prototype of the mobile printer ICON is creating for …

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Worldbank compares wealth of educated people, infrastructure and resources

GDP and Wealth are complementary indicators that provide a fuller picture of economic well-being. A country’s comprehensive wealth includes all produced capital such as factories and roads; natural capital like forests and water; human capital, which leads to earnings; and net foreign assets. Only by having a clear understanding of our world’s wealth—including all forms …

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Challenge of eliminating global extreme poverty

The drop in poverty from the 1980s to present was mainly driven by just two countries: China and India. The statistics for China are especially mind-blowing: In 1981, a staggering 88 percent of Chinese were extremely poor, but by 2013 that figure had dropped, incredibly, to just 2 percent. India’s figures, though not as drastic, …

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China putting controlling financial risk, reducing poverty and curbing pollution over GDP growth

China is willing to accept some weakness in GDP growth to focus on making strides in the next three years around three priorities. The priorities are * controlling financial risk * reducing poverty * curbing pollution China will clean-up of the financial sector. “We will promote a benign cycle from the financial sector to the …

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Alibaba starts $1.5 billion anti-poverty fund

Alibaba Group on Friday launched a 10 billion yuan (US$1.51 billion) fund to support China’s ambitious poverty alleviation campaign. The Alibaba Poverty Relief Fund will have the $1.51 billion donated over the next five years. China has already lifted more than 500 million people out of poverty after three decades of economic reforms on the …

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One hundred $100,000 grants for innovative poverty and education solutions

Over a three-year period, Misk Grand Challenges plans to launch new challenges every six months. They will be offering 100 young innovators across the world a grant of $100,000 to develop their ingenious ideas into a concrete proof of concept. Ideas must be submitted around two themes: education and global citizenship. On Tuesday, the Bill …

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Using 64 watts instead of 10,000 for a solar power cellular base station to connect the last billion people

The next billion cellular connections will come from rural areas in developing markets. However, building the cellular infrastructure in these regions presents radically different challenges from building networks in urban areas: The power grid in these areas is unreliable, if it exists at all. There is no wired telecom infrastructure to run the network backbone …

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Lancet report indicates 9 million pollution deaths per year and $4.6 trillion per year in damage

For decades, pollution and its harmful effects on people’s health, the environment, and the planet have been neglected both by Governments and the international development agenda. Yet, pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and death in the world today, responsible for an estimated 9 million premature deaths. The Lancet Commission on pollution and …

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Blockchain provides financial and basic service access to the 1.1 billion globally undocumented

Finland has recently seen a large influx of asylum seekers, is using a cryptographic ledger called blockchain to help them get on their feet faster. For two years the Finnish Immigration Service has been giving asylum seekers who don’t have bank accounts prepaid Mastercards instead of the traditional cash disbursements, and today the program has …

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