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Badri Seshadri

Saving Lives with This Simple Water Purifier

Water security issues affect the lives of millions in developing countries. A personal water filter system that purifies contaminated water as you drink it is helping to affordably alleviate water poverty in many places. Read on

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How to Help Nepal with Online Digital Platforms

Alongside donating money to support emergency response and relief efforts that save lives after devastating disasters, what can an ordinary citizen do to help humanitarian works on the ground? Can anything be done with our computers to help Nepal earthquake victims, even during aftershocks? Read on

 Great Beyond

The Earthquake Warning System In Our Pocket

Millions of people who live in earthquake-prone regions live under the threat of natural disaster. Countries such as Japan and Mexico have early warning systems in place that could help save lives. According to a US study, smartphones could now also alert people when the earth starts to shake. Read on

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Flood Fighter - A Playful Approach to Disaster Management

In 2011, Thaliand was hit by the worst flood in 50 years which created a state of emergency in 60 of the country's 77 provinces. One lesson from the disaster was that knowledge about what to do in the case of flooding is not widespread and that children are particularly at risk when disaster strikes. Read on

Missing Maps: Putting the World’s Vulnerable People on the Map

In developed countries, we often take for granted that Google Maps has plotted out every street and every corner of our surroundings, thanks to satellite photography and GPS. Surprisingly, many of the world’s largest cities in developing countries remain uncharted. The Missing Maps project is filling these gaps in the unmapped corners of this world. Read on

What Can a Desert Beetle Tell Us About Water Harvesting?

The trend that sees technologies mimic systems or elements found in nature for the purpose of solving our real-life complex problems will not (and should not) cease. Nature is simply mind-boggling and biomimicry can provide design inspirations and techniques to optimise many daily products, like a self-filling water bottle – with help from the Namib Desert beetle. Read on