Meet the genius scientist transforming the world on a shoestring by Karen Frances Eng

Bioengineering professor Manu Prakash brought the world a 50-cent microscope. Now he’s created more cheap public health tools, including a paper centrifuge and a mosquito identifier. And he’s just getting started.

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You think you know the story of European migration — but not like this by Karen Frances Eng

Launching today, Alison Killing’s immersive online documentary project migration trail lets you follow along in real time as two fictional characters make perilous 10-day journeys to Europe.
In late 2015, the shocking photograph of a toddler washed up on a beach in Turkey galvanized public attention on large numbers of migrants traveling to Europe, many by sea and under extremely risky conditions. Because of the surge in numbers of irregular travelers that year — more than 1 million — and the thousands of lives lost, media headlines at the time emblazoned the situation as a “crisis” in mainstream consciousness.

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Singularity is near — and it’s in the form of a dachshund named Elly by Karen Frances Eng

Restless tech innovator Yale Fox gave voice to his dog Elly by mounting Amazon Alexa software to a Raspberry Pi and hooking it up to a mic and speakers. Now Elly can talk to people she meets on the streets, picking up keywords that prompt responses.

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A harrowing look at the “war on drugs” in the Philippines by Karen Frances Eng

Philippine police forces have killed thousands in a brutal crackdown on suspected drug dealers and users — a campaign that President Trump has praised. On the eve of Trump’s visit to the country, documentarian Ed Ou tells us what life is like on the ground.

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In East African cassava fields, a new genomics tool is saving crops and lives by Karen Frances Eng

The latest in the fight against whitefly-borne virus that threatens a world staple food: new portable DNA sequencing technology that lets farmers in East Africa identify the disease, and helps scientists develop a solution.

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In rural Tanzania, a surprising collision of cultures and craft by Karen Frances Eng

A impromptu collaboration between an Uruguayan documentary photographer, a Nigerian fashion designer, an American cellist and three Maasai herdsmen in rural Tanzania sparks an unexpected artwork fueled by music, fashion, photography and poetry.

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Learning to live as human beings in harmony with the wild by Karen Frances Eng

In one of Africa’s most remote regions, people long cut off from the modern world are slowly making contact and looking to make better lives—inadvertently creating a cascade of environmental and social plights. National Geographic explorer and conservationist Steve Boyes has an idea for protecting these people, as well as their natural heritage.

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A new documentary explores the West’s uneasy relationship with Iran by Karen Frances Eng

On the 64th anniversary of the US- and British-led coup-d’état in Iran, Iranian filmmaker Taghi Amirani shares the first teaser of Coup 53, his forthcoming documentary investigating Operation Ajax.

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