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  • The Denver Post

    Social network Ello gets $5.5M, converts to public benefit corporation

    October 23, 2014 Ello, which launched Aug. 7, touted a clutter-free hangout for friends that didn't track users or spam them with ads. Viral sensation Ello said Thursday it raised $5.5 million from a group of investors that includes Boulder's Foundry Group. The social network also converted to a public benefit corporation, or B corp, and pledged to never bother users with advertising or sell personal information -- even if the company is sold. Read on

  • Belfast Telegraph

    Cameron pledges £80m more for Ebola

    October 23, 2014 Also in this Section Brand 'open' to US 9/11 conspiracy Tearaway leads Joystick nominations Killer driver facing long jail term Queen to open museum's tech gallery The Prime Minister announced his new pledge - which brings Britain's total contribution to £205 million - at a Brussels summit at which Mr Cameron identified Ebola as one of the two big risks facing Europe, alongside the danger of a return to economic slowdown. Read on

  • The New Zealand Herald

    Making stuff makes a comeback

    October 23, 2014 Manufacturing is on the rebound, says the latest report card on New Zealand's technology sector. Whatever the attractions of the virtual economy, manufacturing is the star in New Zealand's high-tech sector this year. The annual Technology Investment Network TIN100 report was launched on Wednesday, and TIN managing director Greg Shanahan says one of the strongest trends has been the resurgence of the manufacturing sector, with strong growth seen... Read on

  • Scientific American

    Cheap Solar Power Becomes Employee Perk

    October 23, 2014 Some companies have begun to offer discounted rooftop solar panels as a worker benefit For a handful of large U.S. companies and organizations, employee benefits are extending beyond the three-legged stool of health care, retirement and vacation to include clean energy delivered to employees' homes at little or no upfront cost. This week, four major firms--3M Co., Cisco Systems Inc., Kimberly-Clark Corp. and the National Geographic... Read on

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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