Scientists in the US and elsewhere are conducting intensive experiments to cross hardy weeds with food crops such as rice and wheat – making them more resilient as drought, higher temperatures, and elevated CO2 levels pose new threats to food supplies.
Solar panels installed at schools in remote areas off the electric grid allow students to stay past dark and hit the books.
Travelers arriving in Rio de Janeiro for soccer's World Cup (June 12-July 13) can rent a room or apartment in the city's safe and vibrant favela (slum) communities.
Traditional desalination has meant turning seawater into drinking water. But new technologies not only improve desalination but open up ways to use agricultural water and industrial effluent too.
She advises residents on how to obtain title to a vacant property and defends grass-roots garden projects threatened by development.
The Adaptive Climbing Group, rock climbers with physical or other issues, visits the Brooklyn Boulders gym in New York to train and overcome limitations.
Instead of being built around a pool or tennis court, 'agrihood' housing developments are centered around a farm, often using the sweat-equity of residents to produce food for the community.
A children's cartoon TV series, in which a female superhero dons a burka to fight injustice, has won a prestigious Peabody Award.
The We Women Foundation provides women in Myanmar (formerly Burma) with access to higher education. The goal: become leaders in their communities.
Becky Morrison founded Globetops to send donated laptops to worthwhile applicants throughout the world. The computers change lives – and reduce the E-waste in landfills.
A shelter in New York takes in the elderly who've experienced financial, psychological, or physical harm and provides medical care, counseling, and legal assistance.
The oldest son in a military family, he had bounced around the globe. But he found a home – and a desire to serve others – in a college town in Indiana.
The nonprofit group Girls Inc. is celebrating 150 years of helping young women reach their goals.
Breakthrough, the human rights organization she created, calls on people, particularly boys and men, to stop domestic violence wherever they see it.
A Chinese company has built 10 structures in 24 hours using 3-D printing, concrete, and repurposed industrial construction waste.
Water technology company Xylem makes a profit on its foot-operated irrigation pumps for poor farmers. But those profits allow it to stay around to service its products and develop new ones.
May Tsupros and Adam Zmick provide expertise, creative lesson plans, and help throughout the growing season to keep school gardens thrive as learning opportunities.
Genesis10, a consulting firm, acts as a 'translator' between veterans and corporations, showing how military experience is great training for a wide variety of positions.
The Supreme Court's 1954 ruling Brown v. Board of Education overturned the idea of 'separate but equal' and became 'the opening salvo' of the civil rights movement, says African-American legal scholar Sherrilyn Ifill.
Homemade biodigesters turn human and food waste into biogas, which can be used to heat water, cook food, or produce electricity.