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  • The Hindu

    Govt effort needed to boost tourism sector in Hampi

    November 21, 2014 There appears to be a big gap between the thoughts and the deeds of the State government as far as boosting to tourism is concerned. A classic example is the world famous Hampi, the erstwhile seat of Vijayanagar empire, enjoying the status of world heritage site and on the map of international tourist destination. The State government and Tourism Minister R.V. Deshpande have been chalking out plans to tap the tourism potential in the State... Read on

  • Scientific American

    A New Pathway to Reach Totally Carbon-Free Hydrogen Fuel

    November 20, 2014 Fuel cell vehicles produce zero tailpipe emissions, but the entire hydrogen production stream needs to be low-carbon Last of a three-part series. To see the first two parts, click here and here. As plug-in electric vehicle sales continue to putt along, automakers are increasingly pinning their hopes on hydrogen fuel cells as the clean vehicle technology of the future. Fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) produce zero tailpipe emissions. Read on

  • New York Times

    Malaysia’s Prime Minister Says Fast-Growing Nations Have Role in Curbing Warming

    November 19, 2014 KUALA LUMPUR -- In the opening talk at a two-day meeting here on Asia's clean energy options, Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia provided fresh evidence of a shift in the longstanding diplomatic tussle over who does what to slow global warming. Building on the new commitments on greenhouse gas emissions pledged by China and the United States, Razak laid out a strategy for his country (facilitated by wealth derived from abundant oil and gas... Read on

  • IPSNews

    Latin America Moves Towards Decarbonising the Economy

    November 18, 2014 When the advances made towards curbing global warming are analysed in the first 12 days of December in Lima, during the 20th climate conference, Latin America will present some achievements, as well as the many challenges it faces in “decarbonising development”. Experts consulted by IPS said that during the 20th session of the Conference of [...] Read on

  • BBC News - Africa

    Prince William shows support for Ebola education video

    November 18, 2014 Prince William has said he is watching with "great concern" the Ebola situation in West Africa and has expressed support for an educational video about Ebola. The film is by Sierra Leonean filmmakers Future View Film Group who have been making films and music videos to try to stop the spread of Ebola. Read more Guide: What is Ebola? Read on

  • The Hindu

    Financial inclusion agenda: all households in Kerala, Goa get bank accounts

    November 18, 2014 TOPICS Giving a boost to the Centre's financial inclusion agenda, Kerala and Goa have become first states in the country with every household having at least one bank account. "Kerala was declared as 100 per cent saturated State (in terms of coverage of all households with at least one bank account) on November 11," the Finance Ministry said in a statement. Read on

  • Time

    11 Perfect Vacation Ideas for Entrepreneurs

    November 17, 2014 Working all year round can actually hurt your productivity. Take a break and have a look at these vacation options Surfing in the Middle of Nowhere "Part of being an entrepreneur is exploring new industires or shaking up current ones. I like to take a trip to a off the beaten getaway where I can surf or just relax where there aren't that many tourists and there is an opportunity for me to focus, meditate and enjoy the simple life. Read on

  • South China Morning Post

    Unconventional therapy can extend life of prostate cancer patients, says alliance

    November 16, 2014 Alternative method can extend the life of people resistant to conventional hormone treatment Promotions Dr Andrew Yip says half of the patients of conventional hormone therapy develop resistance after two to three years. A combined treatment of oral hormone medication and steroids has been found to extend the life of prostate cancer patients who are resistant to conventional hormone therapy. Read on

  • The Hindu

    ‘Solar will become the cheapest option to generate electricity’

    November 16, 2014 TOPICS Pashupathy Gopalan, who is the head of Indian operations and President-Asia Pacific of SunEdison, talks to The Hindu on emerging solar landscape in India and opportunities. SunEdison, U.S headquartered global solar energy services firm, has been very active in participating solar PV (photovoltaic) projects across states. Pashupathy Gopalan, who is the head of Indian operations and President-Asia Pacific, talks to The Hindu on emerging... Read on

  • The Hindu

    New lease of life for Peepal tree

    November 16, 2014 Cyclone Hudhud stripped Sri Shanti Ashram of its green cover uprooting a 50-year-old Peepal (Ficus religiosa) tree, but it has been given a new lease of life providing the differently-abled members of the Ashram a reason to smile. Four days later fresh leaves and shoots began to emerge from the tree branches. The tree was important for the ashram as it was planted by its founder Swami Omkar. Read on

  • The Boston Globe

    Rwandan Farmers Adopt Energy Efficient Biogas System

    November 16, 2014 In south-east Rwanda, Marie Goreti Twagirumukisa is collecting cow manure to power her home and her farm. She's using a new system called FlexiBiogas, which generates renewable energy from organic waste. It's quickly becoming a popular source of energy in rural African communities where electricity is in short supply. Read on

  • The Boston Globe

    Rwandan Farmers Adopt Energy Efficient Biogas System

    November 16, 2014 In south-east Rwanda, Marie Goreti Twagirumukisa is collecting cow manure to power her home and her farm. She's using a new system called FlexiBiogas, which generates renewable energy from organic waste. It's quickly becoming a popular source of energy in rural African communities where electricity is in short supply. Read on

  • The Hindu

    Modi proposes global centre for clean energy research

    November 16, 2014 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday proposed to G20 nations that a global virtual centre be set up for clean energy research and development. He also pushed for rapid expansion of renewable energy in rural areas. In his statement, Mr. Modi said: "Let us increase our collective research and development efforts and collaboration and ensure dissemination to all countries." Read on

  • The Hindu

    Modi proposes global centre for clean energy research

    November 16, 2014 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday proposed to G20 nations that a global virtual centre be set up for clean energy research and development. He also pushed for rapid expansion of renewable energy in rural areas. In his statement, Mr. Modi said: "Let us increase our collective research and development efforts and collaboration and ensure dissemination to all countries." Read on

  • The Boston Globe

    The Health Benefits of Pets

    November 14, 2014 Drs. Rx: Adopt a pet to help prolong your life. The Doctors share the health benefits of owning a pet. Share a photo of you and your pet on Twitter with #TheDoctors. Read on

  • The Boston Globe

    The Health Benefits of Pets

    November 14, 2014 Drs. Rx: Adopt a pet to help prolong your life. The Doctors share the health benefits of owning a pet. Share a photo of you and your pet on Twitter with #TheDoctors. Read on

  • New York Times

    Sliding Oil and Gas Prices Give Americans More Money to Spend

    November 13, 2014 American consumers are going to enjoy a more bountiful Christmas this year, thanks in part to a most unlikely source: Saudi Arabia. The steepening drop in gasoline prices in recent weeks -- spurred by soaring domestic energy production and Saudi discounts for crude oil at a time of faltering global demand -- is set to provide the United States economy with a multibillion-dollar boost through the holiday season and beyond. Read on

  • New York Times

    Sliding Oil and Gas Prices Give Americans More Money to Spend

    November 13, 2014 American consumers are going to enjoy a more bountiful Christmas this year, thanks in part to a most unlikely source: Saudi Arabia. The steepening drop in gasoline prices in recent weeks -- spurred by soaring domestic energy production and Saudi discounts for crude oil at a time of faltering global demand -- is set to provide the United States economy with a multibillion-dollar boost through the holiday season and beyond. Read on

  • New York Times

    Sliding Oil and Gas Prices Give Americans More Money to Spend

    November 13, 2014 American consumers are going to enjoy a more bountiful Christmas this year, thanks in part to a most unlikely source: Saudi Arabia. The steepening drop in gasoline prices in recent weeks -- spurred by soaring domestic energy production and Saudi discounts for crude oil at a time of faltering global demand -- is set to provide the United States economy with a multibillion-dollar boost through the holiday season and beyond. Read on

  • The Economist

    Welfare in Europe: Benefits tourism not OK

    November 13, 2014 IN THE debate over immigration, accusations of benefits tourism are rife. The mayor of Calais called the British welfare system an El Dorado for asylum seekers. Britain has been talking of quotas on immigrants from the rest of the European Union. Germany is toying with setting a six-month maximum stay for jobseekers. Now the European Court of Justice has weighed in, backing the refusal by a German job centre to give unemployment benefits to... Read on

  • The Economist

    Welfare in Europe: Benefits tourism not OK

    November 13, 2014 IN THE debate over immigration, accusations of benefits tourism are rife. The mayor of Calais called the British welfare system an El Dorado for asylum seekers. Britain has been talking of quotas on immigrants from the rest of the European Union. Germany is toying with setting a six-month maximum stay for jobseekers. Now the European Court of Justice has weighed in, backing the refusal by a German job centre to give unemployment benefits to... Read on

  • The Economist

    Welfare in Europe: Benefits tourism not OK

    November 13, 2014 IN THE debate over immigration, accusations of benefits tourism are rife. The mayor of Calais called the British welfare system an El Dorado for asylum seekers. Britain has been talking of quotas on immigrants from the rest of the European Union. Germany is toying with setting a six-month maximum stay for jobseekers. Now the European Court of Justice has weighed in, backing the refusal by a German job centre to give unemployment benefits to... Read on

  • The Economist

    Welfare in Europe: Benefits tourism not OK

    November 13, 2014 IN THE debate over immigration, accusations of benefits tourism are rife. The mayor of Calais called the British welfare system an El Dorado for asylum seekers. Britain has been talking of quotas on immigrants from the rest of the European Union. Germany is toying with setting a six-month maximum stay for jobseekers. Now the European Court of Justice has weighed in, backing the refusal by a German job centre to give unemployment benefits to... Read on

  • The Economist

    Welfare in Europe: Benefits tourism not OK

    November 13, 2014 IN THE debate over immigration, accusations of benefits tourism are rife. The mayor of Calais called the British welfare system an El Dorado for asylum seekers. Britain has been talking of quotas on immigrants from the rest of the European Union. Germany is toying with setting a six-month maximum stay for jobseekers. Now the European Court of Justice has weighed in, backing the refusal by a German job centre to give unemployment benefits to... Read on

  • New York Times

    In Joint Steps on Emissions, China and U.S. Set Aside ‘You First’ Approach on Global Warming

    November 11, 2014 After years of "you first" rhetoric on addressing the unrelenting buildup of climate-warming greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, China and the United States, the world's biggest emitters, agreed in Beijing on Wednesday to intensify domestic steps and international partnerships to rein in their contributions to global warming. Click here for the news coverage in The Times. Read on

  • New York Times

    In Joint Steps on Emissions, China and U.S. Set Aside ‘You First’ Approach on Global Warming

    November 11, 2014 After years of "you first" rhetoric on addressing the unrelenting buildup of climate-warming greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, China and the United States, the world's biggest emitters, agreed in Beijing on Wednesday to intensify domestic steps and international partnerships to rein in their contributions to global warming. Click here for the news coverage in The Times. Read on

  • New York Times

    In Joint Steps on Emissions, China and U.S. Set Aside ‘You First’ Approach on Global Warming

    November 11, 2014 After years of "you first" rhetoric on addressing the unrelenting buildup of climate-warming greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, China and the United States, the world's biggest emitters, agreed in Beijing on Wednesday to intensify domestic steps and international partnerships to rein in their contributions to global warming. Click here for the news coverage in The Times. Read on

  • Mirror News

    Benefits tourism ruling is ‘common sense’ and will stop EU citizens living off state

    November 11, 2014 Currently, EU citizens entering Britain must wait three months before they can claim JSA, child benefits, and child tax credits The Prime Minister welcomed a ruling that could see the Government prevent jobless EU migrants in the UK claiming specific benefits. David Cameron described the decision by the European Court of Justice as "common sense" in preventing EU citizens moving to another country solely to live off the state. Read on

  • Mirror News

    Benefits tourism ruling is ‘common sense’ and will stop EU citizens living off state

    November 11, 2014 Currently, EU citizens entering Britain must wait three months before they can claim JSA, child benefits, and child tax credits The Prime Minister welcomed a ruling that could see the Government prevent jobless EU migrants in the UK claiming specific benefits. David Cameron described the decision by the European Court of Justice as "common sense" in preventing EU citizens moving to another country solely to live off the state. Read on

  • Mirror News

    Benefits tourism ruling is ‘common sense’ and will stop EU citizens living off state

    November 11, 2014 Currently, EU citizens entering Britain must wait three months before they can claim JSA, child benefits, and child tax credits The Prime Minister welcomed a ruling that could see the Government prevent jobless EU migrants in the UK claiming specific benefits. David Cameron described the decision by the European Court of Justice as "common sense" in preventing EU citizens moving to another country solely to live off the state. Read on

  • National Post

    Woman to marry her anonymous sperm donor after tracking him down and falling in love

    November 11, 2014 An Australian woman who had a child using in-vitro fertilization fell in love with the man who was her anonymous sperm donor. In an unlikely "back to front love story" that has attracted the interest of Hollywood, Aminah Hart, now 45, met the father of her daughter Leila only after she had given birth. The couple fell in love and are now engaged. Ms. Hart, who was born in London, had selected Scott Andersen, an Australian cattle farmer who... Read on

  • National Post

    Woman to marry her anonymous sperm donor after tracking him down and falling in love

    November 11, 2014 An Australian woman who had a child using in-vitro fertilization fell in love with the man who was her anonymous sperm donor. In an unlikely "back to front love story" that has attracted the interest of Hollywood, Aminah Hart, now 45, met the father of her daughter Leila only after she had given birth. The couple fell in love and are now engaged. Ms. Hart, who was born in London, had selected Scott Andersen, an Australian cattle farmer who... Read on

  • National Post

    Woman to marry her anonymous sperm donor after tracking him down and falling in love

    November 11, 2014 An Australian woman who had a child using in-vitro fertilization fell in love with the man who was her anonymous sperm donor. In an unlikely "back to front love story" that has attracted the interest of Hollywood, Aminah Hart, now 45, met the father of her daughter Leila only after she had given birth. The couple fell in love and are now engaged. Ms. Hart, who was born in London, had selected Scott Andersen, an Australian cattle farmer who... Read on

  • Wired

    Airbnb and Hotels: What to Do About the Sharing Economy?

    November 11, 2014 The sharing economy seems to be going from strength to strength. The poster child of sharing, Airbnb recently had a valuation of $10 billion and reported revenue of $250 million last year. The company, which allows users to rent out their spare rooms or vacant homes to strangers, overtook 10 million stays on its platform [...] The post Airbnb and Hotels: What to Do About the Sharing Economy? appeared first on WIRED. Read on

  • Wired

    Airbnb and Hotels: What to Do About the Sharing Economy?

    November 11, 2014 The sharing economy seems to be going from strength to strength. The poster child of sharing, Airbnb recently had a valuation of $10 billion and reported revenue of $250 million last year. The company, which allows users to rent out their spare rooms or vacant homes to strangers, overtook 10 million stays on its platform [...] The post Airbnb and Hotels: What to Do About the Sharing Economy? appeared first on WIRED. Read on

  • Wired

    Airbnb and Hotels: What to Do About the Sharing Economy?

    November 11, 2014 The sharing economy seems to be going from strength to strength. The poster child of sharing, Airbnb recently had a valuation of $10 billion and reported revenue of $250 million last year. The company, which allows users to rent out their spare rooms or vacant homes to strangers, overtook 10 million stays on its platform [...] The post Airbnb and Hotels: What to Do About the Sharing Economy? appeared first on WIRED. Read on

  • The Globe and Mail

    If you take an unpaid internship, do it because you love it

    November 10, 2014 Although I, like many, fundamentally disagree with Stephen Poloz in terms of how to approach unpaid work in an ever-fluctuating job market, I do also see merit in the argument that has landed the Governor of the Bank of Canada in so much hot water. At a time where many are hard-pressed to find a job that is anywhere remotely close to what they study or are passionate about, unpaid job opportunities have become more and more common; employers... Read on

  • The Globe and Mail

    If you take an unpaid internship, do it because you love it

    November 10, 2014 Although I, like many, fundamentally disagree with Stephen Poloz in terms of how to approach unpaid work in an ever-fluctuating job market, I do also see merit in the argument that has landed the Governor of the Bank of Canada in so much hot water. At a time where many are hard-pressed to find a job that is anywhere remotely close to what they study or are passionate about, unpaid job opportunities have become more and more common; employers... Read on

  • The Globe and Mail

    If you take an unpaid internship, do it because you love it

    November 10, 2014 Although I, like many, fundamentally disagree with Stephen Poloz in terms of how to approach unpaid work in an ever-fluctuating job market, I do also see merit in the argument that has landed the Governor of the Bank of Canada in so much hot water. At a time where many are hard-pressed to find a job that is anywhere remotely close to what they study or are passionate about, unpaid job opportunities have become more and more common; employers... Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    Fish in American waters are experiencing population rebounds

    November 10, 2014 Nearly two dozen species of Pacific groundfish, including snapper, Dover sole, and dogfish, and Atlantic haddock, among others, are all making a comeback. The rebounds can be attributed to the passing of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and the US management system. Fish - at least in the waters off the United States - are making a comeback. Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    Fish in American waters are experiencing population rebounds

    November 10, 2014 Nearly two dozen species of Pacific groundfish, including snapper, Dover sole, and dogfish, and Atlantic haddock, among others, are all making a comeback. The rebounds can be attributed to the passing of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and the US management system. Fish - at least in the waters off the United States - are making a comeback. Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    Fish in American waters are experiencing population rebounds

    November 10, 2014 Nearly two dozen species of Pacific groundfish, including snapper, Dover sole, and dogfish, and Atlantic haddock, among others, are all making a comeback. The rebounds can be attributed to the passing of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and the US management system. Fish - at least in the waters off the United States - are making a comeback. Read on

  • Wired

    The New Wave of Scalable Innovation: Dealing With Distortion in the Digital Era

    November 10, 2014 The Digitized Economy is shifting value away from established players unable to evolve quickly enough. The speed and size of this shift is tremendous, fueled by yet another wave of new technology powerhouses -- the young "unicorn" companies wielding billion-dollar valuations to shape entirely new markets, with a glut of private capital lubricating their engines. [...] Read on

  • Wired

    The New Wave of Scalable Innovation: Dealing With Distortion in the Digital Era

    November 10, 2014 The Digitized Economy is shifting value away from established players unable to evolve quickly enough. The speed and size of this shift is tremendous, fueled by yet another wave of new technology powerhouses -- the young "unicorn" companies wielding billion-dollar valuations to shape entirely new markets, with a glut of private capital lubricating their engines. [...] Read on

  • Wired

    The New Wave of Scalable Innovation: Dealing With Distortion in the Digital Era

    November 10, 2014 The Digitized Economy is shifting value away from established players unable to evolve quickly enough. The speed and size of this shift is tremendous, fueled by yet another wave of new technology powerhouses -- the young "unicorn" companies wielding billion-dollar valuations to shape entirely new markets, with a glut of private capital lubricating their engines. [...] Read on

  • Time

    How Yoga Helps to Keep Your Brain Healthy

    November 9, 2014 Those sun salutations are good for more than a strong core and flexibility. They may give you a sunny disposition, too This article originally appeared on RealSimple.com. We've long known that yoga offers a host of physical benefits, including increased flexibility, a healthier weight, and possibly even stronger bones. But many yogis also practice for the less visual effects of the exercise. Read on

  • Time

    How Yoga Helps to Keep Your Brain Healthy

    November 9, 2014 Those sun salutations are good for more than a strong core and flexibility. They may give you a sunny disposition, too This article originally appeared on RealSimple.com. We've long known that yoga offers a host of physical benefits, including increased flexibility, a healthier weight, and possibly even stronger bones. But many yogis also practice for the less visual effects of the exercise. Read on

  • Wired

    New Initiative Aims to Teach People to Code–Then Find Them Jobs

    November 7, 2014 Codecademy already makes it easy for anyone, anywhere to learn how to program a computer. Now, the New York City-based startup wants to make it just as simple for this new generation of coders to find jobs, as well. On Friday, the company announced the launch of a new workforce development initiative called ReskillUSA, which will help connect people in cities from Los Angeles to Detroit to Miami with employers in need of tech talent. Read on

  • Wired

    New Initiative Aims to Teach People to Code–Then Find Them Jobs

    November 7, 2014 Codecademy already makes it easy for anyone, anywhere to learn how to program a computer. Now, the New York City-based startup wants to make it just as simple for this new generation of coders to find jobs, as well. On Friday, the company announced the launch of a new workforce development initiative called ReskillUSA, which will help connect people in cities from Los Angeles to Detroit to Miami with employers in need of tech talent. Read on

  • Reuters

    Just taking breaks from being sedentary may benefit older adults

    November 6, 2014 (Reuters Health) - Older adults could greatly benefit from breaking up their sedentary time throughout the day, even if it's just shifting from sitting to a standing position, according to a new study. "As a general finding, older adults should make nine interruptions for every hour spent in sedentary behavior," said Luís B. Sardinha of the Exercise and Health Laboratory at the University of Lisbon in Portugal. Read on

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