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Serengeti road cancelled

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Serengeti road cancelled

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In what is a victory for environmentalists, scientists, tourism, and the largest land migration on Earth, the Tanzanian government has cancelled a road that would have cut through the northern portion of the Sereng...

Singapore to set up $11 million floating solar project in reservoir

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Singapore to set up $11 million floating solar project in reservoir

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Singapore will build its first floating solar system – the first of its kind in the region – in the calm waters of the western Tengeh Reservoir. The innovative project, led by the Economic Development Board (EDB) ...

Researchers discover particle which could ‘cool the planet’

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Researchers discover particle which could ‘cool the planet’

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In a breakthrough paper published in Science, researchers from The University of Manchester, The University of Bristol and Sandia National Laboratories report the potentially revolutionary effects of Criegee biradi...

Plant sunflowers and help solve an unfinished Turing experiment

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Plant sunflowers and help solve an unfinished Turing experiment

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1+1+2+3+5+8+13+21+34+55+89+144 Recognise that sequence of numbers? It is called the ‘Fibonacci phyllotaxis’ and computer pioneer Alan Turing was working to solve a mathematical riddle that he worked on before ...

Fuel efficiency: US and car makers agree to new standard

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Fuel efficiency: US and car makers agree to new standard

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Major carmakers have agreed new fuel efficiency standards proposed by the Obama administration in an effort to end the dominance of gas guzzlers. They have agreed that by 2025, cars and light trucks sold in the ...

Indonesian girl who was swept away in the 2004 tsunami is reunited with her family

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Indonesian girl who was swept away in the 2004 tsunami is reunited with her family

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BANDA ACEH, Indonesia — A girl who was swept away in the Indian Ocean tsunami seven years ago said Friday she broke down in tears this week after tracking down her parents, who had long lost hope of finding her...

India leads the world in cleantech investment growth

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India leads the world in cleantech investment growth

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India’s transformation into a cleantech powerhouse moved up a gear in 2011 when it racked up investments of $10.3bn in the sector, a growth rate of 52 per cent year on year that dwarfed the rest of the world’s signifi...

Bald Barbie in the works for kids with cancer

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Bald Barbie in the works for kids with cancer

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LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Mattel announced plans to create a bald doll for children suffering from hair loss in response to an ongoing campaign on Facebook. Southern California resident Rebecca Sypin was one of the peopl...

Microloan Foundation attempts world record for longest line of pennies

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Microloan Foundation attempts world record for longest line of pennies

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A world record-breaking attempt for the longest line of pennies is to help poor women in Africa start their own businesses. The Guinness World Record for the longest line of coins ever laid is currently held by F...

Peru approves ‘historic’ indigenous rights law

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Peru approves ‘historic’ indigenous rights law

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On Tuesday night, Peru’s Congress unanimously approved a ‘historic’ new law that guarantees indigenous people’s right to free, prior and informed consent to any projects affecting them and their lands. President ...

US wrests clean energy investment crown back from China

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US wrests clean energy investment crown back from China

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Global clean energy investment reached a record $260bn in 2011 as the US usurped China to become the world’s largest investor, analysts Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) confirmed yesterday. Global investment ...

Digital tools ‘to save languages’

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Digital tools ‘to save languages’

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Facebook, YouTube and even texting will be the salvation of many of the world's endangered languages, scientists believe. Of the 7,000 or so languages spoken on Earth today, about half are expected to be extinct ...

Nepal marks becoming land mine-free

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Nepal marks becoming land mine-free

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A huge controlled explosion marked the end of Nepal's deadly land mine areas and the beginning of it as Asia's second land mine-free country alongside China. The areas, outside Kathmandu, were the last patches of...

Community Farm Harvests Hope Among Developmentally Disabled

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Community Farm Harvests Hope Among Developmentally Disabled

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On a recent overcast morning, workers at Red Wiggler Community Farm in Germantown, Md, walked up and down the rows of plants, looking for elusive peppers. “I found one!” shouted one of the workers enthusiasticall...

Nature Creates Buffer Against Climate Change – official!

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Nature Creates Buffer Against Climate Change – official!

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Something I think we all knew... The most extensive study ever of biodiversity confirms what scientists have long believed, that natural ecosystems are healthier and more resilient when they support a large varie...

Bill to boost startups wins Senate approval

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Bill to boost startups wins Senate approval

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted by a wide margin on Thursday to pass a bill to boost small business growth, notching a rare election-year bipartisan victory though some Democrats and watchdogs warned t...

Curry spice curcumin offers treatment hope for tendinitis

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Curry spice curcumin offers treatment hope for tendinitis

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A derivative of a common culinary spice found in Indian curries could offer a new treatment hope for sufferers of the painful condition tendinitis, a study suggests. Tendons, the tough cords of fibrous connectiv...

New plasma “brush” may mean painless cavity filling

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New plasma “brush” may mean painless cavity filling

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We've been keeping an eye on efforts to make the dreaded dentist's drill a thing of the past for some time, and now there's more good news on the horizon for the cavity-prone (and pain-phobic). Engineers at the Univ...

A Detroit Florist Gives Away Bouquets Just for Being Kind

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A Detroit Florist Gives Away Bouquets Just for Being Kind

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We've told you before that in these times of hardship for so many, others have made it their mission to lighten people's burdens wherever they can. In South Carolina, they're buying each other's coffee. Throughout t...

World’s largest preserve forming in Africa

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World’s largest preserve forming in Africa

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Five nations in Africa have come together to create the world’s largest conservation area for wildlife. Elephants have no respect for lines on a map, especially the artificial national boundaries established by E...