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  • Stink bugs, termites could soon be part of your diet (+video)

    Stink bugs, mealworms, termites, and African palm weevils could feed the world, proposed this year's Hult Prize winners. Stink bugs are already on the menu in parts of Asia, Africa, and South America.

  • Modern Parenthood Parenting roundup: Kate Middleton's pregnancy, puppies for rent, and more

    Kate Middleton's pregnant, and was it bullying when two Nevada teens beat up a special needs student?

  • Progress Watch Racial gap in life expectancy reaches new low in US

    Between 2003 and 2008, the gap in life expectancy between white and black men fell from 6.5 years to 5.4, Canadian researchers found. For women, it fell from 4.6 years to 3.7. 

  • College rankings: Which countries have the best education systems?

    A new higher education ranking focuses on evaluating quality by countries as a whole, rather than specific academic institutions. Here are some of the findings:

  • Are crop yields the Achilles heel of organic farming?

    Organic agriculture can't compete with conventional in terms of crop yields, according to a new study.

  • Scientists create race of supersoldier ants

    This discovery of oversized versions of soldier ants, whose job is to defend the nest, led researchers to create their own supersoldier ants in the lab with the help of a hormone.

  • If someone calls you a rat, take it as a compliment

    A new study found that rats display compassion for their fellow rodents, even if they have nothing to gain. 
    12/09/2011 12:46 pm

  • Canada's 'kid' lawmakers poised to shake-up staid Parliament

    Canada's recent election brought a crop of young lawmakers – including college students – to Parliament as members of the opposition New Democratic Party.
    06/22/2011 04:18 pm

  • Designing for dignity

    Moshe Safdie's success doesn't distract from his desire to create habitats that fit cities – and honor the individual.
    06/03/2011 04:52 pm

  • 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.
    12/26/2010 12:56 pm

Doing Good


What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

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