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Sydney’s e-paper road signs are smart and energy efficient

Add / Remove Electronic paper signs that run on sunlight consume up to 99 percent less energy than their LCD counterparts, so it was only a matter of …

One Way You Can Help Nepal Right Now: All You Need Is A Computer And A Little Time

With just a few clicks, you can help make a map that will assist aid workers in getting to those in need.<p>For relief workers in Nepal after the massive earthquake on April 25, one of the challenges is just knowing where to go: Most roads and buildings don’t exist on a map. But that’s a situation …

Ikea And Ideo Tease A Kitchen For The End Of The World

Interactive cooktops and drought-friendly dishwashers.The future is bright and Doomsday-ready.<p>There always seem to be two potential futures: In one, we have Marty McFly flying around on hoverboards like everything’s wonderful. In the other, we have Katniss Everdeen slitting throats for the world’s …

Enhanced land-line helps elderly users stay in touch with their family

Add / Remove New technologies can often appear, at best, uninviting, or at worst, overwhelming, to older generations. With this in mind, ClarityLife …

Smartphones Can Now Detect Earthquakes and Give You Time To Run

A crowdsourced GPS network could send a crucial few seconds of notice in the many countries that don’t have early warning systems set up.<p>When a rare 5.9 earthquake struck Virginia a few years ago, some people in New York City heard about it on Twitter seconds before the actual rumbling reached them.<p>…

In Berlin, Electric Buses That Charge When They Stop

No ugly overhead wires needed.<p>Electric buses have been around a long time, but until recently they’ve been more like bumper cars than real electric vehicles. To run networks, cities either erected extensive overhead wiring (like in San Francisco) or, in some cases, put third rails in the ground. …

Electric Vehicles

Refugee Women Are In Charge At This New Pop-Up Restaurant

"I wanted to take something born from centuries of gender oppression, the binding of women to the kitchen, and use it to liberate women in a way that everyone can appreciate: delicious food," the founder told BuzzFeed News.<p>The London-based pop-up restaurant and catering service combines the …

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Fruit trees and low-tech greenhouses help Ethiopian farmers fight hunger

Roots Up support self-sufficient farming communities in Gondar, helping farmers to implement innovative, low-tech farming solutions.<p>10 Apr 2015<p><i>This</i> …

A Bindi That Delivers Nutrition To Poor Women In India

The bindi–a commonly worn symbol of beauty in India–is now more than a fashion symbol. A health foundation has turned it into an iodine patch that could save lives.<p>In India, iodine deficiency is huge problem for the country’s poor, causing preventable brain damage and lower IQ in children, …

India

Free app translates speech into text in real time for remote, deaf users

I Can’t Hear enables speaking users to ‘talk’ to friends who have hearing difficulties, using iOS’s speech-to-text capabilities.<p>2 Apr 2015<p>We have …

Green computer server heats homes for free

Netherlands-based Nerdalize is using the heat produced from computer servers to warm the homes they are installed in.<p>1 Apr 2015<p>The most ecologically …

Airport arcade games give leftover travel currency to charity

Classic arcade games installed in the baggage terminals of Swedish airports raise donations for charity.<p>27 Mar 2015<p>Charities know that one of the …

A Pen For People With Parkinson’s

A brain tumor convinced Lucy Jung to design for those in need. Her Arc Pen can help patients with Parkinson’s Disease write legibly.<p>Lucy Jung never thought much about designing for sick people. Then she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She recovered, and the experience has driven her toward what …

Ikea Is Making 10,000 Flat Pack Shelters To House Refugees

Let’s just hope they don’t fall apart as quickly as Ikea’s furniture.<p>Soon, refugees around the world could live in a shelter designed by none other than Ikea.<p>The Better Shelter, an affordable, flat-packed shelter designed by the Ikea Foundation, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and a separate …

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