CITY TRAFFIC

THE PROBLEM Congestion caused by commuters carries an annual price tag of $121 billion in wasted time and fuel costs. The average American who drives to work wastes 38 hours in traffic each year. THE INNOVATION City planning authorities increasingly prioritize pedestrians and cyclists over cars. A commitment to public transportation also signals the end of the age when cars […]

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Treated Sewage Water Used To Make Beer

A home-brew club in Oregon will soon start making beer from treated sewage water.  Clean Water Services, which runs four wastewater treatment plants in the Portland area, will let the Oregon Brew Crew use recycled sewage to make batches of beer.  “I’m excited,” said Lee Hedgmon, president of the club.  “I’m trying to think of a really cool recipe.”  Hedgmon […]

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Lack of Psychiatrists

After eight years of war, bombings, and brutal sectarian violence, Iraq’s civilian population is now suffering an epidemic of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other mental illnesses, health officials there say.  But there are only 100 psychiatrists to serve a population of 39 million.

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Not Becoming A Statistic

Trameka Pope has a lot to be proud of.  The 19-year-old was homeless as a child and had a daughter right before she entered ninth grade, but next week she’ll graduate as valedictorian of Chicago’s Wendell Phillips Academy High School.  The teen mom is a cheerleader and member of the National Honor Society, and in the fall she’ll attend Western […]

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