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MIT to offer free, online courses to all

MIT to offer free, online courses to all

The disruption of higher education just got very interesting. It appears that the disruptors — private, online universities — are being disrupted at their own game. One of the pantheons of traditional on-site learning, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has announced it

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Grandmothers to Grandmothers!!!

Grandmothers to Grandmothers!!!

When Janet Siddall first visited Africa in the 1980s, she was bowled over. "I was absolutely captivated by the landscape, the African people, the vibrancy of it all," recalls Ms. Siddall, who accompanied her then-husband, a Canadian diplomat, on his first posting. After they split, she emb

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Ten-year-old takes on KFC for destroying US forests

Ten-year-old takes on KFC for destroying US forests

Cole Rasenberger's quest to save forests in the US South started as a school assignment to 'be an activist' about something important to him. However, after learning from Dogwood Alliance that coastal forests in North Carolina are being destroyed to make throw-away paper packaging for big fast f

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More volunteers 'prepared for death' at Fukushima

More volunteers ‘prepared for death’ at Fukushima

In the scramble to avert catastrophe at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, selfless workers are volunteering to repeatedly endure high doses of radiation for the sake of millions of people. Even if the engineers succeed in restoring power to the plant, crippled by a giant earthquake and tsunam

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You Are Who You Eat With

You Are Who You Eat With

When the 10 Garcia-Prats boys got together every night for dinner, they shared more than food around the table. They talked about the successes and frustrations of their days. The older boys helped the younger ones cut their meat. They compared their picks for the World Cup, a conversation that turn

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A Sit-In Success Story

A Sit-In Success Story

Parents in a low-income Chicago neighborhood endured a 43-day sit-in to get a library for their children. Whittier Elementary School is a lot like other public schools in low-income areas of Chicago. Located in the Mexican immigrant neighborhood of Pilsen, it lacks many basic resources that

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“Hidden” Language Found in Remote Indian Tribe

A "hidden" language has been documented in an isolated hill tribe in a northeastern Indian region considered a "black hole" in the study of languages, linguists announced today. The new language, Koro, is spoken by about a thousand people in Arunachal Pradesh (map), a state for which little l

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