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WCVB-TV spotlights two MIT startups, True Moringa, a beauty and wellness company that uses the oil from Moringa trees grown in Ghana to directly benefit farmers in Ghana, and Sourcemap, which traces supply chains and provides transparency about where goods are stemming from. Says Kwami Williams ’12, co-founder and CEO, of his inspiration for True Moringa: “I started to ask myself, if aerospace engineers can help put a man on the Moon, then what can I do to help put more food on the table for families” in Ghana.

A new climate clock developed by a team from the MIT D-Lab is being projected onto the side of the Green Building, reports Arianna MacNeill for “The MIT community, whether it’s students, faculty, staff or alumni, is already seeking ways to face the climate challenge,” according to the D-Lab team. “Our team created the MIT Climate Clock to signal the urgency of climate action to our community and beyond.”

The Boston Globe

Boston Globe reporter Matt Berg spotlights how a team from the MIT D-Lab has created a climate clock, which is currently being projected on the exterior of the Green Building at MIT in an effort to showcase key data about climate change. “The display highlights goals of the fight against climate change, such as limiting the annual temperature increases to no more than 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit,” writes Berg.

Popular Science

MIT researchers have created a new filter from tree branches that could provide an inexpensive, biodegradable, low-tech option for water purification, writes Shaena Montanari for Popular Science. “We hope that our work empowers such people to further develop and commercialize xylem water filters tailored to local needs to benefit communities around the world,” says Prof. Rohit Karnik.

United Press International (UPI)

UPI reporter Brooks Hays writes that MIT researchers have created a new water filter from tree branches that can remove bacteria. “The filter takes advantage of the natural sieving abilities of xylem -- thin, interconnected membranes found in the sapwood branches of pine, ginkgo and other nonflowering trees,” writes Hays.


CNN Greece highlights the "Maker Summer School," a weeklong workshop for unaccompanied refugees in Athens developed by researchers from the MIT D-Lab. The article, which is in Greek, explores how participants spent six days learning the design process by making real products they can use in their daily lives.

The Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal reporter Melinda Beck spotlights the MIT D-Lab’s emphasis on flexible business plans and designs when developing innovations for developing nations. Beck highlights two D-Lab projects, an effort to make low-cost sanitary pads available in rural India and SurgiBox, a “collapsible tent that creates a sterile space around the portion of a patient undergoing surgery,” as examples. 

Times of India

MIT researchers are collaborating with the Self-Employed Women's Association to identify how women in India use technology, reports The Times of India. "There are lots of innovations in the name of the poor, but nobody knows what works," explains Prof. Bishwapriya Sanyal. 

Financial Times

In a Financial Times article about the need for investment in sanitation services, Sarah Murray highlights Sanergy, an MIT spinoff that franchises toilets to local micro entrepreneurs. Murray writes that, “Sanergy’s model provides work and improves sanitation.” 


MIT researchers have developed a USB-powered stethoscope, reports Vijee Venkatraman for BetaBoston. Venkatraman explains that the stethoscope's companion app, "transforms the device into a low-cost diagnostic tool" that can be used to diagnose lung disease.


MIT researchers have released a report evaluating solar lanterns in Uganda, writes Nidhi Subbaraman for BetaBoston. The group is developing a model to assess products designed for the developing world with the goal of helping organizations “as they make purchases for relief efforts.”

Arab News

Arab News reports on MIT’s establishment of the Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab. The lab will, “focus and coordinate MIT efforts to help find sustainable solutions for the scarcity of worldwide water and food supplies,” Arab News reports.

The Tech

Tech reporter Austin Hess writes about the new Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab. Prof. John Lienhard, tapped to direct the lab, tells Hess that, “interest in water and food sustainability is strong.”

Boston Globe

The Boston Globe’s Tracy Jan reports that MIT has been awarded $25 million by the U.S. Agency for International Development to aid in a new effort aimed at using science and technology to assist developing countries.

Boston Business Journal

Boston Business Journal reporter Mary Moore writes that the, “Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced Thursday that it is expected to receive $25 million from the United States Agency for International Development for a new anti-poverty project.”