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A few years ago, a United Nations study quantified an astounding truth – a truth so dramatic it deserved space on the front page of papers around the world, and with implications so stunning it demanded that we re-consider the way we are combating extreme poverty.

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Visualizing a Better World: This App Lets You See Progress on UN Goals

Better World Flux is an app that lets users explore the World Bank Open Data from the Millenium Development Goals.

What does global happiness look like, at a glance? How's the world doing at ending poverty, or giving kids access to universal primary education? While the data's out there, it hasn't always been easy to browse. Better World Flux is a new app that lets you sift through decades of information and see a snapshot of the world state at a given moment in time.

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Meet the World's First Solar Powered Study Lantern

Thanks to this solar lantern, for less than $10, students living without electricity could have light to study by when the sun goes down.

When I was in high school, I accidentally set my bed on fire. I needed to finish reading a chapter for English class, but my parents had a pretty strict “lights out” time. So I took a light bulb, screwed it into a socket, plugged it into an extension cord, and dragged it under the covers. Predictably, I fell asleep without shutting this contraption off, and the hot bulb ended up burning my sheets and starting a small, smoky fire. Although my lack of reading light was due to my parent's rules, when the sun goes down around the globe, millions of children that need to study don't even have electricity. The d-light S1, above, is the world's first solar powered lantern made specifically for students trying to hit the books when there's no easily available light source.

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