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Innovation Africa 2013
Innovation Africa 2013, a summit being held at the Gaborone International Convention Centre in Botswana, will host a number of ministers and officials from various African ministries of education,...more



The Infographic: Tool for Effective Environmental Philanthropy
David Beckman, Huffington Post contributor and Pisces Foundation's executive director, writes about a medium of communication importantly used in philanthropy: The Infographic. Beckman states...more

The Race to Fashion a Knit-not Sewn-shoe that Reduces Footwear Wastefulness
Adidas and Nike are locked in a foot race to see who can create a knit-not sewn-shoe that will cut wastefulness of footwear material and doesn't require as much cheap labor to make. The sneaker...more

San Francisco Launches New App to Get Updates on CalFresh Benefits
San Francisco has recently introduced Promptly, an application to send text message updates for clients at the San Francisco Human Services Agency (HSA). Code for America Fellows at City Hall, in...more

Virtual Pharmacists: The Future of Telemedicine
Founder of Rock Health portfolio company TelePharm, Roby Miller explained that people will "see a shift in how pharmacists are reimbursed because their value will be realized shortly from a...more

Cell Phone Coaching May Improve Parenting, Study Finds
University of Kansas and Notre Dame researchers learned that when parenting coaches texted and called participating moms in a home-based parenting program, they were more likely to learn and use...more

Apps That Address The Daily Struggles Of Poverty
Tech incubator Significance Labs aims to create apps that serve the needs of impoverished communities. Significance Labs is working to transform the current plight of the poor as a growing...more

This Simple Plaster-Like Patch Might Just Monitor Health and Release Drugs
An innovative wearable health technology has been unveiled -- the plaster-like patch from South Korea that can monitor disorders, sense movement, and disburse drugs. According to a paper published...more

Cyborg Baby Spinach as a Chemical Weapon-Sniffing Plant?
A team of MIT researchers are turning the average baby spinach into a sophisticated chemical-weapon sniffer. The MIT paper published in the Nature Materials journal shows what happened when the...more

How Research Ecologists Can Profit from Urban Design Projects
An article published in the November issue of BioScience, "Mapping the Design Process for Urban Ecology Researchers," documents how ecologists can perform hypothesis-driven research from the...more






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Reinventing Playgrounds

Reinventing Playgrounds
Billy Jensen, a digital media strategist, writer, and father of two, believes that people should “return...



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