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An Indian shopkeeper displays kites with images of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi (L) and US President Barack Obama (R) in Mumbai on January 7, 2015. Obama travels to India as chief guest for the January 26, Republic Day celebrations and talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Modi has been courted by the United States as a key partner in its attempt to rebalance US diplomatic weight toward Asia. AFP PHOTO / INDRANIL MUKHERJEE (Photo credit should read INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images) INDRANIL MUKHERJEE—AFP/Getty Images

Five Best Ideas of the Day: January 15

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1. India and the U.S. have much to gain from strengthening their “unique but sometimes frustrating partnership.”

By Nicholas Burns in the Boston Globe

2. Big energy is betting on power storage tools that let customers take advantage of variable energy prices and stock up when rates are low.

By Ucilia Wang in Forbes

3. With class replacing race as a dividing line, some find South Africa is a “less equal place” now than under apartheid.

By Jeb Sharp at PRI's The World

4. Preliminary research with stem cells shows how the versatile therapy could effectively cure type-1 diabetes.

By Haley Bridger in the Harvard Gazette

5. A critical piece of improving American education is improving teacher quality, and that is finally happening.

By Dan Goldhaber and Joe Walch in Education Next

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C.


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