Leave it to the brains of MIT alumni to figure out a new way to give. Volunteering and sharing knowledge and skills are vital in a world with so much economic inequality. Nevertheless, sometimes your personal skills do not match the cause, charity, or nonprofit that interests you the most. That could make giving a time-consuming effort and deter you from donating anything at all.
Five MIT grads have launched a web application called ProBueno, which connects interested donors with those who immediately seek their special talents or skills. The donor chooses a donation amount, and the solicitor gives it to a charity chosen by the donor.
Giving your time is easy. You simply create an account using Facebook, LinkedIn, or email and then say what you want to offer, to whom, and for how much. More than 1.2 million local, national, and international organizations are already participating. A dropdown menu lists services like reviewing resumes, coding apps, and even baking cookies. It also allows you to "help in other ways," like giving lessons about a specific software title.
Khan Academy, a nonprofit educational service provider, is conducting research on giving and the collaborative nature of humans. It is promoting ProBueno by trying it out in a pilot program.
Organizations can raise up to $1,000 on ProBueno for free. For every $100 raised beyond that, ProBueno charges $4.25 in transaction fees and donation processing and $3 for funding its services. FirstGiving is handling the processing work.
Evil is always defined as a scientific endeavor that negatively effects people. You could argue that a lot of engineers and scientists have direct and indirect evil projects. As in how to best market products, aka proliferation of people's money. Or life risk analysis stating that people will die, but not that many. The report is then a secret. Happens everyday.
Great idea. I can also see many highly experienced, semi-retired professionals giving back by donating their expertise to a worthy cause through this organization. This could have the added benefit of keeping one's skill set sharp during the post-career years.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
Solar and wind energy are becoming more viable as a source of energy on the electric grid. For decades, the major drawback to solar and wind was that they’re temperamental. A cloudy day kills solar and a still day renders the wind turbines useless. Automation tools, however, are providing a path to help these renewables become practical.
In honor of Earth Day, the National Security Agency has launched the STEM Recycling Challenge in Maryland schools to encourage kids to think about where the garbage they throw out every day actually goes. The agency has also introduced “Dunk,” a muscular blue cartoon recycling bin wearing shorts and sneakers.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
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