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The city of Spokane has made it easier for multiple smaller housing units to be built on a plot of land by changing their zoning requirements. The change makes it easier for affordable housing to be built, among other things. It also attracts development within the city limits, rather than sprawl...

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Colleges are starting to teach blockchain technology -- but its not enough for some

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While some universities have been hesitant to let blockchain technology into the traditional halls of academia, UC Berkeley has started offering blockchain entrepreneurship courses and student-run blockchain clubs and is actively looking for more ways to collaborate with industry partners. But UC...

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Can Teachers Stop Teens From Considering Suicide? New York State Thinks So.

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How Baltimore City Started Listening to Its Residents about Food Policy

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Is this the greenest outdoor shop in the country?

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Meet The School That Educates Children Hidden In India’s Margins

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A health care policy that puts the ending first

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Drones help track critically endangered swift parrots in NSW Riverina

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The swift parrot population in the NSW Riverina in Australia is quickly declining and historically used tracking methods are falling short in accurate measurements. To better track the birds and monitor survival methods, researchers are using drones to track the species' movement.

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Should Medicare pay for toothpaste and shoes?

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