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10 Largest Foundations in the World

Some wealthy people do more with their money than just buy more things. Some people set up foundations to provide aid to notable causes. Learn who's funding 10 of the largest foundations in the world.

Grocery Store Prices for 14 Items in 1957

Times have changed and so has the price of groceries. Gas was roughly 27 cents a gallon in 1957, so how much less did items cost at the grocery store? Check out this list of grocery store prices for 14 items in 1957, including ground beef, butter, and mil

14 of the New Deals Alphabet Agencies

The government's Alphabet Agencies were created during the Great Depression to relieve the economic tensions. Learn about these Alphabet Agencies, including the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

How Freegans Work

Freegans live off the grid, refusing to buy, work or rent. How do they do it? Dumpster diving. Why do they do it? That's a little more complicated.

How the NASDAQ MarketSite Works

The NASDAQ MarketSite broadcast studio is an amazing facility that can host dozens of reporters simultaneously and send direct feeds out to all of their separate news organizations. Learn about the technology behind the NASDAQ MarketSite.

How the NASDAQ Times Square Display Works

The NASDAQ display in NYC's Times Square is impossible to miss. It's the largest continuous sign on the square and takes up almost 9,000 square feet of display space -- about a quarter of an acre.

How NASDAQ IPOs Work

Find out what a NASDAQ IPO is and see cool videos from a recent HowStuffWorks trip to this Wall Street wonder.

How the NASDAQ Stock Exchange Works

The NASDAQ stock exchange, also known simply as the NASDAQ, is the place where people go to buy and sell shares of stock. How does this bustling business center work?

How Electronic Trading Works

Millions of people trade billions of shares of stock every day on a collection of computer systems that are incredibly reliable and, very nearly, inerrant. Learn about the complex world of electronic trading.

How NASDAQ's Opening and Closing Cross Works

The opening cross is NASDAQ’s current technique for setting opening prices. Learn about NASDAQ's opening and closing cross.

Would a fat tax save lives?

Proponents of a "fat tax" claim it would help combat obesity. Are they right, or would we still buy just as much junk food as before?

How the Peace Corps Works

The Peace Corps provides foreign aid to developing nations in the form of expertise, education and training. Learn what the Peace Corps does, how you can join and where it might take you.

Do Something Spotlight: Augusta DeLisi and Augies Doggies Rescue

Augusta DeLisi rescued her first dogs when she was 12 years old. She started Augies Doggies Rescue with the goal of saving as many dogs as possible. Now in high school, she has big dreams for her organization's future.

How Labor Unions Work

They may seem "old school," but labor unions still play a large role in many professions. Learn about the history and current state of labor unions.

Do Something Spotlight: Daniel Kent and Senior Connects

Senior Connects sends high school and college kids into independent living facilities to bring the Internet to older people, reconnecting them with family, loved ones, and the pulse of today.

How the BRICK Awards Work

The BRICK Awards honor young people for public service work in the areas of community building, education and environment, health and global impact. Meet the 2007 winners.

2007 BRICK Award Winner: Cheryl Perera

2007 Brick Award-winner Cheryl Perera works to combat the global child sex trade, and has even gone undercover to catch a pedophile.

2007 BRICK Award Winner: David Fajgenbaum

David Fajgenbaum's mother died from brain cancer. The loss inspired the 2007 BRICK Award winner to start a support group for students coping with a parent's illness or death.

2007 BRICK Award Winner: Divine Bradley

2007 BRICK Award-winner Divine Bradley converted his home into a community center so he could provide kids positive role models and get them involved in their communities.

2007 BRICK Award Winner: Hannah Taylor

11-year-old Hannah Taylor is proof you're never too young to make a difference. This 2007 BRICK Award winner has raised more than a million dollars to fight homelessness.

2007 BRICK Award Winner: Jennifer Staple

A summer job changed not only 2007 BRICK Award winner Jennifer Staple's life, but also the lives of 400,000 people around the world. Her organization, Unite for Sight, is a global eye care provider.

2007 BRICK Award Winner: Jennifer Zwilling

2007 Brick Award winner Jennifer Zwilling, diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome, teaches students to understand more than just her disorder. She teaches them to accept people's differences.

2007 BRICK Award Winner: Kimmie Weeks

A survivor of Liberia's civil war, 2007 BRICK Award Winner Kimmie Weeks vowed to help other children caught in war-torn countries.

2007 BRICK Award Winner: William Hwang

Building better learners is 2007 BRICK Award winner William Hwang's goal and the reason he launched Innoworks, a program to get underprivileged kids interested in science, technology, engineering and math.

2007 BRICK Award Winner: Ruth DeGolia

2007 BRICK Award winner Ruth DeGolia always thought of herself as a social activist, but she discovered becoming a businesswoman would allow her to help women in Guatemala earn a living wage with their jewelry creations.


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