A Second Life for Wasted Soda Bottles: High-Tech Roofing

By |June 10th, 2014|Things that Work Series|

Engineers have figured out how to turn plastic trash into a material that keeps rain and heat out while letting [...]

The Cell-Phone Minutes That Come With … Insurance?

By |June 3rd, 2014|Things that Work Series|

For extremely low-income families, insurance payouts for a health crisis can make the difference between temporary destabilization and a downward [...]

How a Simple Bag Is Rescuing the World’s Black-Eyed Peas

By |May 27th, 2014|Things that Work Series|

By protecting this crucial crop from the dreaded cowpea weevil, farmers are gaining greater economic security. Published in the Atlantic [...]

The House Paint That Can Prevent Diseases

By |May 20th, 2014|Things that Work Series|

Chemist Pilar Mateo has come up with a paint that slowly releases insecticides, making homes inhospitable to parasite-spreading bugs. Published [...]