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Why the sudden interest in ocean plastic?

Over the last year, there has been a surge of interest in the problem of ocean plastic pollution. The media drumbeat began with the now-infamous turtle video, continued through National Geographic’s year-long “Planet or Plastic” series, and hit a new high with the BBC release of “Blue Planet ll.”

Tech gadgets becoming trend among Chinese senior citizens

Nowadays Chinese elderly are more tech-savvy than ever before, Beijing Business Today citing a consumption report jointly released by China's e-commerce platform Suning.com and Suning Finance that said on Tuesday that the over 65-year-old group showed more strength in purchasing smartphones and Single Lens Reflex Camera than the middle-aged group ranging from 45-60 years old.

Secrets of the US colleges where students graduate happy

Like many US colleges, Virginia Tech struggles with costs. Almost half its graduates leave with loan debt averaging more than $30,000 (£22,700) apiece. But unlike many US colleges, its students don’t seem to be getting especially grumpy about it.

M.I.T. plans college for AI, backed by $1B

Every major university is wrestling with how to adapt to the technology wave of artificial intelligence — how to prepare students not only to harness the powerful tools of A.I., but also to thoughtfully weigh its ethical and social implications.

Beetle mania: The nasty insect that is killing the trees of Johannesburg

South Africa’s largest city proudly notes that it has one of the world’s largest urban forests. But an invasive insect has been killing Johannesburg’s trees by the tens of thousands, and baffled experts are scrambling to find ways to stop it.

Big companies seek more holistic energy management

This week at VERGE 18, GreenBiz and Siemens are unveiling a new research project on how large companies and government agencies are adapting to a rapidly transforming energy landscape that is decentralized, digitized and distributed.