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#1180 An invention to bring dementia patients home safely

By Cathryn Wellner / December 24, 2014

When my mother’s Alzheimer’s reached critical stage, she got lost the moment she stepped out her door. During one of my last visits to California to see her, we walked out of her small apartment. The day was sunny and warm, but she wore a wool cap and heavy jacket. She pulled her door shut, […]

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#1173 Youth teach the old in Mentor Up

By Cathryn Wellner / December 5, 2014

The premise behind Mentor Up is simple: You know it. They need it. AARP, the American Association of Retired People, knows a lot of older people are stumped by the dizzying advances in technology. At the same time, younger people are born into the technology maelstrom and adapt easily to constant change. So AARP started […]

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#1159 Print-and-plug solar panels coming soon

By Cathryn Wellner / November 3, 2014

While governments and energy companies have dragged their feet on alternative forms of energy, others have quietly gone about developing solutions. A team of Australian scientists have come up with printable solar panels. The flexible sheets can power our devices, and they can power our skyscrapers. The researchers are part of the Victorian Organic Solar […]

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#1158 They brought sockeye salmon back to the river

By Cathryn Wellner / October 31, 2014

A few years ago the Okanagan Indian Band was hosting a food security event at the En’owkin Centre in Penticton, British Columbia. Dr. Jeannette Armstrong welcomed us to her traditional territory, and then she did something we colonizers would never do to kick off a conference. She introduced her grandson, a 9-year-old boy who had […]

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#1149 Renewable energy Davids are challenging the Goliaths

By Cathryn Wellner / October 13, 2014

With governments, corporations and fossil-fuel companies still pretending we have time to futz around with business-as-usual energy schemes, innovators are doing an end run and coming up with alternatives. One place to check out some American ideas is on the Center for Social Inclusion’s site, Energy Democracy for All. Instead of ignoring the climate-change train […]

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#1122 Save the world, starting with bees

By Cathryn Wellner / September 16, 2014

Just when news of the day threatens to make optimism look like a fool’s errand, I learn about a 4-decade-old organization that connects scientists and citizens around an important goal: to protect invertebrates and their habitat. Since 1971 the Xerces Society has cared about many of the unloved but essential creatures of the world. Our […]

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