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Conservationists Name Nine New 'Hotspots'
National Geographic
Conservationists have added nine regions to the global list of “biodiversity hotspots,” ecosystems where significant numbers of animal and plant species are threatened in the short-term future. The “hotspots” list seeks to organize and prioritize conservation efforts in areas where they can have maximum effect in the immediate future.
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Charity Gives 40,000 PCs A Fresh Start
CNet News.com
A British nonprofit that refurbishes PCs and sells them at fixed low prices to charities, community groups, and nonprofits in the developing world recently celebrated the shipment of its 40,000th computer. By 2007, it aims to pass the 100,000 machine mark.
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Ciao Manhattan, Hello Brooklyn
One of New York City’s biggest nonprofit theater companies is leaving Manhattan for Brooklyn’s blossoming cultural scene. The company’s new home sports an open design by renowned architects Frank Gehry and Hugh Hardy.
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Engineer Pioneers Geek-Rap to Lure Students
Knight Ridder
Engineering firms, academics, and nonprofits are concerned about decreasing levels of young people entering the engineering field. But how can they reach the masses and teach them engineering is cool? Rajeev Bajaj thinks he has the answer: geeksta rap.
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Taking the Scenic Route
Billings Gazette
A Montana nonprofit is helping cyclists explore the vast terrain of the United States through a series of guided tours and detailed maps. While pedaling 50 miles a day through rugged terrain isn’t for the faint of heart, cycling enthusiasts swear the nonprofit’s rides are an amazing adventure. As one participant puts it, “They take you on the scenic route.”
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Druze Women Boost Their Mobility
Druze women in Mughar, Israel who wanted to attend meetings of a local Arab feminist group ran into a host of problems. A lack of public transport, a cultural taboo about women drivers, hilly terrain, and hot weather all combined to stifle participation in the group. That is, until the women took it upon themselves to help create a new bus line.
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Open Source Law Center Opens Doors
As open source software becomes more and more mainstream, these peer-reviewed systems increasingly confront the realm of the software industry’s major players. A new pro-bono law center dedicated to advising open source developers hopes to help them navigate among the big boys.
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Vermont Town Going Wireless
Bennington Banner
Local businesses and residents in Bennington, Vermont are joining together in a grass-roots initiative to build a seamless wireless internet community by creating wi-fi hotspots throughout town. At the same time, participants are teaching locals how to protect their personal information from unwanted cyber-snooping.
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Boston’s Sidewalk Saviors
Boston Herald
If you think your office thermostat is out of whack, try spending your workday outside in the frigid air of midwinter Boston. It’s all in a day’s work for the outreach workers from a nonprofit homeless shelter who roam the city’s streets looking for people in need of food, emotional support, and information about the services available to them.
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Punk’s Not Dead, It’s Saving Lives
This week, several punk rock groups are kicking off a 35-city U.S. tour. But amid the moshing and thrashing, they’ll be raising money for a nonprofit, national peer-to-peer suicide counseling hotline.
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Sleeping Rough on London’s Streets
London’s homeless population faces a daily struggle getting by on the streets of one of the world’s most expensive cities. With an acute shortage of space in limited shelters and an increasing number of homes being deemed uninhabitable, many observers think the British capital’s homelessness problem is worsening. In this piece, a reporter contemplates the life of one homeless Londoner.
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Report: Halving World’s Hunger Not So Costly
Inter Press Service
What would it cost to halve world hunger? “Peanuts,” say the scientists behind a major report for the United Nations’ Hunger Task Force. The report describes 40 successful methods for reducing hunger and emphasizes that development aid needs to be refocused toward agriculture to achieve real food security. It also highlights what one expert dubs the “extended silent tsunami” of malnutrition in Africa.
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