Impact Journalism Day

Electric Rain

She is just 15 years old, but has already designed a smart device that generates electric power from raindrops. Reyhan Jamalova, a ninth grade student at the Istek Lyceum in Baku, Azerbaijan, came up with the idea for Rainergy after her father wondered: “If you can make energy from wind, why not from rainwater?”
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Can access apps make cities wheelchair-friendly?

“An access app must be easy to use and it should provide relevant information,” says Matt McCann, chief executive and founder of Access Earth, an Irish-made access app. “The app needs to keep pace with innovation. Technology has opened so many doors by improving accessibility and we want to be at the forefront of that.”
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Painting the world for people who don’t see color

For more than 19 years, Tiago Santos did not understand colors. As a child, growing up in Santa Maria da Feira, a city in the north of Portugal, he had trouble choosing the right crayons. It seemed so easy for others, but when he tried coloring brown trees or blue skies, his classmates laughed at the crayons he chose.
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An app for diagnosing dementia

“Test your brain in five minutes.” Eyemove, an application created less than two years ago by young Russian engineer Mikhaïl Yanchikov, does just that. Through the evaluation of a person’s eye movements, this technology enables the detection of certain neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
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Learning to breed wild bees

Having wild bees as pets might sound a little off the wall, but such is the case for Tom Strobi and Claudio Sedivy. The two biologists from Zurich are working with an environmental issue at heart: boosting the populations of these endangered pollinators.
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Transforming plastic waste into paving stones

Saif Eddine Laalej is 20 years old and already he has come up with a way of turning discarded plastic into a useful construction material. This young student at the National School of Business and Management of Tangier, in the north of Morocco, has designed an eco-friendly paving stone in the form of traditional Moroccan Zellige tiles. Laalej’s paving stones are made with plastic waste, such as bottles, containers and even bottle tops.
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Saving lives in Senegal through Hope

It is one of the great innovations of recent years in the field of global health, protecting lives and improving healthcare. Called Hope, it is an interface that helps to solve the problem of blood shortages in Senegal saving the lives of women who might otherwise die in childbirth or of people who suffer potentially fatal hemorrhages.
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