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Waste: don't just take it away

Born out of a failed methane experiment comes a water-treatment system that uses 90 percent less energy than conventional sewage system and cost 50 percent less to operate. Dean Cameron – the creator of the Biolytix Water – harnessed worms, beetles and billions of microscopic organisms to turn human waste into water suitable for irrigation.

Global development matters

The Center for Global Development – the publisher of the Commitment to Development Index (CDI), which ranks 21 richest countries on their policies' effect on poor countries - launched Global Development Matters.

The new site, designed with the U.S. audience primarily in mind, has five new short videos on the topics ranging from health issues to global trade and subsidies. Microfinance video below:

Given enough eyeballs, development is a shallow problem

Not to be outdone by their UK counterparts, George Mason University has recently published a paper on "Crowdsourcing Government Transparency." The author notes that the US government data is often not online, and, when it is, it is seldom easy to access or use. The solution? "Hack, mash & peer."

MDGs: a new picture

With the countdown half-way through, the data on the Millennium Development Goals are finally available via interactive maps. The timeline feature (step 3 on the map) tracks progress on any of the eight goals, throughout 189 countries.

I left my belly on Mount Seulawah

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Mt_seualwah_2 Until recently, the mountains of Aceh were known for rebel activity and were basically off-limits. Even without gunfire, I didn’t have much interest in having anything to do with mountains other than look at them.