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Can We Go 100% Renewable by 2050? Greenpeace Says ‘Yes’

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Greenpeace’s 5th Energy [R]evolution report is out with bold projections about the future of sustainability, claiming that it is within our reach to fully uncouple from the grid and harness renewable sources for all our energy needs by 2050.

For the first time in decades, CO2 emissions last year were stable. As a result of declining coal consumption in China,  energy-related CO2 emissions remained stable across the globe in 2014. This, despite continued economic growth. But that’s only half the story told

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Customers Want Complaints Answered Where They Were Posted

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Funny story: I decided to change my ringtone to a real song by a real band, so I looked up “how to change ringtone on iOS.” I landed on a 1,000-word post that explained the nightmarish process. After decidedly sticking with my stock tunes, I felt like venting a little on Twitter.

Apple has always made it unnecessarily difficult to add and extract files to and from an iOS device, especially ringtones. It has to do with the stronghold on the content routed through iTunes. While it’s fair towards the artists, it’s excruciatingly frustrating for the end user. Surely there’s a way to please both parties. Alas, they’ve yet to implement it

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Need Innovation? Foster Curiosity First

9 out of 10 workers acknowledge that it’s the curious person in the office that will most likely bring ideas and get promoted. But only 22% of workers describe themselves as curious, and only 12% say their employers are encouraging a strong desire to know or learn something. No wonder innovation doesn’t grow on trees!

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Know When to Unplug

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Nearly half of small business owners in 2014 reported missing their summer vacation due to a fear of unplugging – i.e. to leave their business unattended – according to a survey by office supply chain store Staples.

Needless to say this is bad. For all the material advantages that good business produces, at the end of the day it’s the sum of all things that makes or breaks a person. We are living, breathing creatures that need to unwind in order to function properly. Forget to do it and you end up with an always-on society that never shuts up and forces every individual to do the same or fall behind

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12 Signs You Are Good With Money [Infographic]

No, this is not one of those posts that only the wealthy will get. Whether you have a fat bank account or whether you live paycheck to paycheck, some financial matters are just as germane. Paying for bills, planning for a big purchase, or considering a retirement plan are things we all confront with during our lifetime. But there are other aspects to consider as well.

An infographic by Business Insider highlights not three, not five, but 12 important aspects about

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Your Office Chair Isn’t The Silent Killer It’s Said to Be

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Sit-stand workstations are said to provide a solution to the sedentary lifestyle of office workers, but new research suggests that sitting isn’t directly correlated to mortality risks, as previous studies have claimed. And standing has almost the same results as sitting, the researchers say.

The study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, acknowledges that sitting behaviors have long been linked with increased risk of all-cause mortality. However, it cautions that previous studies have examined single indicators of sitting or all sitting behaviors combined, whereas the current examination looks to enhance the evidence base by looking at type-specific prospective associations of five different sedentary behaviors (including standing) as well as total sitting

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New Research Suggests Twitter Makes You Smarter

Einstein once openly admitted that he had no special talents or skills – that he was just passionately curious. And yet he is the most revered figure in the history of science. Could this be the recipe for generating brilliant ideas? New research suggests that the answer is “yes.”

A study conducted by MIT Sloan School of Management reveals that curiosity about many different things greatly expands your ability to generate brilliant ideas. And the easiest way to do it is to use Twitter. Marketing people, listen closely

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Quote of the Day by William Arthur Ward

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Three companies conduct business under the same roof, on the same floor, and they even share the same bathroom. One day, the water stops running. The owner forgot to say that the plumbing needed repairing and that it would not be ready until 5:00 PM.

None of the three businesses needs running water to operate, but the workforce requires it to wash their hands, flush the toilet, etc. Needless to say, everyone is upset

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Quote of the Day by Susan Erz

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Ever heard of cryonics? Sure you have. The sci-fi genre is filled with references to the practice, and there are even documentaries describing the low-temperature preservation procedure that several (dead) people have already undergone with hopes that they will be revived in the future.

Immortality is something we seem desperate to attain. Many of our scientific endeavors seek to find ways to stop the aging process, but also to transcend ourselves digitally. We’re probably on the right track, too. But what we do with ourselves when we get there is a question left unanswered. This famous quote by British novelist Susan Erz echoes it best

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Humans and Ants May Have More in Common Than We Think

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We hold ants as restless and enduring, hard workers worthy of our utmost respect. But if recent studies are any indication, not all ant species have such a dignified conduct.

Ants are eusocial insects that share a lot of common traits with us humans. Chief among them is social behavior, particularly the fact that both humans and ants solve problems in groups. Like us, ants delegate tasks within the group: “defend the hive,” or “stock up the nest with supplies for the winter.” But there are some types of ants that (apparently) refuse to apply themselves

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