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Michigan State University Spartans work to advance the common good in uncommon ways. The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratised higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world - on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation - and is home to a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

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News about the sewage and pollution in Guanabara Bay in Rio have caused health concerns among Olympic athletes. Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

Brazil’s sewage woes reflect the growing global water quality crisis

Wastewater treatment systems around the world are hamstrung by outdated tests that don't identify a growing array of pathogens or identify the sources of pollutants.
Does technology help with learning? John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Follow

Why schools should provide one laptop per child

Researchers found students' test scores in science, writing, math and English language arts improved significantly when they were provided with laptops. The benefits were not limited to test scores.
In Africa, more than 315,000 children die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation. Shutterstock

Africa is failing to close the gap on providing water and sanitation

There have been modest improvements in water and sanitation provision in Africa, but there is still a long way to go. Most citizens rate their governments’ performance in this sphere poorly.
Should college be free? Diploma with money image via www.shutterstock.com

College is worth it. Who should pay for it?

College education results in not just better earnings, but better health care and child development as well as political stability and lower criminal justice costs. Should states invest more?
In Nigeria 96% of households are connected to the grid, but only 18% of these connections function more than about half the time. Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters

What lies behind Africa’s lack of access and unreliable power supplies

Africa still has numerous electricity challenges to overcome, but several countries are getting it right when it comes to providing electricity to their people.

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