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  • CNN

    This ‘eco stove’ does more than cook your dinner

    January 30, 2015 Saving the planet one startup at a time 8 photos Volcanic rocks + sunlight = oven! - Inspired by the desire to use energy more efficiently and to help save the environment, Rose Twine, pictured, conceived the "eco stove" with her brother in 2009. The Kampala-based startup hopes to offer a more eco-friendly cooking solution to homeowners, who frequently suffer from respiratory issues as a result of using wood and charcoal for cooking indoors. Read on

  • The Irish Times

    John Bruton calls for increased support for preschool education

    January 29, 2015 Former taoiseach says it is essential to give every educational advantage to small children Former taoiseach John Bruton has called for increased support for preschool education, saying such a measures may prove to be "the most important economic stimulus" of all. In a speech last night in which he warned that solving Europe's unemployment problem was essential to the euro's survival, Mr Bruton said it was essential to give every educational... Read on

  • Scientific American

    How Medical Marijuana’s Chemicals May Protect Cells

    January 29, 2015 As more states legalize treatment, scientists are learning how the plant's chemicals may help conditions ranging from brain injuries to cancer But a few years ago, when the neurologist and epilepsy specialist surveyed his patients about their use of alternative medicines, he discovered that more than a third had turned to marijuana to try to control their seizures. Read on

  • Daily News Egypt

    Government encourages Luxor, Aswan trips to promote domestic tourism

    January 28, 2015 The Ministry of Tourism has launched promotional campaigns to encourage trips to Luxor and Aswan in order to boost domestic tourism, according to Ahmed Moustafa, the manager of the Egyptian Tourism Authority's Red Sea office. Moustafa explained since the 25 January Revolution Luxor and Aswan saw a very deteriorating tourist flow, which was a big reason for the government to launch a new tourist campaign titled " Egypt in our hearts" to motivate... Read on

  • New York Times

    Uber, a Rising Business Model That Could Change How You Work

    January 28, 2015 As Uber has grown to become one of the world's most valuable start-ups, its ambitions often seem limitless. But of all the ways that Uber could change the world, the most far-reaching may be found closest at hand: your office. Uber, and more broadly the app-driven labor market it represents, is at the center of what could be a sea change in work, and in how people think about their jobs. Read on

  • Reuters

    New-generation solar panels far cheaper, more efficient

    January 27, 2015 New-generation solar panels far cheaper, more efficient - scientists - TRFN LONDON, Jan 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A new generation of solar panels made from a mineral called perovskite has the potential to convert solar energy into household electricity more cheaply than ever before, according to a study from Briain's Exeter University. Super-thin, custom-coloured panels attached to a building's windows may become a "holy grail" for... Read on

  • BBC News - Africa

    Africa’s new breed of solar energy entrepreneurs

    January 26, 2015 Cape Town Technology of Business African economies may be booming, but continued growth and quality of life are being jeopardised by lack of power. The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates 585 million people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity, with the electrification rate as low as 14.2% in rural areas. The problem is most acute in East Africa, where only 23% of Kenyans; 10.8% of Rwandans; and 14.8% of Tanzanians have... Read on

  • The Hindu

    AP to promote roof-top solar energy in a big way

    January 26, 2015 TOPICS Plans are afoot to promote roof-top solar energy generation in a big way in Andhra Pradesh and achieve a target of at least 5,000 MW over the next five years. With Government of India setting a target of 40,000 MW for roof top solar energy generation out of total solar power of one lakh MW over the next five years across the country, New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh wants all domestic, commercial... Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    Nations that tap female empowerment

    January 25, 2015 On his visit to India, President Obama can take note of a new reform aimed at boosting the value of girls and women in the economy. Many countries now see female empowerment as necessary for growth. Just days before President Obama's visit to India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced his fourth - and perhaps most vital - reform aimed at economic progress in the South Asian nation. He launched a campaign to save India's girls. Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    Africa’s quiet solar revolution

    January 25, 2015 The continent skipped land lines for mobile phones. Now a new generation of start-ups is trying to bring sun power to rural Africa - and leapfrog the fossil fuel era. Arusha, Tanzania -- By Tanzanian standards, Nosim Noah is not poor. A tall, handsome woman with the angular features of her fellow Masai tribe members, Ms. Noah makes a good living selling women's and children's clothes in the markets of this northern Tanzanian city. Read on

  • domain.com.au

    NewActon’s Nishi scores six stars for sustainability

    January 23, 2015 Getting a six-star Green Star as-built rating was a complex and detailed undertaking for the Nishi office building. Photo: Supplied A number of sustainable features, such as solar power, a blackwater recycling plant and a distinctive timber facade, have contributed to the six-star Green Star as-built rating of NewActon's Nishi building. The Green Building Council of Australia awarded the Nishi commercial development with the six-star rating in... Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    With a new Silicon Valley research center, Ford commits to connected cars

    January 22, 2015 Ford opened a new Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, Calif., on Thursday, in order to collaborate with other Silicon Valley tech companies. The next generation of autos will be interconnected and partially (or fully) autonomous. Ford opened a new Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, Calif., on Thursday, with an aim to more fully participate in Silicon Valley's "marketplace of ideas." Read on

  • The Hindu

    The science of saving tigers

    January 22, 2015 India is unique in having a significant number of tigers in the wild, in spite of growing population and resource extraction pressures on their habitat. The latest estimate of tigers in various landscapes published by the Ministry of Environment and Forests claims an appreciable rise in numbers of the big cat. That there could be as many as 2,226 tigers in the country -- up from 1,706 four years ago -- in nature reserves ranging from the... Read on

  • The Globe and Mail

    Startup funding helps innovators tackle social problems

    January 22, 2015 The Globe's biweekly business-school news roundup. A growing number of colleges and universities offer incubation space and other support to students who are keen to bring high-tech startup ideas to life. Now social innovators and entrepreneurs are getting a chance to shine, too. "You need the same personal qualities, the same skills and the same tools whether you are trying to create a tech startup or address systematic change in health care... Read on

  • Chicago Tribune

    Your chances for a raise are best in years, survey finds

    January 22, 2015 Many workers in Chicago and elsewhere might have reason to feel more optimistic about their chances of getting a raise than they have in years. Nearly 2 in 5 small and midsize U.S. businesses, or 38 percent, said they plan to increase salaries in the next six months, the highest level in six years, PNC Financial Services found in a fall survey. "I would expect business owners to be even more upbeat about pay raises in our upcoming spring survey... Read on

  • Scotsman

    Child cancer deaths down by 60% in last 40 years

    January 21, 2015 A teenage cancer patient undergoes tests at hospital. Picture: Toby Williams THE number of children and young people dying from cancer in Scotland has dropped by almost 60 per cent in the past four decades, according to new research. Cancer Research UK said progress in treating the disease has led to this "unprecedented" drop. Deaths among under-24s have fallen from around 130 each year in the mid-1970s to around 45 today. Read on

  • BBC News - Africa

    Helping Brazil’s tribal groups benefit more from tourism

    January 21, 2015 Entrepreneurship Sitting quietly in the corner of the wooden hut, wearing a crown made from bright blue feathers, the elder - or paje - of a small tribal village in the Amazon rainforest looks on. His face is painted with the crushed red seed of the urucum fruit, and he carries a wooden staff decked with white downy feathers. Nearby, one of the younger members of the village checks his mobile phone. Read on

  • The New Zealand Herald

    Smart inhaler gives asthma kids ‘improved quality of life’

    January 21, 2015 10-year-old Lilly Marchant trialled the New Zealand made Smart Asthma inhaler and found it very helpful. A trial with 220 Auckland children has proved that a "smart inhaler" that beeps when you forget to puff from it can dramatically reduce asthma. The device, developed by a Kiwi company, can be set to play animal sounds or songs at the times each day that children need to take a puff of preventive medication. Read on

  • The New Zealand Herald

    Continued optimism for 2015 economy

    January 20, 2015 Solid economic growth with modest inflationary pressures meant only 13 per cent of financial services firms expect interest rates to rise over the next year. Indications are that 2015 will be another strong one for the New Zealand economy, going on the latest batch of economic reports. The New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) and HSBC said growth was robust in 2014 and likely to flow through into the current year, although the... Read on

  • The Hindu

    Auto driver’s organs give new life to six

    January 19, 2015 This Pongal, the family of M. Sridhar (31), an autorickshaw driver from Kancheepuram, suffered a great loss, but still found the strength to give a new lease of life to six people. On the day of Kaanum Pongal (January 17), Mr. Sridhar was heading home to celebrate the festival with his wife and two-year-old son, when his autorickshaw overturned and he suffered a severe head injury. Read on

  • BBC News - Africa

    Global firms urged to invest in education

    January 14, 2015 Major international businesses are failing to spend enough on supporting education, according to a global education campaign. An analysis of 500 top global firms showed that only 13% of their philanthropic and social investment budget was targeted at education. At the top of global spending on education were Santander, IBM and Telefonica. In the UK, GlaxoSmithKline, Rio Tinto and HSBC were the highest ranked. Read on

  • BBC News - Africa

    Global firms urged to invest in education

    January 14, 2015 Major international businesses are failing to spend enough on supporting education, according to a global education campaign. An analysis of 500 top global firms showed that only 13% of their philanthropic and social investment budget was targeted at education. At the top of global spending on education were Santander, IBM and Telefonica. In the UK, GlaxoSmithKline, Rio Tinto and HSBC were the highest ranked. Read on

  • BBC News - Africa

    Global firms urged to invest in education

    January 14, 2015 Major international businesses are failing to spend enough on supporting education, according to a global education campaign. An analysis of 500 top global firms showed that only 13% of their philanthropic and social investment budget was targeted at education. At the top of global spending on education were Santander, IBM and Telefonica. In the UK, GlaxoSmithKline, Rio Tinto and HSBC were the highest ranked. Read on

  • Common Dreams

    Nearly 20 Civil Rights Groups and Education Advocates Release Principles for ESEA Reauthorization: “The Federal Role Must Be Honored and Maintained”

    January 12, 2015 Nearly 20 Civil Rights Groups and Education Advocates Release Principles for ESEA Reauthorization: "The Federal Role Must Be Honored and Maintained" WASHINGTON - Today, nearly 20 civil rights groups and education advocates released shared civil rights principles for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). In the principles, the groups highlight the important and historic role the federal government has played... Read on

  • Common Dreams

    Nearly 20 Civil Rights Groups and Education Advocates Release Principles for ESEA Reauthorization: “The Federal Role Must Be Honored and Maintained”

    January 12, 2015 Nearly 20 Civil Rights Groups and Education Advocates Release Principles for ESEA Reauthorization: "The Federal Role Must Be Honored and Maintained" WASHINGTON - Today, nearly 20 civil rights groups and education advocates released shared civil rights principles for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). In the principles, the groups highlight the important and historic role the federal government has played... Read on

  • Common Dreams

    Nearly 20 Civil Rights Groups and Education Advocates Release Principles for ESEA Reauthorization: “The Federal Role Must Be Honored and Maintained”

    January 12, 2015 Nearly 20 Civil Rights Groups and Education Advocates Release Principles for ESEA Reauthorization: "The Federal Role Must Be Honored and Maintained" WASHINGTON - Today, nearly 20 civil rights groups and education advocates released shared civil rights principles for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). In the principles, the groups highlight the important and historic role the federal government has played... Read on

  • Common Dreams

    Nearly 20 Civil Rights Groups and Education Advocates Release Principles for ESEA Reauthorization: “The Federal Role Must Be Honored and Maintained”

    January 12, 2015 Nearly 20 Civil Rights Groups and Education Advocates Release Principles for ESEA Reauthorization: "The Federal Role Must Be Honored and Maintained" WASHINGTON - Today, nearly 20 civil rights groups and education advocates released shared civil rights principles for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). In the principles, the groups highlight the important and historic role the federal government has played... Read on

  • BBC News - Africa

    Treating leg ulcers with sugar could benefit thousands

    January 12, 2015 Thousands of people across the UK who suffer from leg ulcers could benefit from a traditional remedy from Africa. Bill Drysdale, from Edinburgh, has received the treatment that uses sugar packed into the wounds. He says: "It's having a remarkable effect. It's cleared the swelling, it's cleared infection, it's reducing the pain and the blood is starting to flow back up the legs." Read on

  • BBC News - Africa

    Treating leg ulcers with sugar could benefit thousands

    January 12, 2015 Thousands of people across the UK who suffer from leg ulcers could benefit from a traditional remedy from Africa. Bill Drysdale, from Edinburgh, has received the treatment that uses sugar packed into the wounds. He says: "It's having a remarkable effect. It's cleared the swelling, it's cleared infection, it's reducing the pain and the blood is starting to flow back up the legs." Read on

  • BBC News - Africa

    Treating leg ulcers with sugar could benefit thousands

    January 12, 2015 Thousands of people across the UK who suffer from leg ulcers could benefit from a traditional remedy from Africa. Bill Drysdale, from Edinburgh, has received the treatment that uses sugar packed into the wounds. He says: "It's having a remarkable effect. It's cleared the swelling, it's cleared infection, it's reducing the pain and the blood is starting to flow back up the legs." Read on

  • BBC News - Africa

    Treating leg ulcers with sugar could benefit thousands

    January 12, 2015 Thousands of people across the UK who suffer from leg ulcers could benefit from a traditional remedy from Africa. Bill Drysdale, from Edinburgh, has received the treatment that uses sugar packed into the wounds. He says: "It's having a remarkable effect. It's cleared the swelling, it's cleared infection, it's reducing the pain and the blood is starting to flow back up the legs." Read on

  • IPSNews

    St. Vincent Embarks on Renewable Energy Path

    January 12, 2015 For decades, the fertile slopes of La Soufriere volcano, which occupies the northern third of this 344-kilometre-square island, has produced illegally grown marijuana that fuels the local underground economy, and the trade in that illicit drug across the eastern Caribbean. But now the 1,234-metre-high mountain, which last erupted in 1979, is now being explored for [...] Read on

  • IPSNews

    St. Vincent Embarks on Renewable Energy Path

    January 12, 2015 For decades, the fertile slopes of La Soufriere volcano, which occupies the northern third of this 344-kilometre-square island, has produced illegally grown marijuana that fuels the local underground economy, and the trade in that illicit drug across the eastern Caribbean. But now the 1,234-metre-high mountain, which last erupted in 1979, is now being explored for [...] Read on

  • IPSNews

    St. Vincent Embarks on Renewable Energy Path

    January 12, 2015 For decades, the fertile slopes of La Soufriere volcano, which occupies the northern third of this 344-kilometre-square island, has produced illegally grown marijuana that fuels the local underground economy, and the trade in that illicit drug across the eastern Caribbean. But now the 1,234-metre-high mountain, which last erupted in 1979, is now being explored for [...] Read on

  • IPSNews

    St. Vincent Embarks on Renewable Energy Path

    January 12, 2015 For decades, the fertile slopes of La Soufriere volcano, which occupies the northern third of this 344-kilometre-square island, has produced illegally grown marijuana that fuels the local underground economy, and the trade in that illicit drug across the eastern Caribbean. But now the 1,234-metre-high mountain, which last erupted in 1979, is now being explored for [...] Read on

  • Reuters

    E-learning matches traditional training for doctors, nurses: review

    January 12, 2015 (Reuters) - Millions more students worldwide could train as doctors and nurses using electronic learning, which is just as effective as traditional medical training, a review commissioned by the World Health Organization has found. Researchers at Imperial College London who conducted the review said on Monday that wider use of e-learning might help make up for a global shortfall of 7.2 million health workers identified in a recent WHO report. Read on

  • Reuters

    E-learning matches traditional training for doctors, nurses: review

    January 12, 2015 (Reuters) - Millions more students worldwide could train as doctors and nurses using electronic learning, which is just as effective as traditional medical training, a review commissioned by the World Health Organization has found. Researchers at Imperial College London who conducted the review said on Monday that wider use of e-learning might help make up for a global shortfall of 7.2 million health workers identified in a recent WHO report. Read on

  • Reuters

    E-learning matches traditional training for doctors, nurses: review

    January 12, 2015 (Reuters) - Millions more students worldwide could train as doctors and nurses using electronic learning, which is just as effective as traditional medical training, a review commissioned by the World Health Organization has found. Researchers at Imperial College London who conducted the review said on Monday that wider use of e-learning might help make up for a global shortfall of 7.2 million health workers identified in a recent WHO report. Read on

  • Reuters

    E-learning matches traditional training for doctors, nurses: review

    January 12, 2015 (Reuters) - Millions more students worldwide could train as doctors and nurses using electronic learning, which is just as effective as traditional medical training, a review commissioned by the World Health Organization has found. Researchers at Imperial College London who conducted the review said on Monday that wider use of e-learning might help make up for a global shortfall of 7.2 million health workers identified in a recent WHO report. Read on

  • Reuters

    E-learning matches traditional training for doctors, nurses: review

    January 12, 2015 (Reuters) - Millions more students worldwide could train as doctors and nurses using electronic learning, which is just as effective as traditional medical training, a review commissioned by the World Health Organization has found. Researchers at Imperial College London who conducted the review said on Monday that wider use of e-learning might help make up for a global shortfall of 7.2 million health workers identified in a recent WHO report. Read on

  • The Irish Times

    Four in 10 adults would consider selling unwanted Christmas gifts online

    January 7, 2015 Post-Christmas survey reveals 12 per cent have already sold an unwanted gift online More than one in 10 Irish adults (12 per cent) have sold an unwanted gift online, according to a new survey. The nationwide survey of 1,000 adults, commissioned by DoneDeal, found that 40 per cent of people would consider selling unwanted Christmas gifts online in order to make some money in January, highlighting the increasing trend of passing on unwanted gifts. Read on

  • The Irish Times

    Four in 10 adults would consider selling unwanted Christmas gifts online

    January 7, 2015 Post-Christmas survey reveals 12 per cent have already sold an unwanted gift online More than one in 10 Irish adults (12 per cent) have sold an unwanted gift online, according to a new survey. The nationwide survey of 1,000 adults, commissioned by DoneDeal, found that 40 per cent of people would consider selling unwanted Christmas gifts online in order to make some money in January, highlighting the increasing trend of passing on unwanted gifts. Read on

  • The Irish Times

    Four in 10 adults would consider selling unwanted Christmas gifts online

    January 7, 2015 Post-Christmas survey reveals 12 per cent have already sold an unwanted gift online More than one in 10 Irish adults (12 per cent) have sold an unwanted gift online, according to a new survey. The nationwide survey of 1,000 adults, commissioned by DoneDeal, found that 40 per cent of people would consider selling unwanted Christmas gifts online in order to make some money in January, highlighting the increasing trend of passing on unwanted gifts. Read on

  • The Irish Times

    Four in 10 adults would consider selling unwanted Christmas gifts online

    January 7, 2015 Post-Christmas survey reveals 12 per cent have already sold an unwanted gift online More than one in 10 Irish adults (12 per cent) have sold an unwanted gift online, according to a new survey. The nationwide survey of 1,000 adults, commissioned by DoneDeal, found that 40 per cent of people would consider selling unwanted Christmas gifts online in order to make some money in January, highlighting the increasing trend of passing on unwanted gifts. Read on

  • The Irish Times

    Four in 10 adults would consider selling unwanted Christmas gifts online

    January 7, 2015 Post-Christmas survey reveals 12 per cent have already sold an unwanted gift online More than one in 10 Irish adults (12 per cent) have sold an unwanted gift online, according to a new survey. The nationwide survey of 1,000 adults, commissioned by DoneDeal, found that 40 per cent of people would consider selling unwanted Christmas gifts online in order to make some money in January, highlighting the increasing trend of passing on unwanted gifts. Read on

  • New York Times

    Stop Subsidizing Big Pharma

    January 5, 2015 ROBERT J. BEALL, the president and chief executive of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, called his recent decision to sell the royalty rights to his organization's research a "game changer." Indeed: Deals like this, in which an investment company paid the foundation $3.3 billion for its future royalties from several cystic fibrosis drugs it helped finance, could revolutionize the way medical research is funded. Read on

  • New York Times

    Stop Subsidizing Big Pharma

    January 5, 2015 ROBERT J. BEALL, the president and chief executive of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, called his recent decision to sell the royalty rights to his organization's research a "game changer." Indeed: Deals like this, in which an investment company paid the foundation $3.3 billion for its future royalties from several cystic fibrosis drugs it helped finance, could revolutionize the way medical research is funded. Read on

  • New York Times

    Stop Subsidizing Big Pharma

    January 5, 2015 ROBERT J. BEALL, the president and chief executive of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, called his recent decision to sell the royalty rights to his organization's research a "game changer." Indeed: Deals like this, in which an investment company paid the foundation $3.3 billion for its future royalties from several cystic fibrosis drugs it helped finance, could revolutionize the way medical research is funded. Read on

  • New York Times

    Stop Subsidizing Big Pharma

    January 5, 2015 ROBERT J. BEALL, the president and chief executive of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, called his recent decision to sell the royalty rights to his organization's research a "game changer." Indeed: Deals like this, in which an investment company paid the foundation $3.3 billion for its future royalties from several cystic fibrosis drugs it helped finance, could revolutionize the way medical research is funded. Read on

  • New York Times

    Stop Subsidizing Big Pharma

    January 5, 2015 ROBERT J. BEALL, the president and chief executive of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, called his recent decision to sell the royalty rights to his organization's research a "game changer." Indeed: Deals like this, in which an investment company paid the foundation $3.3 billion for its future royalties from several cystic fibrosis drugs it helped finance, could revolutionize the way medical research is funded. Read on

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