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Robot in red boots standing by the side of the roadA Canadian built robot is going to hitchike across the country

What happens when the robot, with no human supervision, is simply thrust into the world and tries to survive? Will it be instantly scavenged for parts? Will they drop it, mangle it or mistreat it? » Full Story

Here is a second article that shows how the HtichBOT did on its cross-Canada trek.
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Steam output from recycle system against a blue skyA Price Tag on Carbon as a Climate Rescue Plan

Bryan T. Pagel, a dairy farmer, watched as a glistening slurry of cow manure disappeared down a culvert. If recycling the waste on his family’s farm would help to save the world, he was happy to go along. The recycling would not have been built without a surprising source of funds: a California initiative that is investing in carefully chosen projects to reduce emissions as part of the battle against climate change. » Full Story


female lego characters in science labLego Releases Female Scientists Set, May Appease 7-Year-Old Critic

Lego has released the Research Institute, a play set created by a real-life geophysicist, Ellen Kooijman. "I love Legos," 7-year-old Charlotte wrote. But there aren't enough girls — and the ones the company has made just "sit at home, go to the beach, and shop," while the boy characters "saved people, had jobs, even swam with sharks!"
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older women working at Home DepotHow the Affordable Care Act might transform the labor market

Research from Wisconsin and Tennessee shows that the law is not forcing anyone to stop working. And by leaving the labor force, those Americans open their jobs to others who are hungry for the work. It could boost part-time work, early retirement and entrepreneurship. » Full Story


People at the U.N. building at workUN Millennium Development goals: World cuts extreme poverty in half

For those who see little reason for optimism about global poverty and social trends, here’s something to cheer about: The world has made impressive progress towards meeting a set of development goals set by world leaders in 2000. One stand-out example: The goal of cutting global extreme poverty in half by 2015 has already been met.
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young teens talking together at a tableHow to build peace, one teenager at a time

Seeds of Peace is an international organization that brings together young leaders from conflict regions to inspire and equip them with the relationships, understanding, and skills to advance peace, who see that diplomatic processes must be paired with transformational interactions between people. » Full Story


Black man holding a baton, talking to another man and a womanBy Talking, Inmates and Victims Make Things ‘More Right’

Restorative justice, a process with roots in Native American and other indigenous cultures that resurfaced in the United States and abroad in the 1970s, has begun to make headway again. Advocates say it is key to rehabilitation and reduced recidivism. » Full Story


Older Coach Ehrmann with 3 young athletesThe 3 Scariest Words A Boy Can Hear

Those scary words, “be a man” have meant “athletic ability, sexual conquest, economic success” for years. But Joe Ehrmann, a former NFL defensive lineman and now a pastor and coach, re-defines “being a man” with these two qualities: a capacity to love and to be loved, and a commitment to a cause that makes this world a better place. And his style of coaching reflects that. » Listen to and Read the Full Story


 

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