IBM Donates Supercomputer to Spur Growth in Africa

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreBecause building scientific and technical capability within Africa is one of the fundamental keys to growing its economy, IBM announced that it will donate a $2 million Blue Gene supercomputer to African institutions that are focused on social, economic, and environmental issues. (CNN Money) Link from Andrew N. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

The Great Sockathon: Change Your Socks, Change the World

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA social entrepreneur and creative maverick has set a huge goal for his company: raising one million dollars for the Sierra Club, and one million pairs of socks for the homeless with an online sockathon on Saturday. Diogenes Ruiz’s Sock-athon will launch a quality line of organic and recycled fiber Sierra Club logo socks with a “Buy one, GIVE one Free” policy; for every pair of socks sold, a pair will go to the National Coalition for the Homeless; and 10% of all proceeds will go to the Sierra Club.   Ruiz was a member of inSide919, one of the nationwide inSide AreaCodes micro business networks, based in the Triangle region of North Carolina, a hotbed of enterprise and creativity. Within inSide919, all kinds of activities are gelling; one, the brainchild of network founder Pat Howlett, is the “Let’s Make Stone Soup” aims to share the talents of the community on one project a month. The Great Sockathon of November 1, 2008, became Stone Soup Project Number one. Meeting over breakfast at Bob Evans, Stone Soup members, a group of ten included Musicians, Videographers, Actors, Writers, Jewelers and a Fireman, brainstormed how to get the attention of America in a month. Videos. Plays. Super Heroes. Songs. Parties. Facebook. MySpace. Care2. Meetups. Blogs. Ruiz designed the Sockathon logo that says “Change your Socks, Change the World.”  He wrote and directed volunteers in a Godfather spoof, complete with music, Sockfather Part 1, with 1200 views on YouTube. A team of musicians developed the Change your Socks, Change the World theme song, posted on the MySpace Sierra Club Socks site, with a growing friends list. The videographer interviewed Ruiz and distributed that video throughout a network of video sites. The Jeweler stopped short of creating a bracelet for the event, but spread the word on her online communities. The fireman helped publicize the event on his blogs and within the firefighting community, and posed for a picture with the Change your Socks T-Shirt. Meanwhile, Ruiz drew upon his Super Hero Cards and brought into being Sock Man and Sock Woman, complete with super powers to help people reduce their carbon footprint! Their advent is announced in the Super Hero Bulletin. Ruiz even drew a “S ock Market cartoon.” The creative spree inspired by Ruiz with his sky-size vision for the inSiders, also inspired a second-grade Michigan girl, Catrina Guenther and her mother to participate. When Sockathoners mention Catrina, she will get credit for helping inspire them, and the results will be reported. To date, an estimated 100 pairs of socks will be donated because of Catrina. Sierra Club Socks for men and women are made from quality organic cotton, bamboo, soy and other earth friendly recycled yarns. Order the Sierra Club Socks online at www.sierraclubsocks.com. Create your own network of social creatives if there is an inSide AreaCodes network in your community. last_img read more

Buck the Wonder Dog Survives 6 Months Alone in Montana Winter (w/ Video)

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Six months and forty pounds-lighter, Buck was found wandering in the Montana wilderness after being separated from his family on a road trip. This brave retriever survived on his own in one of the worst winters Montana has had in the past three decades. (Read story at KOMO) Video below may take a minute to load… last_img read more

Panera to Open Another Pay-What-You-Want Cafe, This Time in Portland

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorePanera Bread will open its third nonprofit restaurant Monday in Portland where customers pay what they want for food — using donation boxes, instead of cash registers.Panera opened community cafes last year in Clayton, Mo., and Dearborn, Mich., owned and operated by the nonprofit arm of the national restaurant chain.The question was, “Will people step up and help each other or will they take advantage?”So far, people have stepped up. Panera said about 20% of the visitors to the cafes leave more than the suggested amount, 20% leave less and 60% pay what is suggested.(READ the AP story at USA Today)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

20 Industries Where Jobs Are Coming Back

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIn the US economy, the good news is finally starting to outweigh the bad. The private sector — especially small and medium sized businesses — has been adding jobs for several months in a row now.Everybody wants to know where the jobs are. Here are 20 fields where jobs are starting to return…(READ the story in US News)Thanks to Amber ‘Miller’ Monroe, for submitting the link on our Facebook Fan page!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

50-cent Paper Microscope Could Save Millions of Lives

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreStanford bioengineering professor Manu Prakash was worried that because the developing world could not afford microscopes, they were prescribing malaria pills without identifying specific strains, and unwittingly boosting the resistance of some of the bugs. So he set out to make the best possible disease-detection instrument he could and make it cheap enough to distribute almost for free.He and his students came up with an origami-like folded cardboard device called the “Foldscope”. It can be produced with just 50 cents for materials and is so durable that it can be stomped on and dropped into a bucket of water, and it still works. The bookmark-sized piece of layered cardstock with a micro-lens can magnify up to 2,000 times and detect dangerous blood-borne diseases like malaria, African sleeping sickness, schistosomiasis and Chagas.“They’re literally as good as many research microscopes you can buy,” said Prakash. The Foldscope can be assembled in minutes, includes no mechanical moving parts, packs in a flat configuration, is extremely rugged and can be incinerated after use to safely dispose of infectious biological samples. With minor design modifications, Stanford’s ScopeBlog says, it can be used to project enlarged images of the samples on the wall of a dark room.One of the unique design features of the microscope is the use of inexpensive spherical lenses rather than the precision-ground curved glass lenses used in traditional microscopes. These poppy-seed-sized lenses were originally mass produced in various sizes as an abrasive grit used to wear down sharp metal edges.The Foldscope’s super magnification rate comes direct from the unique optical physics created when the spherical lens is held close to the eye. The device can also be customized in myriad ways, using watch batteries and LED lights.In addition, Prakash is passionate about mass-producing the Foldscope for educational purposes, to inspire children to explore the microscopic world. He is giving away 10,000 build-your-own paper microscope kits to citizen scientists with the most inspiring ideas for what to do with his invention. Visit The Ten Thousand Microscopes Project for details.(WATCH the video below, and LEARN More at scopeblog.stanford.edu)Thanks to Amy Grant for sending the link!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Watch This Former Circus Lion Feel Grass Again After 13 Years

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreYou can actually see this circus lion’s face light up the moment he knows he’s free.This big cat named Will was freed from a tiny cage where he’d been housed for 13 years. When he stepped into the grassy enclosure at Brazil’s Rancho do Gnomos wildlife sanctuary, he kicked up a dust cloud, pawing at the ground and rolled around in the grass.The sanctuary’s staff believe it was the first time the lion had ever felt grass under his paws.After Years Apart, Watch This Mother Elephant Reunite With Her Baby The video of Will’s release was shot in 2006, but the sanctuary just published it on Facebook this week.The sanctuary’s founder Marco Pompeo says Will passed away from natural causes in 2011, but he had five great years of freedom — in the company of other lions — after he arrived at Ranco do Gnomos.“He loved to lie in grass and look at the sky,” Pompeo told The Dodo. “He was a very happy lion.”(WATCH the video below)Story tip Denny HallAwww … Share with your friends (below) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Rare Quadruplet Calves Are Together Again After Miracle Birth

first_imgTheir mother could handle only one of the calves, so neighbors in DeKalb lent a hand to farmer Jimmy Barling and his wife, Dora Rumsey-Barling, helping to raise the other three.WATCH the video below from WFAA News and READ more at the Quads’ Facebook Page, Eeny, Meeny, Miny and Moo. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreHoly cow! A herd of cuteness survived odds of 11 million to one, on a farm in Texas, and it’s been reunited as a family once again.Back in March, a cow delivered rare, quadruplet calves, against huge odds. Now, nine months later, Eeny, Meeny, Miny and Moo can be spied on Facebook, healthy and happy.NEED MORE CUTE? …GET OUR NEW GOOD NEWS APP—>  Download FREE for Android and iOSExtra tiny bovines, the smallest, Meeny, was just 25 pounds — one-third the weight of a average newborn calf.They’ve put on some weight since then. Moo-ve This Story Along To Your Friends…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Israeli Women Tear Down Centuries Old Gender Barrier at the Western Wall

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWomen in Israel have had their prayers answered.After a three decade-long battle, the Israeli government has agreed to let women pray alongside men at Jerusalem’s Western Wall, one of Judaism’s holiest sites.The Wall is one of the few remaining remnants of the Second Jewish Temple, and rules allowed both men and women to pray at the wall — but never together.SEE MORE GOOD NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD…GET OUR APP—>  Download FREE for Android and iOSA group called Women of the Wall has held monthly protests for the past 27 years demanding the Israeli government bring down the virtual wall between genders and allow women and men to pray alongside one another.Under a compromise approved by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet, a former archeological site will be turned into a plaza allowing mixed-gender prayers.Costing nine million dollars, the plaza will be able to accommodate 1,200 people at a time, reports the CS Monitor.RELATED:  Thousands of Women Protest for Peace in Jerusalem“This landmark decision gives expression to a fundamental truth: there is more than one way to be Jewish,” Rabbis Noa Sattah and Gilad Kariv, of the Israel Religious Action Centre and the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism said in a joint statement. “There is more than one way to pray. There is more than one way to connect to Jewish traditions and identity.”(WATCH the video below from the Associated Press) — Photo: Edmund N Gall, CCShare This On Your Friends’ Walls…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Today’s Teens Might Be Better Law-Abiding Citizens Than Any Generation in 60 Years

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreMore than a decade of data reveals that American teens have become far less likely to abuse alcohol, nicotine, and illicit drugs, and less likely to engage in delinquent behaviors, such as fighting and stealing.Researchers found that the number of substance-use disorders among 12- to 17-year olds had declined by 49% over a 12-year span, along with a simultaneous 34% decline in delinquent behaviors, such as fighting, assault, stealing, selling drugs or carrying a handgun.The decline in substance abuse among teens in the years before 2015 parallels findings in other recent surveys, but, until now, no one has looked at how the drop-off may be linked to other behavioral issues.WATCH: Teen Boys Filmed Giving Duvet to Homeless Man, and Tucking Him In“We’ve known that teens overall are becoming less likely to engage in risky behaviors, and that’s good news,” said first author Richard A. Grucza, a professor of psychiatry. “But what we learned in this study is that the declines in substance abuse are connected to declines in delinquency. This suggests the changes have been driven more by changes in adolescents themselves more than by policies to reduce substance abuse or delinquent behavior.”Other researchers have found that teens are delaying sex and using seat belts more often than their parents and grandparents. Grucza’s team focused on substance-use disorders – involving alcohol, nicotine, marijuana, opioids and the abuse of other prescription drugs or nonprescription drugs – and delinquent behaviors.“It’s not clear what is driving the parallel declines,” Grucza said. “New policies – including things like higher cigarette taxes and stricter anti-bullying policies – certainly have a positive effect. But seeing these trends across multiple behaviors suggests that larger environmental factors are at work. These might include reductions in childhood lead exposure, lower rates of child abuse and neglect, and better mental health care for children.”MORE: Dramatic Reduction in Teen Suicide Attempts After Same-sex Marriage LegalizationAlthough heroin and opioid abuse have become an epidemic in many areas of the United States, the use among teens has fallen, according to the survey data.“Opioid problems continue to increase among adults, but among 12- to 17-year-olds, we saw a drop of nearly 50%.”Based on the survey data, Grucza and his team estimated that in 2014, there were nearly 700,000 fewer adolescents with substance-use disorders than in 2003. And because it’s possible for a person to be addicted to nicotine while abusing alcohol or marijuana, the researchers estimate the total number of substance-use disorders among adolescents declined by about 2 million.RELATED:  High School Implements Later Start Times, Sees Dramatic ImprovementsThe data come from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an annual survey of 12- to 17-year-olds from all 50 states that is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. The data includes information from 2003 through 2014, the last year for which survey numbers are available. A total of 210,599 teens – 13,000 to 18,500 each year – were part of the study.(Source: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis)Click To Share The News With Your Friends (Photo by Irving Adbiel, CC)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more