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AFFF Proudly Supports Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo

JMZ is a place for children and their parents to learn about and to explore the natural world. There are a number of exhibits covering topics related to the natural sciences, and there's even a small zoo with over fifty different animal species. In the summer months there are science programs and events to entertain and educate your child when school is out.

Abe Farag Family Foundation is pleased to support Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo, and we encourage you to stop by ...

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STEM Education and the Science of Coffee

As we in the States look to improve the quality of STEM education in our schools and universities, one of the precepts which arises time and again is the idea that students are far more likely to become interested in STEM topics when a practical application of those topics is presented. Students learn to hate math—to provide the classic example—because it is often presented to them as a bunch of abstract formulae which don't appear to apply to the real world. When ...

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Artful Aging Programs Might Be The Future of Philanthopy

As the average age of the U.S. population increases, one of the largest demographic shifts in our nation's history will occur—and our goals as philanthropists probably ought to shift along with the makeup of our population. Inside Philanthropy explains just how big a change is coming in the next 10 years:

As the Journal piece notes, the Census Bureau projects that by 2025, the number of Americans aged 65 and older will hit 66 million, up 38 percent from 2015.

The article ...

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GiveWell: Philanthropic Impact Can Be Difficult to Evaluate

GiveWell (an awardee of ours) works to identify high-impact philanthropic opportunites, and to provide information to potential donors about the viability of various charitable agencies. The idea is to help individuals and foundations who are interested in maximizing the impact of their donated dollars by examining not only the financial hardiness of a charity, but also the actual, practical impact those organizations make in the real world. The above being the case, it may seem a bit perplexing at first to hear them say that ...

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Might Li-Fi Be the Way Toward Our Networked Future?

This past September, Harald Haas gave a TED talk on the subject of bridging the digital gap in the developing world via a networking technique referred to as "Li-Fi," in which data packets are sent wirelessly using nothing more than an array of LED lights and a solar panel. While primarily a proof-of-concept and nothing more at the moment, we think a technology along these lines might just be a great way to extend network connectivity to a much greater portion of the world's ...

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