Project Updates

By Julian Cribb While the global population has grown threefold since the mid-20th century, our use of fresh water has increased sixfold, threatening major shortages by the 2030s: already, the United Nations warns, 4 billion people worldwide face water scarcity for a month or more each year. For 35 years, Japanese public servant Makoto Murase… Read more

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Taking the volcano’s pulse

March 7, 2017

Andrew McGonigle’s pioneering technology is helping scientists around the world to predict volcanic eruptions more accurately. By Julian Cribb Seven hundred million people live within the radius of destruction of one of Earth’s 600 active volcanoes. And 60 to 80 major volcanic eruptions occur somewhere on the planet each year, a frequency that has inexplicably… Read more

A revolutionary method for delivering vaccine protection against infectious disease, especially in developing regions, is achieving spectacular results in lab trials carried out for the World Health Organization (WHO). The ‘nanopatch’, invented by Rolex laureate and medical engineer Mark Kendall, has delivered a 40-fold improvement in vaccine dose rates, combined with an eye-catching 100 per… Read more

For 5,000 years or more the condor has soared above the Andes, a mystic being in the imaginations and spiritual life of the people. Today, this majestic black vulture – whose emblem adorns the insignia of six South American nations, is under threat. “At the heart of the problem,” says Associate Laureate Luis Jácome, Director… Read more

Since 1969, Chanda Shroff has made it her life’s mission to preserve the traditional techniques of hand embroidery from Kutch in western India, while raising the social and economic status of the women who practise this intricate craft. After almost five decades, she has finally succeeded in opening a museum featuring their beautiful work. For… Read more