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  • Eggs. Shrek glasses. Sure, but what was the top recall of 2010?

    Eggs. Shrek glasses. Sure, but what was the top recall of 2010?

    It was a year when contaminated eggs and McDonald's glasses found their way into the headlines. But the product fiascos of 2010 included everything from recalled cars and home appliances to food and medications. What was the year’s top recall? Read on:

  • 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.

  • Toyota hiring more workers in Indiana

    Toyota hiring more workers in Indiana

    Toyota is adding 53 full-time workers at an Indiana plant as sales of its Sienna minivan and Highlander SUV improve.

  • 2011 safest cars announced: Is your dream car a top pick?

    2011 safest cars announced: Is your dream car a top pick?

    A total of 66 cars were designated the 2011 safest cars, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced Wednesday. They include 40 cars, 25 SUVs, and one minivan, which “do the best job of protecting people in front, side, rollover, and rear crashes,” the institute says. Here are the 2011 safest cars, listed alphabetically by automaker. Did your dream car make the cut?

  • GM CEO calls Toyota Prius a 'geek-mobile,' touts Chevrolet Volt

    GM CEO calls Toyota Prius a 'geek-mobile,' touts Chevrolet Volt

    Dan Akerson's tough words about the Toyota Prius suggest that GM is trying to get its swagger back. One of the reasons GM is confident: the all-electric Chevrolet Volt.

  • The Monitor's View South Korea trade pact: US beachhead for pacts with Japan, China

    Congress should approve the tentative trade agreement with South Korea. It's a model for what the US should get from China and Japan.

  • Hybrid cars? OK. All-electric Tesla? An eco-thriller!

    The New Economy Hybrid cars? OK. All-electric Tesla? An eco-thriller!

    Hybrid cars still hold onto the combustion past, but the Tesla shows how all-electric cars can be a sporty and eco-friendly alternative.

  • R&D spending: Here are the Top 10 firms

    R&D spending: Here are the Top 10 firms

    Apple, Google, and 3M may top Bloomberg’s list of the world’s most innovative companies, but they’re not the biggest research and development spenders – not even part of the Top 20. Out of 1,000 publicly traded companies with the highest R&D spending in 2009, here are the Top 10, according to a survey by management-consulting firm Booz & Co.:

  • Africa Monitor Uganda journalist missing after a mysterious meeting

    Human rights observers think that Ugandan radio journalist Arafat Nzito is being held by the Ugandan government's security forces.

  • Commercials, kids, and materialism

    The Simple Dollar Commercials, kids, and materialism

    A new Toyota Highlander ad features a demanding (and rude) kid, shallow values, and poor financial planning.