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When the Plane's Going Down...Tweet?

over 3 years ago

One of the many takeaways from last year's devastating Deepwater Horizon oil spill was that companies need to have social media strategies in place to help mitigate unforeseen disasters. BP CEO Tony Hayward grossly underestimated the extent to which his company needed to maintain a two-way dialogue ...

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Facebook + Twitter = Revolution?

over 3 years ago

As the protests in Egypt enter their second week, many are again debating the relative influence that social media sites like Twitter and Facebook have had (and can have) in stoking the fires of digital age popular uprisings. Twitter and Facebook both reportedly played essential roles in helping ...

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"Smart Cities" Are Smart Investments, Too

over 3 years ago

In his 2011 State of the Union address, President Obama sang the praises of green technology, calling it “an investment that will strengthen our security, protect our planet, and create countless new jobs for our people.” The security and environmental benefits may be clear, but most green tech ...

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Obama Comes Out Swinging On Clean Energy

over 3 years ago

Just when clean energy policy appeared to have fallen to the bottom of the national agenda, President Obama gave it renewed political life in his State of the Union Address. Obama called for investment in the "Apollo Projects of our time," to be funded by eliminating "the billions in taxpayer ...

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Karpov vs. Kasparov

over 3 years ago

Theirs is the most fabled rivalry in chess history. Anatoly Karpov, the defensive "boa constrictor," and Garry Kasparov, the aggressive tactician, met for the first time in 1984 in the World Chess Championship. And over the course of their careers, they have played a total of 167 serious games ...

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Does Marijuana Really Trigger Psychosis?

over 3 years ago

Many in the media have speculated that Jared Loughner's heavy use of marijuana could have been in some way behind his recent rampage in Arizona that cost six people their lives, and left Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords critically wounded. Is this claim just media hype or based on real science ...