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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

JPMorgan Chase, DSM, Apple Top Fortune’s 2017 ‘Change the World’ List

Bringing the business case for sustainability to the forefront, Fortune has released its third annual Change the World list, which highlights companies who are having a positive social or environmental impact on the world through their 

Newport Restaurant Group partners to launch national accreditation program for employee-owned companies

The Newport Restaurant Group announced today that it is helping to launch a national accreditation program for employee-owned companies called Certified Employee-Owned (Certified EO) “This is a major milestone for the Newport Restaurant Group and

The Entrepreneurial Exit Strategy — Prepare Yourself

When you started your businesses early on, you were not likely planning to sell it. You had a big idea, a skill that no one else could quite match, a passion for changing the world in

Hoosier Times to acquire Spencer Evening World, Ellettsville Journal

Hoosier Times Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire Spencer Evening World Publishing, which publishes the Spencer Evening World, the Ellettsville Journal, Clay City News and Hoosier Topics of Cloverdale. “As a family company

Environment

Copper catalyst yields high efficiency CO2-to-fuels conversion

Scientists have developed a new electrocatalyst that can directly convert carbon dioxide into multicarbon fuels and alcohols using record-low inputs of energy. The work is the latest in a round of studies tackling the challenge

Long-range communication barrier for near-zero-power devices shattered

University of Washington researchers have demonstrated for the first time that devices that run on almost zero power can transmit data across distances of up to 2.8 kilometers -- breaking a long-held barrier and potentially

New Orleans greenery post-Katrina reflects social demographics

New Orleans greenery post-Katrina reflects social demographics more than hurricane impact. Popular portrayals of "nature reclaiming civilization" in flood-damaged New Orleans, Louisianna, neighborhoods romanticize an urban ecology shaped by policy-driven socioecological disparities in redevelopment investment,

Poverty and Prosperity

Not lovin’ it: how insecure work creates insecure lifestyles for the poorest in society

The claim that Eskimos have 50 words for snow may be apocryphal, but it neatly illustrates the truism that our vocabulary becomes more extensive and nuanced for phenomena we encounter frequently. The bog-standard job of

Shifting School Start Times Could Contribute $83 Billion to U.S. Economy Within a Decade

The RAND Corporation and RAND Europe have released the first-ever, state-by-state analysis (in 47 states) of the economic implications of a shift in school start times in the U.S., showing that a nationwide move to

Action needed now on poverty in Africa

A decade on from the global financial crisis, we risk ignoring a much more obvious crisis slowly unfolding on a continent just 14 kilometres from Europe: Africa’s population is set to double by 2050. This

Health

New Tulane University drug effective against malaria

Tulane University researchers have developed a new drug that is effective against non-severe cases of malaria, according to results from an FDA-supervised clinical trial published online in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. The results are significant

Why we did not evolve to live forever

Researchers at the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) in Mainz have made a breakthrough in understanding the origin of the ageing process. They have identified that genes belonging to a process called autophagy – one

Scientist finds secret to thriving

From a teenager studying for their exams to an employee succeeding at work, thriving can be seen at all ages and across all cultures. Until now and despite plenty of theories, there has been no

Impact Investing

Driving capital to impact investing with an eye on 2030

In July, several aid groups came together to tackle what the United Nations called the biggest humanitarian crisis since the end of World War II: More than 20 million people in 10 African countries were

A new bond taps private money for aid projects in war zones

Investors might be expected to run a mile from a deal on offer in a conflict-torn part of Africa. At best, it will pay an annual return of 7%; at worst, 40% of the original

Impact investing finds its place in India

Rising demand for socially responsible and purpose-driven finance has resulted in new ways of putting capital to work the world over. In the past decade, what is now known as “impact investing” has challenged the long-held

Financial Wellness (also on sister website PFEEF.org)

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

How Employers Are Helping Their Employees Retire

With millions of Americans being underfunded for retirement, many employers are increasingly taking an active role to help their employees get on track to reach their long-term financial goals. Employers are becoming increasingly concerned about

The Top Five Employee Perks Your Company Needs To Attract Talent

Job openings in the U.S. reached a record high in June. While this is good news for employees searching for new jobs, it’s bad news for companies. Hiring has been difficult and more competitive for companies in

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