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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 Children. The Center’s well-known “Amber Alert,” which broadcasts across the nation as soon as a child is reported as “missing” will now be posted to Facebook. Thousands of missing… Read more »

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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 the mansions of Beverly Hills. The song includes this verse: “And up through the ground came a bubblin’ crude. Oil that is, black gold, Texas tea.” We can change… Read more »

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 to lack of resources. Just about every professional who needs to raise money is turning to crowdsourcing to launch their project. Initiatives benefitting from crowdsourcing span the spectrum from… Read more »

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 acres of recreational activities, including basketball courts, soccer fields, a skate park, walking trails and large playground filled with all the latest, totally cool equipment for children. Coming on… Read more »

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 electricity usage peaks during the summer months when air conditioning units are running practically non-stop. In fact, the existence of air conditioning has made it possible to live in… Read more »

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 a gene mutation that appears to be a predictor of leukemia, lymphoma and other blood diseases. The study was published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine…. Read more »

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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 affordable, collapsible and easily transportable incubator that duplicates the protective shield given to newborns in a hospital. Roberts’ design—MOM—has a battery which lasts for 24-hours in cases of power… Read more »

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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 fisheries work tirelessly to protect the sustainability of the seas. The sheer volume of fishing vessels spread out across the world has made the mission of fisheries and ocean… Read more »

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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 decades been an icon in the Russian and international corporate community, weathering the turbulence of economic and political upheavals to become one of the largest and strongest mineral fertilizer… Read more »

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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 bringing to the most remote and poor communities of Umtata and Nelspruit, South Africa, a first-time opportunity to finally join the internet revolution. The Coca Cola-BT partnership means that… Read more »

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