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Female scientist Natalia Avseenko dives into sea naked in Northern Russia to tame beluga whales

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Female scientist Natalia Avseenko dives into sea naked in Northern Russia to tame beluga whales

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Two whales have been tamed in the Arctic Circle, by  a female scientist who stripped off and went underwater naked. Thirty-six-year-old Natalia Avseenko braved sub-zero temperatures to reach the beluga whales in ...

Satish Kumar: Education With Hands, Hearts and Heads

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Satish Kumar: Education With Hands, Hearts and Heads

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When we take a more holistic perspective - the results are amazing

Going Local: the solution-multiplier

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Going Local: the solution-multiplier

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A brief animated introduction to localization. Learn more at localfutures.org. Follow Local Futures on Facebook or Twitter. Across the world, people are coming to realize that today’s crises — ecological coll...

‘Pyramids’ planted to revive Philippine corals

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‘Pyramids’ planted to revive Philippine corals

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02/10/2012 (AFP) Thousands of small “pyramids” are being planted off the Philippines’ famous Boracay resort island in an effort to bring its nearly destroyed coral reefs back to life, an environment group said Thur...

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...

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...

Levi’s drops Asia Pulp & Paper due to its link to deforestation in Indonesia

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Levi’s drops Asia Pulp & Paper due to its link to deforestation in Indonesia

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Levi Strauss & Company had issued a new policy that will exclude fiber from controversial sources from its products. The move will effectively bar Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) as a supplier, according to the Ra...

British rivers ‘healthiest for 20 years’

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British rivers ‘healthiest for 20 years’

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LONDON — The renaissance of Britain's rivers was underlined on Tuesday when waterways once considered polluted to death were revealed as teeming with life. Among the list of the 10 most improved rivers published...

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...

An Ecology of Mind

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An Ecology of Mind

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An Ecology of Mind is a film portrait of Gregory Bateson, celebrated anthropologist, philosopher, author, naturalist, systems theorist, and filmmaker, produced and directed by his daughter, Nora Bateson. The...

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) ...

Robert Adams finds bag containing over $17,000 of cash hands it to bank

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Robert Adams finds bag containing over $17,000 of cash hands it to bank

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An American man has told how he found a bag containing more than $17,000 (£10,400) in cash and handed it straight over to a bank because he "wasn't raised to take money that isn't mine". Robert Adams was more th...

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...

3 reasons Quirky’s crowdsourced invention model is catching on

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3 reasons Quirky’s crowdsourced invention model is catching on

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The inventor of the ice scraper pictured above unsuccessfully spent 10 years trying to get his idea marketed, patented the concept and approaching both manufacturers and distributors before he decided to toss it to...

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 ...

New smartphone app lets users text ‘eyes-free’

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New smartphone app lets users text ‘eyes-free’

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For visually impaired iPhone users, text messaging poses a definite problem. Voice recognition software may help, but what to do when a message needs to be a bit more discreet? Now, thanks to researchers at the G...

New York State Domestic Workers Organize for Rights

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New York State Domestic Workers Organize for Rights

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For many Americans, Labor Day [September 5] has come to mean a three-day weekend and an end-of-summer barbecue. The original spirit of the holiday, though, which honors the dignity of labor and the struggle for soc...

Toyota breaks out of China’s rare earth shackles

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Toyota breaks out of China’s rare earth shackles

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If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. And if you can’t join ‘em, innovate. That’s what Toyota Motor Corp. is doing as it develops an alternative technology that could trivialize China’s stranglehold on the supply of r...

‘Love Kitchen’ delivers for Knoxville needy

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‘Love Kitchen’ delivers for Knoxville needy

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Knoxville, Tennessee (CNN) -- Helen Ashe experienced many hardships growing up in Abbeville, South Carolina, during the 1930s and '40s. Her family's first house had no lights or running water. But even during tou...

Breastfeeding can have a positive impact on children’s vocabulary and reasoning skills

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Breastfeeding can have a positive impact on children’s vocabulary and reasoning skills

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(Reuters) Kids who were breastfed as babies had higher scores on tests of vocabulary and reasoning at age five than those who weren't breastfed. Breastfeeding seemed to make the biggest difference for babies wh...