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Your Brain on Poverty: Why Poor People Seem to Make Bad Decisions

And why their "bad" decisions might be more rational than you'd think.<p>In August, <i>Science</i> published a landmark study concluding that poverty, itself, hurts our ability to make decisions about school, finances, and life, imposing a mental burden similar to losing 13 IQ points.<p>It was widely seen as a …

Designing for sustainability: what are the challenges behind green materials?

Learning to surf in California's frigid breakers, Todd Copeland, a design guru at the Patagonia clothing company, concluded that wet suits weren't cutting it. Sure, a traditional Neoprene suit could keep him warm, but the suit's material could be synthesised only from non-renewable, …

Sustainability

The big energy problem that happens while you’re sleeping

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>When we were young, our mothers would tell us to turn off the lights before going to bed. But our mothers’ best efforts to …

Google and Apple Alums Invent Adorable Robots That Teach Kids to Code

Author: Liz Stinson. Liz Stinson Design<p>Date of Publication: 11.22.13.<p>Time of Publication: 9:30 am. 9:30 am<p>Play-i created robots that teach children …

This Interactive Map Illustrates Our E-Waste Problem

An interactive waste map created by a UN partnership shows that the developed world is exporting its electronic waste to poorer countries, often illegally, where it is then dumped in landfills.<p>Once tossed, the toxic elements inside goods like computers, cellphones, and electronic toys seep into the …

WeWood Plants A Tree Every Time A Watch Is Sold

With offices in both Los Angeles and Florence, Italy, WeWood is a watch company with global pursuits but a very local mission: to plant as many trees as possible, and fashionably. The idea is, you buy a watch, WeWood plants a tree. So far, the firm has planted 250,000 trees in the U.S. and other …

This Wearable Plant Cleans The Air For You When Pollution Is Bad

Art echoes life for a designer whose “Survival Kit for the Ever-Changing Planet”–photographed on a polluted day in China–sends a poignant message about environmental degradation and resilience.<p>It’s a simple and poignant concept: A tiny plant in a transparent backpack as the sole source of …

Tesla's raising $1.6 billion to build its battery 'Gigafactory' and mass-market $35k car

If you've been dreaming of a Tesla but can't afford a Model S and its $70k+ sticker price (before tax credits), the company is announcing a major step towards building an electric vehicle in your price range. CEO Elon Musk has targeted 2017 for building a vehicle that costs half that, and has …

How Tesla Is Driving The New Purpose Economy

The electric car company is slowly reshaping how people think about driving. Following the same pattern can help any social entrepreneur get people excited about world-changing products. Here’s what Tesla is doing.<p>This is an excerpt from Aaron Hurst’s new book, The Purpose Economy: How Your Desire …

4 Business Opportunities That Are Driving Innovation In Social Enterprise

Want to launch a business that does well and does good? Here are the sectors where money is flowing, and the impact can be strongest.<p>Social enterprise can sometimes go big on promises and deliver little in results. However, the business models outlined below are attracting big dollars and a lot of …