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Guyana, Haiti, the Philippines Look to Drones for Medical Deliveries

Posted January 29th, 2016 at 11:00 am (UTC-4)
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A  Knoxville, Tennessee organization that helped test the first medical drone delivery approved by the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) in Virginia last year, is now looking to deploy medical delivery drones in remote areas of Haiti, the Philippines, and Guyana, South America. “The Guyana government is very interested in this possibility. I think what […]

Red Cross Puts World’s Most Vulnerable Spots on the Map

Posted September 25th, 2015 at 1:32 pm (UTC-4)
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The American Red Cross is stitching thousands of crowdsourced photos into OpenStreetMap to get a better view of the world’s most vulnerable communities and assess their needs as part of its Missing Maps project. Founded by the Red Cross, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team and Doctors Without Borders, the Missing Maps project plots out vulnerable sites in developing […]

UN-Habitat Minecrafts the World, Block by Block

Posted March 27th, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Millions of people around the world play Minecraft or use its textured cubes to unleash their creativity, sometimes recreating entire cities. But UN-Habitat has taken Minecraft to a whole new level to involve young people in renovating their world. A couple of years ago, the Lotus Gardens in Mumbai, India looked like this: Now the […]

Digital Library Connects Haiti’s Poorest Kids to World of Books

Posted March 13th, 2015 at 2:30 pm (UTC-4)
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A 2013 project to create a digital Library for All platform in Haiti has now put books at the fingertips of up to 2,000 school-aged kids, many of whom are former child slaves living on less than two dollars per day. The Respire Haiti school in Gressier served as the pilot for the program. One […]

3-D Printing Brings New Promise for Developing World

Posted December 20th, 2013 at 3:30 pm (UTC-4)
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The growth of three dimensional (3-D) printing technology brings opportunities scientific, entrepreneurial – even culinary.  Some people are using the devices to build custom creations out of chocolate. “I don’t know if it’s good chocolate,” said Prabhjot Singh, Director of Additive Manufacturing at General Electric (GE), which uses 3-D printers to make parts for aviation […]