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The Life of a Plastic Water Bottle

bloomberg.com — The plastic containers water comes in accumulate each year in such volume that they litter beaches, foul seas and carpet landfills

Trading game: how to fix The Newsroom with The West Wing’s cast

dailyreview.crikey.com.au — Mobility of talent is one of the best things about sport. It provides endless reassurance that no matter how terrible or disappointing your team was this year, with the right changes to the line up you'll be right back where you deserve to be by the end of next season.

Vladimir Putin's Natural Gas Deal Weakens Russia's Hand in Ukraine

thestreet.com — KiEV, Ukraine ( TheStreet) -- Falling global energy prices have turned Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine from an imperial Russian triumph into a potentially significant setback for his country's economy. Hard currency reserves are evaporating while western financial sanctions sap the ruble and Ukraine's government continues to turn the country away from Russia and toward Western Europe.

Liberia Braces for Next National Crisis: A Crude Oil Boom

thestreet.com — NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Forget Ebola. The next big thing to come out of Liberia may be crude oil. Since 2010, the government has awarded exploration rights for eight offshore blocks to bidders including Exxon Mobil , Chevron and Anadarko Petroleum . In addition, four new blocks are scheduled to conclude bidding this week.

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Grandparents Can Make Early ‘529’ Gifts

online.wsj.com — So you just threw your daughter a big wedding. Now comes the not-so-obvious next step: setting up "529" plans for the future grandchildren. If that seems like rushing things, think again. With the average four-year price of a private college nearing $165,000 and rising 3.7% a year, anxious families are looking at lots of strategies for helping future grandchildren get a college education.

Energy, Politics and Putin: Russia's Gas Power Play Traps Europe

thestreet.com — NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Over the past two decades, as Russia grew to provide more than one-third of the European Union's natural gas, state-controlled OAO Gazprom has assembled a network of holding companies, ownership stakes in energy and finance firms, and the support of friendly politicians across both continents that has allowed President Vladimir Putin to use the mammoth energy company's web of influence as a tool of Russian statecraft.

Austria's Case Against Holocaust Survivor's Son Over Restitution Claim Falls Apart

tabletmag.com — Austria's efforts to jail the son of a Jewish Holocaust survivor for trying to reclaim family property seized by the Nazis appear to have fallen apart, after a senior government official said the Austrian state has no claim against the man, Stephan Templ, a 54-year-old journalist and architectural h...

Offshore Wind Turbines Could Tame Hurricanes

online.wsj.com — Could an armada of giant windmills reduce damage from the next big hurricane? A study by scientists at Stanford University and the University of Delaware suggests that U.S. coastal cities could be spared by installing tens of thousands of gigantic wind turbines offshore in arrays up to 20 miles long.

Art Glass Offers Clear Advantages to Collectors

online.wsj.com — There was a time when glass was a craft. But in recent years it has become something more: an established art form, and an attractive-and affordable-investment. "Art glass is a great way to begin collecting art because there is so much available at so many price points," says Carina Villinger, head of 20th century decorative art and design at Christie's.
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Apr 22, 2015

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