Jeff Thieme

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Cilantro Purifies Drinking Water in Developing Countries Cheaply and Sustainably

No longer just a flavorful garnish, cilantro has taken center stage in studies that show how the leafy herb might be a new, low-cost solution to …

Building Trust International Constructs Sustainable Housing in Cambodia

Building Trust International, in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity and Karuna Cambodia, has realized three winning designs from the 2013 Future …

Architecture

UN highlights value of biogas from wastewater

Many governments are scrambling to find ways to meet the growing energy needs of their citizens, and biogas from waste and wastewater could be a …

Biogas

Nature calls: Kampala’s overflowing toilets

Sam Loewenberg<p>KAMPALA, Uganda — For many Americans, the idea of waiting even one day to get their toilet fixed is unbearable. Last month Florence Asiimwe, a mother of three who lives in the Bwaise Kazo zone of Kampala, had to wait six weeks for hers to be serviced. In the meantime, her family used …

U.N. Climate Report Warns of Increased Risk to Crops - MIT Technology Review

A few years ago scientists thought climate change wouldn’t cause much harm to overall food production until temperatures in a region rose by three to …

Climate Change

Dahr Jamail | The Vanishing Arctic Ice Cap

Sea ice atop the Arctic Ocean photographed on July 12, 2011. (Photo: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)<p>An Arctic largely devoid of ice, giant methane …

Humanitarian drones to deliver medical supplies to roadless areas

When Domino's sent two pepperoni pizzas on a 10-minute drone flight last summer in a publicity stunt to demonstrate how takeaways may be delivered in the future, Andreas Raptopoulos reacted with scorn.<p>"This is total nonsense. Why the hell would you do that? The public risk to transport a pizza …

Two for one in solar power: New process could revolutionize solar energy harvesting

A process that could revolutionize solar energy harvesting has been efficiently demonstrated in solution for the first time. Researchers have …

Imagine a world without shops or factories

<b>I have come to think that our world is being turned upside down. We probably do not grasp the huge implications because, perhaps, we are still imprisoned by our past.</b><p>We are all of us, almost everywhere, swept up in a maelstrom of change which overturns many of the assumptions we have lived with for …

Innovation

The jellyfish are coming! Experts tangle with exploding population

A "jellyfish bloom" may sound pretty, but it can get ugly fast. A swarm of moon jellyfish from the Baltic Sea were was into the cooling pipes of a nuclear power plant on the Swedish coast last week, shutting down one of the three units for four days. In 2008, another such "bloom," glowing purple, …

150 Million People Have Decided That Standard Web Browsers Aren't Safe Enough

When FORBES last spoke to AnchorFree in August 2012, CEO David Gorodyansky put forth a modest goal for his 7 year-old company: “We want to be the way the whole world browses the Web,” he boasted. In the last year, the company’s trajectory has matched its lofty ambitions. A year ago 70 million …

Climate change 'driving spread of crop pests'

<b>Climate change is helping pests and diseases that attack crops to spread around the world, a study suggests.</b><p>Researchers from the universities of Exeter and Oxford have found crop pests are moving at an average of two miles (3km) a year.<p>The team said they were heading towards the north and south …

Climate Change

How many climate migrants will there be?

<b>If politicians are to be believed, migration caused by climate change will cause the world huge problems. One of the latest to repeat the warning is UK shadow immigration minister Chris Bryant, who, like many others before him, said 200 million people may be forced to flee their country. But how</b> …

Oxford University

A Cooler Pacific May Be Behind Recent Pause In Global Warming

A study in the journal <i>Nature</i> could help explain why the Earth's average temperature hasn't increased during the past 15 years — despite a long-term trend of global warming.<p>The Earth's average temperature has risen by more than 1 degree Fahrenheit since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. …

The real plan for Google Glass may be to sell it to businesses, not consumers

Yesterday evening in New York City, Google’s Glass team threw a party. It brought together “Explorers” and “Influencers”—the lucky few people who got to try out the computerized glasses Google is developing. Over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, the diverse crowd gushed about the joys and dissected …

Google Glass

Why Tesla is focused on oil-rich Norway as it expands beyond the US

Just off the European E18 highway some 210km south of Oslo lies an industrial park called Brokelandsheia. It is an unassuming cluster of a few hundred workers, a small collection of warehouses, a Statoil gas station and a 24-hour cafe and hotel called Cinderella. Next week, the Cinderella cafe is …

China's arsenic contamination risk is assessed

<b>Nearly 20 million people in China could be exposed to water contaminated with arsenic, a study suggests.</b><p>Scientists used information about the geology of the country to predict the areas most likely to be affected by the poison.<p>The report is published in the journal Science.<p>Arsenic occurs naturally …

Central Europe

Americans are clueless about Obamacare, which could raise prices

With just 38 days to go before the opening of Obamacare insurance exchanges, sky-high public ignorance about those marketplaces threatens the goal of offering affordable health care to the uninsured, several studies show.<p>And according to a troubling conclusion in at least one study earlier this …

The Arctic is Screaming: A Trillion Dollar Problem

The Arctic is Screaming: A Trillion Dollar Problem<p>Gail Whiteman August 2, 2013<p><i>NBS Thought Leaders offer guidance on sustainable business models for</i> …

Developing countries to vastly outpace OECD in carbon emissions: EIA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions from developing countries will be 127 percent higher than in the world’s most developed economies by 2040, according to figures released Thursday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).<p>A chimney emits smoke in Beijing …

Scientists Develop a Long-Lasting and Environmentally Friendly Battery Made from Wood

<i>Photo via Shutterstock</i><p>When searching for inspiration to create an environmentally friendly battery, University of Maryland researchers Liangbing Hu, …

Caribbean has lost 80% of its coral reef cover in recent years

A major survey of the coral reefs of the Caribbean is expected to reveal the extent to which one of the world's biggest and most important reserves of coral has been degraded by climate change, pollution, overfishing and degradation.<p>The Catlin scientific survey will undertake the most comprehensive …

Apple's Craziest, Most Futuristic Patents Show How Insanely Ambitious Its Thinking Is

Luckily it's often possible to get a hint of what Apple has in the works, just by looking at its many patent applications.<p>It's important to note that Apple files for many more patents than it will actually use, employing a protective strategy that quickly annoys those tired of legal patent battles …

Patents

Amazon Mechanical Turk

Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) operates a marketplace for work that requires human intelligence. The MTurk web service enables companies to …

Programmatically

Pop-Up Relief in Kenya’s Slums

Goats were grazing on a patch of grass littered with plastic garbage when Phylis Mueni passed by. She carried three 20-liter jerrycans that once held …

Solar Panels