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  • Los Angeles Times

    Weekly unemployment claims plunge to post-recession low of 284,000

    July 24, 2014 Initial unemployment claims plunged last week to an eight-year low of 284,000 in a fresh sign that the recent labor market recovery is solidifying. The number of people filing for first-time unemployment benefits was down 19,000 from the previous week's revised level, the Labor Department said Thursday. It was just the second time since the Great Recession that new weekly claims fell below 300,000 and bested the recovery's previous low of 298... Read on

  • New York Times

    Texas Is Wired for Wind Power, and More Farms Plug In

    July 23, 2014 By any standard, the scale is enormous. Anywhere else, a big transmission project is a few hundred miles long and costs a few hundred million dollars; this is a network of 3,600 miles built at a cost of $7 billion, which is more money than the whole country has spent on transmission in some recent years. It comes to about $300 per person served by the Texas grid. Read on

  • New Scientist

    Give forests to local people to preserve them

    July 23, 2014 For similar stories, visit the Climate Change Topic Guide The best way to protect rainforests is to keep people out, right? Absolutely not. The best way to keep the trees, and prevent the carbon in them from entering the atmosphere, is by letting people into the forests: local people with the legal right to control what happens there. Given the chance, most communities protect rather than plunder their forests, says a new study by the World... Read on

  • Financial Post

    In Canada’s economy there’s Alberta, and there’s everywhere else

    July 23, 2014 Alberta's growing power is doing more than putting energy ahead of manufacturing exports such as Ontario's cars and Quebec's aircraft. It's drawing tens of thousands of young people to the province, seeking energy jobs with some of the country's highest salaries. It's also posing a challenge to policy makers: Oil wealth has led to a stronger Canadian dollar, squeezing Ontario and Quebec manufacturers. Read on

  • Jerusalem Post

    Kerry says making some progress in Gaza truce efforts

    July 23, 2014 US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday some progress had been made in efforts to bring an end to 16 days of fighting between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas. "We have certainly made some steps forward. There is still work to be done," Kerry said shortly after arriving in Jerusalem for a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He declined to give any details. Read on

  • The Age

    More money going into ethical investments

    July 22, 2014 Business Breaking News Business National Date July 23, 2014 - 12:03PM Read later Twitter submit to reddit Email article Print More investors are moving their support from the tobacco and fossil fuel industries in favour of more ethical and socially responsible investments. Managed funds held in ethical and sustainable investments grew by 51 per cent in the past 12 months to more than $25 billion, research shows. Read on

  • Scientific American

    Neal F. Lane: “Investments in Basic Research Are Just That: Investments “

    July 22, 2014 On Thursday, July 17, four science experts served as witnesses at the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing, "The Federal Research Portfolio: Capitalizing on Investments in R&D." The hearing considered the federal government's role in research and development (R&D), and the nation's STEM education and outreach initiatives. Read on

  • Scientific American

    Stephen E. Fienberg: “Innovation Is a Process That Itself Requires Investment”

    July 22, 2014 On Thursday, July 17, four science experts served as witnesses at the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing, "The Federal Research Portfolio: Capitalizing on Investments in R&D." The hearing considered the federal government's role in research and development (R&D), and the nation's STEM education and outreach initiatives. Read on

  • Scientific American

    Mariette DiChristina: “Science is an Engine of Human Prosperity”

    July 22, 2014 On Thursday, July 17, four science experts served as witnesses at the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing, "The Federal Research Portfolio: Capitalizing on Investments in R&D." The hearing considered the federal government's role in research and development (R&D), and the nation's STEM education and outreach initiatives. Read on

  • Scientific American

    Vinton G. Cerf: “The Value of Investment by the U.S. Government Cannot Be Overstated”

    July 22, 2014 On Thursday, July 17, four science experts served as witnesses at the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing, "The Federal Research Portfolio: Capitalizing on Investments in R&D." The hearing considered the federal government's role in research and development (R&D), and the nation's STEM education and outreach initiatives. Read on

  • Scientific American

    Vinton G. Cerf: “The Value of Investment by the U.S. Government Cannot Be Overstated”

    July 22, 2014 On Thursday, July 17, four science experts served as witnesses at the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing, "The Federal Research Portfolio: Capitalizing on Investments in R&D." The hearing considered the federal government's role in research and development (R&D), and the nation's STEM education and outreach initiatives. Read on

  • Scientific American

    Vinton G. Cerf: “The Value of Investment by the U.S. Government Cannot Be Overstated”

    July 22, 2014 On Thursday, July 17, four science experts served as witnesses at the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing, "The Federal Research Portfolio: Capitalizing on Investments in R&D." The hearing considered the federal government's role in research and development (R&D), and the nation's STEM education and outreach initiatives. Read on

  • CNN

    Overlooked little fish comes into its own

    July 22, 2014 STORY HIGHLIGHTS Sally Kohn: EPA is blocking mining in Alaska's Bristol Bay to protect the healthy wild salmon Kohn: Pollution, climate change, overfishing threaten our stock of fish that are best to eat Kohn: One of the best is the Alaska wild salmon, another is tasty, healthy sardines Check out the easy recipe for grilled sardines from a Brooklyn, New York, chef Read on

  • CNN

    Overlooked little fish comes into its own

    July 22, 2014 STORY HIGHLIGHTS Sally Kohn: EPA is blocking mining in Alaska's Bristol Bay to protect the healthy wild salmon Kohn: Pollution, climate change, overfishing threaten our stock of fish that are best to eat Kohn: One of the best is the Alaska wild salmon, another is tasty, healthy sardines Check out the easy recipe for grilled sardines from a Brooklyn, New York, chef Read on

  • Scientific American

    Why Science Is Important

    July 22, 2014 As editor in chief and senior vice president, I've given talks to a range of audiences about why science is important to humanity's future wellbeing. But Thursday, July 17, was not the typical discussion: I was privileged to join three science experts as witnesses at the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing, "The Federal Research Portfolio: Capitalizing on Investments in R&D." Read on

  • Scientific American

    Why Science Is Important

    July 22, 2014 As editor in chief and senior vice president, I've given talks to a range of audiences about why science is important to humanity's future wellbeing. But Thursday, July 17, was not the typical discussion: I was privileged to join three science experts as witnesses at the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing, "The Federal Research Portfolio: Capitalizing on Investments in R&D." Read on

  • Dominica News Online

    PM says renewable energy should be priority – Dominica News Online

    July 21, 2014 PM says renewable energy should be priority Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has pointed out that the high cost of energy makes the Caribbean un-competitive for business and as such regional governments must ensure that they can harness renewable sources of energy for the benefit of the people. He was speaking on Monday at the beginning of a two-day validation workshop geared at determining the technical and institutional design of a... Read on

  • Dominica News Online

    PM says renewable energy should be priority – Dominica News Online

    July 21, 2014 PM says renewable energy should be priority Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has pointed out that the high cost of energy makes the Caribbean un-competitive for business and as such regional governments must ensure that they can harness renewable sources of energy for the benefit of the people. He was speaking on Monday at the beginning of a two-day validation workshop geared at determining the technical and institutional design of a... Read on

  • Common Dreams

    President Obama Signs Executive Order Protecting LGBT People from Workplace Discrimination

    July 21, 2014 July 21 - President Obama signed an executive order today to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from workplace discrimination during a ceremony at the White House. The order bars businesses that contract with the federal government from engaging in discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. It also explicitly bans discrimination against federal employees based on their gender identity, building... Read on

  • Common Dreams

    President Obama Signs Executive Order Protecting LGBT People from Workplace Discrimination

    July 21, 2014 July 21 - President Obama signed an executive order today to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from workplace discrimination during a ceremony at the White House. The order bars businesses that contract with the federal government from engaging in discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. It also explicitly bans discrimination against federal employees based on their gender identity, building... Read on

  • Common Dreams

    President Obama Signs Executive Order Protecting LGBT People from Workplace Discrimination

    July 21, 2014 July 21 - President Obama signed an executive order today to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from workplace discrimination during a ceremony at the White House. The order bars businesses that contract with the federal government from engaging in discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. It also explicitly bans discrimination against federal employees based on their gender identity, building... Read on

  • Mercury News

    The future is now: Neural implants may hold key to unlocking brain’s mysteries

    July 20, 2014 LIVERMORE -- Deep inside Lawrence Livermore Laboratory's Center for Bioengineering, scientist Sat Pannu and his research team are hard at work crafting spaghetti noodle-sized devices with a mundane appearance but an audacious goal: To rewire damaged human brains. Fitted with dozens of tiny microelectrodes, each of these brain implants is intended to monitor the electrical activity of brains devastated by physical injury or mental illness --... Read on

  • Mercury News

    The future is now: Neural implants may hold key to unlocking brain’s mysteries

    July 20, 2014 LIVERMORE -- Deep inside Lawrence Livermore Laboratory's Center for Bioengineering, scientist Sat Pannu and his research team are hard at work crafting spaghetti noodle-sized devices with a mundane appearance but an audacious goal: To rewire damaged human brains. Fitted with dozens of tiny microelectrodes, each of these brain implants is intended to monitor the electrical activity of brains devastated by physical injury or mental illness --... Read on

  • Mercury News

    The future is now: Neural implants may hold key to unlocking brain’s mysteries

    July 20, 2014 LIVERMORE -- Deep inside Lawrence Livermore Laboratory's Center for Bioengineering, scientist Sat Pannu and his research team are hard at work crafting spaghetti noodle-sized devices with a mundane appearance but an audacious goal: To rewire damaged human brains. Fitted with dozens of tiny microelectrodes, each of these brain implants is intended to monitor the electrical activity of brains devastated by physical injury or mental illness --... Read on

  • Sydney Morning Herald

    Saving the environment through the back door

    July 20, 2014 Ben Oquist has become the environment lobby's most powerful asset, write James Massola and Gareth Hutchens. The eventual repeal of the carbon tax on Thursday, after the delay and confusion caused by Clive Palmer and his senators, was a badly needed win for the government. But some of the associated architecture from the 2011 clean energy package put in place by Labor, the Greens and independents, including the Clean Energy Finance Corporation,... Read on

  • Sydney Morning Herald

    Saving the environment through the back door

    July 20, 2014 Ben Oquist has become the environment lobby's most powerful asset, write James Massola and Gareth Hutchens. The eventual repeal of the carbon tax on Thursday, after the delay and confusion caused by Clive Palmer and his senators, was a badly needed win for the government. But some of the associated architecture from the 2011 clean energy package put in place by Labor, the Greens and independents, including the Clean Energy Finance Corporation,... Read on

  • Sydney Morning Herald

    Saving the environment through the back door

    July 20, 2014 Ben Oquist has become the environment lobby's most powerful asset, write James Massola and Gareth Hutchens. The eventual repeal of the carbon tax on Thursday, after the delay and confusion caused by Clive Palmer and his senators, was a badly needed win for the government. But some of the associated architecture from the 2011 clean energy package put in place by Labor, the Greens and independents, including the Clean Energy Finance Corporation,... Read on

  • New York Times

    U.S. Seen as Weak on Global Research Collaboration

    July 20, 2014 Amie K. Lund's long-distance collaboration with a researcher in France was a modest one. They published a paper together, exchanging drafts by email. But Dr. Lund, who studies the effect of air pollution on the heart and brain, wanted to learn an innovative cell-culture technique that her colleague had developed in his lab, and, as she said with a laugh, "you can't just email a protocol." Read on

  • New York Times

    U.S. Seen as Weak on Global Research Collaboration

    July 20, 2014 Amie K. Lund's long-distance collaboration with a researcher in France was a modest one. They published a paper together, exchanging drafts by email. But Dr. Lund, who studies the effect of air pollution on the heart and brain, wanted to learn an innovative cell-culture technique that her colleague had developed in his lab, and, as she said with a laugh, "you can't just email a protocol." Read on

  • New York Times

    U.S. Seen as Weak on Global Research Collaboration

    July 20, 2014 Amie K. Lund's long-distance collaboration with a researcher in France was a modest one. They published a paper together, exchanging drafts by email. But Dr. Lund, who studies the effect of air pollution on the heart and brain, wanted to learn an innovative cell-culture technique that her colleague had developed in his lab, and, as she said with a laugh, "you can't just email a protocol." Read on

  • Scotsman

    ‘Daily dose of aspirin can protect pregnant women’

    July 18, 2014 Women can reduce the chances of pre-eclampsia by taking low doses of aspirin before 16 weeks, and also calcium supplements after 20 weeks, the report found. Picture: Phil Wilkinson TAKING low doses of aspirin in early pregnancy and calcium supplements in the latter stages can help prevent the onset of pre-eclampsia in mothers at risk of the condition, new research has found. Read on

  • Scotsman

    ‘Daily dose of aspirin can protect pregnant women’

    July 18, 2014 Women can reduce the chances of pre-eclampsia by taking low doses of aspirin before 16 weeks, and also calcium supplements after 20 weeks, the report found. Picture: Phil Wilkinson TAKING low doses of aspirin in early pregnancy and calcium supplements in the latter stages can help prevent the onset of pre-eclampsia in mothers at risk of the condition, new research has found. Read on

  • Scotsman

    ‘Daily dose of aspirin can protect pregnant women’

    July 18, 2014 Women can reduce the chances of pre-eclampsia by taking low doses of aspirin before 16 weeks, and also calcium supplements after 20 weeks, the report found. Picture: Phil Wilkinson TAKING low doses of aspirin in early pregnancy and calcium supplements in the latter stages can help prevent the onset of pre-eclampsia in mothers at risk of the condition, new research has found. Read on

  • London Evening Standard

    Artist Bob and Roberta Smith pleads with new Education Secretary Nicky Morgan to back the arts in schools

    July 18, 2014 The East End artist Bob and Roberta Smith has appealed to the new Education Secretary to protect the arts in education -- as he unveils a new film attacking the policies of her predecessor Michael Gove. Smith, whose real name is Patrick Brill, is calling on Nicky Morgan to "do everything in your power to reverse the 14 per cent decline in children choosing the arts in schools since 2010". Read on

  • London Evening Standard

    Artist Bob and Roberta Smith pleads with new Education Secretary Nicky Morgan to back the arts in schools

    July 18, 2014 The East End artist Bob and Roberta Smith has appealed to the new Education Secretary to protect the arts in education -- as he unveils a new film attacking the policies of her predecessor Michael Gove. Smith, whose real name is Patrick Brill, is calling on Nicky Morgan to "do everything in your power to reverse the 14 per cent decline in children choosing the arts in schools since 2010". Read on

  • London Evening Standard

    Artist Bob and Roberta Smith pleads with new Education Secretary Nicky Morgan to back the arts in schools

    July 18, 2014 The East End artist Bob and Roberta Smith has appealed to the new Education Secretary to protect the arts in education -- as he unveils a new film attacking the policies of her predecessor Michael Gove. Smith, whose real name is Patrick Brill, is calling on Nicky Morgan to "do everything in your power to reverse the 14 per cent decline in children choosing the arts in schools since 2010". Read on

  • The Atlantic

    The Creativity Pill

    July 17, 2014 Various artists/Parkinson's Disease Foundation/The Atlantic Neurologist Rivka Inzelberg recently noticed that her patients with Parkinson’s disease seemed to be authoring more novels than older people tend to author. Looking closer, poems and paintings also seemed to be pouring out of afflicted patients, in a relative sense—specifically those undergoing treatment with a synthetic dopamine-precursor pill, levodopa (L-DOPA). Read on

  • The Atlantic

    The Creativity Pill

    July 17, 2014 Various artists/Parkinson's Disease Foundation/The Atlantic Neurologist Rivka Inzelberg recently noticed that her patients with Parkinson’s disease seemed to be authoring more novels than older people tend to author. Looking closer, poems and paintings also seemed to be pouring out of afflicted patients, in a relative sense—specifically those undergoing treatment with a synthetic dopamine-precursor pill, levodopa (L-DOPA). Read on

  • The Atlantic

    The Creativity Pill

    July 17, 2014 Various artists/Parkinson's Disease Foundation/The Atlantic Neurologist Rivka Inzelberg recently noticed that her patients with Parkinson’s disease seemed to be authoring more novels than older people tend to author. Looking closer, poems and paintings also seemed to be pouring out of afflicted patients, in a relative sense—specifically those undergoing treatment with a synthetic dopamine-precursor pill, levodopa (L-DOPA). Read on

  • Globes - Israel business news

    Bennett: New angels law is world’s most daring

    July 16, 2014 "I don't know any other country that recognizes 100% of an investment for tax purposes in the first year." The Ministries of the Economy and Finance have announced an amendment to the Tax Benefits for Individuals Investing in R&D Companies Law (the Angels Law) encouraging private investors to invest in startups at the seed stage. The original law, enacted three years ago, was severely criticized from the start, and produced only 125 requests... Read on

  • Globes - Israel business news

    Bennett: New angels law is world’s most daring

    July 16, 2014 "I don't know any other country that recognizes 100% of an investment for tax purposes in the first year." The Ministries of the Economy and Finance have announced an amendment to the Tax Benefits for Individuals Investing in R&D Companies Law (the Angels Law) encouraging private investors to invest in startups at the seed stage. The original law, enacted three years ago, was severely criticized from the start, and produced only 125 requests... Read on

  • CNN

    Achieving wealth in America? It’s more common than you think

    July 16, 2014 Achieving wealth in America? It's more common than you think We tend to think of income groups such as the "top 1 percent" as being relatively stable collectives, particularly in nations like the U.S. that, despite popular rhetoric, enjoy rather low levels of social mobility. But the truth is more complicated, and more volatile: The average American's chances of attaining the American dream, at least in terms of a high income, are greater... Read on

  • CNN

    Achieving wealth in America? It’s more common than you think

    July 16, 2014 Achieving wealth in America? It's more common than you think We tend to think of income groups such as the "top 1 percent" as being relatively stable collectives, particularly in nations like the U.S. that, despite popular rhetoric, enjoy rather low levels of social mobility. But the truth is more complicated, and more volatile: The average American's chances of attaining the American dream, at least in terms of a high income, are greater... Read on

  • Los Angeles Times

    Latest Fed survey sees improved economy

    July 16, 2014 The economy kept expanding in all regions of the country in June and early July, helped by strength in consumer spending, a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday indicates. All 12 of the Fed's regions reported growth, with five -- New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Dallas and San Francisco -- characterizing growth as "moderate" while the others reported "modest" growth. Read on

  • Los Angeles Times

    Latest Fed survey sees improved economy

    July 16, 2014 The economy kept expanding in all regions of the country in June and early July, helped by strength in consumer spending, a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday indicates. All 12 of the Fed's regions reported growth, with five -- New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Dallas and San Francisco -- characterizing growth as "moderate" while the others reported "modest" growth. Read on

  • Los Angeles Times

    Latest Fed survey sees improved economy

    July 16, 2014 The economy kept expanding in all regions of the country in June and early July, helped by strength in consumer spending, a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday indicates. All 12 of the Fed's regions reported growth, with five -- New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Dallas and San Francisco -- characterizing growth as "moderate" while the others reported "modest" growth. Read on

  • Los Angeles Times

    Latest Fed survey sees improved economy

    July 16, 2014 The economy kept expanding in all regions of the country in June and early July, helped by strength in consumer spending, a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday indicates. All 12 of the Fed's regions reported growth, with five -- New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Dallas and San Francisco -- characterizing growth as "moderate" while the others reported "modest" growth. Read on

  • Los Angeles Times

    Latest Fed survey sees improved economy

    July 16, 2014 The economy kept expanding in all regions of the country in June and early July, helped by strength in consumer spending, a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday indicates. All 12 of the Fed's regions reported growth, with five -- New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Dallas and San Francisco -- characterizing growth as "moderate" while the others reported "modest" growth. Read on

  • Los Angeles Times

    Latest Fed survey sees improved economy

    July 16, 2014 The economy kept expanding in all regions of the country in June and early July, helped by strength in consumer spending, a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday indicates. All 12 of the Fed's regions reported growth, with five -- New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Dallas and San Francisco -- characterizing growth as "moderate" while the others reported "modest" growth. Read on

  • Los Angeles Times

    Latest Fed survey sees improved economy

    July 16, 2014 The economy kept expanding in all regions of the country in June and early July, helped by strength in consumer spending, a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday indicates. All 12 of the Fed's regions reported growth, with five -- New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Dallas and San Francisco -- characterizing growth as "moderate" while the others reported "modest" growth. Read on

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