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Public Libraries' Latest Offering: Musical Instruments

Next City

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Instrument rentals help to address a gap in privilege. The Central Branch of Brooklyn Public Library in New York City is one of several programs in the US and Canada that loan out musical instruments for free. The program in NYC began with the support of a grant from BKLYN Incubator. Similar prog...

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From surgery simulators to medical mishaps in space, video game tech is helping doctors at work

Washington Post

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An orthopedic surgeon, software developers, and medical experts have teamed up to create a virtual reality headset that helps eliminate unpredictability during surgical procedures. Although this is one of many technological advancements that's being used to bridge a gap in health care, both virtu...

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'Scary Moms' Are Part Of The Citizen War Against Pollution In Pakistan

NPR

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In cities across Pakistan, smog and air pollution are dire health threats but the country's government hasn't done enough to take it seriously - so citizens are pushing back. Initiatives to crowd source air quality data and a push from local mothers to encourage parents to use school buses for th...

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Telework program is ‘game changer' for women in rural parts of Utah

The Salt Lake Tribune

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Training rural residents to work from home eases the struggle with unemployment. Utah’s Rural Online Initiative program provides rural residents with an online work certificate and training in online tools such as video-conferencing software. The one-month course is run by the Utah State Universi...

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Cities Struggle to Boost Ridership With ‘Uber for Transit' Schemes

Wired

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Data-driven transport can improve access and efficiency if properly implemented. In Shanghai, China, users benefit from customized bus routes designed by artificial intelligence software. Other countries, however, have discontinued pilots of programs similar to the one implemented in China. Elsew...

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White Extremism Faces a Subversive Foe Online: Google Ads

The New York Times

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London-based company, Moonshot CVE buys ads on Google to target radical, white extremist searches. The company’s ads are often funded by private companies, foundations, or governments and route people to anti-extremist and anti-radicalization videos and playlists. While an innovative idea, the co...

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