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Playing Online Video Games May Help Students Learn Civic Education
In a study published in The Journal of Social Studies Research, researchers have found out that playing online video games is effective in teaching civics education among students. The study shows...more



Alameda County Smartphone App Pairs Tech with Citizen Participation
Alameda County has a new tool to take photos of issues surrounding the locality. The tool is a smartphone application called Mobile Citizen with a real-time response. The smartphone app enables...more

Durham Entrepreneur Uses Social Media to Get Kids Active
Coleman Greene, a Durham entrepreneur and creator of Sqord, has collaborated with Premera Blue Cross to keep kids active by using social media. The Sqord is a funny word that children made up,...more

A Virtual Computer-based Platform May Be an Effective Learning Environment
A study that is currently published online in BMC Medical Education finds that a virtual computer environment is an effective learning environment. The project involved participants engaged in a...more

How Twitter Can Be Used As An Avenue In Addressing Health Issues Such As Obesity
A new study recently published in the American Journal of Public Health deemed Twitter as a way to help address certain health issues. The study, conducted by Jenine K. Harris, PhD, assistant...more

MIT President: Sequestration Can Derail Breakthrough Innovations
MIT President Rafael Reif speaks how federal budget cuts caused by sequestration threaten to derail major innovative breakthroughs, such as AIDS vaccine, 3D printing and digital learning. Reif...more

Evolution of the Digital Civil Society
Tom Watson, Forbes contributor, reflects on civil society that has gone digital. Watson unearthed a series of white papers that document how the civil society sector should plan for its own...more

3-D Printers Will Allow Babies to Breathe Again
A recent development in 3-D printing has enabled a 16-month old baby to breathe again. Garrett Peterson, born with a weak cartilage in his windpipe, was introduced to a 3-D-printed flexible splint...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

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






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Youths in the Middle East Address Unemployment By Creating New Businesses


Youths in the Middle East Address Unemployment By Creating New Businesses

Youths in the Middle East deal with the world’s social problems such as high youth unemployment rates. As a solution, some are creating new businesses with a social purpose, such as tackling environmental issues, illiteracy or health, while also spurring job creation.




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