Today’s Solutions: May 28, 2024

What is degrowth and how can i

What is degrowth and how can it help tackle climate change in an inclusive way?

We are indeed finding ourselves in a geological epoch – aka the Anthropocene – when human activity has become so earth-shaking it is throwing entire ecosystems and the planet’s climate out of balance. As the science behind global warming is becoming ever harder to dismiss, humanity is facing Read More...

Preschool children playing on floor with educational toys.

This smart jumpsuit tracks infant brain development

The human brain doubles in size in the first year of a person's life. This time is vital to building a foundation for future learning, health, and development and is where many underlying neurological conditions will reveal themselves. Recognizing and treating these conditions as early as possible Read More...

Burrowing owl next to its burrow looking into the camera lens

Fake poop helps tiny endangered owls find new homes

Following decades of human encroachment into California’s grasslands, the once common Western Burrowing Owl is now considered endangered. In an effort to protect the tiny birds from new building developments in US regions like Silicon Valley, local conservationists have been trying for years to Read More...

Doctors used music to prevent

Doctors used music to prevent neurodevelopmental disorders in premature babies

While advances in neonatal medicine have increased the chance of survival of premature babies, these children still remain at high risk of developing brain development disorders. This is because the vast majority of neural growth for a baby occurs during the last trimester of pregnancy. When this Read More...

These entrepreneurs are turnin

These entrepreneurs are turning slums into safer places to live

Slums have long represented a great development challenge as they are by definition areas in which the inhabitants lack fundamental resources such as adequate sanitation, improved water supply, durable housing or adequate living space. For centuries, demolishing these settlements was seen as the Read More...

How laughter evolved and how i

How laughter evolved and how it makes us human

Blaine Greteman | August 2009 issue Two Neanderthals walk into a bar, order drinks, sit down and listen to the chattering, laughing crowd. Suddenly, one turns to the other and whispers, "Try to stay cool, but this sounds like one of those Homo sapiens joints." How would a Neanderthal know he was Read More...

Microjustice: Helping those wh

Microjustice: Helping those who are excluded from the legal system

More than 4 billion people don’t have access to even the most basic legal protections. The microjustice movement is giving them a voice. Carmel Wroth | April 2009 issue When he was 63, Pascual Aquino Mamani fell almost 45 feet from the roof of a house he was building outside La Paz, Bolivia, and Read More...

It’s all in their heads

It’s all in their heads

Our brains don't mature until our 20s. Knowing that could change how you talk to young people. David Servan-Schreiber | November 2008 issue Ben, 18, borrows his father’s car to go on a trip with friends. At 2 a.m., he’s driving more than 100 mph (160 km/h) on a country lane, the music blaring, Read More...

Fixing the free market

Fixing the free market

How co-ops—businesses in which the employees are also the owners of the company—merge economic growth with social goals. Steven van Yoder | October 2010 issue In Quezon City, a new approach to funding funerals is just one way the Inner City Development Cooperative is bringing fresh life to Read More...