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Decade of data shows FEMA flood maps missed 3 in 4 claims

An analysis of flood claims in several southeast Houston suburbs from 1999 to 2009 found that the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s 100-year flood plain maps — the tool that U.S. officials use to determine both

The ‘internet of things’ is sending us back to the Middle Ages

The companies that make our digital devices think – and act – like they still own them, even after we’ve bought them. Are we becoming digital serfs?

Internet-enabled devices are so common, and so vulnerable, that

Voting vulnerability

or as little as a few thousand dollars, online attackers can purchase enough personal information to perhaps alter voter registration information in as many as 35 states and the District of Columbia, according to a

Employee Ownership

Volkswagen Can Cure Neurotic German Investors

Volkswagen AG and Siemens AG are two of Germany’s most important industrial companies. Both have suffered scandals in the past decade. But in at least one key respect they’re now poles apart.  If you asked

DGK marking century of service

Many factors are responsible for the longevity of DGK Insurance and Financial Services, which will be celebrating 100 years of service on Saturday, Sept. 16. An independent broker located in Factoryville, DGK provides insurance coverage

D&H Distributing Wins Five Industry, National, and Regional Awards Since June

D&H Distributing, the leading North American computer products and consumer electronics distributor, announces it has won a significant roster of national, industry, and regional awards since June of 2017, including a top-125 spot on Forbes magazine's list

Environment

A solar cell you can put in the wash

Please enable JavaScript in your browser. Scientists from RIKEN and the University of Tokyo have developed a new type of ultra-thin photovoltaic device, coated on both sides with stretchable and waterproof films, which can continue

Mathematics predicts a sixth mass extinction

In the past 540 million years, the Earth has endured five mass extinction events, each involving processes that upended the normal cycling of carbon through the atmosphere and oceans. These globally fatal perturbations in carbon

Air Conditioning System Beams Excess Heat Into Space–And Uses 70 Percent Less Energy

Air conditioning use takes a toll on the electrical grid--and on wallets. Now, a California startup has a space-age idea for changing that. SkyCool Systems, a company spun out of Stanford, has created a system that could

Poverty and Prosperity

Progress on global poverty and disease at risk, Gates says

LONDON, (Reuters) - Proposed United States budget cuts could put in jeopardy great progress in reducing global poverty and disease and lead to 5 million more deaths from AIDS alone, the philanthropist Bill Gates warned

Mind the gaps: Reducing hunger by improving yields on small farms

One of the most urgent challenges we face in the next several decades is feeding a growing world population without irreparably damaging Earth’s land, air and water systems. Nearly 800 million people worldwide are undernourished

Could edible insects help global food security?

Consumer attitudes are being put to the test at Adelaide Central Market with an offering of roasted crickets and ants, mealworm cookies and cricket energy bars. "We want to further investigate consumers' attitudes towards edible

Health

Contribution of opioid-related deaths to the change in life expectancy in the US

Deaths from drug poisoning more than doubled in the United States from 2000 to 2015; poisoning mortality involving opioids more than tripled. Increases in poisonings have been reported to have reduced life expectancy for non-Hispanic

Progress on global poverty and disease at risk, Gates says

LONDON, (Reuters) - Proposed United States budget cuts could put in jeopardy great progress in reducing global poverty and disease and lead to 5 million more deaths from AIDS alone, the philanthropist Bill Gates warned

India adopting digital modes in healthcare faster than US, China

NEW DELHI: India has progressed better than US and China in terms of its specialist doctors adopting digital modes to interact with patients and prescribe medicines, a study revealed on Friday. The study stated that

Impact Investing

What’s the difference between ESG and Impact Investing?

Today’s individual investor wants more than just attractive returns. They want to know how their investments can make a difference. They want to maximize rates of return while ensuring the investment will make a positive

Millennials are driving a shift in how the ultra-wealthy manage their money

Regular people put their money into a savings account or hand it over to a financial adviser to manage. But the wealthiest tend to pull out a few more stops, and in some cases establish entire teams, referred

UBS to Launch Sustainable Investing Indexes – Barron’s

UBS (UBS) soon plans to push further into sustainable investing with a series of indexes that can be used to create ETFs and other investment products for retail investors, annuities and retirement funds. The indexes will include a

Financial Wellness (also on sister website PFEEF.org)

What Employees’ Financial Unwellness is Costing Their Companies

Financial wellness means being in a place where you are spending and saving your money thoughtfully, where your behaviors and thinking around your personal finances contribute positively to your short-term and long-term goals. In our

Measuring Financial Wellness Program ROI Is Difficult

Organizations expect the return on investment (ROI) to justify the expense of offering financial wellness programs, but calculating that figure is not an exact science. A better barometer, according to Ernst & Young, and one

Reason No. 1,468 For 401k Financial Wellness

Sad, but not surprising. Only six percent of Americans could pass a quiz about a broad range of financial decisions they’ll most likely need to make. This despite the fact that nearly half of Americans

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