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How activists are using technology to help people make bail

December 6th, 2017 at 12:28 pm » Comments Off

Thousands of people charged with nonviolent misdemeanors are often jailed because they cannot afford bail. Two ingenious new digital tools offer ways to help.



These solar panels that can pull clean drinking water out of the air just got a big boost

December 5th, 2017 at 2:53 pm » Comments Off

Zero Mass Water makes solar panel arrays that pull clean drinking water from the air. The $4,500 arrays just launched in the United States. Zero Mass arrays could come in handy in areas where water sources are far away or scarce. Some homeowners have purchased arrays as an alternative to plastic water bottles.



Why Americans have stopped eating leftovers

November 12th, 2017 at 6:57 pm » Comments Off

The United States’ massive food waste problem has an easy fix: People could start eating their leftovers.



This library of street drugs predicts mass overdoses

November 11th, 2017 at 10:36 am » Comments Off

Meet the scientists building a library of designer drugs.



One in five American children live with hunger

October 26th, 2017 at 12:52 am » Comments Off

The United States has one of the worst rates of child hunger among high-income countries. A recent UNICEF analysis puts it in perspective: About 20% of American children live in food-insecure households, meaning they lack access to safe and nutritious foods.



Where Americans are most likely to be killed by gun violence

October 3rd, 2017 at 9:33 am » Comments Off

On Sunday night, a gunman killed at least 59 people and injured 527 others on the Las Vegas Strip. The shooter, identified as Stephen Paddock, open fired from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino into a crowd of thousands below who were attending a country music festival.



Electromagnetic pulse threat from North Korea

September 20th, 2017 at 9:21 am » Comments Off

While the world has been fixated on North Korea’s growing nuclear missile arsenal, the rogue state’s threats against the West now include a weapon that can take down a country’s electricity grid.



The 10 most serious problems in the world, according to millennials

September 10th, 2017 at 5:42 pm » Comments Off

For the third year in a row, millennials who participated in the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Survey 2017 believe climate change is the most serious issue affecting the world today.



8 billion-dollar mega-projects that will transform the world’s greatest cities by 2030

August 3rd, 2017 at 12:25 am » Comments Off

The world is rapidly urbanizing. The United Nations predicts that the number of people living in cities could double by 2050 — to 6.5 billion.



Robots and AI are going to make social inequality even worse, says new report

July 21st, 2017 at 8:41 am » Comments Off

Rich people are going to find it easier to adapt to automation.



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