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“Intellectual property rights,” or IPR, sounds complicated but really it’s simple: If you create something new and useful — an invention, an artistic work, even a business method — you should have exclusive rights to profit from it, at least for a while.

The U.S. Constitution recognizes the importance of IPR. (“The Congress shall have power … To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries …”)

It’s the make-or-break moment aspiring entrepreneurs live for: pitching their ideas to venture capitalists with the funds to make them real.

On the eve of the June 22–24 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Silicon Valley, audiences around the world will get a chance to witness how it’s done by two pros: Jeff Hoffman, the serial entrepreneur who helped start Priceline.com, and Oltac Unsal, a seasoned investor in startups in the United States and other countries.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry loves our ocean. And he knows it is threatened, and what that means for people around the world. “We all have to take action,” he says. Find out why everyone’s help is needed and how you can join in right now!
As summer arrives in the Northern Hemisphere, more people around the world are switching on air conditioning. Those AC units are about to get a lot more climate-friendly.
Statement by the President on the Occasion of Ramadan
A reminder that we need to keep our oceans healthy came with the news in May that 35 percent of the corals on the Great Barrier Reef are dead or dying.

Four years after reaffirming the nation’s commitment to genocide prevention, President Obama took action to ensure that stopping atrocities keeps drawing top-level attention when the White House gets a new occupant.

A May 18 executive order puts the work of the Atrocities Prevention Board on a permanent footing. The board keeps watch on worldwide threats to civilians, takes steps to prevent atrocities and, if prevention fails, mobilizes a response

Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine tells the story of the 1998 murder of college student Matthew Shepard and how it sparked a national dialogue on gay rights in the United States. Since that time, legal protections of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Americans have been put into place. Also, Americans have become more understanding.

A mosquito’s a mosquito, right? Not when it comes to Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases.

Only two of the estimated 3,000 species of mosquitoes are capable of carrying the Zika virus in the United States, but estimates of their precise range remain hazy, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

One of the biggest challenges India faces in combating malaria is that some people must travel hours or even days to get tested.

Now, as part of India’s ambitious plan to eliminate malaria by 2030, some 900,000 trained social health volunteers, mostly women, are coming to people’s homes. With them: “rapid diagnostic tests” that can quickly diagnose the mosquito-borne infectious disease from just a drop of blood.

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