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Study Finds That Surprised Babies Are More Curious and Eager to Learn

Everyone knows messing with babies is fun, but who knew it could be good for them

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Your first-year initiation into this planet is a constant flood of external stimuli, wonders, and surprises that is overwhelming in the most beautiful way.

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How a Group of Surfers Give Back to Coastal Communities Around the World

Surf For Life is based on the premise that human development is all of our responsibility.

Surf For Life started as a group of surfers that decided to do something about the harm that sometimes comes from an international surf/travel lifestyle. People who surf often feed their obsession through world travel. The waves we're looking for are at times found in some very 'undeveloped' parts of the world. Through this, we have a chance to see what life looks like before new business opportunities and the first world comes crashing in. Many of us are also aware that surf breaks in developing nations are often exploited by corporate tourist industries that ignore the needs of the local population. Hotels explode around discovered point breaks. Sometimes, the most a local can hope for is a janitorial or maid job in this new boom town economy.

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The Playbook on How to Become an Agent of Innovation

The 2Seeds Network started with humble beginnings—just a conversation—when a small group of young Americans visited a Tanzanian village.

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The 2Seeds Network started with humble beginnings—just a conversation—when a small group of young Americans visited a Tanzanian village. They got to know the community (composed mostly of small-holder farmers), observed the breakdown in agricultural production and distribution, and a conversation on why the breakdown existed began. What resulted was an invitation from the community to stay, try some new concepts, and work together to improve their yield and profit. Their initial conversation led to much more dialogue, and three months later, their efforts were met with big reward—their Tanzanian partners' income tripled in the first harvest and the village did not have to face its usual hunger season. What 2Seeds learned in that first project, and what it continues to experience throughout the eight projects since, is how to become agents of innovation in the poorest villages in Tanzania.

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What A Box of Sea Cucumbers Teaches Us About Foreign Aid

“If the Chinese can eat this for the last 2,000 years, it means that the Haitian can export it for another 2,000 years forward.”

“This is slimy stuff,” says Ernst Charles. “It’s smelly and everything. I’ve never heard of it, never seen it.”

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How India Jump-Started Its Solar Economy

India has 30 times more solar power today than two years ago. How'd the country do it?


This month, the chief minister of the Indian state of Gujarat announced that the world’s largest solar plant had started producing electricity. The plant’s solar panels fill thousands upon thousands of acres and, in theory, can produce about half as much power as a nuclear plant. Opening a solar plant of that size would be an impressive feat anywhere in the world, but it’s especially noteworthy considering that two years ago, India's total solar power capacity was next to nothing.

The potential for solar power in India is astronomical. Much of the country averages 300 days of sunlight each year: If much-wetter Germany can go solar, India certainly can. In 2010, India’s national government launched a project to rapidly ramp up the country’s solar power capacity, and it's worked: As of March, the country has 30 times more solar power than it did at the beginning of the program—enough to power a small city.

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The United Nations Says Sustainable Energy Will Go Worldwide in 2012

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for universal energy access by 2030.


Yesterday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the United Nations’ International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, calling on businesses and governments around the world to speed the adoption of energy efficiency measures, rely more heavily on renewable energy sources, and help ensure universal energy access by 2030.

“One in five people on the planet lacks access to electricity,” Ban wrote in a New York Times op-ed. “Twice as many, almost 3 billion, use wood, coal, charcoal, or animal waste to cook meals and heat homes, exposing themselves and their families to harmful smoke and fumes. This energy poverty is devastating to human development.”

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