"Properly used subsidies, can add tremendous value for society. Each federal dollar spent learning to map the human genome has returned $140 so far. The GI Bill, a subsidy to soldiers and sailors, was a major factor in America's post-War wealth creation. So were the Interstate highways, which benefit all businesses.
Subsidies to specific businesses, however, benefit their owners. They siphon tax dollars away from public purposes for private gain."
"The Culture Hub reflects the belief that every community has assets it can convert to economic opportunities to increase local wealth.
Education, Homelessness, Poverty
"Positive Tomorrows is a small, privately-funded school in the heart of Oklahoma City, designed to meet the needs of homeless children. The future of these students hinges on the one constant in their lives: the school, which addresses both education and basic needs.
"In the opinion of Daniela Rus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), however, the white cane has had its day. Dr Rus would like to replace it with a system that scans its user’s environment and communicates back to him what it sees.
Dr Rus’s device, of which she demonstrated a prototype on June 1st at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Singapore, consists of a camera worn on a lanyard around the neck, and a belt. A computer inside the camera creates a three-dimensional image of the area ahead of the wearer, processes it to extract relevant information, and uses the results to pass on appropriate signals via the belt."
…50 of the films children should watch before they turn 11.
Film industry experts picked the movies which most benefit a child's development and creativity.
The list, put together by education charity Into Film, also allows for the nostalgia factor when choosing which films families want to watch together.
Visit the Into Film website to download activity sheets for each movie category.