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Conflict & Justice

Efforts to deploy drones for humanitarian purposes are hampered by public fears

Drones may be best known for their surveillance and military capabilities, but there’s a growing movement to use them for humanitarian aid. Inventor Mark Jacobsen is building drones to deliver humanitarian aid to Syrians stuck inside their war-torn country. But as he’s learning, bureaucracy — combined with public fears about the use of drones — has hamstrung efforts to get that aid anywhere near the Syrian border.

Science, Tech & Environment

A MacArthur 'Genius' is working to clean up our polluting health care system

One aspect of being a genius is the ability to view things in a unique way. Twenty years ago, environmental health advocate Gary Cohen looked at the health care sector and saw a big problem with pollution. He also saw a way to fix it and he set out to do so. So far his success has been phenomenal. And now he is a recognized MacArthur Foundation 'genius.'

Arts, Culture & Media

In Italy's markets, this popular yogurt made by migrants tastes great, and has a side of resilience and hope

For years, Suleman Diara picked mandarins in southern Italy for $0.05 a case. But one day, Diara, a refugee from Mali, received documents granting him asylum in his new country. So he bought a few buckets of milk that changed his life. Meet the founder of Barikama, the first African yogurt cooperative in Italy, popular with the farmer's market scene in Rome.

Science, Tech & Environment

After the floods come the human traffickers, but these girls are fighting back

India's low-lying Sundarbans are rife with human trafficking as the effects of climate change leave families poor and vulnerable. But a new program from Save the Children India is helping kids band together to ward off traffickers, while also getting them to stay in school. Even if it means they also learn to roll cigarettes to support their families.