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A better online invitation system, a coal product that purifies rather than pollutes, and five other products that impressed us. Cyber Clean keyboard cleaner hygienic gooey The average computer keyboard is home to more germs than a toilet seat, but that doesn't seem to stop most people from blithely..

A better online invitation system, a coal product that purifies rather than pollutes, and five other products that impressed us.


Cyber Clean keyboard cleanerhygienic gooeyThe average computer keyboard is home to more germs than a toilet seat, but that doesn't seem to stop most people from blithely typing away. Over time, QWERTY slabs get covered in crumbs, dust, bits of skin, hair, and otherwise unmentionable human detritus-and they're nigh impossible to clean. Until now. This gooey cleanser will take your keys from abysmal to amazing. Your fingers-and anyone you plan on touching-will thank you.$24, expertverdict.com

Sort of Coal energy-saverFor some time now, Old King Coal has been in dire need of an image makeover. Sort of Coal, a natural purifier, is at least a push in the right direction. Founwd to have far more carbon content than its dirty cousin, the use of white charcoal is a centuries-old Japanese technique proven to absorb humidity and odor without dust or residue. Leave a stick overnight in some water and taste the difference in the morning. Put a log in the open air and breathe fresh without manufactured perfumes. Behold, the purifying power of coal.from $14, sortofcoal.com

Index Chopping Boardquick fixChefs on cooking shows always talk about how you should have one cutting board for meat and one for produce, but who has room for more than one cutting board when your kitchen doesn't double as a TV studio? The Index Chopping Board has solved the problem by storing several cutting boards in a nifty container, and it labels them so you never contaminate your tomatoes with your fish. Never!$85, momastore.org

The Human-Powered HomepowerbookAll those hours on your home treadmill could have been generating electricity for yourself. Free electricity. In her new book, The Human-Powered Home, Tamara Dean shows you ways to get yourself off the grid by using your own energy to supply power. No longer will your kilowatt hours be spent in vain.$30, newsociety.com

Klash shoesheart and soleAre these the only shoes that matter? Probably not. But they are the only shoes we know of that help fund Iraqi heart surgery (to the tune of about 50 percent of each sale). The shoes themselves are made in Iraqi Kurdistan, using a traditional technique, and are both comfortable and stylish (in that Kurdish shoe sort of way).$100, buyshoessavelives.com

PinggrsvpIt's annoying enough to receive an Evite for a party you have no intention of attending, but does it have to add such ugly clutter to your inbox and browser? Not anymore. Pingg adds more than a dash of class to electronic announcements and RSVPs. It boasts a large selection of surprisingly attractive card choices, and enables you to snail-mail a paper version of your invite to your Luddite friends. The directionally challenged can be sent directions via text message an hour before your event.free (there are costs for print invites), pingg.com

Lower East Side Girls Club Ballot Boxsweet nothingsElection year politics can leave a sour taste in your mouth-like defeat mixed with hints of lies and compromise. However, the Lower East Side Girls Club is selling politically shaped sugar cookies to raise money for its after school programs. "Ballot boxes" sold at their Sweet Things bakeshop include three star-shaped cookies and either sweet frosted donkeys, elephants, or a bipartisan box with both. At least someone will benefit from your political stress-eating.$15/box ($20 for bipartisan), girlsclub.org

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Julian Meehan

Young leaders from around the world are gathering at the United Nations Headquarters in New York Saturday to address arguably the most urgent issue of our time. The Youth Climate Summit comes on the heels of an international strike spearheaded by Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden, who arrived in New York via emissions-free sailboat earlier this month.

Translated from Swedish, "berg" means "mountain," so it may feel fated that a young woman with Viking blood in her veins and summit in her name would be at the helm. But let's go out on a limb and presume Thunberg, in keeping with most activists, would chafe at the notion of pre-ordained "destiny," and rightly so. Destiny is passive — it happens to you. It's also egomaniacal. Change, on the other hand, is active; you have to fight. And it is humble. "We need to get angry and understand what is at stake," Thunberg declared. "And then we need to transform that anger into action."

This new generation of activists' most pernicious enemy is denial. The people in charge — complacent politicians and corporation heads who grossly benefit from maintaining the status quo — are buffered from real-life consequences of climate change. But millions of people don't share that privilege. For them, climate change isn't an abstract concept, but a daily state of emergency, whether it comes in the form of "prolonged drought in sub-Saharan Africa…devastating tropical storms sweeping across Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific…[or] heatwaves and wildfires," as Amnesty International reportsare all too real problems people are facing on a regular basis.

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Millions of people in over 150 countries across the globe marched for lawmakers and corporations to take action to help stop climate change on Friday, September 20.

The Climate Strikes were organized by children around the world as an extension of the of the "Fridays for Future" campaign. Students have been walking out of classrooms on Fridays to speak out about political inaction surrounding the climate crisis.

"We need to act right now to stop burning fossil fuels and ensure a rapid energy revolution with equity, reparations and climate justice at its heart," organizers say.

There's no doubt the visual images from the marches send a powerful message to those on the ground but especially those watching from around the world. GOOD's own Gabriel Reilich was on the scene for the largest of the Climate Strikes. Here are 18 of the best signs from the Climate Strike march in New York City.

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September 20th marks the beginning of a pivotal push for the future of our planet. The Global Climate Strike will set the stage for the United Nations Climate Action Summit, where more than 60 nations are expected to build upon their commitment to 2015's Paris Agreement for combating climate change.

Millions of people are expected to take part in an estimated 4,000 events across 130 countries.

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When the iPhone 11 debuted on September 10, it was met with less enthusiasm than the usual iPhone release. A lot of techies are holding off purchasing the latest gadget until Apple releases a phone with 5G technology.

Major US phone carriers have yet to build out the infrastructure necessary to provide a consistent 5G experience, so Apple didn't feel it necessary to integrate the technology into its latest iPhone.

A dramatic new feature on the iPhone 11 Pro is its three camera lenses. The three lenses give users the the original wide, plus ultrawide and telephoto options.

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We often dismiss our dreams as nonsensical dispatches from the mind while we're deep asleep. But recent research proves that our dreams can definitely affect our waking lives.

People often dream about their significant others and studies show it actually affects how we behave towads them the next day.

"A lot of people don't pay attention to their dreams and are unaware of the impact they have on their state of mind," said Dylan Selterman, psychology lecturer at the University of Maryland, says according to The Huffington Post. "Now we have evidence that there is this association."

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