ANIMALS | PLANET | WILDLIFE

Saving Two Bear Cubs in Wisconsin

Saving Two Bear Cubs in Wisconsin

In a quiet cabin on Little Pine Lake, near Milltown, Wisconsin, two loud cries could be heard. A cabin owner called the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources after she followed the cries to a tree where she saw two bear cub snouts sticking out of a hole at the bottom of a tree. Two wardens […]

Beavers Put to Work Restoring Streams

Beavers Put to Work Restoring Streams

  “Landowners typically trap or kill beavers that block irrigation canals and flood homes in the Yakima Valley. But biologists are using the skills of nature’s best engineers, relocating the troublemaking creatures to the headwaters of the Yakima River, where their talent for chewing willows and constructing lodges can be put to use, helping to […]

ARTS | DESIGN | LIFESTYLE

Leah’s Peace Offering to the Ferguson Community

Leah’s Peace Offering to the Ferguson Community

  (Full article at WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) Leah Flynn, a Sanford 2nd grader, has performed as a soloist at numerous concerts and venues. She is a seasoned performer, having begun her violin journey at age 5, taking lessons and practicing daily with her father. “I’m extremely proud and I tell her it’s a God […]

Seattle Couple’s Last Wish: Create a Pocket Park

Seattle Couple’s Last Wish: Create a Pocket Park

All their lives, George Watton and his wife, DeLayne, did what they thought was right. And so they decided that upon their deaths, their view lot in West Seattle, where similar land alone is assessed at near $300,000, would be donated to the city as a pocket park. George passed away in January of 2014 […]

BUSINESS | CO-OPS | NEW ECONOMY

Community Café: The Pay-What-You-Can Model

Community Café: The Pay-What-You-Can Model

  “Everyone, regardless of economic status, deserves the chance to eat healthy food while being treated with dignity. Good food for the Greater Good.” That is the message on the website of the SAME “So All May Eat” Cafe , featured in the above video. SAME is located in Denver, Colorado, founded by Brad and Libby […]

“Have a Pint, Change the World” @OregonPubHouse

“Have a Pint, Change the World” @OregonPubHouse

  From the Oregon Public House website: Portland, Oregon is the craft brewing capital of America and supports an extensive, thriving pub culture. Portland also hosts more non-profit organizations per capita then any other city in America. Our vision is to leverage these two unique attributes of our city by creating a family-friendly pub environment […]

CIVICS | COMMUNITY | EDUCATION

Buddy Benches Being Created Around the World

Buddy Benches Being Created Around the World

    Second-grader Christian Bucks noticed that some of his friends didn’t have anyone to play with on the playground at Roundtown Elementary School. He decided to take action to help foster friendships at his school, setting forth to acquire a “buddy bench” for his peers. He got the idea from an image he saw […]

Seattle Couple’s Last Wish: Create a Pocket Park

Seattle Couple’s Last Wish: Create a Pocket Park

All their lives, George Watton and his wife, DeLayne, did what they thought was right. And so they decided that upon their deaths, their view lot in West Seattle, where similar land alone is assessed at near $300,000, would be donated to the city as a pocket park. George passed away in January of 2014 […]

HEALTH | WELLNESS | SPORTS

High School Cross Country Team Shows True Sportsmanship

High School Cross Country Team Shows True Sportsmanship

Streator Township High School Cross Country athlete, Jacob Chalkey, was nearing the finish line in a four-team meet Thursday afternoon when he felt a seizure coming on. Slowing to a stop, he sat and waited for the debilitating episode to pass. Since birth, Chalkey, 18, has had a rare neurological condition which causes dramatic seizures […]

4000 CDs Donated to Hospital for Music Therapy

4000 CDs Donated to Hospital for Music Therapy

  What can a guy do with 4,000 CDs? Help someone heal, says music therapist Gemma Isaac. That’s what happened Tuesday when a former national music buyer for the now-defunct retailer A&B Sound, Vancouver’s Brian Thompson, packed up his massive collection spanning 23 years of music from 1990 and sent it to Vancouver General Hospital where Isaac will […]

SCIENCE | TECH | INNOVATION

Hybrid Materials Could Smash the Solar Efficiency Ceiling

Hybrid Materials Could Smash the Solar Efficiency Ceiling

  A new method for transferring energy from organic to inorganic semiconductors could boost the efficiency of widely used inorganic solar cells.    Researchers have developed a new method for harvesting the energy carried by particles known as ‘dark’ spin-triplet excitons with close to 100% efficiency, clearing the way for hybrid solar cells which could […]

Advances in Solar Toward Printable Plastic Sheets

Advances in Solar Toward Printable Plastic Sheets

    Read complete article loaded with details at Motherboard.   Our most promising visions of a clean-powered future typically position cheap, abundant solar energy as an important cornerstone. And solar panels would be a lot cheaper and abundant if they were made out of plastic instead of silicon—that way, they could be ‘printed’ in a flexible material and easily applied […]

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