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US Billionaire Paul Allen Pledges $100 Million To Help Fight Ebola

By Meera Dolasia on October 25, 2014
US Billionaire Paul Allen Pledges $100 Million To Help Fight Ebola

With the death toll in West Africa rising to over 4,900 and new cases sprouting up daily, the World Health Organization estimates that it needs a billion dollars to train personnel, set up the required health facilities and obtain the necessary medical supplies to completely eradicate the deadly virus that has kept the world on edge for the last several months.

Diwali, India's Glittering Festival Of Lights!

By Meera Dolasia on October 22, 2014
Diwali, India's Glittering Festival Of Lights!

India is known for many colorful and fun festivals. But none are as popular as Diwali, a festival that spans over five-days and extends across many cultures and beliefs. It is therefore not surprising that the ancient observance, which is also referred to as Deepavali, (row of lights) is the biggest and most eagerly awaited of all Indian celebrations.

Beggar Turned Millionaire Returns To Repay 21-Year-Old Random Act Of Kindness

By Meera Dolasia on October 17, 2014
Beggar Turned Millionaire Returns To Repay 21-Year-Old Random Act Of Kindness

In 1993, 17-year-old He Rongfeng and his two friends left their village and made their way to Taizhou City in China's Zheijang Province, to look for work to help support their struggling families. Unfortunately, jobs were not easy to come by, and the trio were forced to resort to begging.

At This Spanish Comedy Club Patrons "Pay Per Laugh"

By Meera Dolasia on October 15, 2014
At This Spanish Comedy Club Patrons "Pay Per Laugh"

In September 2013, the government of Spain increased taxes on cultural events from 8% to 21%, making the cost of live theater performances prohibitive for most people. Within four months, venues reported a 30% decline in audience. While most theater owners sat around fuming at the officials, Barcelona-based Teatreneu, decided to tackle the challenge with an innovative approach to attract audience.

Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai and India's Kailash Satyarthi Win Nobel Peace Prize

By Meera Dolasia on October 13, 2014
Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai and India's Kailash Satyarthi Win Nobel Peace Prize

On October 10th, 2014, the Nobel Committee announced that this year's Noble Peace Prize would be awarded to two extraordinary individuals that have dedicated their lives to fighting for the rights of others - 17-year-old girls' education activist Malala Yousafzai, and 60-year-old children's activist Kailash Satyarthi. So what inspired the two to devote their lives to these worthy causes? Read on to find out . . .

A Peek Inside The World's First Carbon Neutral City

By Allegra Staples on October 12, 2014
A Peek Inside The World's First Carbon Neutral City

As the world becomes more aware of the risks of climate change and the importance of sustainable energy sources, individuals and communities are increasingly taking measures to reduce their carbon footprint. Some are building "passive homes", to take advantage of natural sun and wind patterns, while others are installing solar panels or windmills, to power their homes. But never before has there been an entire "green" city - one that relies solely on renewable energy sources and smart design elements, to eliminate its carbon footprint.

Guess What? Acing Those "Mad Minute" Tests Could Make You A Math Whiz

By Meera Dolasia on October 11, 2014
Guess What? Acing Those "Mad Minute" Tests Could Make You A Math Whiz

The next time you are asked to test your math computational skills with the dreaded "Mad Minute" test, do not groan and moan! According to Stanford scientists, it is the mastery of these basic facts that will help transform you into math whizzes, as you grow older! And given that they have peeked inside the brains of elementary school-age kids, adolescents and adults, they should know.

Hong Kong's Student Led "Umbrella Revolution" Gains Steam

By Meera Dolasia on October 4, 2014
Hong Kong's Student Led "Umbrella Revolution" Gains Steam

The city of Hong Kong is known for many things - Its thriving economy, reputation in the financial markets, unique currency and most importantly, its ability to remain detached from all politics. However all that changed on September 28th, 2014, when tens of thousands of residents took to the streets calling for "true democracy", marking the start of what is being called the "Umbrella Revolution" thanks to the images of protestors using the parasols to shield themselves against the police pepper spray.

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