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Somewhere in Green Island, New York, there is a tiny wood-framed house filled with mushroom insulation

Up until now, the makers of this innovative little building at Ecovative Design have specialized in packaging products, but now they are focusing their efforts on building materials."The aim is to replace all plastic foams anywhere we can," says Ecovative Design’s Sam Harrington. 

EcoAlberto, a Mexican amusement park offers a simulated illegal border crossing to guests. 
For $20 visitors can participate in a four-hour mock border crossing, complete with fake border control officers, smugglers, dogs, sirens, and chases. People who get caught while doing the mock crossing aren’t imprisoned but they can be punished with “a few bruises and a little discomfort.”
The experience is meant to deter Mexicans for attempting the trip in real life.

EcoAlberto, a Mexican amusement park offers a simulated illegal border crossing to guests. 

For $20 visitors can participate in a four-hour mock border crossing, complete with fake border control officers, smugglers, dogs, sirens, and chases. People who get caught while doing the mock crossing aren’t imprisoned but they can be punished with “a few bruises and a little discomfort.”

The experience is meant to deter Mexicans for attempting the trip in real life.

The five worst charities in the United States. 
The Center for Investigative Reporting and the Tampa Bay Times argue that nearly 1 billion dollars of charity money has been misspent by organizations that spend more money on fundraising than actually aid.
Here are the five worst offenders:
1. Kids Wish Network
2. Cancer Fund of America
3. Children’s Wish Foundation International 
4. American Breast Cancer Foundation
5.The Firefighters Charitable Foundation 

The five worst charities in the United States. 

The Center for Investigative Reporting and the Tampa Bay Times argue that nearly 1 billion dollars of charity money has been misspent by organizations that spend more money on fundraising than actually aid.

Here are the five worst offenders:

1. Kids Wish Network

2. Cancer Fund of America

3. Children’s Wish Foundation International 

4. American Breast Cancer Foundation

5.The Firefighters Charitable Foundation 

A new film called Girl Rising shows how education affects nine girls from nine countries—with some help from famous voices like Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, and Anne Hathaway.
Investing in girls is said to have the best returns, dollar for dollar, of anything we can do in low-income locations.
Every extra year of schooling for girls leads to:
Increased incomes by 10% to 25%.
A rise in national wealth.
Lower rates of child mortality and HIV/AIDS.
Better educated future generations. 
"We can overcome many challenges that we’re trying to address in global development when girls are safe, educated, healthy, and empowered," says Girl Rising executive producer Holly Gordon. ”It’s the best investment you can make if you’re trying to make long-term strategic change in global development,” 
Read more here: The enormous opportunity in educating and empowering girls

A new film called Girl Rising shows how education affects nine girls from nine countries—with some help from famous voices like Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, and Anne Hathaway.

Investing in girls is said to have the best returns, dollar for dollar, of anything we can do in low-income locations.

Every extra year of schooling for girls leads to:

  • Increased incomes by 10% to 25%.
  • rise in national wealth.
  • Lower rates of child mortality and HIV/AIDS.
  • Better educated future generations. 

"We can overcome many challenges that we’re trying to address in global development when girls are safe, educated, healthy, and empowered," says Girl Rising executive producer Holly Gordon. ”It’s the best investment you can make if you’re trying to make long-term strategic change in global development,” 

Read more here: The enormous opportunity in educating and empowering girls

Plastics like styrofoam currently take up between 25%-30% of our landfill space, and a single cubic foot of styrofoam has the same energy content as about one and a half liters of gasoline. 

College pals Eben Bayer and Gavin McIntyre established Ecovative, which grows cost-effective alternatives to plastic insulation and packaging. While they were students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Bayer and McIntyre experimented with mycelium, the network of vegetative filaments in mushrooms, and realized that it could be used to form incredibly strong bonds. Essentially, the substance functions like a glue that you can grow and use to form agricultural byproducts like plant stalks and seed husks into natural alternatives to styrofoam packaging and insulation.