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We need a “slow food” movement for higher education

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4 mentions2 weeks ago
The academy has moved to the fast lane. Corporatization has sped up the clock, compromising teaching, scholarship, and collegiality. The “slow movement”—originating in slow food—challenges the frantic pace and homogenization ...

Conscious consumerism is a lie. Here’s a better way to help save the world

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38 mentions1 month ago
As a sustainable lifestyle blogger, my job is to make conscious consumerism look good. Over the course of four years Instagramming eco-friendly outfits, testing non-toxic nail polish brands, and writing ...

California is getting so much power from solar that electricity prices are turning negative

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70 mentions1 week ago
The extraordinary success of solar power in some pockets of the world that combine sunshine with high investment in the technology mean that governments and energy companies are having radically ...

Performance angst is putting eco-conscious Germany off electric cars

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8 mentions2 weeks ago
Germany, the land of diligent recyclers, is often lauded for its eco-credentials, and its ambitious “Energiewende,” the government’s plan to wean the country off coal and nuclear power. However, as ...

One of China's top bike-sharing startups is now paying users to ride its bikes

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5 mentions4 weeks ago
Over the past year in China, a sudden surge of “Uber for bike” startups made commuting easier than ever by scattering thousands of bikes across cities for people to find ...

Netflix has built a DIY personal trainer that will make you earn your binge-watching

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3 mentions2 months ago
Netflix, the tech company that enabled a generation of couch potatoes to “Netflix and chill,” has released instructions for a Netflix-themed personal trainer that connects to your streaming-video account. The ...

Patagonia’s venture fund is trying to find the next Patagonia by looking at startups’ supply chains

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4 mentions1 week ago
Patagonia’s venture capital arm, Tin Shed Ventures, likes to finance companies Silicon Valley investors won’t touch. That’s why Phil Graves, the fund’s managing director, thinks its investments will succeed: “We’re ...

In China, dairy companies are training chefs to bring on the butter, cheese, and cream

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2 mentions1 month ago
It’s well documented that a vast proportion of the Chinese population is lactose intolerant, but that’s not stopping China’s consumers from spending more of their disposable incomes on dairy, particularly ...

The UK's grid is so overrun with renewable power, it may pay wind farms to stop producing it

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7 mentions2 weeks ago
Generating electricity from the sun and wind is great for the planet, but the infrastructure necessary to deal with these intermittent power sources is tricky. Too much or too little ...

China’s “Uber for bikes” startups are being taken for a ride by thieves, vandals, and cheapskates

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5 mentions2 months ago
First it was the taxi-hailing wars. Then it was the on-demand service wars. Now, China’s internet industry is watching another money-burning battle unfold between rival startups. Within the past year ...