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Mexico’s prickly pear cactus as a renewable energy source?

The prickly pear cactus is such a powerful symbol in Mexico that they put it smack in the middle of the national flag.<p>It was considered sacred by the …

Climate Lessons from California

Stanford, Calif. — California faces serious risks from climate change. Some are already being felt, like the severe heat this summer and recent episodes of extremely low snowpack in the mountains, which the state depends on for much of its water. Those are among the key messages in a new climate …

Expert interview tips and techniques to get you that job

Step up your interview game with expert interview tips and techniques from Rehearse It!<p>It's 11am on a Friday and in a regal room in London's Theatre …

Management Practices Matter More Than You Think

To understand macroeconomic changes, look at how individual companies are run.<p>Management consultants face perennial questions about what value they add to companies. But management practices go a long way toward explaining why some businesses perform better than others, an important new analysis …

Thinking Beyond The Interface

Designers have largely shifted their skill sets toward interface design, prototyping, and code. Are writing and art direction getting left behind?<p>Around 2010, designers the world over proclaimed Photoshop was dead in web design. We moved away from static comps, learned to prototype, and invested …

It's time to kill the 9-to-5 workday

Jessica Piha gets to work whenever she wants and leaves whenever she wants — really.<p>"There's really no set schedule," said Piha, the director of communications at home-improvement startup Porch, which lets its employees work flexible schedules. Piha likes to get in "super early" and leave at 3 p.m. …

How to Live Off the Grid: A Beginner's Guide

Some people embrace modern-day technology. Others dream of a simpler life -- <i>much</i> simpler. If you're in the latter group, you've probably wondered how to live off the grid, so to speak.<p>But just how do you do that? And what exactly is the "grid," anyway?<p>Originally, the grid referred to the United …

Starbucks Should Try This. A Cafe Owner's Startling Way Of Dealing With Rude Customers

How do you deal with customers who are surly and self-righteous? This cafe owner did something different.<p><i>Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>You've seen them at Starbucks, I'm sure.<p>They don't know what they want. They think the …

Want to Double Your Employee Loyalty? Science Says Provide These 3 Things

Engaged employees can increase your revenues and profits over 200 percent. Here are the three things businesses can do to drive devotion.<p>Humans make relationships harder than they need to be. At our very core, we crave only three things (after food, shelter, and good Wi-Fi service):<p>To feel safe. "I …

How Blockchain Technology Could Decentralize The Energy Grid

Electricity will soon be made by the people and for the people–and the technology behind Bitcoin can help.<p>One day, the energy grid could look completely different than it does today. Instead of big power plants sending electrons over long distances to people’s homes, we might generate more power …

Blockchain

Are Job Titles Important?

Photo Credit: HubSpot | Canva<p>Think about your job title for a moment. Are the words in it really important to you? If you were honest with yourself, you would probably say yes, my title is important. I think we all want a title that speaks of our knowledge, expertise and success. Our culture places …

The Secret to Happiness At Work

• Bio<br>• Twitter<br>• Facebook<br>• Latest Posts<p>Karin Dames<p>Transformation Coach at funficient<p>With 20 years experience in the software development industry, Karin moved …

What Would Happen If HR Was The Largest Team In Your Company?

HR is the only function that touches all of the people inside of an organization, so why is it usually the smallest team?<p>I am constantly amazed at the size of human resource teams that companies continue to have. The small amount of resources that HR people and talent related functions receive, …

Harvard Scientist Engineers Bacterium That Inhales CO2, Produces Energy -- A 'Bionic Leaf'

The chemist who gave us the artificial leaf has genetically engineered bacteria to absorb hydrogen and carbon dioxide and convert them into alcohol fuel.<p>When Harvard Professor of Energy Daniel G. Nocera announced he was working with bacteria last year, other scientists cautioned it would be …

University of Chicago

Donald Trump's energy policies would harm the nation and worsen global warming

Here's Donald Trump's vision of America's energy future: warmer climate, higher seas and worsened smog with increased risks of serious illness among Americans forced to inhale emissions from ramped-up coal-fired power plants.<p>Yeah, that'll make America great again.<p>Trump, unlike Hillary Clinton and …

Fossil Fuels

Cattle drugs could fuel climate change, study suggests

<b>Dosing farm animals with antibiotics increases greenhouse gas emissions from cow dung, research suggests.</b><p>Scientists say the drugs boost methane production in cowpats - apparently by favouring antibiotic-resistant, methane-producing organisms in the gut.<p>Antibiotics also change the microbes which …

'It's the end of energy and transportation as we know it'

Within just 15 years conventional energy production and transport will have been rendered obsolete by the revolution taking place in batteries, solar …

Natural Gas

Kenya may have a lot more oil than it previously thought

Kenya may be sitting on more oil than previously believed. Following a new discovery, the Canadian energy group Africa Oil added 150 million more barrels of oil to its reserves in the Lokichar Basin in the country’s north—24% more than earlier estimates. According to the results of an independent …

Britain Gets No Power From Coal for First Time Ever, UK EV Drivers Soon to Sell Electricity Back to Grid

For the first time since the 19th century, Britain’s National Grid sourced no electricity from coal on Tuesday between midnight and 4 a.m. due to a …

Environmentalists Hate Fracking. Are They Right?

What if President Barack Obama's biggest achievement on climate change was actually a total failure?That's the central argument of a recent story in …

The energy internet, the ‘smart’ grid, solar energy and battery storage are converging and the economic benefits are clear<p>Change is coming to the energy landscape. A transition to a new energy economy is happening. In a country like Australia – awash with energy both under and above the ground – …

Clean Energy

Enhance your Technological skills with Hadoop Online Training SRY IT Solutions

<b>Enhance your Technological skills with Hadoop Online Training SRY IT Solutions</b><p>India need about 1 Lakh scientists in following years, certainly USA …

eLearning

Workplace Wellness Is No Longer a Theory: Clinical Studies Confirm It Really Works | Inc.com

The average working professional spends forty plus hours at work each week. And those hours are important, dictating many aspects of a person's life outside of the money they make and the career they pursue. Those hours may dictate how often a gainfully employed person can exercise, what kind of …

This New Super-Sustainable Town Will Run On Solar Power And Use Driverless Cars For Public Transit

The new Florida community of Babcock Ranch wants to build the clean-energy fueled community of the future.<p>When a massive ranch in Florida went up for sale 10 years ago, on a piece of land five times the size of Manhattan, the owners had offers from buyers around the world. But instead of selling to …

Renewable Energy

Ray Kurzweil: Here's Why Solar Will Dominate Energy Within 12 Years

Ray Kurzweil has made a bold prediction about the future of solar energy, saying in remarks at a recent medical technology conference that it could …

Gamification, personalization and continued education are trending in edtech

Sean O'Connor Contributor<p>Sean O'Connor is the head of product at Mentored.<p>I’ve spent most of my life in and around schools. First as a student, then as a teacher and lately as an innovator building tools and launching programs. As Nelson Mandela said, “education is the most powerful weapon which …

EVs are a "Trojan horse" for energy literacy

And Tesla just took reservations for hundreds of thousands of Trojan horses.<p>Electric cars are great. No tailpipe emissions, no noise pollution and you can refuel it at home for a lot less than the cost of a tank of gasoline. Depending on where your electricity comes from, though, the cleanliness …

Why you shouldn't completely unplug on vacation

Ah, vacation! Time to set up your "out of office" notification, shut down your computer, turn off your phone and forget about work -- or, maybe not. …

Everything You Need To Know to Create An Effective Employee Onboarding Program

When it comes to new employees, hiring is only the beginning of a much larger process.<p>If you want to set your new team members up for success, you …

New ORNL method could unleash solar power potential - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., March 15, 2016 – Measurement and data analysis techniques developed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory …