Future Focus: Ideas

  • Ice Age child discovered in Alaskan wilderness

    Ice Age child discovered in Alaskan wilderness

    Ice Age child: The remains of a prehistoric child have been found in the woods of Alaska. The story behind the Ice Age child may help modern day Native Americans understand something new about their ancestry.

  • How climate change models could get better, thanks to NASA

    How climate change models could get better, thanks to NASA

    NASA is set to launch satellite Glory early Wednesday. It will measure incoming sunlight and atmospheric particles, both key to crafting better climate models.

  • Christa McAuliffe: How her legacy lives on

    Cool Astronomy Christa McAuliffe: How her legacy lives on

    Christa McAuliffe was never able to teach from space, but her lesson plans, now updated to reflect current technology, remain available to all.

  • 'Girl Talk' youth program counters school bullying with mentoring

    Difference Maker 'Girl Talk' youth program counters school bullying with mentoring

    As a teen Haley Kilpatrick felt the sting of school bullying herself. She started the youth program 'Girl Talk' to stand up to it.

  • When hackers' talents are used to help

    When hackers' talents are used to help

    New tools ease the work of emergency managers.

  • Are micro-donations building a culture of donors?

    The Circle Bastiat Are micro-donations building a culture of donors?

    With so many easy ways to donate – with a text message or a mouse click – will giving become a habit?

  • Ideas for a better world in 2011

    Ideas for a better world in 2011

    In many ways, 2010 is a year you may want to relegate to the filing cabinet quickly. It began with a massive earthquake in Haiti and wound down with North Korea once again being an enfant terrible – bizarrely trying to conduct diplomacy through brinkmanship. In between came Toyota recalls and egg scares, pat downs at airports and unyielding unemployment numbers, too little money in the Irish treasury and too many bedbugs in American sheets. Oil gushed from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico for three months, mocking the best intentions of man and technology to stop it, while ash from a volcano in Iceland darkened Europe temporarily as much as its balance sheets. Yet not all was gloomy. The winter Olympics in Canada and the World Cup in South Africa dazzled with their displays of athletic prowess and national pride, becoming hearths around which the world gathered. In Switzerland, the world's largest atom smasher hurled two protons into each other at unfathomable speeds. Then came the year's most poignant moment – the heroic and improbable rescue of 33 miners from the clutches of the Chilean earth. There were many transitions, too – the return of the Republicans in Washington and the Tories in Britain, the scaling back of one war (Iraq) and the escalation of another (Afghanistan), the fall of some powers (Greece) and rise of others (China, Germany, Lady Gaga). To get the new year off to the right start, we decided to ask various thinkers for one idea each to make the world a better place in 2011. We plumbed poets and political figures, physicists and financiers, theologians and novelists. Some of the ideas are provocative, others quixotic. Some you will agree with, others you won't. But in the modest quest to stir a discussion – from academic salons to living rooms to government corridors – we offer these 25 ideas.

  • Creative idea? Kickstarter connects artists with online funding.

    Creative idea? Kickstarter connects artists with online funding.

    Kickstarter.com points online patrons toward worthy projects they didn't know existed.

  • How to check out a charity

    How to check out a charity

    With so many non-profits soliciting contributions, how can you pick one to support? Try these resources.

  • Can Warren Buffett and Bill Gates save the world?

    Can Warren Buffett and Bill Gates save the world?

    How the Giving Pledge, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett's quest to get billionaires to donate half their wealth to charity, will impact philanthropy and the world's needy.

  • Got a new computer? Install these nine programs right away

    Got a new computer? Install these nine programs right away

    Start your new PC off right with high-rated free software.

  • Predictions 2010: Six ideas that will shape the world

    Predictions 2010: Six ideas that will shape the world

    A decade into the new millennium, here are six trends to watch – from Africa's possible emergence as the next breadbasket, to Russia’s strange leadership hunt, to the evangelical boom in Latin American pews.

 
 
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