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Destroying the commons - Le Monde diplomatique - English edition

Down the road only a few generations, the millennium of Magna Carta, one of the great events in the establishment of civil and human rights, will arrive. Whether it will be celebrated, mourned, or ignored is not at all clear.
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The G192 report - Le Monde diplomatique - English edition

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The Stiglitz commission on the 2008 crash was obstructed and derided, especially by the US and UK.
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Closer and closer: Voyager 1 prepares to leave 'bubble' of our solar system after travelling eleven-billion miles during 35-year journey

Closer and closer: Voyager 1 prepares to leave 'bubble' of our solar system after travelling eleven-billion miles during 35-year journey | Building coalitions in rethinking growth & development | Scoop.it
On the same day NASA makes a historic encounter with Mars, one of Man's earliest rockets is setting it's own truly historic record.
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Sahel food crisis – how the Guardian is covering the story

Sahel food crisis – how the Guardian is covering the story | Building coalitions in rethinking growth & development | Scoop.it

The hunger crisis in the Sahel region of Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad has been deepening since the start of this year. Explore the map to see how we have been covering the issue...


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Le Phocéa en eau trouble | Les Nouvelles calédoniennes

Le Phocéa en eau trouble | Les Nouvelles calédoniennes | Building coalitions in rethinking growth & development | Scoop.it

Wasn't this super yacht part of Bernard Tapie's list of luxury properties that he bought when he sold ADIDAS????

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U.S. Global Leadership Coalition

U.S. Global Leadership Coalition | Building coalitions in rethinking growth & development | Scoop.it
Strengthening America's leadership in the world through a strategic investment in development and diplomacy.
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China offers $20bn of loans to African nations

China offers $20bn of loans to African nations | Building coalitions in rethinking growth & development | Scoop.it

Chinese president Hu Jintao announces doubling of funds, cementing alliance that appears increasingly hostile to the west...


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Suicide Bombers - Old Termites Blow Themselves Up to Protect the Nest

Suicide Bombers - Old Termites Blow Themselves Up to Protect the Nest | Building coalitions in rethinking growth & development | Scoop.it

When trekking through a forest in French Guiana to study termites, a group of biologists noticed unique spots of blue on the backs of the insects in one nest. Curious, one scientist reached down to pick up one of these termites with a pair of forceps. It exploded. The blue spots, the team discovered, contain explosive crystals, and they're found only on the backs of the oldest termites in the colony. The aged termites carry out suicide missions on behalf of their nest mates.

 

After their initial observation, the team carried out field studies of Neocapritermes taracua termites and discovered that those with the blue spots also exploded during encounters with other species of termites or larger predators. The researchers found that the secretions released during the explosion killed or paralyzed opponents from a competing termite species. However, if the scientists removed the blue crystal from the termites, their secretions were no longer toxic.


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Reynolds Pest's comment, October 15, 2012 6:33 AM
This is very interesting news on these Termites. Are these the only species of termites that have defensive capabilities this effective?
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Swaziland: EU sugar aid leaves a bitter taste

Swaziland: EU sugar aid leaves a bitter taste | Building coalitions in rethinking growth & development | Scoop.it

EU aid for trade on sugar not so sweet for smallholders and communities left without safety net as liberalisation looms...


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Global Warming's Terrifying New Math | Politics News | Rolling Stone

Global Warming's Terrifying New Math | Politics News | Rolling Stone | Building coalitions in rethinking growth & development | Scoop.it

Three simple numbers that add up to global catastrophe - and that make clear who the real enemy is...and the real simple fact is that:  we in the Pacific are going to put up the first fight as a apeople!

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Bacteria on Skin Affects Attractiveness to Mosquitoes

Bacteria on Skin Affects Attractiveness to Mosquitoes | Building coalitions in rethinking growth & development | Scoop.it
Research finds that people with a wide range of microbes on their skin are less likely to attract mosquitoes.

 

Human skin is host to a wide range of microorganisms, many of which metabolize components in sweat to produce compounds that make up an individual’s specific body odor. The research findings suggest that how attractive you are to mosquitoes depends on your unique scent, or in other words, the diversity of your skin microbes.


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Bees That Drink Sweat From People’s Skin and Tears From People’s Eyes

Bees That Drink Sweat From People’s Skin and Tears From People’s Eyes | Building coalitions in rethinking growth & development | Scoop.it

Have you ever thought about how nutritious your bodily fluids are? Full of goodies like salts and proteins…Wild bees know all about it, feeding human sweat and tears as a source of nutrition. Urban sweat bees, for example, use humans like a salt lick. “These bees prefer sweaty people—over most animals—because the human diet usually is so salty that their perspiration is saturated with the essential nutrient,” according to a recent feature in the Wall Street Journal on sweat bees. A new species (Lasioglossum gotham) of these bees was recently identified from a specimen netted in the heart of Brooklyn. Although they are as a group fairly common, they’re tiny and they don’t sting, which is why you probably haven’t heard New Yorkers complaining about them.


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Smart Glass: How the US could save 20% of energy consumption by implementing smart materials in buildings

Smart Glass: How the US could save 20% of energy consumption by implementing smart materials in buildings | Building coalitions in rethinking growth & development | Scoop.it

Buildings would save energy on air conditioning if they installed smart windows that change color to block out sunlight on hot days. Some smart windows are on the market, but they are expensive. A new one-step method for making window coatings of transparent color-changing nanowires could simplify and bring down the cost of the window manufacturing process.

 

According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, buildings use 71% of the electricity consumed in the U.S.; about 30% of that load comes from the electricity needed to make up for energy lost through windows. Electrochromic windows, which darken or lighten depending on the voltage across them, could help by darkening to block heat transfer from infrared light.


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Fico Ventilatory's comment, July 20, 2012 5:43 AM
Thank you, Dr. Gruenwald! I'm ACTIVELY seeking out any promising new technologies for "smart [sic] cottages" of the future~ i'm working on a project.... Kindly Send any ideas my way! I Enjoy your site tremendously, and have checked out your Business & CV online~ BRAVO! I am honored to be associated with you on this nifty site! Cheers, S
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Greece, breaking the doom loop - Le Monde diplomatique - English edition

It is hardly surprising that many Greeks blame the Germans for their imploding economy, and see a German plot to turn Greece into a modern-day dependency.
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The roll up iPhone: Flexible battery invention could lead to radical re-design of future handsets

The roll up iPhone: Flexible battery invention could lead to radical re-design of future handsets | Building coalitions in rethinking growth & development | Scoop.it
Scientists from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have developed a flexible battery that can be bent and twisted - giving the possibility that phones of the future could be flexible and hold more capacity.
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20 Minutes Online - Un hacker réduit en poussière sa vie en ligne - Stories

20 Minutes Online - Un hacker réduit en poussière sa vie en ligne - Stories | Building coalitions in rethinking growth & development | Scoop.it
En l espace de 15 minutes, un geek a perdu tout le contenu de ses iPhone, iPad et MacBook Air, ainsi que le contrôle de ses comptes Gmail et Twitter.
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MIDEAST - Syria rebels defends ‘Law of Jungle’ as executions mount

MIDEAST - Syria rebels defends ‘Law of Jungle’ as executions mount | Building coalitions in rethinking growth & development | Scoop.it
The Free Syrian Army defended the execution of regime loyalists following a growing list of accusations...
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Olympics: Aussies claim Kiwi successes for their own - Paul Harper - NZ Herald News

Olympics: Aussies claim Kiwi successes for their own - Paul Harper - NZ Herald News | Building coalitions in rethinking growth & development | Scoop.it
The Aussies have a history of claiming New Zealand successes, be it Crowded House, Phar Lap or pavlova.
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Role of Impact Investment and Philanthropy in Development | Social Enterprise

Role of Impact Investment and Philanthropy in Development | Social Enterprise | Building coalitions in rethinking growth & development | Scoop.it
How philanthropy and impact investments can help address pressing social problems of the developing world?
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Ramesh Raskar: Imaging at a trillion frames per second, so detailed it shows light itself in motion.

Ramesh Raskar presents femto-photography, a new type of imaging so fast it visualizes the world one trillion frames per second, so detailed it shows light itself in motion. This technology may someday be used to build cameras that can look "around" corners or see inside the body without X-rays.

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Screen-sharing with Join.me

How does join.me work? Take a tour and discover join.me.

 

This video is is the perfect introduction on how to collaborate with colleagues or students using http://join.me This site allows you to talk, chat and screen-share for free.  This is a must for anyone wanting virtual office hours or needing to remotely display their computer screen.  As long as you use it lightly, it is a free service. 


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IPS – New Waste-to-Energy Facility Helps Barbados Toward Greener Economy | Inter Press Service

IPS – New Waste-to-Energy Facility Helps Barbados Toward Greener Economy | Inter Press Service | Building coalitions in rethinking growth & development | Scoop.it
New Waste-to-Energy Facility Helps Barbados Toward Greener Economy - When it comes to pursuing a greener path to economic development, the tiny Caribb (RT @RepowerAmerica: Waste-to-energy.It may not smell like roses, but waste is jump starting the...
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A Long Hot Summer

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Long hot summer article by Bill McKibben calls for greater reflection on fracking....

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Super Rich The Greed Game - full documentary - BBC

BBC News business editor Robert Peston narrates this 2008 documentary directed by John O’Kane that exposes how the new super-rich are making their fortunes and why everyone else is picking up the bill for it. Learn how hedge-fund traders, private equity firms, and investment bankers make their money. This is an eye-opening look at their greedy pursuits.


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China offers $20bn of loans to African nations

China offers $20bn of loans to African nations | Building coalitions in rethinking growth & development | Scoop.it

Chinese president Hu Jintao announces doubling of funds, cementing alliance that appears increasingly hostile to the west...


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