Tech for Good Ten: Fighting the Zika Virus with GM mosquitoes, one 11-year-old's global book drive and the Dutch smart city design of an underpass for pedestrians and cyclists

1st February 2016 Posted by: Cat Cochrane

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Tech For Good Ten | 01.02.2016


1//  Scientists are fighting the Zika Virus using genetically modified mosquitoes

This British firm is aiming to combat the causes of fever-like symptoms and the threat to pregnant women bearing children with abnormally small skulls


2//  With textile production and fashion consumption taking its toll on the environment, how do we combat it?

Highlighting the cost of water consumption and eco-damage of the clothes we wear and often too easily dispose of


3//  This new smartphone app can help spot signs of Parkinson’s disease

A short video explaining the how tech can test and monitor patient’s early symptoms


4//  The 11-year-old who created her own global book drive highlighting her own under-represented demographic

Jamaican-based Marley Dias’ book drive, #1000BlackGirlBooks, aims to source stories where black girls are the protagonist


5//  Can tech be a viable alternative to traditional health and wellbeing techniques?

The Guardian’s Weekly podcast shares a discussion of the risks and benefits and whether the answer to the question is too good to be true


6//  How tech can help disabled people to feel more connected to the workplace

Contributing more effectively to the workforce can improve wealth and quality of life for people with disabilities


7//  The world’s most cutting-edge renewable tech is powering rural Africa

Parts of the continent have became fertile testing grounds for cutting-edge solar power making its distribution perhaps the more sensible option for electrification


8//  Smart Dutch underpass design accommodates both pedestrians and cyclists

In Amsterdam, architects of have created a well-designed public passage for both pedestrians and cyclists that is safe, well-lit, easy to maintain


9//  Plug-and-play home battery system promises backup power and reduced energy costs

Reduced electricity costs, seamless backup power, and smarter home energy management are just a few of the claimed benefits of this design

 

10//  From scavenged waste to multimedia art

The story of one San Francisco-based recycling company that offers artists the opportunity to use garbage at its facilities to create works of art

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As the Zika virus begins its spread in the United States, a British company is looking into genetically engineered mosquitoes to impede the outbreak

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