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Blockchain Technology Can Boost Climate Action-UNFCCC Recognizes Potential

In the heart of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 24) in Katowice, Poland, Global Climate Action (GCA) is hosting a lively program of events, which will demonstrate how cities, regions, businesses investors, and civil society are working – in harmony with governments – to implement the Paris Agreement.


Discover the Jacobean Traveling Library: The 17th Century Precursor to the Kindle

In the striking image above, you can see an early experiment in making books portable–a 17th century precursor, if you will, to the modern day Kindle.

According to the library at the University of Leeds, this “Jacobean Travelling Library” dates back to 1617. That’s when William Hakewill, an English lawyer and MP, commissioned the miniature library–a big book, which itself holds 50 smaller books, all “bound in limp vellum covers with coloured fabric ties.”


United States: Philosophy class examines universal Basic Income whose time has come

A Stanford University class –available on a podcast replays the 1970s Manitoba, Canada, experiment called “mincome,” on the way to rejoicing in Universal Basic Income.

In the U.S., Silicon Valley entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, who according to some is preparing to run for U.S. President, are promoting universal basic income.


Meet the Disabled Veteran Who Prototypes Prosthetics for Cats

One of the most beautiful aspects of the Maker Movement is how inclusive it is. Anyone can be a maker, and everyone is encouraged to find the maker within. Highly skilled combat veteran Karolyn Smith never considered herself a maker. Having returned home from her deployments with multiple debilitating injuries and PTSD, she found herself heavily medicated and losing hope, with no real solutions in sight.


The Great 78 Project, An Internet Archive Community Project to Preserve and Digitize Old 78 RPM Records

The Great 78 Project is a collaborative project between the Internet Archive, George Blood LP, and the Archive of Contemporary Music that seeks to work with the community in order to locate and preserve as many 78rpm records as possible. The current count is over 200,000 but are always looking for more. Most of of these donated 78s are also being digitized for future generations.


The Drones Soon to be Planting 100,000 Mangroves Each Day in Myanmar

Hovering low over the ground and shooting mangrove seeds into the water, drones may become a common sight in Myanmar by the end of the year. It’s part of a reforestation project that aims to restore a natural ecosystem that is beneficial to wildlife, the environment and the local population.


Solar race car built by Australian National University students unveiled

The Australian National University (ANU) has unveiled its entrant for the 2017 solar car race from Darwin to Adelaide.

ANU’s ‘Super Charge’ is the scrappy underdog in the World Solar Challenge, racing against cars injected with cash from some of the world’s largest universities and tech companies.