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Larry Coben

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Campesino Turned Entrepreneur: Julio Ibarrola

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 9:59 PM

Two weeks ago, I wrote about the devastation of the world's cultural heritage, and how empowering entrepreneurs could save it and alleviate poverty in the poor communities where it is found. Julio Ibarrola is one such entrepreneur, who has transformed his life and others in his community from struggling campesinos...

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Empowering Entrepreneurs to Save Cultural Heritage

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 8:32 AM

Returning stolen objects does not save archaeological sites, creating jobs does. Especially the right kind of jobs.

The Getty, Metropolitan Museum of Art and other similar institutions have repatriated artifacts that were looted from archaeological sites. Most museums have modified their stated policies with respect to the acquisition of unprovenanced...

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Thank You, Jared Diamond

(7) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 5:00 PM

Jared Diamond has a new book out, The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies, and academic anthropologists are again up in arms. Just as they were when he published his famous Guns, Germs and Steel and its successor Collapse. The vituperation and bile by some...

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Why Egyptians Preserve Their Cultural Heritage

(3) Comments | Posted February 24, 2011 | 5:04 PM

Two homes of magnificent ancient civilizations. Two modern countries run by despots. Two massive regime changes. Yet in Egypt citizens rally to protect their cultural patrimony while in Iraq looting and destruction accelerate. Why do Egyptians link arms in Tahrir Square to protect their National Museum, while thousands of objects...

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Nuclear Renaissance? Not in the U.S.A.

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2009 | 11:36 AM

There is no nuclear renaissance in the United States--at most a faint glimmer of hope for the end of a long nuclear dark age. President Obama, in his recent energy policy speech at MIT, cited nuclear power as an important part of America's energy future from both a security and...

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Time for the Gigaton Throwdown!

(1) Comments | Posted June 23, 2009 | 6:06 PM

Tomorrow in Washington, the Gigaton Throwdown releases its long awaited report on how to remove a gigaton of CO2 from our atmosphere while building an industry to do it. The report presents a potential path to a robust renewable industry and enhanced energy independence and security. The brainchild of entrepreneur...

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Si Se Puede: Every Chilean Can (and Does) Screw in a Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb

(19) Comments | Posted March 25, 2009 | 8:04 AM

There is no cleaner, cheaper or more secure energy than the energy we don't use. And much has been written about the potential savings from replacing traditional incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lights (CFL). The EU has eliminated the sale of incandescent bulbs in many of its member countries. Yet...

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