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  • Los Angeles Times

    Beyond profits: Millennials embrace investing for social good

    December 7, 2014 Once she gets her MBA degree from UC Berkeley in May, Leigh Madeira's dream is to help find funding for young companies devoted to improving the lives of the world's poor. That isn't quite what her family had in mind. When she told her 90-year-old grandfather about her plans, "He gave me this look," she says, laughing. For 29-year-old Madeira and others in her generation -- the millennials -- the goal of a high-priced business degree isn't a... Read on

  • New York Times

    How Technology Could Help Fight Income Inequality

    December 6, 2014 Rising income inequality has set off fierce political and economic debates, but one important angle hasn't been explored adequately. We need to ask whether market forces themselves might limit or reverse the trend. Technology has contributed to the rise in inequality, but there are also some significant ways in which technology could reduce it. For example, while computers have improved our lives in many ways, they haven't yet done much to... Read on

  • Common Dreams

    Locally-Controlled, Renewable Energy Championed as Key to Climate Justice

    December 5, 2014 Locally-Controlled, Renewable Energy Championed as Key to Climate Justice Policies that support feed-in tariffs and decentralized power sources should be embraced by both the most- and least-developed nations, say campaigners "Act for the Climate! Go Solar" was the message Greenpeace activists projected onto Huayna Picchu, the mountain that overlooks the ancient city of Machu Picchu earlier this week. (Photo credit: Thomas Reinecke/Greenpeace) Read on

  • The Age

    Love me don’t: the West African online scam using US soldiers

    December 5, 2014 Date December 6, 2014 - 12:00AM 615 reading now Read later Julie Power American soldiers have become unwitting stooges for West African online scammers, who are using dreamboat images of GIs to lure Western women looking for love. Tweet submit to reddit Email article Print Online romance scam epidemic US soldiers, alive and dead, have been fodder for one of the internet's most enduring rip offs. Videographer: Edwina Pickles. Video feedback Read on

  • CNN

    Giving Tuesday the new Black Friday (Opinion)

    December 2, 2014 And there's another group -- people like you -- who can also make an important difference. Often, people say they don't believe they can really have an impact on big, global issues. The truth is, they can. In the 15 years that I've been doing this work, I've seen time and again that when lots of individuals take action it adds up to a movement that can achieve impact for women and children on a grand scale. Read on

  • The Age

    Educators say: let the children play

    November 30, 2014 Date November 30, 2014 - 11:45PM Read later Josh Jennings Twitter submit to reddit Email article Print Switched on: North Fitzroy Primary School teacher Rebecca Martin has embraced gaming technology in her class. Students Eamon, left, and Hemi, enjoy building worlds in "Minecraft". Photo: Simon O'Dwyer Students crack codes needed for future success Read on

  • Scientific American

    Movies Can Boost Solar Power

    November 28, 2014 The pattern that stores a film on a Blu-ray disc also can help improve photovoltaics. Ever looked at the etching of a Blu-Ray disc? It's oddly beautiful, refracting light like a rainbow while also offering copious digital storage. Turns out that pattern isn't just beautiful in the light, it's also useful when it comes to the light. Because the particular structure of a typical Blu-ray disc happens to be one that boosts the light absorbing... Read on

  • Scientific American

    Movies Can Boost Solar Power

    November 28, 2014 The pattern that stores a film on a Blu-ray disc also can help improve photovoltaics. Ever looked at the etching of a Blu-Ray disc? It's oddly beautiful, refracting light like a rainbow while also offering copious digital storage. Turns out that pattern isn't just beautiful in the light, it's also useful when it comes to the light. Because the particular structure of a typical Blu-ray disc happens to be one that boosts the light absorbing... Read on

  • Scientific American

    Movies Can Boost Solar Power

    November 28, 2014 The pattern that stores a film on a Blu-ray disc also can help improve photovoltaics. Ever looked at the etching of a Blu-Ray disc? It's oddly beautiful, refracting light like a rainbow while also offering copious digital storage. Turns out that pattern isn't just beautiful in the light, it's also useful when it comes to the light. Because the particular structure of a typical Blu-ray disc happens to be one that boosts the light absorbing... Read on

  • Daily News Egypt

    International bonds issued in all markets, country minus guarantor: Dimian

    November 25, 2014 Following the announcement of the growth rate registered in the first quarter (Q1) of fiscal year (FY) 2014/2015, Daily News Egypt sat down with Finance Minister Hany Kadry Dimian to discuss the economic progress, taxation laws and the future of issuing international bonds. What's your comment on the first quarter of the fiscal year's growth rates? Read on

  • Daily News Egypt

    International bonds issued in all markets, country minus guarantor: Dimian

    November 25, 2014 Following the announcement of the growth rate registered in the first quarter (Q1) of fiscal year (FY) 2014/2015, Daily News Egypt sat down with Finance Minister Hany Kadry Dimian to discuss the economic progress, taxation laws and the future of issuing international bonds. What's your comment on the first quarter of the fiscal year's growth rates? Read on

  • Daily News Egypt

    International bonds issued in all markets, country minus guarantor: Dimian

    November 25, 2014 Following the announcement of the growth rate registered in the first quarter (Q1) of fiscal year (FY) 2014/2015, Daily News Egypt sat down with Finance Minister Hany Kadry Dimian to discuss the economic progress, taxation laws and the future of issuing international bonds. What's your comment on the first quarter of the fiscal year's growth rates? Read on

  • New York Times

    Solar and Wind Energy Start to Win on Price vs. Conventional Fuels

    November 23, 2014 For the solar and wind industries in the United States, it has been a long-held dream: to produce energy at a cost equal to conventional sources like coal and natural gas. That day appears to be dawning. The cost of providing electricity from wind and solar power plants has plummeted over the last five years, so much so that in some markets renewable generation is now cheaper than coal or natural gas. Read on

  • New York Times

    Solar and Wind Energy Start to Win on Price vs. Conventional Fuels

    November 23, 2014 For the solar and wind industries in the United States, it has been a long-held dream: to produce energy at a cost equal to conventional sources like coal and natural gas. That day appears to be dawning. The cost of providing electricity from wind and solar power plants has plummeted over the last five years, so much so that in some markets renewable generation is now cheaper than coal or natural gas. Read on

  • New York Times

    Solar and Wind Energy Start to Win on Price vs. Conventional Fuels

    November 23, 2014 For the solar and wind industries in the United States, it has been a long-held dream: to produce energy at a cost equal to conventional sources like coal and natural gas. That day appears to be dawning. The cost of providing electricity from wind and solar power plants has plummeted over the last five years, so much so that in some markets renewable generation is now cheaper than coal or natural gas. Read on

  • The Age

    Election special: future of education in Victoria

    November 23, 2014 Date November 24, 2014 - 12:15AM Be the first to comment Read later Twitter submit to reddit Email article Print Education is a key election issue. Photo: Dean Osland All participants were asked the following three questions. 1. What have been the Napthine government's education successes and failures this term of government? 2. What should be the key educational priorities for the Napthine or Andrews government during the next term? Read on

  • The Age

    Election special: future of education in Victoria

    November 23, 2014 Date November 24, 2014 - 12:15AM Be the first to comment Read later Twitter submit to reddit Email article Print Education is a key election issue. Photo: Dean Osland All participants were asked the following three questions. 1. What have been the Napthine government's education successes and failures this term of government? 2. What should be the key educational priorities for the Napthine or Andrews government during the next term? Read on

  • The Age

    Election special: future of education in Victoria

    November 23, 2014 Date November 24, 2014 - 12:15AM Be the first to comment Read later Twitter submit to reddit Email article Print Education is a key election issue. Photo: Dean Osland All participants were asked the following three questions. 1. What have been the Napthine government's education successes and failures this term of government? 2. What should be the key educational priorities for the Napthine or Andrews government during the next term? Read on

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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