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The P2P Model is Coming to Energy

Soon you may be able to buy your electricty from your neighbor.

Ever dreamt of a world where you could choose your renewable energy provider a-la-Airbnb? The new person-to-person electricity trend, which began in the Netherlands in 2013 and spread to the UK, is bringing the innovative concept to life.

The Amsterdam based Vandebron, which translates to “from the source,” provides a direct marketplace between local farms generating clean power and local homeowners and businesses looking for a low cost, no fuss renewable energy source.

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The Five Best Projects from the Gates Foundation's Education Technology Competition

Here are our five favorite projects from the Gates Foundation's education technology grant competition.

On Tuesday the Gates Foundation announced 19 winners of the second phase of its Next Generation Learning Challenges grant competition. The NGLC's priority is using technology to improve college readiness among low-income students, and what makes these new grantees noteworthy is that they're working on targeting the critical seventh- through ninth-grade years—well before students can either drop out or fall too far behind in higher level math and science. Each project is also aligned with the new Common Core Standards, which are all about developing higher-order thinking skills. While all 19 grantees are noteworthy, here are five that really stand out:

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