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Luca Mars did the math. Three years ago, the 19-year-old accounting student, who lives in the small Brazilian city of Várzea Alegre, 2,200 miles northeast of Rio, took a look at his mobile phone bill and knew that he couldn’t cover the cost of the data plan. Mars works as an administrative assistant at a primary school, and says his phone bill typically ate up 10 to 15 percent of his paycheck.More →

Millions of Americans battle anxiety disorders and depression, conditions that sap social ties and leave sufferers vulnerable if they lack a viable support system. Now, a group of researchers with ties to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are creating a private social network where people can anonymously share their daily struggles, and also find kinship.

While the forum won’t replace professional treatment or therapy, Robert Morris, who created the system as a graduate student at the MIT Media Lab, said it does show promise as a reliable support for people battling stress.More →