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The Article:Heat People, Not Buildings
The Publisher:The Atlantic
The Scoop:With a new personal heating design in the works, a group of engineers are hoping to make individual climate control a reality—all while saving energy in the process.
The Article:Amazon Eyes Up Education, Plans a Free Platform for Learning Materials
The Scoop:As more and more big names try their hand at the online education market, Amazon appears to have a major new—and free—platform on the horizon.
The Article:There’s a New Species of Bacteria That Eats Plastic
The Scoop:Despite its benefits as a lightweight but durable material for packaging, plastic can have its drawbacks, including the fact that its almost impossible to decompose. Scientists may have found a solution in newly discovered bacteria.
The Article:A New Bionic Fingertip Restores the Sense of Touch for Amputees
The Scoop:Thanks to a team of researchers in Switzerland and Italy, amputees may soon have access to a revolutionary prosthetic device that could restore or allow their sense of touch.
The Article:Closing the Gender Gap in Agriculture Could Help Reduce Hunger
The Publisher:The Guardian
The Scoop:According to the World Bank, empowering women farmers could increase productivity, reduce hunger and improve the livelihoods of entire communities. Here are two projects helping make that empowerment a reality.