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IKEA now offers home solar panel systems complete with a storage battery like Tesla's Powerwall

IKEA at the original location in Älmhult, Sweden.Business Insider Nordic<p>With over 700,000 solar panels installed worldwide to power its stores, IKEA is on its way to become energy neutral by 2020. But the company’s sustainability ambitions don’t end with itself.<p>IKEA has partnered with British solar …

Food vending machines in Singapore: The best and the worst

Gone are the days when vending machines sold only drinks or snacks. Now, one of the latest food trends is vending machines that serve up hot food for …

How Do You Measure the Value of a Historic Site?

Debates over historic preservation often run into a problem: There’s plenty of data to support economic arguments, and much less to address questions of cultural value. A research team in Singapore wants to change that.<p>To get a glimpse of Singapore’s past, take a stroll down Tiong Bahru, the …

Where is the empathy in Singapore’s advertising?

If Circle Life’s recent 'Fight Data Deprivation' campaign started with an insight, that insight was probably along the lines of “this survey shows …

Singapore moves above HK in liveability for the first time: EIU survey

SINGAPORE: Singapore has become more liveable than Hong Kong, according to the latest Global Liveability Ranking released by the Economist …

Hong Kong

Electric cars and renewables not enough to meet Paris climate goal: consultant

ARNHEM, The Netherlands (Reuters) - The cost of electric vehicles (EVs) will fall to match those running on combustion engines by 2022, a key trigger that will mean by 2035 half of all passenger vehicles sold globally will be electric, according to the head of a top energy consultancy.<p>But this …

Fall of Singapore would be beginning of the end for Uber

Dara Khosrowshahi is being dared to an all-out war. If he doesn’t take up the gauntlet, it’ll be a repeat of China, where Didi Chuxing forced Uber to …

Corporate Culture

Socioeconomic Factors May Influence Parenting Style

a permissive style that affords children the freedom to follow their inclinations and learn from their own experiences;<p>an authoritative style in …

The world's first zero emissions zone could be coming in 2035

Zero Emissions Zone<p>Oxford city centre is considering becoming the first Zero Emissions Zone (ZEZ) in the world. The proposed plan would call for …

Small Business

Japan's "Blade Library" offers joy of blade running to amputees

TOKYO (Reuters) - Haruta Saito, a young Japanese amputee who dreams of becoming a Paralympian, remembers strapping on a prosthetic "running blade" for the first time.<p>The 10-year-old boy, who had his right leg amputated at age two, never had the chance to use a blade because it was too …

Afghan schools closing due to violence, undermining gains in educating girls, says rights group

KABUL (Reuters) - Spreading violence in Afghanistan is forcing many schools to close, undermining fragile gains in education for young girls in a war-ravaged country where millions of girls have never been to school, said a Human Rights Watch report released on Tuesday.<p>FILE PHOTO: Children ride in …

Afghanistan