Tech for Good Ten: Drinkable seawater, tree-planting drones and earthquake-detection in 14 tweets

13th October 2015 Posted by: Cat Cochrane

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Tech For Good Ten | 12.10.2015

1 //  Can making seawater drinkable quench the world's thirst?

A question worth asking as the UN predicts that 1.9 billion people will live in "water-scarce" areas in 10 years

2 //  The future of drone technology that can plant trees

Video feature of the British-based firm that’s aiming to plant trees in areas that have been deforested

3 //  The latest in conservation tech: gamifying home water use

System that helps consumers to change global water usage or their outlook on their own water consumption

4 //  Pillbox grows according to the number of pills you take

The modular device that can be extended or shrunk depending on the number of medications you and your family takes

5 //  Bacteria-laced condoms could protect against STDs

Using a form of natural bacteria found in women, researchers could design contraceptives that help stave off HIV

6 //  Detecting an earthquake in less than 14 tweets

The U.S. Geological Survey is now crowdfunding tweets on a global scale to monitor earthquakes

7 //  Malaria vaccine for pregnant women reveals promising target for cancer therapy

One hunt for a malaria vaccine has turned up a promising approach to tackling cancer

8 //  How this “lab in a needle" could streamline medical diagnoses

Design features two key lab in a chip components that allow for rapid liver toxicity tests

9 //  This modern prefab home has windows that double as solar panels

If you love natural lighting, prepare to swoon over the light-filled Reflect Home

10 //  Sustainable development quiz: what do you know about the UN’s global goals?

Do you know your SDGs from your MDGs? Check out the Guardian’s quiz around global goals



"The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) uses Tweets and their own equipment to monitor an average of 50 earthquakes a day or about 200,000 a year. By looking at Twitter data, USGS is looking at speeding up their detection time."


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