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California jumped ahead of Brazil and France to become the world’s sixth-largest economy in 2015.
Buoyed by a still-rising tech sector and expansion in other industries, California jumped ahead of Brazil and France to become the world’s sixth-largest economy in 2015, according to a report released Friday by the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy. While tech continued to lead California’s growth, the sector wasn’t the largest factor in the state’s rise. “What made 2015 special was the growth spread to Southern California,”...
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To get a sense of the size of this shift, consider that the financial sector now represents around 7% of the U.S. economy, up from about 4% in 1980. Despite currently taking around 25% of all corporate profits, it creates a mere 4% of all jobs.
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Once upon a time, there were two major browsers that virtually everyone used: Netscape and Internet Explorer, locked in a death-battle for the future of the Web. They went to enormous lengths to tempt Web publishers to optimize their sites to work best inside their windows, and hoped that users would follow.
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The California drought is not over. The great hope for major replenishment of California's surface and groundwater supplies — the “Godzilla” El Niño — has failed thus far to live up to its super-sized hype, delivering only average amounts of rain and snow, primarily to the northern half of the state.
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Although it will take a while for distributed ledgers to rule the world, they are an idea, to paraphrase Victor Hugo, that will be hard to resist.
Distributed ledgers are the future, but their advent will be slow
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Yet Aleksandra Vrebalov’s “Bubbles” topped it for innovation, with Kronos joined by the vibraphonist Andy Meyerson and 30 members of the outstanding San Francisco Girls Chorus, conducted by Valérie Sainte-Agathe. Never have buzzing lips, piercing whoops, and giggling been so beguiling, and when these singers drew out “I Love You,” it was impossible not to be moved. (The text appended a John Cage quotation to Robert Creeley’s short poem “The Language.”)
The Kronos Quartet continues looking forward.
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Everyone seems to think the country is falling apart. In fact, it couldn’t be better.
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Edward O Wilson is a professor emeritus in entomology at Harvard. Half-Earth concludes Wilson’s trilogy begun by The Social Conquest of Earth and The Meaning of Human Existence, a National Book Award finalist. 
 
Half of the Earth’s surface and seas must be dedicated to the conservation of nature, or humanity will have no future
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Truly, it was because Hadid was a woman who had dared to enter a man’s world, and took no shit from anybody, though plenty was offered. She had to be twice as smart and three times as tough as her male counterparts in order to get anything built.
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It is the inventive interpretive mind first applying itself to our personal life and then to our social existence that is our core skill. Once humankind realized it possessed this technology, we seized on it to thrive in and control our niche on earth.
Along which brain science, stone tools and Scotch appear.
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For now the Mekong remains blissfully unobstructed as it passes from Laos into Cambodia—except for the bloom of tiny islands that give Si Phan Don its name. People live on just a few of these islands. Some cater to tourists happy to spend a few days rafting the occasional rapids and listening to the Mekong rush past. But many are little more than a clump of rock and mud on which sprays of rivergrass and shrubs have taken root, still green against flowing brown. Past the waterfalls roiling the water into spume the river relaxes again. On clear days it becomes a hazy mirror, the stark blue above turning to indistinct brightness below
The Mekong: can one of the world’s great waterways survive its development
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California's Underground Water War
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Dopper; Dutch and durable
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WaterSmart - Learn about WaterSmart in our new Video Introduction
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Forget GDP: The Social Progress Index Measures National Well-Being
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For many years, the powers that be thought that economic indicators were the ultimate measure of a country’s wellbeing. That’s starting to c

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CHICAGO — A newly designed bottle is only part of Merijn Everaarts business plan to get consumers to ditch disposable water bottles. The res

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Exploratorium: Press Information: | Pier 15 Sustainability Fact Sheet:...
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The Rise of the New Groupthink
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Collaboration is in. But it may not be conducive to creativity.

San Francisco firm designs solar energy system for Haitian hospital - Sa...
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Mazzetti Nash Lipsey Burch, a San Francisco-based engineering and design firm, managed...

Women Have Better Decision-Making Abilities Than Men, Make Better Corpor...
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It’s never a good idea to make generalizations about the differences between men and women. But when there’s real data to back these general

Reusable Bottles Introduced to American Market by Advocates for the Redu...
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How Pop-Up Architecture is Changing Our Relationship to the Built Enviro...
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How Pop-Up Architecture is Changing Our Relationship to the Built Environment, From Brooklyn's DeKalb Market to Oakland's Popuphood

Conscious Capitalism ready for spotlight
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Many of us closed our eyes for a minute or so, and when asked by the group's leader to describe our experience, responses included "magic,"

Visualizing The Future Urban World
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Think of the world’s biggest, most important cities and you probably picture London, New York, Beijing, Singapore--the bustling cities of to

The sharing economy isn't motivated by the environment
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While web sharing sites -- like Airbnb and Zipcar -- have an environmental angle, potential users of these services aren't all that motivate

THE POWER OF GAMING with Dr. Jane McGonigal | City Arts & Lectures
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Jane McGonigal directs game R&D at the Institute for the Future, the nonprofit forecasting firm where she developed Superstruct, a massi

Why User-Generated Content Is More Important Than You Think
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Certain types of consumers have been gaining attention from marketers because of the strong tole they play in the purchasing decision. Wheth

UN Plaza Hit With Plastic Wave
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To recognize World Water Day, a giant wave made out of plastic bottles was erected at San Francisco’s UN Plaza this morning. World Water Day