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  • Haaretz Israeli News

    Israeli start-up shows money doesn’t grow on trees, but solar panel can

    October 22, 2014 With solar panels for leaves, environmental structure invented by Israeli startup also can provide park goers with cold water in the day, illumination at night. An Israeli startup intends to demonstrate that money may not grow on trees but solar panels can. Sologic is planning on Thursday to reveal its eTree, an ecological sculpture that aims to promote awareness regarding sustainability within the community, at the Hanadiv Gardens near Zichron... Read on

  • New York Times

    Nation’s Wealthy Places Pour Private Money Into Public Schools, Study Finds

    October 21, 2014 From bake sales to gala auctions, private groups are raising an increasing amount of money for public schools in wealthier communities, highlighting concerns about inequality. In Coronado, Calif., a wealthy enclave off the coast of San Diego, for example, local education groups, which support about 3,200 students in five schools, raised more than $1,500 per student in 2010. Read on

  • South China Morning Post

    Entrepreneur hopes for sweet smell of success … in a jar

    October 21, 2014 Confectionery 'shoppe' hopes to draw on expat childhood memories Raymond Shuai left accounting to become the city's first 'purveyor of British confectionery'. Photo: Nora Tam Expats with a sweet tooth now have a shop to rekindle memories of how they spent their childhood pocket money. With shelves lined with bottles of sugar-coated candies, a Victorian-style sweet shop has opened in Central, full of temptations that can't be found anywhere... Read on

  • Chicago Tribune

    Metro Portland embraces ‘green’ image to boost exports

    October 21, 2014 In a glass tower topped with solar panels, wind turbines and rooftop gardens, a team of architects and planners who helped turn a once-moribund industrial tract into a trendy neighborhood in this river port town is crafting ways to bring street life and energy efficiency to a "next-generation model city" in post-tsunami Japan. ZGF Architects and two other design and engineering firms are among the first to plumb new overseas markets as part of... Read on

  • The Hindu

    Interview with U.S. Ambassador to India Kathleen Stephens

    October 21, 2014 During a visit to Chennai, Ambassador Kathleen Stephens, the charge d'affaires at the U.S Embassy in New Delhi, answered questions on the way forward after the Modi-Obama summit in Washington in an interview to Nirupama Subramanian. Full text of the interview: What in the U.S. is view are the most important takeaways from the Prime Minister Modi's visit? We are very pleased with the visit. Read on

  • CNN

    6 surprising health benefits of pumpkins

    October 21, 2014 The weather is getting cooler, but your produce choices are heating up. These amazing superfoods, picked by our friends at Health.com, are either hitting their peak in the garden or can easily be found in your local farmers market or grocery store. They're the perfect excuse to get cooking on cool nights! 15 best superfoods for fall Editor's note: This article was originally published on upwave.com. Read on

  • The Globe and Mail

    What universities are doing to create a more exciting learning experience

    October 21, 2014 Students are in for a big surprise when they first set foot in the third-floor classroom of Middle East and Islamic history professor Gavin Brockett at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont. Unlike a traditional classroom, there are no fixed rows of chairs with students eyes-front to the professor, no beige-coloured walls nor the usual shortage of electrical outlets for computers. Read on

  • The Wall Street Journal

    Virtual Reality Therapy Shows New Benefits

    October 21, 2014 Patients Now Include Sexual-Assault and Car-Crash Survivors ENLARGE Virtual-reality therapy exposes PTSD patients to scenes that recall their trauma, such as the Iraq war. USC Institute for Creative Technologies For some veterans of war, recovering from trauma means going back to the battlefield. The battlefield isn't real, however, nor are the gunfire and soldiers. But the scene is as a veteran like Chris Merkle remembers it. Read on

  • Haaretz Israeli News

    White House: Nazis shouldn’t get Social Security benefits

    October 20, 2014 U.S. administration says is working to cut off benefits for war criminals. In this July 28, 2014, photo, Jakob Denzinger looks from his apartment window in Osijek, eastern Croatia. Photo by AP Martin Hartmann reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice in 2007 to return to Germany when it was found out he was a Nazi SS guard in World War II. Photo by AP Read on

  • The Irish Times

    EUR250m investment to see five new SFI research centres created

    October 19, 2014 Aim of Science Foundation Ireland research centres is to achieve a step-change in the reputation and performance of Ireland's research system Almost EUR250 million is to be invested in five new world-class Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) research centres, in a move aimed at enhancing research in critical and emerging areas of the economy including applied geosciences, software and medical devices. Read on

  • The Hindu

    Costs of ignoring hunger

    October 19, 2014 Ignoring hunger and malnutrition will have significant costs to any country's development. Nutrition improvement has both intrinsic and instrumental value One of the disappointments in the post-reform period in India has been the slow progress in the reduction of malnutrition, especially with reference to the underweight among children. In fact, the rate of change in the percentage of underweight children has been negligible in the period... Read on

  • Common Dreams

    Investing in Renewables Can Relieve Our Planet–While Reviving Our Economy

    October 19, 2014 Published on by YES! Magazine Investing in Renewables Can Relieve Our Planet--While Reviving Our Economy Carbon reduction alone cannot solve our climate crisis, because it is continuously fed by our economic crisis. But renewables can be a critical driver in building a healthier economic system, free of the fossil fuel industry. Eric Walker, co-founder of People United for Sustainable Housing in Buffalo (PUSH Buffalo), promotes... Read on

  • Belfast Telegraph

    Ethical investment figures revealed

    October 17, 2014 Renewable energy projects are the most popular area for community investment, according to a new report Also in this Section HSBC launches 0.99% mortgage deal Service for murdered aid worker MPs urge Rotherham 'cover-up' probe PM presses EU leaders on Ebola fund A record 1.7 million people across the UK are investing and saving £3.25 billion in businesses which have positive social and environmental impacts, the report from ethical investment... Read on

  • Common Dreams

    Fighting Inequality and Climate Change through Localizing Economies

    October 17, 2014 Fighting Inequality and Climate Change through Localizing Economies 'Developing local economies,' writes Cha, 'is particularly important for low-income communities and communities of color who suffer from under-investment and a lack of resources.' (Photo: http://itsoureconomy.us) We currently face two equally urgent and significant crises: rising inequality and climate change. Read on

  • The Atlantic

    When ‘Collaboration’ Is More Than a Buzzword

    October 17, 2014 The story of a business partnership that stands to boost the economy of Columbus, Ohio, and the surrounding region Part of the skyline of downtown Columbus, Ohio (John Tierney) "Collaboration" is the order of the day in Ohio's capital city, Columbus. It's the word that Jim Fallows, Deb Fallows, and I heard most frequently when we visited Columbus for several days in early September for the American Futures reporting project. "Partnerships," too. Read on

  • Common Dreams

    Can We Earn a Living on a Living Planet?

    October 17, 2014 Can We Earn a Living on a Living Planet? The need for jobs, and the ecological limits to growth This photo shows a worker walking through a field of solar panels at Pocono Raceway, in Long Pond, Pa. When Pocono Raceway flipped the switch on its 25-acre solar farm last week for the Pennsylvania 500, a NASCAR track became the world's largest solar-powered sports facility and thrusted the racing series into a leading role among U.S. sports in... Read on

  • Mercury News

    EPA awards two Bay Area companies for green chemistry

    October 17, 2014 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency honored two Bay Area chemical companies Thursday for products and processes that reduce or eliminate hazardous substances and may save water and reduce greenhouse gases too. Emeryville's Amyris, Inc. and South San Francisco's Solazyme, Inc., were among the five organizations in the United States to receive Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Program awards. Read on

  • The Age

    Michelle Obama using her life story to promote education initiative

    October 16, 2014 Date October 17, 2014 - 2:13AM Read later Twitter submit to reddit Email article Print Role model: Michelle Obama is encouraging young Americans from low-income families to aspire to college educations. Photo: Getty Images When she was in high school and eyeing Princeton University as a college destination, counsellors warned Michelle Obama she was too ambitious. Read on

  • Environmental News Network

    Can renewables supply 100% of world’s power by 2050?

    October 16, 2014 A global low-carbon energy economy is not only feasible - it could actually double electricity supply by 2050, while also reducing air and water pollution, according to new research. Even though photovoltaic power requires up to 40 times more copper than conventional power plants, and wind power uses up to 14 times more iron, the world wins on a switch to low-carbon energy. Read on

  • IPSNews

    Ethiopia Shows Developing World How to Make a Green Economy Prosper

    October 15, 2014 Ethiopia has experienced its fair share of environmental damage and degradation but nowadays it is increasingly setting an example on how to combat climate change while also achieving economic growth. “It is very well known by the international community that Ethiopia is one of the front-runners of international climate policy, if not the leading African [...] Read on

  • The Huffington Post

    Philanthropy and the Wild West

    October 15, 2014 As technology changes the way we communicate, connect, create, consume and innovate, it is democratizing access to opportunity. Education is no exception. New models of learning are emerging and MOOCs (massive open online courses) are reshaping the pedagogical landscape. In short, we're watching education's transformation -- and philanthropy must be a driving force in that process. Read on

  • The Huffington Post

    The Financial Aftermath of Military Loss: Helping Families Build a ‘New Normal’

    October 14, 2014 Submit this story After Carole Hilton's Navy husband died suddenly, the widowed mother of three had to make a number of financial decisions immediately, while she was preparing to bury her husband. As she details in a recent podcast, she worried she might make a mistake that would hurt her family's future and jeopardize their financial security. While the military provided a death gratuity for immediate expenses, there were other benefits... Read on

  • The Huffington Post

    Understanding the Disruptive Wave of New Learning Models

    October 14, 2014 Submit this story Higher education has been very good about identifying how long someone has sat in a classroom, but very weak in determining exactly what they learned while there. The focus on time, in the form of the Carnegie Unit or credit hour, has come to shape higher education in terms of workload, scheduling room allocation, financial aid, how we segment knowledge, federal financial aid policy, and more. Read on

  • The Huffington Post

    Ushering in the New Era of Healthcare

    October 14, 2014 Submit this story I'm not a doctor...but I am a patient. I'm also a keen observer of the world around me--especially when it involves my health. For many healthcare professionals, I believe the recent challenges surrounding the industry have taken some of the enjoyment out of their work. Issues such as new and changing regulations, increased lawsuits, escalating costs, and barely manageable patient loads, among others, have all taken their... Read on

  • The Irish Times

    Full text: Michael Noonan’s Budget 2015 speech

    October 14, 2014 'The road we have travelled to get to this point has been very difficult and the Irish people have made major sacrifices' A Cheann Comhairle, When the Government took office in March 2011 we set out a plan to regain control of Ireland's fiscal and economic policies, to grow the economy and to get people back to work. Many people both inside and outside this House believed that we as a Government would fail and opposed each and every step we... Read on

  • The Huffington Post

    The New Era of Public Innovation: Part One

    October 13, 2014 The Schwab Foundation Social Innovation Summit, held last week in Lima, Peru, was a breakthrough moment. As the first international, ministerial-level convening focused on the role of government in enabling and growing social enterprise, it ushered in a new era of public innovation. There is broad agreement, in Latin America and beyond, that many conventional efforts to tackle extreme poverty and the associated lack of access to basic services... Read on

  • The Huffington Post

    Summer Learning & STEM Momentum

    October 13, 2014 With summer coming to an end, and back to school season fast approaching, now is the time for STEM educators, advocates and funders to champion the vital role that summer learning programs play in our efforts to improve year-round STEM education in California. To that end, CSLNet and other STEM leaders across California are proud to be part of Summer Matters, the statewide campaign chaired by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom... Read on

  • The Huffington Post

    The Global Search for Education: Internet Sharing Programs

    October 13, 2014 Submit this story "The strength of the Wikiwijs platform is that we are now able to make all learning materials available for all teachers in the entire country to share. Everyone can access the materials through one port of entry." -- Robert Schuwer The goal of the Netherlands Wikiwijs program, when it was launched by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science five years ago, was to mainstream the use of open education resources... Read on

  • The Huffington Post

    Hooman Samani On Kissing With Robots: How Machines Can Mimic Human Love

    October 13, 2014 How do you improve the kiss? The same way you upgrade warehouses and factories: with robots. Hooman Samani, a professor at Taiwan's National Taipei University, has developed the Kissenger robot, which "provides the convincing properties of the real kiss" via touch-sensitive, vibrating silicone lips. Kissenger offers an intimacy even Skype can't match, though long distance lovers might also delight in his line of mini-surrogates -- doll-sized... Read on

  • The Huffington Post

    One Million Pibble March: Rebecca Corry, Founder Of ‘Stand Up For Pits,’ Plans March On Washington

    October 13, 2014 The kind of person who finds a pit bull kissing booth appealing -- and, for the record, we at HuffPost DC are those kinds of people -- should get ready for an event coming about a year from now that's going to knock your socks off. Rebecca Corry, actress, comic and pit bull lover, was at the Arlington Cinema & Draft House last weekend performing her "Stand Up For Pits" comedy show/animal rescue fundraiser. Read on

  • The Huffington Post

    My Commencement Address at Bronx Community College

    October 12, 2014 Submit this story Today I had the privilege of delivering the commencement address at Bronx Community College. The speech was an opportunity to share the success of No Kid Hungry, to encourage this new generation to more deeply engage in community, and to lay out the arguments for why hunger is also an education issue, and a health care issue and an issue that impacts our economic competitiveness. Below you can read the full text of the address. Read on

  • The Huffington Post

    My Commencement Address at Bronx Community College

    October 12, 2014 Submit this story Today I had the privilege of delivering the commencement address at Bronx Community College. The speech was an opportunity to share the success of No Kid Hungry, to encourage this new generation to more deeply engage in community, and to lay out the arguments for why hunger is also an education issue, and a health care issue and an issue that impacts our economic competitiveness. Below you can read the full text of the address. Read on

  • The Huffington Post

    My Commencement Address at Bronx Community College

    October 12, 2014 Submit this story Today I had the privilege of delivering the commencement address at Bronx Community College. The speech was an opportunity to share the success of No Kid Hungry, to encourage this new generation to more deeply engage in community, and to lay out the arguments for why hunger is also an education issue, and a health care issue and an issue that impacts our economic competitiveness. Below you can read the full text of the address. Read on

  • The Huffington Post

    Checking in on the Human Yardstick

    October 12, 2014 In May 2012 I wrote a piece for The Huffington Post about the need for G8 leaders to position strategies for preventing malnutrition high on the agenda for their annual summit. Back then I wrote, "indicators of child malnutrition, such as height, reflect much more accurately than gross domestic product whether development progress has truly been achieved in a country. Read on

  • The Huffington Post

    Checking in on the Human Yardstick

    October 12, 2014 In May 2012 I wrote a piece for The Huffington Post about the need for G8 leaders to position strategies for preventing malnutrition high on the agenda for their annual summit. Back then I wrote, "indicators of child malnutrition, such as height, reflect much more accurately than gross domestic product whether development progress has truly been achieved in a country. Read on

  • The Huffington Post

    Putting More Kids in Classrooms Around the World

    October 11, 2014 Fall means the beginning of a new school year as children head back into the classroom to learn, grow and make new friends. But that's not always the case in the developing world, where a staggering 130 million children are not in school. Nearly 70 percent of these children are girls. These are shocking statistics, particularly given the research showing that education improves lives, strengthens families and helps break the cycle of poverty... Read on

  • The Huffington Post

    Putting More Kids in Classrooms Around the World

    October 11, 2014 Fall means the beginning of a new school year as children head back into the classroom to learn, grow and make new friends. But that's not always the case in the developing world, where a staggering 130 million children are not in school. Nearly 70 percent of these children are girls. These are shocking statistics, particularly given the research showing that education improves lives, strengthens families and helps break the cycle of poverty... Read on

  • The Huffington Post

    Putting More Kids in Classrooms Around the World

    October 11, 2014 Fall means the beginning of a new school year as children head back into the classroom to learn, grow and make new friends. But that's not always the case in the developing world, where a staggering 130 million children are not in school. Nearly 70 percent of these children are girls. These are shocking statistics, particularly given the research showing that education improves lives, strengthens families and helps break the cycle of poverty... Read on

  • The Huffington Post

    Campaign Donations 2012: New Report Shows Depressing Finding (INFOGRAPHIC)

    October 11, 2014 Despite President Obama's highly trumpeted support from small donors, the 2012 elections hit a new low in political contribution inequality. Twenty-eight percent of campaign donations came from a group of 31,385 people, or one ten-thousandth of the U.S. population, according to a new report from the Sunlight Foundation. Every member of Congress who was elected in 2012 got donations from this group. Read on

  • The Huffington Post

    Campaign Donations 2012: New Report Shows Depressing Finding (INFOGRAPHIC)

    October 11, 2014 Despite President Obama's highly trumpeted support from small donors, the 2012 elections hit a new low in political contribution inequality. Twenty-eight percent of campaign donations came from a group of 31,385 people, or one ten-thousandth of the U.S. population, according to a new report from the Sunlight Foundation. Every member of Congress who was elected in 2012 got donations from this group. Read on

  • The Huffington Post

    Campaign Donations 2012: New Report Shows Depressing Finding (INFOGRAPHIC)

    October 11, 2014 Despite President Obama's highly trumpeted support from small donors, the 2012 elections hit a new low in political contribution inequality. Twenty-eight percent of campaign donations came from a group of 31,385 people, or one ten-thousandth of the U.S. population, according to a new report from the Sunlight Foundation. Every member of Congress who was elected in 2012 got donations from this group. Read on

  • The Huffington Post

    Buildings, Energy, & Transportation Choices in Tourism: A Key to protecting coastal habitat and marine environments

    October 10, 2014 Submit this story The Blue Community initiative has developed 12 strategies for coastal habitat and marine environment protection for the tourism industry. Three of the strategies focus on buildings, energy, and transportation. These strategies can go a long way in protecting coastal habitat and marine environments as well as reducing carbon emissions and mitigating impacts from climate change and ocean acidification. Read on

  • The Huffington Post

    Buildings, Energy, & Transportation Choices in Tourism: A Key to protecting coastal habitat and marine environments

    October 10, 2014 Submit this story The Blue Community initiative has developed 12 strategies for coastal habitat and marine environment protection for the tourism industry. Three of the strategies focus on buildings, energy, and transportation. These strategies can go a long way in protecting coastal habitat and marine environments as well as reducing carbon emissions and mitigating impacts from climate change and ocean acidification. Read on

  • The Huffington Post

    Buildings, Energy, & Transportation Choices in Tourism: A Key to protecting coastal habitat and marine environments

    October 10, 2014 Submit this story The Blue Community initiative has developed 12 strategies for coastal habitat and marine environment protection for the tourism industry. Three of the strategies focus on buildings, energy, and transportation. These strategies can go a long way in protecting coastal habitat and marine environments as well as reducing carbon emissions and mitigating impacts from climate change and ocean acidification. Read on

  • The Huffington Post

    We Must Give Every Child a Shot at a Healthy Life

    October 10, 2014 In the last 50 years, immunization has saved the lives of more children than any other medical intervention, reducing child mortality rates by 35 percent in the last two decades alone. Yet, every 20 seconds, a child still dies from a vaccine-preventable disease. We have an opportunity to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of children across the globe, and the services provided by Shot@Life are a proven tool in that fight. Read on

  • The Huffington Post

    We Must Give Every Child a Shot at a Healthy Life

    October 10, 2014 In the last 50 years, immunization has saved the lives of more children than any other medical intervention, reducing child mortality rates by 35 percent in the last two decades alone. Yet, every 20 seconds, a child still dies from a vaccine-preventable disease. We have an opportunity to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of children across the globe, and the services provided by Shot@Life are a proven tool in that fight. Read on

  • The Huffington Post

    We Must Give Every Child a Shot at a Healthy Life

    October 10, 2014 In the last 50 years, immunization has saved the lives of more children than any other medical intervention, reducing child mortality rates by 35 percent in the last two decades alone. Yet, every 20 seconds, a child still dies from a vaccine-preventable disease. We have an opportunity to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of children across the globe, and the services provided by Shot@Life are a proven tool in that fight. Read on

  • The Huffington Post

    Napa Wetlands Nearly Restored After 20-Year Sonoma Marsh Restoration Project In California

    October 9, 2014 In one of the Bay Area's largest natural restoration projects, biologists and construction crews have been able to turn back the time 150 years on a Napa Valley wetland, almost fully restoring what were once industrial salt ponds into a habitat for endangered species, migratory waterfowl, shorebirds and fish. The Sonoma Marsh Restoration Project is a 20-year-long endeavor by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the California Coastal Conservancy... Read on

  • The Huffington Post

    Napa Wetlands Nearly Restored After 20-Year Sonoma Marsh Restoration Project In California

    October 9, 2014 In one of the Bay Area's largest natural restoration projects, biologists and construction crews have been able to turn back the time 150 years on a Napa Valley wetland, almost fully restoring what were once industrial salt ponds into a habitat for endangered species, migratory waterfowl, shorebirds and fish. The Sonoma Marsh Restoration Project is a 20-year-long endeavor by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the California Coastal Conservancy... Read on

  • The Huffington Post

    Napa Wetlands Nearly Restored After 20-Year Sonoma Marsh Restoration Project In California

    October 9, 2014 In one of the Bay Area's largest natural restoration projects, biologists and construction crews have been able to turn back the time 150 years on a Napa Valley wetland, almost fully restoring what were once industrial salt ponds into a habitat for endangered species, migratory waterfowl, shorebirds and fish. The Sonoma Marsh Restoration Project is a 20-year-long endeavor by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the California Coastal Conservancy... Read on

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