Drones for Development

Drone surveillance helped search and rescue in Nepal. CREDIT: UK Department for International Development (CC).

J.M. Ledgard & Scott MacMillan on the must-have gadget for remote parts of Africa, Asia, and South America.  > More


U.S. Pioneers Water Saving in Fracking, But China's Nascent Shale Sector Lags

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Some U.S. shale oil producers are recycling water to save costs and to protect resources, methods that may be needed in China if the country experiences a fracking boom.


Revolution and Reaction in Biopharming

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Henry I. Miller

Henry I. Miller says that over-zealous regulation is preventing plants' drug-making potential from being realized.


Like the Vacuuming, Non-profit Work is Women's Work

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If we want the nonprofit sector to innovate, we need to acknowledge the gender gap between nonprofits and the private sector.


How to Escape Education's Death Valley

Sir Ken Robinson at TED. CREDIT: TED Conference (CC).

Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson outlines three principles crucial for the human mind to flourish—and how current education culture works against them.


The Next Pig Idea

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Irene Pedruelo

Food waste expert and environmentalist, Tristram Stuart, has had an unexpectedly big idea that could change the world.


Chaos is an Order We Don't Understand

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Aseem Inam

Although many are among of the oldest in the world, cities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America are often defined as "chaotic." What can we learn from this apparent contradiction?


It’s Time for a U.S.-Canada Electric Auto Pact

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Jim Burpee, John Haffner

The Canada-U.S. auto pact of 1965 was a major milestone, but it is time for a renewed vision for Canada-U.S. automotive cooperation and for governments to get behind electric vehicles.


Full Planet, Empty Plates

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"We are in transition today from an age of surpluses to an age of scarcity," says Lester Brown. The reasons are manifold and include population growth, climate change, and water scarcity.

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