July 21, 2016
Mary Ann Franco

Good news for Florida woman, can see after 23 years of blindness

After 23 years of blindness, Mary Ann Franco miraculously regained her vision Mary Ann Franco is a former nurse who lives in Okeechobee, Florida. Always an […]
July 3, 2016
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Airbnb’s Varsha Rao Mentors Future Leaders

Airbnb’s Head of Global Operations brings her passion, energy and international vision to tomorrow’s business leaders. As a mentor to emerging companies such as kstart Incubator, […]
May 23, 2016
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Bringing Light and Life to Sub-Saharan Africa

A giant solar-powered computer is bringing electricity, internet and clean water to rural Ghana Sub-Saharan Africa consists of 42 countries, including Ghana, Nigeria, and Sudan. The […]
May 22, 2016
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Using Freezing Sea Water to Heat Large Buildings

Can Seawater Replace Fossil Fuels? There are millions of fish in the sea, as they say, but it turns out there might be a million dollar […]
May 1, 2016
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Virtual Reality Brings You Inside Earthquake-torn Nepal

The awesome power of Virtual Reality lets you experience the post-earthquake Nepalese danger zone Last April, 2015, a tremendous earthquake, close to 8 on the Richter […]
April 26, 2016
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Acoustic Scarecrows: Saving the Lives of Birds and Humans

Removing birds from danger zones in a non-lethal way Ever find yourself in a place where there is so much noise you can’t hear yourself think? […]
April 15, 2016
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Drip Irrigation for California’s Rice Growers

Good news for California farmers dealing with crippling drought conditions The Lundberg family began farming rice in 1937. For decades, they have developed a reputation not […]
April 5, 2016
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Good News for Cochlear Implants Wearers

Bringing the Sound of Music to the Deaf It is estimated that approximately 100,000 Americans and 325,000 worldwide are using a cochlear implant. Unlike a hearing […]
March 23, 2016
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Pharmaceutical Giants Set Their Futures with Electroceuticals

For decades, billions of dollars have been invested in drug development based on biology and chemistry. But this is changing. Drug development of the future is […]
March 8, 2016
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Smart Technology Comes to the Family Farm

We have smartphones, smart homes, and smart clothing, and now smart farms. Forget about rising at dawn, while it is still dark to head out to […]
February 21, 2016
XStat Treatment

XSTAT—a High-Tech Sponge to Save Lives

XSTAT—a High-Tech, Life-Saving Sponge Remember those little capsules we buy for the kids, the ones that blow up into sponges in the shape of dinosaurs, cats, […]
February 12, 2016
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FundRX: Crowdfunding for Biotechnology Startups

FundRX: Crowdfunding for Biotechnology Startups As the global citizenry has become more empowered and digital, a great shift away from traditional financing institutions has taken place, […]
January 6, 2016
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3-D Printing hits the Fashion Runway

Good news for all of us who never have anything to wear—3-D printing. Don’t see anything you like in your closet? Print out some knock-out outfits […]
January 4, 2016
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A New Weapon in the War against HIV-AIDS

Antabuse wakes up latent HIV virus for the kill  There is good news for HIV researchers and the approximately 36.9 million HIV patients across the globe. […]
December 30, 2015
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Dispelling the Darkness: Ikea Lights up Refugee Camps

Millions of refugees have fled the war in Syria, running for their lives and leaving behind everything: nationhood, families, homes, jobs, and possessions, to live in […]
December 6, 2015
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Bringing Back the Smile

Bringing children back to life after the loss of parents and other traumas Millions of children throughout the world are dealing with the loss of their […]
November 19, 2015
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The Next Frontier in Social Networking—Virtual Reality

Facebook introduces Oculus Social It’s not the Matrix yet, but Facebook recently released a new app, called Oculus Social alpha, which will allow you to virtually […]
November 16, 2015
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Pushing the Envelope of Renewable Energy Development

Oil and Gas Giant Statoil Pushes the Envelope of Renewable Energy Development Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil has received all necessary approvals from the Scottish […]
October 31, 2015
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12 Ways to Protect Yourself from Cancer

Want to do as much as you can to keep yourself free of cancer? Your best weapons are right at your fingertips: change your diet, quit […]
October 26, 2015
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One Luxury Home for One Slum Shack

Approximately 863 million people in the world (that’s almost a billion) have made their homes in slum conditions in 2014, according to UN-Habitat. Hundreds of millions […]
October 15, 2015
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Can anyone be a Psychic?

Psychics and other para-abnormal specialists need not fear Researchers at the University of Washington are conducting some interesting experiments to answer the question of whether we […]
October 11, 2015
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Moscow’s Jum’ah Mosque Reopens

Moscow’s largest mosque is re-built with generous donations from private citizens A very special ceremony was held on September 23rd in Moscow, to celebrate the reopening […]
October 7, 2015
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A New Twist on “Take-Out” Means Fresh Food for Spain’s Homeless and Poor

We have all seen the images, in person or in the media, of homeless, unemployed and poor citizens cruising the dumpsters looking for something to eat. […]
October 6, 2015
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Music Therapy—a Beacon of Hope for Autistics

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately one out of 68 children have been identified as suffering from some form of autism spectrum […]
September 29, 2015
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The Latest Green Technologies Offer Exciting New Ways to Clean Up the Planet

New Green Technologies Offer Dozens of Ways to Clean up the Planet. 2015 and 2016 look to be banner years for green technology innovation and implementation. Environmentalists […]
September 17, 2015
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New Apps Are Helping You Save, Manage and Borrow Money

Smartphone apps have become the most popular and creative digital invention around these days. There are apps to help you remember to exercise, apps to monitor […]
August 30, 2015
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Little French Books—Helping Impoverished Haitian Students Succeed

Haiti is a poor country. Basic services are in short supply. Families do not have food to eat. The thought of a well-stocked school or public […]
August 25, 2015
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Millions of Plastic Balls May Be the Answer to California’s Epic Drought

It looks like a child’s dream come true, millions of plastic balls, the ultimate playground pit, but these floating balls are on a mission—saving California’s dwindling […]
August 2, 2015

How an Innocent Photo Goes Viral and a Boy Gets His Education

We are all familiar with the photo or story that goes viral—meaning one person posts a photo or tweets a story, it is picked up on […]
July 29, 2015
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No Money to Send the Kids to Camp?

No Money to Send the Kids to Camp? No problem, on July 13th, 2015 Google launched a totally cool online summer camp for kids aged 7-10. […]
July 19, 2015
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Turning Chocolate and Sugar Waste Product into Renewable Energy

I confess, I am a lover of chocolate. I prefer dark, bittersweet—the higher the cocoa content and bitterness the better. For me a dream trip is […]
July 14, 2015
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Music from Your Light Bulb

Remember the important elements of the first date? Probably top of the list was romantic lighting and music. In the old days, it was dimmer lights […]
July 2, 2015
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Boyan Slat’s Giant Ocean Trash Collector

Who is Boyan Slat? Boyan Slat is 20 years old. At the age of only 18, he appeared before investors for a TED talk and introduced […]
June 29, 2015
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Saving Lives with a Simple Dot

Combating iodine deficiency with a dot 500 million women live in India and the overwhelming majority of them suffer from life-threatening diseases. Approximately 70 million Indians […]
June 21, 2015
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White Ebony–Focusing the World on the Albinos of the Congo

Albinism is a genetic disease that results in lack of pigmentation in the skin, eyes and hair due to a defect in the production of melanin. […]
June 7, 2015
E-books Ghana

Books on Wheels Goes High-Tech

Books on Wheels Goes High-Tech Literacy is one of the keys to success in life, no matter where you are in the world. It has been […]
June 3, 2015
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Want to Save the Planet? Invest in an Inner-City Neighborhood

A new way to be a “green” investor It is no secret: fossil fuels are bad for the environment. Just about every day there is a […]
May 27, 2015
Smart Home Technology for Seniors

Smart Home Technology for Seniors

New technology to keep seniors living safely at home In 2010 there were reportedly 40.3 million people over the age of 65, 13.5% of the total […]
April 30, 2015
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Meet Jonathan Pitre – the Butterfly Child

Jonathan Pitre is 14 years old. He was born with Epidermolysis Bullosa. Since his birth, Jonathan has not known a day, or even a moment, without […]
April 5, 2015
solar technology

What Happens When You Put Together the Latest in Solar Technology Training With the Newest Class of Military Veterans?

Vivint Solar Grabs the First Class of Graduates from the New Solar Energy Training Camp Vivint Solar, headquartered in Utah, provides all the tools necessary to […]
March 23, 2015
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The Photographers’ Gallery

For lovers of fine art photography, as well as artists seeking maximum exposure for their work, the Photographers’ Gallery in London is the place to be. […]
March 22, 2015
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How One Viral Tweet Has Turned the Table on Bullies

Sean—Dancing Man, as he is affectionately known throughout the world—is a Londoner who was simply enjoying himself at a concert. Dancing carefree, Sean caught the eyes […]
March 15, 2015
Food for Charity

Community, culture, and culinary delights: Slideluck expands to Manila

What do art and potluck have in common? They are bringing communities together across the globe Potluck is a traditional community gathering, with origins dating back […]
March 3, 2015
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Good News for South Africa’s Lower Middle Class Home Buyers

Affordable housing is on the way South Africa’s society and economy continues to recover from the decades of apartheid, even though the system was removed 20 […]
February 26, 2015
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Can Eye Tracking Games Be a Cure for Attention Deficit Disorder?

Our attention span is shorter than that of a goldfish The concentration-assisting app uHealth reminds me of the old prescription for when you have a hangover […]
February 17, 2015
wearable technology

Next Batch of Wearable Technologies Will Be Focused on Specialized Health

With the incessant development in mobile technologies, the devices we once deemed as revolutionary, such as the smartphones and tablets, are now being replaced by more […]
January 27, 2015
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Closing Your Eyes Makes You a Better Witness

Having trouble remembering where you left the car keys? Close your eyes. The details of when you last had your keys and where you placed them […]
January 25, 2015
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Social Media Giant Facebook Joins the Effort to Locate Missing Children

Facebook to broadcast Amber alerts in its newsfeeds Facebook announced this week that it has formed a partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited […]
January 15, 2015
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What to Do When Shale Oil Goes Bust?

An old American TV show—the Beverly Hillbillies, opens with a song that tells the story of the miraculous transition from the poor hills of Appalachia to […]
December 31, 2014
Crowdsourcing

Crowdsourcing: Manifesting Endless Possibilities

Crowdsourcing—pooling together small amounts of ideas, money and expertise—has become the most popular way to advance visions that otherwise would never leave the drawing pad due […]
December 28, 2014
La Villita Park Chicago

From EPA Superfund Site to a Kid’s Paradise: An Amazing Transformation in Inner-City Chicago

For two Chicago neighborhoods devoid of playgrounds and open space, the completion of La Villita Park is a dream come true. The new park provides 22 […]
December 25, 2014
New material to reduce heat in buildings

Air Conditioning without Electricity? Sending Hot Air to Outer Space

Sounds a bit far-fetched, but researchers at Stanford University have invented a strategy to do just this. Air conditioning is expensive It is well established that […]
December 11, 2014
The first step in protecting cancer patients at risk

Newly Discovered “Pre-Cancer” Gene Mutation May be Key to Identifying Cancer Risk

In a study soon to be released at the American Society of Hematology conference, two teams of Boston area international researchers have announced the discovery of […]
November 26, 2014
Baby in Incubator

Saving Babies: A Portable Incubator for Infants at Risk

The winner of the 2014 James Dyson Award, an international engineering design award, is James Roberts, a recent engineering graduate from England, who has developed an […]
November 17, 2014
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Big Data: Helping to Sustain Sea Life for Generations to Come

Thousands of commercial fisherman troll the ocean waters to find the tastiest and most interesting seafood for consumers around the world. At the same time, global […]
November 6, 2014
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TogliattiAzot’s Measure of Success: Improved Quality of Life for Russia’s Disabled Children

TogliattiAzot – a Russian Icon TogliattiAzot, a Russian ammonia and carbamide production facility, headquartered on the Volga River in the Samara Region of Russia has for […]
October 29, 2014
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Now a walk to the Coca Cola vending machine will earn you not just a soft drink, but also a portal into cyberspace

In Umtata and Nelspruit, South Africa “share a Coke” Takes on Global Dimensions. An innovative collaboration between Coca Cola South Africa and BT Global Services is […]
October 21, 2014
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High-Fives All Around — Five Year Old’s New Mechanical Hand Makes Him a Star

Five year old Keith Harris was the most popular kid in his Houston elementary school last week when he showed up with his new space-age prosthetic […]
October 14, 2014
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Vincent: A Miracle Baby, the First to be Born From an Implanted Womb

Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuester-Hauser Syndrome (MRKH) is a female congenital disorder that results in the absence of a womb, eliminating the ability to reproduce. Its name comes from the […]
September 23, 2014
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Good news for everyone waiting for the latest in cell phone technology

Last week in Cupertino, California, Apple unveiled the new iPhone 6 and Apple Watch, bringing us all a little closer to the techno-sci-fi world that used […]
September 9, 2014
Blue Whale tail

Marine scientists, Environmentalists and Lovers of the Sea are Ecstatic about the Return of the California Blue Whale

The California Blue Whale weighs as much as 190 tons and grows to a length of 33 meters, making it the largest animal on earth. They […]
August 27, 2014
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Google continues its push to move Apple out of the Classroom

This school year teachers will have a new tool from Google—Google Classroom—which can be operated by any user who has a Google Apps for Education account.Introduced […]
August 18, 2014
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Smartphone: Coming to the Rescue of Those with Bipolar Disorder

A University of Michigan psychiatrist has developed a smartphone app known as PRIORI which can analyze the speaker’s voice and predict an approaching change in psychological […]
July 30, 2014
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Going Green is Taking College Student Housing to a Whole New Level

Every wonder what happens with all of those old freight shipping containers? Certainly, after some period of time, they wear out and are no longer usable […]
July 21, 2014
New reading device for the blind

The FingerReader: Opening New Worlds for the Visually Impaired

Hot out of the labs at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a prototype audio reading device, called the “FingerReader.” The FingerReader fits on the index finger […]
June 25, 2014
Harnessing the Ocean Winds—Floating Windmills

Harnessing the Ocean Winds—Floating Windmills

Windmills have been around for thousands of years. They served a variety of functions, such as creating power to run mills and pump water. In the […]
June 16, 2014
Fasting for Diabetics

Can Something as Simple as Fasting Help Diabetics?

As a general rule, nutritionists and other medical professionals will tell you that fasting—not eating for an extended number of hours—is detrimental to your health. Many […]
May 25, 2014
Hot Chilli Peppers

Are Hot Chili Peppers the Fountain of Youth?

Maybe, but you would need to eat a lot of them. Yet, on the other hand, there are some interesting possibilities. New findings from a study […]
May 14, 2014
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The Bionic Eye – Sounds Like Science Fiction, But it is Not!

Late last year the FDA approved a breakthrough technology that will bring life-changing relief to Americans who suffer from retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease that almost […]
April 27, 2014
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil - Online Shopping

Jollywallet Enters South American Market, Signaling the Awaking of the Latin American Online Shopper

Online shopping retailers and e-commerce consumer applications, such as the cashback jollywallet browser add-on, are poised to reap big rewards from the fired-up South American Internet […]
April 24, 2014
Hassan Bashir Lecture

Drought Insurance for Kenyan Cattle Farmers?

Insurance is a common way of life for most societies. American farmers are insured for a myriad of potential losses, from drought to flood. Not so […]
April 23, 2014
Walmart Protest

Strikes and Protests Pay Off for Walmart Workers

After two years of protests and walkouts over employment policies that limited workers’ hours and opportunities for professional development, Walmart finally responded with a new program […]
April 10, 2014
Nanotechnology Tel Aviv

Nanotechnology—the Next Big Leap Forward

More than 1,200 people from around the world recently gathered in Tel Aviv, Israel to share in the excitement of what scientists say will be the […]
April 7, 2014
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Using Technology to Help Autistic Children

Julie Kientz is a computer scientist but she is not your usual computer geek. In fact, you will rarely find her in front of a computer. […]
March 26, 2014
Dame Shirley Porter

Environmentalism: Interviewing Philanthropist Dame Shirley Porter

Dame Shirley Porter was a politician and environmental activist in the UK before moving to Israel in 1993. As Leader of Westminster City Council and Lord […]
March 24, 2014
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Interview Q&A as Corporate Mirror

Glassdoor posted its Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions, and they are – as advertised – quite odd. Judging by their weirdness, one can only imagine what […]
February 16, 2014
Milk in India in the old days

Sam White’s Off-Grid Refrigeration Revolution Keeping India’s Milk Fresh

Usually for the startup entrepreneur, a single key publicity exposure can make all the difference. It could mean coverage by the press, maybe even by a […]
January 28, 2014
Josh Miller

Josh Miller: Co-founder of Branch Re-Envisions Online Conversation

Usually one doesn’t move into a dorm as a senior at Princeton… and then leave a couple of days later. But such is the logical next […]
January 16, 2014
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The Public Detective: Sherlock Holmes Copyright Expires

A recent ruling by a federal judge in Chicago has apparently ushered Sherlock Holmes into the public domain. But, so as to dispense with the obligatory […]
January 1, 2014
Nelson Mandela

Mandela’s Gift: South Africa,Vacation Destination

The death of Nelson Mandela at age 95 is one of those profound moments at which point we take a sort of grand cultural, historical, and […]
December 24, 2013
Ori Allon

Outside the Comfort Zone: Urban Compass’ Ori Allon

The serial entrepreneur is a restless animal. He or she moves from one investment to the next, never satisfied with seeing a single seedling ripen into […]
December 17, 2013
Doha City Center

The High Price of Bacon in Qatar: Art and Freedom

Reported as the most expensive artwork sold at auction, Francis Bacon’s 1969 triptych, “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” sold for a record $142.4 million at Christie’s […]
December 4, 2013
Batkid

The Batkid Blueprint

The Batkid phenomenon is amazing and inspiring on so many levels. I have a friend who wants to touch the lives of kids with cancer through […]
November 27, 2013
Homeschooling in the military

New Models of Education for Military Families

Education is getting its fair share of attention in the news, although not as much as the healthcare industry these days. The economic underpinning of education […]
November 14, 2013
Chao Family

Elaine, May, Grace and Angela Chao: Signs of Positive Feminist Change at Harvard

Angela Chao is a corporate executive, philanthropist, and graduate of the Harvard Business School, like her sisters, three of whom also attended Harvard Business School. Harvard […]
October 28, 2013
Angela Ahrendts

From Burberry to Apple, Angela Ahrendts Continues the Year of Woman

The amazing 2013 Year of the Woman continues in the technology sector. Apple’s hire of Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts is the capstone for an incredible year […]
October 13, 2013
Twitter going public

The Tweet That Shook the World: Twitter Announces IPO F

With Twitter’s recent announcement (by way of a tweet, naturally) that we should expect an IPO from the social media superstar, the buzz has been mostly […]
September 29, 2013
Environmental Conservation and Biodiversity

Biodiversity’s Balance with Economic Growth

Economic growth and environmental conservation mix like oil and water, or so the conventional thinking goes. The Economist recently complicated this picture with a special report […]
September 15, 2013
Elon Musk

The Fifth Mode Is Fast Approaching: Elon Musk Drops Open Source HyperLoop Designs

Elon Musk recently released the “alpha design” plans for this futuristic mass transit system, the Hyperloop. As FGN readers know, we have a soft spot for […]
August 28, 2013
Yoav Bruck

Behind the Scenes of the Maccabiah: Interview with Yoav Bruck

A friend of mine recently returned from a business trip to Israel. On this trip, he met an interesting Israeli businessman. The man’s name is Yoav […]
August 25, 2013
Washington Post

On Jeff Bezos’ Wish List: Amazon’s Founder Buys The Washington Post

The world of print news media is undergoing yet another convulsion. Some shake ups are clearly indicative of an industry that is, to put it mildly, […]
August 16, 2013
Jane Austen on British Currency

The Currency of Jane: Jane Austen’s Portrait to Grace the 10 Pound Note

British women have fared well in the public consciousness of their island nation. When the hundred greatest Britons were put to the popular vote by the […]
August 8, 2013
Holy Bible

Inside & Outside YouVersion’s Signature Bible App

Apps give us insight into the human condition. Case in point, a Bible app by YouVersion that now boasts 100 million users. That means nearly 66,000 […]
August 1, 2013
Sheika al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani

A Sheika’s Gamble on Art: Growing Reform in Qatar

The name Sheika al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani will be known to future Qataris and maybe to Arabs everywhere in the Middle East as […]
July 16, 2013
Cure for Aids

Latest “Proof of Concept” in AIDS Research Promising

Incurable optimists have very few enemies because by nature we see the best in every person and situation. But false headlines that promise miracle cures might […]
July 10, 2013
Bitcoin

For the Winklevoss Brothers: In Bitcoin We Trust

The fortunes of Bitcoin just keep changing. If you’re into stock market volatility then Bitcoin provides the ultimate rush. That, as you can imagine, is not […]
June 30, 2013
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Museums Benefiting from Grants to Develop New Audience Engagement Apps

Museums are more than just giant warehouses for cultural artifacts. They can be potent symbols of change and of conformity. We tend to focus more on […]
June 23, 2013
Eric Schmidt on Online Reputation Management

The Future is Online Reputation Management

The Guardian is dominating the news cycle for good reason. They broke the NSA spying scandal currently consuming the mass attention span of the blogosphere. But […]
June 20, 2013
World Poverty Comming to an End

Half Way There – World Wide Poverty Rate Drops by Half

If Finally Good News could wake up to any morning headline it would be “World Poverty Eliminated!” Maybe “Global Peace Achieved!” would be a close second. […]
June 16, 2013
Christmas sales

A Cooperative Future

When the Christmas sales on the UK high streets are tallied up, it’s no surprise that for the last five years at least, the outlook and […]