The Human Impact

Forbes lists record number of women billionaires

March 4, 2014

There are more women billionaires now than ever before – 172 of them according to Forbes magazine’s 2014 Billionaire’s List, up from 138 last year.  And a sixth of all newcomers on the list are women.

Why India’s Mars mission matters, despite poverty

November 11, 2013

There has been much fanfare over the launch of India’s first rocket to Mars – a mission which, if successful, will position the Asian nation as a major player in the global space race.

New interactive web atlas pinpoints water risk hotspots

February 1, 2013

A new online mapping tool for monitoring global water resources will improve water-risk management by showing patterns of water stress, flooding, drought and areas of water access, its creators say.

Ex-NASA engineer designs mWater app to chart water quality

August 30, 2012

When environmental engineer John Feighery got an internship at NASA in the 1990s, he wanted to be an astronaut. Instead, he was given a job working with a team designing the U.S. bathroom for the International Space Station.

Mobile technology boosts water security for the poor

July 26, 2012

 

Information technology is a powerful tool for experts working to provide secure access to water for personal use, food production and business in developing nations.

SMS could speed repair of faulty hand pumps in Africa

June 13, 2012

Hand pumps are a lifeline providing drinking water for many communities in remote, rural parts of Africa, but it is thought that around one third are broken at any given time, putting the health of many at risk.

Solutions for a hungry world

May 2, 2012

By 2050, experts say, the planet will need at least 70 percent more food than it does today as its population soars, cities sprawl and climate change takes its toll. Will it be possible?

What good is ‘crowd-sourcing’ when everyone needs help?

March 29, 2012

In a recent blog post I referred in passing to some of the hype surrounding “crowd-sourcing” projects in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake.

@Documentally discusses “revolutionary” protest apps

March 14, 2012

As governments and security forces become more aware of the role of social media in coordinating protest movements they are developing new ways to block, hack and track citizen tweets, Facebook posts and other social-media messages.