Tom Szaky: Staying one step ahead of the world’s trash

Tom Szaky dropped out of Princeton University to collect trash. He founded TerraCycle to keep garbage out of landfills and incinerators, where it releases...
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Shutting down North Korea’s illegal shipping

North Korean ships are desperately trying to avoid sanctions. The U.S. and its allies and partners are stopping illegal shipping in its tracks.
Illustration of man in foreground holding mobile phone, and three tractor operators in background (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Hello Tractor: An app to connect farmers with tractors on demand

Jehiel Oliver, "that crazy tractor guy," started a business providing on-demand tractor services to small-scale farmers. Where will it go next?
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Could your business benefit your community? Find out November 13

You have a great idea for a business and would like to move forward with it. Before you do, have you thought about whether...
Matt Damon has announced a toilet strike to raise awareness of sanitation problems around the world (AP Images)

Matt Damon says he won’t use a toilet. Here’s why.

More people have cellphones than have access to a toilet. About 6 billion people have cellphones and only 4.5 billion have access to a...
Beyoncé Knowles (AP Images)

Can a Beyoncé song change the world?

Can a song change the world? A group of Iraqis in Baghdad thinks so, and proves it with acts of kindness. On World Humanitarian Day...
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Will entrepreneurs lead humanity to the stars?

"I've wanted to fly into space since I was a child," says Peter Diamandis. Now he helps others realize their space-exploration dreams. Diamandis founded the...
Aerial view of island that has energy grid (Courtesy of NantEnergy)

The future of battery technology is in the air

Batteries from the U.S. that rely on zinc and air may be the future of renewable energy. Eight countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas are using them.
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Hands-on humanitarian Ken Isaacs delivers aid worldwide

For two decades, Ken Isaacs was a well driller. A month volunteering in Africa led him to a career switch to a charity delivering humanitarian aid worldwide. Now he is the U.S. choice to lead the Geneva-based International Organization for Migration.