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Ingenious Lamp Illuminates Rural Communities Using Nothing But Saltwater

Providing sustainable, eco-friendly lighting could be as easy as filling a glass of water and adding a dash of salt.

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There are over seven thousand islands that make up the whole of the Philippines, each of which is surrounded by gallons upon gallons of salt water. And while that may not seem like much of a natural resource, a new Filipino startup has found a way to harness that simple combination of H2O and NaCl, and transform it into a low-cost source of reliable lighting for a country in which many live disconnected from the national power grid.

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The Philippines is the First Nation to Welcome Sea-Stranded Migrants

Nearly 8,000 refugees from Burma and Bangladesh will be taken in after struggling to survive on “floating coffins.”

The approximate location of the refugee boats, termed "floating coffins" by the UN. Image from the International Organization on Migration.

The government of Manila was the first to agree to take in 8,000 refugees, including Rohingya Muslims from Burma and displaced people from Bangladesh, who had been stranded on the seas on boats. The refugees, who are escaping persecution and poverty in their home countries, are presumed to be near the Andaman Sea on what the UN has termed “floating coffins.” Other countries in direct vicinity of the boats, like Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand, have rejected them, and they have been floating perilously on the waters for more than a week.

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World’s First Selfie Museum Opens in Manila

You can now climb into “Starry Night”

Climb into art history.

As museums across the globe move to ban selfie sticks, one institution is actually courting this ubiquitous, snapping demographic. Recently, in the Philippines (the capital of the maligned medium), the world’s first selfie museum, Art in Island, opened its doors. Built to encourage touching, interacting, and general playfulness, the museum is meant to serve as the antithesis to traditional, irrate museum guards yelling at you to “stand back” from the art.

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