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We Could Make Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Real

By David Biello | August 14, 2013 |

Courtesy of Elon Musk

At some point cloaked in the (recent) mists of time, Elon Musk took over the mantle of leading U.S. visionary, as is the prerogative apparently of our technology billionaires. 

That’s in no small part because his current crop of companies—SolarCity,SpaceX and Tesla—all began to thrive. But it’s also because the South African native turned American entrepreneur has a notably offhand way of imagining a more plentiful—and beautiful—future.

 The man’s musings about something he called the Hyperloop last summer set off a frenzy of tech blogging and tweeting. 

Would Musk finally solve the problem of wildly unglamorous yet vital public transportation, as he seems to have solved the conundrums of the electric car, private spaceflight and cheap solar power? (Well, not entirely, but you know what I mean.)

On August 12, after a self-professed all-nighter, M…

Why Your Company Should Get Involved with the Shared Value Initiative

By Jen Boynton | August 15th, 2013

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“Creating shared value” sounds deceptively simple. Show me a company or organization that doesn’t want to add value!

Sustainability enthusiasts may already be familiar with the concept of “shared value” – the idea that a company’s financial health and the health of the communities around it are mutually dependent. 

By growing a successful business, the community should become more successful as well. While shared value has a lot in common with other approaches to corporate social responsibility, it has a few key differences as well. 

Corporate philanthropy does not take center stage in the shared value philosophy, nor does stakeholder engagement (which is at the core of popular sustainability reporting guidelines from the Global Reporting Initiative.) 

Rather, the focus in the Shared Value framework is on the creation of meaningful economic and social value at the same time.

Of course, the devil is in the details – in this case, implementation. …

THIS LIST MAY SURPRISE YOU : 5 Foods You May Not Know Are Genetically Modified

Mother Jones / By Maggie Caldwell

Leaving aside the question of whether they're good or bad for a moment, what exactly are GMOs, and which foods are they in?

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Carlos Amarillo
August 7, 2013 |

The following article first appeared in Mother Jones.Click here to subscribe. 

By now, you've likely heard about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the controversy over whether they're the answer to world hunger or the devil incarnate

But for right now, let's leave aside that debate and turn to a more basic question: 

When you go to the supermarket, do you know which foods are most likely to be—or contain ingredients that are—genetically engineered? 

A handy FAQ:

So what exactly are genetically modified organisms? 

GMOs are plants or animals that have undergone a process wherein scientists alter their genes with DNA from different species of living organisms, bacteria, or viruses to get desired traits such as resistance to disease or toleran…

STRATFOR : Important Steps for those about to travel overseas ....

Planning for a Safe TripSecurity Weekly THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2013 - 04:15 Print Text Size  Stratfor By Scott Stewart In light of the current U.S. State Department global travel warning, it seems an opportune time for a discussion on how to prepare to travel safely. Perhaps the most important key to remaining out of harm's way while traveling or working abroad is to know and understand -- in advance -- some of the idiosyncrasies of each country's bureaucracy and the security risks that have been identified for your destination. This knowledge and guidance will then allow you to decide whether to even travel to a particular destination. If you do decide to travel, it will help you plan and implement proper precautions for the environment you will be visiting. Fortunately, finding safety and security information for your destination country is easier than ever in the Internet age.

Travel Advisories and Consular Information Sheets One of the most important first steps U.S. travelers …

NORTHEAST PASSAGE : Chinese Cargo Ship Opens New Trade Route to Europe

August 6, 2013 - BEIJING (AFP) - A 19,000-tonne cargo vessel is making the first journey by a Chinese merchant ship to Europe via the Northeast Passage, a shortened route that could revolutionize trade, state media reported on Saturday.

The Arctic route has become navigable due to global warming melting sea ice and promises to slash journey times by around 12 to 15 days, saving shipping companies and Chinese exporters millions in lower fuel bills and reduced operating costs.

A freighter belonging to Chinese shipping firm Cosco left the northeastern port of Dalian on Thursday and was expected to take 33 days to reach Europe via the Bering Strait and Russia's northern coastline, the official China Daily reported.

The Sino Ship News website said the vessel was headed for Rotterdam and was due to arrive on September 11. 

 Source: The Straits Times