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Infrastructure Projects that Solve Multiple Problems Are Likely to Succeed

Shalini Vajjhala, re:Focus Partners: The best way to avoid bureaucracy and to get projects done quickly is to aggregate solutions and think ahead. http://www.brookings.edu/events/2014/05/16-americ...
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Our project for making America #1 in Cyberstructure solves problems in education, business, communications, scientific research, medical research, and a host of other issues.  

 

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Obama to use infrastructure spending as a political weapon - Washington Times

Obama to use infrastructure spending as a political weapon - Washington Times | Upgrade America | Scoop.it
Town Hall Obama to use infrastructure spending as a political weapon Washington Times President Obama made clear this week he intends to use crumbling roads and stalled infrastructure projects across the country as political tools heading into the...
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City may replace streetlights with energy-saving units - Standard Speaker

City may replace streetlights with energy-saving units - Standard Speaker | Upgrade America | Scoop.it
City may replace streetlights with energy-saving units Standard Speaker A program to replace more than 1,400 aged streetlight fixtures in Hazleton with high-efficiency LED units will reduce energy costs by $60,000 to $65,000 annually, the president...
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Science Fiction Writer Isaac Asimov Made 2014 Predictions 50 Years Ago, and He Was (Almost) Spot On

Science Fiction Writer Isaac Asimov Made 2014 Predictions 50 Years Ago, and He Was (Almost) Spot On | Upgrade America | Scoop.it

So at The World's Fair in 1964, prolific science fiction author Isaac Asimov (who was also a bioc... (RT @eonline: Fifty years ago, sci fi writer Isaac Asimov made predictions about 2014--and he was spot on (almost).

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Solar-powered schools: Let the sun shine on education

Solar-powered schools: Let the sun shine on education | Upgrade America | Scoop.it
Solar-powered classrooms have evolved from an experiment into the next big thing in educational initiatives by IT giants like Samsung and Dell. (RT @GreenpeaceAustP: Yay! MT @Greenpeaceafric Solar powered schools in South Africa?
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Willie Horton Politics: Senate Votes Against Civil Rights - BillMoyers.com

Willie Horton Politics: Senate Votes Against Civil Rights - BillMoyers.com | Upgrade America | Scoop.it
NPR (blog) Willie Horton Politics: Senate Votes Against Civil Rights BillMoyers.com Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator John Barrasso speak to reporters on Capitol Hill after bipartisan Senate opposition blocked swift confirmation...
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Highly Educated Countries Have Better Governments

Highly Educated Countries Have Better Governments | Upgrade America | Scoop.it
Why? Citizens complain more, forcing officials to be more accountable. (Why #cbr is best? Ping @KatyGMLA "highly educated countries have better governments. Why?
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Five dumb bills just passed by the House would screw the environment | Grist - Linkis.com

Five dumb bills just passed by the House would screw the environment | Grist - Linkis.com | Upgrade America | Scoop.it
To celebrate "Stop Government Abuse Week," Republicans in the House passed legislation that would muck up the regulatory process and hamstring the EPA.
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Alan Alda, Spokesman for Science

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An actor with a love of science seeks to apply techniques of drama to help scientists be better communicators.
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China pollution wafting across Pacific to blanket US

China pollution wafting across Pacific to blanket US | Upgrade America | Scoop.it
Some US cities getting an extra day of smog per year due to pollution from China, US National Academy of Sciences says (RT @ProfRayWills: China pollution crosses Pacific to US http://t.co/upKtnZgEC1...
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Study: LGBT-Affirming Schools Yield Lower Suicide Rates

Study: LGBT-Affirming Schools Yield Lower Suicide Rates | Upgrade America | Scoop.it
A new study shows that both LGBT and straight students benefit greatly from GSAs and schools that enforce their antidiscrimination policies. (Study shows #LGBT-Affirming Schools Yield Lower Suicide Rates.
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HSBC builds brand with bamboo | Marketing Magazine

HSBC builds brand with bamboo | Marketing Magazine | Upgrade America | Scoop.it
Building a brand at Toronto's Pearson Airport - with bamboo: http://t.co/PzIIwzn4mn #Marketing #Communications
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Welfare overhaul: even the educated and experienced are vulnerable

Welfare overhaul: even the educated and experienced are vulnerable | Upgrade America | Scoop.it
Jennifer Meyers-Smith, who has a law degree but cannot find work, says the proposed changes are a concern for ‘mature’ people
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Girls get taste of science jobs at Heritage fair - Yakima Herald-Republic

Girls get taste of science jobs at Heritage fair - Yakima Herald-Republic | Upgrade America | Scoop.it
Girls get taste of science jobs at Heritage fair Yakima Herald-Republic The event, co-sponsored by Heritage and the University of Washington's GEAR UP program, drew more than 200 Yakima Valley middle school girls for a day filled with hands-on...
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Effort to steer women into science, tech careers falls short - Green Bay Press Gazette

Effort to steer women into science, tech careers falls short - Green Bay Press Gazette | Upgrade America | Scoop.it
Effort to steer women into science, tech careers falls short Green Bay Press Gazette Young women discuss why they're entering STEM fiel...: Young women from local high schools discuss why they're interested in the so-called STEM fields of science,...
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5-Year-Olds Can Learn Calculus

5-Year-Olds Can Learn Calculus | Upgrade America | Scoop.it

Why playing with algebraic and calculus concepts—rather than doing arithmetic drills—may be a better way to introduce children to math (5-Year-Olds Can Learn Calculus - Luba Vangelova - The Atlantic http://t.co/3HjuLt80vo)...

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Climate forecasts: setting the record straight

Climate forecasts: setting the record straight | Upgrade America | Scoop.it
How climate science is proving itself to be highly accurate.
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UR professor: Time to overhaul U.S. education system - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

UR professor: Time to overhaul U.S. education system - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Upgrade America | Scoop.it
UR professor: Time to overhaul U.S. education system Rochester Democrat and Chronicle Fixing public education is simple — just stop treating children like dunces. Instead, ask them what they want to learn, then help them learn it.
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100% Renewable Energy Is Feasible and Affordable, According to ...

100% Renewable Energy Is Feasible and Affordable, According to ... | Upgrade America | Scoop.it
concentrating solar power One of the greatest promises of the high-tech future, whether made explicitly or implicitly through shiny clean concept sketches, is that we will have efficient energy that doesn't churn pollutants into ...
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5-Year-Olds Can Learn Calculus

5-Year-Olds Can Learn Calculus | Upgrade America | Scoop.it
Why playing with algebraic and calculus concepts—rather than doing arithmetic drills—may be a better way to introduce children to math (5-Year-Olds Can Learn Calculus - Luba Vangelova - The Atlantic http://t.co/3HjuLt80vo)...
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The Wrong Way to Teach Grammar

The Wrong Way to Teach Grammar | Upgrade America | Scoop.it
No more diagramming sentences: Students learn more form simply writing and reading.
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A Wikipedia for robots allowing them to share knowledge and experience worldwide

A Wikipedia for robots allowing them to share knowledge and experience worldwide | Upgrade America | Scoop.it
European scientists from six institutes and two universities have developed an online platform where robots can learn new skills from each other worldwide — a kind of “Wikipedia for robots.” The objective is to help develop robots better at helping elders with caring and household tasks. “The problem right now is that robots are often developed specifically for one task”, says René van de Molengraft, TU/e researcher and RoboEarth project leader. “RoboEarth simply lets robots learn new tasks and situations from each other. All their knowledge and experience are shared worldwide on a central, online database.” In addition, some computing and “thinking” tasks can be carried out by the system’s “cloud engine,” he said, “so the robot doesn’t need to have as much computing or battery power on‑board.” For example, a robot can image a hospital room and upload the resulting map to RoboEarth. Another robot, which doesn’t know the room, can use that map on RoboEarth to locate a glass of water immediately, without having to search for it endlessly. In the same way a task like opening a box of pills can be shared on RoboEarth, so other robots can also do it without having to be programmed for that specific type of box. RoboEarth is based on four years of research by a team of scientists from six European research institutes (TU/e, Philips, ETH Zürich, TU München and the universities of Zaragoza and Stuttgart). Robots learn from each other on 'Wiki for robots'
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Industry Awakens to Threat of Climate Change

Industry Awakens to Threat of Climate Change | Upgrade America | Scoop.it
Coca-Cola and other corporations are starting to see global warming as an economically disruptive force affecting commodity costs and supply chains.
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CERN experiment produces first beam of antihydrogen atoms for hyperfine study

CERN experiment produces first beam of antihydrogen atoms for hyperfine study | Upgrade America | Scoop.it
The ASACUSA experiment at CERN has succeeded for the first time in producing a beam of antihydrogen atoms. In a paper published today in Nature Communications, the ASACUSA collaboration reports the unambiguous detection of 80 antihydrogen atoms 2.7 metres downstream of their production, where the perturbing influence of the magnetic fields used initially to produce the antiatoms is small. This result is a significant step towards precise hyperfine spectroscopy of antihydrogen atoms. Primordial antimatter has so far never been observed in the Universe, and its absence remains a major scientific enigma. Nevertheless, it is possible to produce significant amounts of antihydrogen in experiments at CERN by mixing antielectrons (positrons) and low energy antiprotons produced by the Antiproton Decelerator. The spectra of hydrogen and antihydrogen are predicted to be identical, so any tiny difference between them would immediately open a window to new physics, and could help in solving the antimatter mystery. With its single proton accompanied by just one electron, hydrogen is the simplest existing atom, and one of the most precisely investigated and best understood systems in modern physics. Thus comparisons of hydrogen and antihydrogen atoms constitute one of the best ways to perform highly precise tests of matter/antimatter symmetry. Matter and antimatter annihilate immediately when they meet, so aside from creating antihydrogen, one of the key challenges for physicists is to keep antiatoms away from ordinary matter. To do so, experiments take advantage of antihydrogen's magnetic properties (which are similar to hydrogen's) and use very strong non-uniform magnetic fields to trap antiatoms long enough to study them. However, the strong magnetic field gradients degrade the spectroscopic properties of the (anti)atoms. To allow for clean high-resolution spectroscopy, the ASACUSA collaboration developed an innovative set-up to transfer antihydrogen atoms to a region where they can be studied in flight, far from the strong magnetic field.
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'I wanted to stop black terror,' said man who stabbed Eritrean baby in suspected hate crime

'I wanted to stop black terror,' said man who stabbed Eritrean baby in suspected hate crime | Upgrade America | Scoop.it
Indictment issued in Tel Aviv court states that Mordechai Michael Tzerki, 59, told police he set out to stab a dark-skinned baby “because I hate them, they’re black and cause problems.” ("'I wanted to stop black terror,' said man who stabbed Eritrean...
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