The Big Picture: Giving (jdargis)
A look around the globe at people in need and the help that many have given to try to make their lives better. From donations to volunteering time, many contribute hoping to make a difference.
Gifts With Meaning (jdargis)
We’re seeing painful upheavals about race on university campuses these days, but the civil rights issue in America today is our pre-K through 12th grade education system, which routinely sends the neediest kids to the worst schools. To address these roots of inequality, a group called Communities in Schools supports disadvantaged kids, mostly black and Latino, in elementary, middle and high schools around the country.
Mark Fleming, CEO of Fleming Medical, said, “DermaTrax will revolutionize current practice, which involves the manual removal of a dressing and visual inspection of the underlying wound. This is time-consuming for the nursing staff, uncomfortable for the patient, and disturbs the natural healing process. This hi-tech dressing will generate significant savings in healthcare costs, due to reduced clinical inspection time and shorter hospital stays as a result of faster wound healing.”
Protecting FBI Whistleblowers From Retaliation (richcabot)
Grassley hopes his legislation — the FBI Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act — will help agents like German who have the courage to come forward and report problems. It would not only expand outlets for protected disclosures but also improve the process to halt reprisals.
Clinton called the price rise outrageous and promised a clampdown on drug companies. Trump said: “He looks like a spoiled brat to me. He’s a hedge fund guy. I thought it was disgusting what he did.”
Shkreli started Retrophin in 2011 and was later ousted as chief executive officer and sued by its board. In lawsuits filed in New York Shkreli has been accused of insider trading and making “materially false and misleading statements” that “artificially inflated” the company’s stock price.
Stop Being So Self-Conscious (jdargis)
Gilovich and his colleagues dubbed this the “spotlight effect.” We are naturally conscious of ourselves, what we are thinking, how we look, and what we are doing. As David Foster Wallace put it, “There is no experience you’ve had that you were not at the absolute center of.” And so it’s hard to block the inference that others share this focus. If I’m wearing a ridiculous t-shirt, I’m thinking about it and so I assume that you are too.
“Using nanotechnology, we have developed a novel way to make the upper metal contact nearly invisible to incoming light,” said study lead author Vijay Narasimhan, who conducted the work as a graduate student at Stanford. “Our new technique could significantly improve the efficiency and thereby lower the cost of solar cells.”
Geothermal Energy Could Grow Sixfold (jdargis)
Take the U.S. for instance. As one of the world’s leading economic superpowers, one might expect that clean geothermal energy would be well developed here. While the U.S. does have 3,086 MW of installed capacity as of 2010, that’s still less than 1 percent of the country’s electrical output needs. Yet another prolific producer, the Philippines gets 27 percent of its power from geothermal sources. But this only represents 1,904 MW of installed capacity. As a relatively under-developed nation, the Philippines simply does not use that much electricity in the first place.
Students like Johanson work with the four horses—Rex, Babe, Daisy, and Belle; three Percherons and one Belgian—to plow the college’s organic farm, to extract timber from the Forestry program’s woodlot, and to haul syrup during maple season. About 10 percent of Sterling’s 125-person student body are working toward a a Draft Horse Management minor, and 32 percent are required to take the program’s introductory course as part of the Sustainable Agriculture curriculum. Not just a teaching tool, the horses are an integral part of campus life that most everyone interacts with in some way, whether or not they’re working toward the minor themselves.
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