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Banned Books Awareness: The Daily Newspaper

Satire and editorial cartoons have been a part of political commentary since colonial days; Benjamin Franklin’s “Join, or Die” (1754), on the need for unity in the American colonies, is an early example. It has become such an integral part of social dialogue that the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning has been awarding the year’s […] … learn more→

Robots to sense environment: A new edge to next Gen surveillance

Scientists at Lockheed Martin have been developing prototypes at the Advanced Technologies Laboratory, which are expected to obtain useful intelligence in sensitive areas. This prototype was unveiled last month and can survey its environment, calculate lines of sight, locate good hiding places and detect potential threats. These prototype robots have been created with stealthy bodies […] … learn more→

3 ways to become a thought leader in the workplace

Thought leader. You might have heard this phrase — and you’re not quite sure what it means. It’s difficult to find an exact definition that is universally accepted, but a thought leader is someone who is known for their innovative ideas, expertise, and is widely recognized as a source of guidance in their industry. Some […] … learn more→

How much will it cost to save our economy’s foundation?

During the past two summers, Pakistan was hit with catastrophic floods. The record flooding in the late summer of 2010 was the most devastating natural disaster in Pakistan’s history. The media coverage reported torrential rains as the cause, but there is much more to the story. When Pakistan was created in 1947, some 30 percent […] … learn more→

Ides of March slow trains from weird heat

On the Ides of March, I was stopped in my tracks as this following alert came over my cell phone. The US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) 2009 National Climate Assessment report notes that unusually hot days can deform tracks. To prevent derailment trains have to slow down, causing delays in shipping or, in this […] … learn more→

How to choose the right eco-label for your brand

Eco-labels are an excellent way to enhance credibility for green marketing claims, but they are not without risk. While 28% of consumers look to green certification seals or labels to confirm that a product adheres to claims, these labels can also confuse. Happily there’s enough method within the madness for marketers to pave a way […] … learn more→

Banned Books Awareness: “The Chocolate War”

An acting headmaster at Trinity, a private Catholic prep school, goes too far with his ambitions when he forces students to sell twice as many boxes of chocolate at twice the price in an annual school sale; he enlists Archie and the other members of a school group called The Vigils to achieve his selfish […] … learn more→

On sandwich cookies, salads, and subsidies

I just returned from another weekend in New York—as on the last trip, I did a lot of walking and eating. One of my favorite discoveries this time was the Chelsea Market. One hundred years ago, this sprawling warehouse complex was home to the National Biscuit Company’s bakeries, and birthplace of the Oreo cookie. Today, […] … learn more→