Humanitarian Innovation

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Drones and crisis mapping - digital aid in Vanuatu

The cyclone-hit Pacific islands of Vanuatu are the latest proving ground for new information technology and the digital humanitarian volunteers that …

Artificial Intelligence for Monitoring Elections (AIME)

I published a blog post with the same title a good while back. Here’s what I wrote at the time:<i>Citizen-based, crowdsourced election observation</i> …

Artificial Intelligence

In Africa, Health Workers Deliver Urgent Care Despite Adversity

Every day, in dozens of countries across sub-Saharan Africa, tens of thousands of women and men rise each morning and travel many miles across rough …

New York’s Smart Grid Research May Shape U.S.

• <i>Published:</i> April 10th, 2015<p>New York State learned a big lesson after Hurricane Sandy knocked out power to more than 8 million residents and did …

These researchers want to turn phones into earthquake detectors

Early warning on earthquakes can help save lives, but many countries can't afford them. That's why scientists are turning to another location sensor already widespread in many countries: the smartphone. A single smartphone makes for a crappy earthquake sensor — but get enough of them reporting, and …

Crucial

Drones Create Real-Time Maps of How Diseases Spread

Epidemiologists are using drone data to track malaria from mosquitos to monkeys to humans.<p>As tools for good and not evil, civilian drones are often most useful in environments that are otherwise hard to navigate. We've seen UAVs pitched for used humanitarian and environmental initiatives to help …

Drones

Success of ASEAN integration hinges on interconnectivity - SciDev.Net South-East Asia & Pacific

Using Facebook to address social issues in the Pacific - SciDev.Net South-East Asia & Pacific

Health crises need real-time reporting of good practice

A Day in the Life of Community Health Workers

<i>Celebrating World Health Worker Week (April 5 -11, 2015), a new story map from</i> <i>Esri</i><i>, The</i> <i>Earth Institute</i> <i>at Columbia, and</i> <i>Direct Relief</i><i>, aims to raise</i> …

Experimental Ebola vaccine makes researchers hopeful in human trials

A trial involving people who are at risk for Ebola will start soon in Sierra Leone<p>Another Ebola vaccine is making its way through human trials with promising results. The vaccine was well tolerated by healthy volunteers in an early safety trial, according to a study published in the <i>New England</i> …

Medicine

Super beans, climate models and more

See How Diseases Spread in These Mesmerizing Graphics

You're an H1N1 influenza virus—swine flu—just hanging out in Hanoi, Vietnam. But now it's time to spread and infect. How should you go about your …

New Report - Four Years of Human Suffering – the Syria Conflict as Observed through Satellite Imagery

18 March 2015, Geneva, Switzerland - UNITAR’s Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) has produced a report illustrating the immense …

Wildfires Tied to Drought, Heat & Topography, Not Beetles

• <i>Published:</i> March 29th, 2015<p>In 2012, when the High Park Fire tore through a northern Colorado forest replete with dead trees left in the wake of a …

When Technology Helps Us Become More Human

It was Tuesday January 12, 2010, and the Haitian capital had just been hit with a massive earthquake.<p>Far away in Boston, Fletcher School PhD …

Innovation

Drones for Good: 4 Lessons from SXSW Interactive

The view of small unmanned aerial vehicles, or “drones,” has evolved quickly in the past two years from objects of fear or hobbyist fascination to …

Drones for Good: 4 Lessons from SXSW Interactive

• Home<br>• Blogs & Case Studies<br>• Drones for Good: 4 Lessons from SXSW Interactive<p>Author: Andrew Schroeder | March 27, 2015<p>The view of small unmanned aerial …

These 10 U.S. counties vastly improved their premature death rates

When looking where to move, you might check out counties based on crime rates and school districts. A new report suggests you should seriously consider health as well.<p>The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute released their 2015 County …

Public Health

How to Block a Surveillance Camera: A DIY Art Tutorial from Ai Weiwei

<i>“When things get tough,”</i> Neil Gaiman advised on in his fantastic commencement address on the creative life, <i>“this is what you should do: Make good art. I’m serious. Husband runs off with a politician — make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by a mutated boa constrictor — make good art. IRS on</i> …

Art

The Deadly Global War for Sand

• Author: Vince Beiser. Vince Beiser Business<br>• Date of Publication: 03.26.15. 03.26.15<br>• Time of Publication: 7:00 am. 7:00 am<p>The killers rolled slowly down …

Atlantic Circulation Weaker Than In Last Thousand Years

• <i>Published:</i> March 23rd, 2015<p>A sweeping ocean conveyor system that ushers warm tropical waters into the North Atlantic appears to have partly recovered …