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Ecology and Economics: Oikos 101

What do ecology and economics have in common? A great deal, as it turns out, including the same Greek root, oikos. Tracing this root back to its original meaning, we learn that both ecology and economics deal with good housekeeping, budgeting and family planning.

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No, Chocolate Milk Doesn’t Help with Concussions After all

A research fiasco at the University of Maryland College Park finally ended last week when the university’s administration returned over $228,000 in funds. The cash contributed to a dubious study that claimed a brand of chocolate milk alleviated the health effects of concussions.

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Supporting Local Economies Supports the Nation

Ignoring local businesses, and sending our money solely to a national or international business, breaks the chain of growth and supports the monopoly of big businesses that can potentially minimize local growth and leave our communities stagnant.

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Stanford Study: Carbon Cost Should Be Six Times Higher

The “official” social cost of carbon pollution was $37 per ton in 2015, according to the U.S. government. But a new study reveals that number should be much higher — a change that could help pave way for new mitigation projects.

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Black Kid Nearly Arrested Trying to Cash Scholarship Check

The student was in his first week in a coding boot camp. His experience demonstrates systematic challenges laid in front of poor people of color. Luckily his teacher was available to intervene, and tweet, the experience.

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Comparison to Big Tobacco Has NFL Fuming

NFL executives are infuriated with the New York Times’ suggestion that the league has had longstanding ties to the tobacco industry. The NFL is now so angry at the allegations that they have demanded that the Times’ editors retract the story.

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Monsanto 2015 Sustainability Report: Does It Go Far Enough?

Reductions in water usage, a drop in emissions and bolder goals are among the highlights of Monsanto’s 2015 report. It also increased production of four key crops. Is that what consumers are looking for, and will its goals help us stave off climate change risks? We take a look at some of the issues facing Monsanto right now.