Bas van Abel of Fairphone (left) and Vivian Woodell of The Phone Co-op (right) hold the new Fairphone 2

/ Technology

01 Oct 2015


With the rest of the mobile phone industry beginning to look into supply chain ethics, Fairphone has launched their second handset as the first fully modular smartphone to try and stay one step ahead


/ Environment, Health, Social Enterprise, Technology

04 Sep 2015


Cooking smoke kills hundreds of people a day, but one company has come up with a clever alternative – and a finance model to fund it – to help Bhutanese families cook up a better future


/ Technology

11 Aug 2015


“Potentially the biggest business opportunity in the history of mankind” – this is how one IT engineer describes the internet of things. With up to 30 billion connected ‘things’ likely to be in use by 2020, how will it adjust our economic and social landscape?


/ Education, Technology

21 Jul 2015


Back in the 1980s the BBC introduced the Model B – a computer designed to inspire the tech innovations of the future. Now, it’s releasing the micro:bit, a handheld device that could turn Britain into a digital powerhouse


/ Community, Technology

02 Jul 2015


The internet can sometimes seem rife with hate, harassment and conflict, but as Rachel England finds out, the kindness of strangers is putting it through rehab


/ Economics & Innovation, Technology

01 Jul 2015


A new origami paper battery, which is powered by bacteria and costs five US cents (3p), could revolutionise the diagnosis of diseases in developing and remote areas


/ Agriculture, Conservation, Environment, Technology

18 Jun 2015


Seed banks provide a treasure trove of genetic diversity. The challenge, say scientists, is bringing together existing banks and ensuring their financial security so as to conserve the world’s crop history before it is lost forever

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/ Innovation, Renewable Energy, Technology

14 May 2015


For a long time the progress of renewable energy has been hampered by its transient nature: neither the sun nor wind is ‘on’ 24/7. But now Elon Musk’s new energy storage invention is set to change the renewables landscape as we know it


/ Democracy, Politics, Technology

13 Apr 2015


As we approach May’s general election, Mollie Malone, representative for youth-facing organisation Stand Up Be Counted, asks if politicians are doing enough to engage young voters

James Smith credit Matthew Gilley

/ Democracy, Politics, Technology

27 Mar 2015


Democracy is arguably out of step with the way the world communicates. Could open source software and a so-called parliamentary ‘cyber chamber’ help address this disconnect?

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/ Democracy, Politics, Technology

26 Feb 2015


A smart scientific method of voting observation, Quick Count, is being used in Nigeria to weed out corruption ahead of the country’s controversial elections. Aamna Mohdin talks to the group playing a vital role in monitoring due process


/ Health, Science, Technology

05 Feb 2015


Child amputees in the developing world are to sample the latest technology in custom-made prosthetics after a Canadian NGO receives more than £50,000 in government funding

United Nations Peacekeeping

/ Democracy, Peace, Technology

15 Jan 2015


Computers have long been used to identify potential areas of conflict, but a new model being used in Liberia means that violence can now be predicted on a grassroots level


/ Innovation, Renewable Energy, Technology

19 Dec 2014


A new project, the first of its kind globally, will see rubbish otherwise bound for landfill turned into clean aviation fuel


/ Innovation, Technology, Wellbeing

18 Dec 2014


Is it possible to ‘hack’ your own happiness? Helen Parnham investigates how emerging technologies can improve wellbeing


/ Environment, Innovation, Renewable Energy, Technology

04 Dec 2014


Hydrogen-powered cars are set to become an increasingly common sight on UK roads by the 2020s as new models are announced and infrastructure investment plans revealed


/ Technology

10 Nov 2014


The sustainably designed Fairphone boasts a range of powerful features and strong environmental credentials


/ Innovation, Technology

03 Oct 2014


Developing countries could reap the benefits of better “security hygiene” for just $35


/ Environment, Innovation, Lifestyle, Social Enterprise, Sustainable Development, Technology

30 Sep 2014


In-built obsolescence may seem a forgivable quirk of the modern technology many of us love, but it has a force of its own, placing us on a wheel of consumer slavery. But there is another way, writes Lucy Purdy


/ Technology

03 Jun 2014


The US government has announced that it is withdrawing from its role as steward of the internet’s domain name system