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The National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) launched two research programmes on 12th May focusing on Green Electronics, a key area for economic growth which will transform the electronics sector. Targeted at skilled professionals, these programmes will commence in August, and will train selected candidates in skills needed to step up to the "global challenges of energy supply and sustainable development"--challenges which have themselves led to this partnership.

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In an era where about of third of the world's population live below the poverty line, the affordability of decent housing and living conditions remains an urgent issue for many segments of the population around the globe--no more so than for the world's poorest, many of whom live in makeshift, self-constructed slums. What if it were possible to create spaces where the poor could call a home of their own? This home would be stripped to basics, but still have the modern necessities and conveniences needed for reasonably comfortable living--all for just $300. This possibility could just become reality.

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