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Our Futures Look Bright - Because We Reject The Possibility That Bad Things Will Happen

Our Futures Look Bright - Because We Reject The Possibility That Bad Things Will Happen | Signpost - Futures | Scoop.it
Study finds that people believe they’ll be happy in the future, even when they imagine the many bad things that could happen, because they discount the possibility that those bad things will actually occur.

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Sustainable urban infrastructure can foster economic growth – UN report - UN News Centre

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UN News Centre Sustainable urban infrastructure can foster economic growth – UN report UN News Centre 17 April 2013 – Developing sustainable urban infrastructure benefits not just the environment, but can also boost economic growth and social...
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Hybrid energy harvester generates electricity from vibrations and sunlight

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Devices that harvest energy from the environment require specific environmental conditions; for instance, solar cells and piezoelectric generators require sunlight and mechanical vibration, respectively. Since these conditions don't exist all the time, most energy harvesters don't generate a constant stream of electricity. In order to harvest ubiquitous energy continuously, researchers have designed and fabricated a hybrid energy harvester that integrates a solar cell and piezoelectric generator, enabling it to harvest energy from both sunlight and sound vibration simultaneously.


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IMF: Africa's economic growth surging south of the Sahara - The Guardian

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IMF: Africa's economic growth surging south of the Sahara
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Nigeria, Africa's top oil producer, will grow by 7% in 2014, continuing to close in on South Africa's bragging rights as the continent's biggest economy.

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Namibia Towards a Green Economy - AllAfrica.com

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Namibia Towards a Green Economy
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Gweek 089: Marina Gorbis, executive director of Institute for the ...

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Earlier this month, Boing Boing posted an excerpt from Marina Gorbis's fascinating new book, The Nature of the Future: Dispatches from the Socialstructed World. As David wrote, the book is "a compelling, provocative, and ...
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Future Tense Event Recap: What Do Kids Really Learn From Education Tech? - Slate Magazine (blog)

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Pakistan Economic Forum: Experts highlight agendas for future economic policy

When it comes to Pakistan’s economic policy, the Pakistan Business Council (PBC), a think tank/advocacy group, is quickly discovering that achieving consensus on principles is far easier than getting anything done. At the second Pakistan Economic Forum (PEF), held at the Karachi School of Business on Wednesday, some of the country’s leading academics, businessmen, as well as both current and former policymakers gathered to discuss what they felt should be the policy agenda for the country. Strikingly absent from the discussion was any semblance of partisan divide or ideological disagreements. Yet even more striking was the fact that the second Pakistan Economic Agenda, which the PBC will be putting forward as its recommendation, is largely the same as the first agenda it put forth two years ago, since so little has changed in how the Government of Pakistan manages the economy. The forum is supposedly modelled after the World Economic Forum, which is held every year in Switzerland. Yet, unlike Davos, the PEF consisted less of panel discussions of eminent professionals and experts and more of speeches based on the policy research that the panellists had conducted. That format left little room for discussion and debate among participants as well as between panellists themselves.


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Does High Public Debt Stifle Economic Growth?

New study refutes Reinhart and Rogoff analysis that underpins austerity policy around the world; shows no relation between debt and lack of growth

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