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  1. A Beautiful Mess in America's Petri DishRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Oct 1 | Switched

    Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with neighboring Harvard and MIT, has a long, winding and wild place in American history. Home to some of the best and brightest in the area it is also still home to a burgeoning housing debate, scrappy startups and messy ideas.


  2. Why Pope Francis's Comments On Clergy Sex Abuse Upset SurvivorsRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Sep 23 | Switched

    The pope applauded what he said was bishops' "generous commitment to bring healing to victims." And he praised them for courage in facing "difficult moments in the recent history of the church in this country without fear of self-criticism and at the cost of mortification and great sacrifice."


  3. A Meeting of the MindfulRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Sep 21 | The Huffington Post

    A momentous meeting of the mindful will take place November 15 when pioneers of the Western meditation and mindfulness movements come together for Living with a Joyful Spirit and a Wise Heart , a day of celebration, stories, teachings and practice at the Broad Theater in Santa Monica, CA. The program will feature Trudy Goodman and Jack Kornfield interacting via live video feed with such long-time friends and fellow luminaries as Jon Kabat-Zinn , Ram Dass , Joseph Goldstein and Tara Brach .


  4. Bold Changemaker Journeys for Building a Better WorldRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 14, 2015 | The Huffington Post

    I recently gave a keynote speech on storytelling for changemaking and #MeWeSyria at the Global Citizen Initiative Youth Summit in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was a special opportunity to meet some incredible young social entrepreneurs and scholars from all over the world.


  5. 9 Countries That Aren't Giving Uber An InchRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 12, 2015 | Switched

    Uber's reputation isn't great: It has barged relentlessly into new markets, both in the U.S. and internationally, upsetting local governments and riling up traditional taxi drivers. In recent weeks the ride-hailing company, valued at a colossal $50 billion , has butted heads with the mayor of New York City, received a $7.3 million fine for failing to provide data to California regulators and been the target of yet another protest by taxi drivers, this time in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


  6. Here's The Actual Impact All Those Buckets Of Ice Had On ALS ResearchRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 16, 2015 | The Huffington Post

    Remember this time last year when everyone's congresswoman , favorite singer and probably a distant cousin or 10 was dumping ice water on their heads in the name of ALS research and awareness? The global #IceBucketChallenge raised an estimated $220 million in donations and, a year after it began, we're learning more about the effect all that money has had. The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based ALS Therapy Development Institute , a nonprofit biotech focused entirely on ALS, is one group that received a sizable chunk of those funds.


  7. Maybe Churches Don't Need to be Conservative or LiberalRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 30, 2015 | The Huffington Post

    Earlier today, as I write this, the Supreme Court delivered their gay marriage ruling. My Facebook feed has been surprisingly noncombative.


  8. Surprising New Study Shows How Many Giant Impact Craters Earth HasRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 30, 2015 | Switched

    Have scientists found all of Earth's impact craters? A surprising new study suggests that, indeed, that's the case -- at least for the big ones. The study, conducted at the University of Freiburg in Germany, shows that our planet has 128 impact craters bigger than six kilometers in diameter.


  9. Watch Obama Discuss Climate Change With Naturalist Sir David AttenboroughRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 25, 2015 | The Huffington Post

    President Barack Obama is a major fan of Sir David Attenborough, the celebrated British naturalist and TV host who has created and narrated numerous science and nature documentaries for the BBC. According to The Guardian , Obama invited Attenborough to the White House in May to celebrate Attenborough's 89th birthday.


  10. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Breaks Silence At Formal Sentencing In BostonRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 24, 2015 | Switched

    Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 21-year-old convicted of the deadly 2013 attack on the Boston Marathon, has spoken publicly for the first time since his arrest. Speaking briefly before being formally sentenced to death, according to reporters in the federal court in Boston, Tsarnaev apologized for the "lives that I have taken" and asked for Allah to bestow mercy on him and his late brother, who was his accomplice in the attacks.


  11. On The Edge Of A New FrontierRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 15, 2015 | Switched

    Since the turn of the 21st century, nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, and cognitive sciences are converging and changing the elementary building blocks of matter and machines, our bodies and brains, and even our societies and environment. As John F. Kennedy said, it seems that we stand on the edge of a New Frontier.


  12. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's Friends Sentenced To PrisonRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 5, 2015 | Switched

    Two college friends of the Boston Marathon bomber were sentenced to prison on Friday for removing a backpack containing empty fireworks shells from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's dorm room amid a massive manhunt three days after the deadly 2013 attack. Kazakh exchange student Azamat Tazhayakov was sentenced to 3-1/2 years for obstructing justice by taking, with his roommate, Tsarnaev's pack and dropping it in a dumpster by the off-campus apartment they shared.


  13. Harvard Gets Biggest Financial Gift Ever From Wall Street AlumRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 3, 2015 | Switched

    In this Aug. 30, 2012, file photo, a tour group walks through the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. School officials said Wednesday, June 3, 2015, that Harvard Business School graduate and prominent Wall Street investor John Paulson donated $400 million to the school, its biggest gift in its history.


  14. Could a Baltimore Happen in Chicago?Read the original story w/Photo

    Jun 3, 2015 | Switched

    Recently we have witnessed the unfortunate sequence of legitimate and responsible protest actions being hijacked by those who use the crowd effect of many marchers as a cover for their criminal activities of looting and burning. This same juxtaposition occurred 50 years ago this summer in Chicago and there are some lessons to be learned - so history does not need to repeat itself.


  15. One Tiny Particle Inspires Scientific Paper With More Than 5,000 AuthorsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 1, 2015 | Switched

    We're not sure how many scientists it takes to screw in a light bulb, but in one recent case it took more than 5,000 scientists to write a single scientific paper . The paper , published recently in the journal Physical Review Letters, is believed to have set a new record for the greatest number of co-authors for one piece of research.


  16. Heartbroken Girl Implores President Obama To Visit Her Home State In Adorable LetterRead the original story w/Photo

    May 8, 2015 | Switched

    Rebecca, an 11-year-old from South Dakota, sent a letter to the White House in April asking why the President has never visited her home state. She makes a fine case for South Dakota, citing a plethora of wildlife she sometimes sees, including coyotes, hawks and bald eagles, and reminding Obama that the state is also home to Mount Rushmore.


  17. Defense Highlights Tamerlan Tsarnaev's Mean Streak, Father's ParanoiaRead the original story

    May 5, 2015 | Switched

    Dzhokhar Tsarnaev always had an encouraging word for teammates on his high school wrestling team. But his older brother, Tamerlan, told vicious jokes that brought the young woman he would later marry to tears.


  18. Senate Panel Says Recent White House Data Breach Contained Personal InformationRead the original story w/Photo

    May 3, 2015 | Switched

    The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee has written President Barack Obama over concerns that a recently reported data breach on the White House computer system might have compromised the personal information of many Americans. "Just like any entity that handles personally-identifiable information, the White House has a responsibility to notify Americans if the recent, or any future breach, results in a compromise," the committee chairman, John Thune, said in a statement on Sunday accompanying the letter.


  19. Man Fined $400 For Skipping Jury Selection In Boston Marathon Bombing TrialRead the original story w/Photo

    May 1, 2015 | Switched

    A man who skipped the final stages of jury selection in the Boston Marathon bombing trial has been fined $400 and sentenced to 40 hours of community service. Judge William Young found that Gutierrez intentionally violated his obligation to serve as a juror by skipping jury service March 3 so he could go to work.


  20. School Gardens Can Help Kids Learn Better And Eat Healthier. So Why Aren't They Everywhere?Read the original story w/Photo

    Apr 29, 2015 | Switched

    The case for garden-based learning in schools seems simple, even obvious, at first: What harm could there be in encouraging young children to connect with nature and learn more about the ecology around them, including where the food they eat comes from? But given the ever-growing demands on teachers' time and the poor financial health many of the nation's school districts are in, the obstacles facing the school garden movement in the U.S. are clear. Both the challenges and possibilities are discussed at length in Ripe for Change , a new book on garden-based learning written by Jane Hirschi and published earlier this month.


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