Messages on social media during a recent flood in Jakarta, Indonesia, gave information about locals conditions such as water depth, enough to create useful flood maps, researchers found.
Cyclone Pam left behind devastation all along the string of some 80 islands that make up Vanuatu. Luxury yachts pitched in to help, bringing aid to remote locations.
Environmentalist Ma Jun built a mobile phone app that lets users see whether a Chinese factory or power plant is violating pollution standards. His efforts won him a $1.25 million prize from the Skoll World Forum on Entrepreneurship.
'Daily Show' comedian Aasif Mandvi co-wrote the Web series 'Halal in the Family,' which is based on an 'ordinary' Muslim American family.
Because of the efforts of the former police officer, many people he came to know on the streets now have stable housing – in a place and in a program he helped create.
Inspired by a trip to an orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya, Kenton Lee was inspired to create a pair of shoes that would fit kids for as many as five years.
With many of its biggest cities are already bursting at the seams, India is working on its first 'smart' city, with gleaming towers, drinking water on tap, automated waste collection, and a dedicated power supply – luxuries to many Indians.
Al-Nasir Bellah Al-Nasiry was attacked and shot as a teenager. But instead of seeking revenge today he is a medical doctor and an advocate for a peaceful future in Iraq.
Gwyneth Paltrow faces a social media backlash for participating in a food bank challenge to live on a $29 grocery budget for a week. Critics accuse her of mocking the experience of hunger. But such celebrity challenges can raise awareness and funds.
The GPS in smartphones could detect earthquakes and trigger warnings seconds before the strongest waves from the quake begin, researchers say.
Founder Dave Isay was awarded the 2015 TED Prize to promote his nonprofit work recording, sharing, and preserving the stories of people's lives.
Zar Aslam, president of Pakistan's nonprofit Environment Protection Fund, wants to put at least 25 of the three-wheeled motorcycles in service, driven by women.
Ethnic minorities in Japan didn't have a reliable source of news in their own languages – such as what to do if an earthquake strikes.
In India, a lack of electricity can mean sundown equals shutdown – lost productivity and vital income. Now a grass-roots trade group, SEWA, is helping with solar LED lanterns and clean cooking stoves.
A Colorado community's solar farm may be the first of many that lets people buy cheaper, greener electricity.
Hashtagcharity.org will match high-tech volunteers with worthy charities that need their help.
D.C. Central Kitchen offers a manual for other nonprofit groups that gives tips on staffing, budgets, marketing, and how to building partnerships.
Pauli Murray was an attorney, professor, author, and the first black woman to be a priest in the Episcopal Church. To raise her profile, he National Trust for Historic Preservation has named her house a national treasure.
Drones programmed with a sophisticated search algorithm will patrol the skies over wildlife parks in South Africa, a project backed by the US-based Lindbergh Foundation.
Monty Roberts is taking his message of nonviolent communication and developing trust to military veterans, military police, and incarcerated youths with post-traumatic stress disorder.