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University study offers alternative to animals in drug tests

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University study offers alternative to animals in drug tests

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Pioneering research by the University of Reading has developed a new way to test the adhesive qualities of drugs under laboratory development which could replace the current practice of using animal tissue. The stu...

Pigs heat their own home with anaerobic digester that converts their waste into green energy

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Pigs heat their own home with anaerobic digester that converts their waste into green energy

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Pigs in Northumberland will soon be heating their own home thanks to a state-of-the-art anaerobic digester which converts their waste into green energy. The £1.2m anaerobic digestion facility, with a 75kW average...

Green entrepreneurs sought for Postcode Lottery Green Challenge competition

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Green entrepreneurs sought for Postcode Lottery Green Challenge competition

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An initiative which has reduced 10,000 tonnes of carbon emissions in the UK is seeking the next big carbon cutting idea, to reward it with a £440,000 boost. The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2011 offers fundin...

Research aims to help deaf people with cochlear implants better enjoy music

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Research aims to help deaf people with cochlear implants better enjoy music

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A new study is investigating how to help deaf people who have received a cochlear implant to get more enjoyment from music. Cochlear implants allow people with severe-to-profound hearing loss, who do not substanti...

Love Forever: Romantic letter is finally delivered to California University of Pennsylvania after fifty three years

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Love Forever: Romantic letter is finally delivered to California University of Pennsylvania after fifty three years

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A love letter written to a U.S. college student in the state of Pennsylvania and proclaiming "love forever" was finally delivered -- 53 years late. But the tender note penned in 1958 still waits in the mailroom a...

Fighting blindness in the Third World

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Fighting blindness in the Third World

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Thanks to the persistent and ingenuity of two doctors, Sanduk Ruit and Geoff Tabin, victims of cataract in the Third world now move toward a future of regaining sight. Cataract, which is the clouding of the cryst...

Crime rate falls to lowest level since 1973

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Crime rate falls to lowest level since 1973

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Canada's crime rate is the lowest in nearly 40 years, according to Statistics Canada, as the volume of crime dropped five per cent in 2010 from the year before. "The national crime rate has been falling steadily ...

Steven Glaser, Eco Hero: The green car rally organiser

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Steven Glaser, Eco Hero: The green car rally organiser

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Steven Glaser, 42, started the Bridgestone Eco-Rally in 2007 to showcase and promote environmentally friendly modes of transport, from cars and vans to motorbikes, mopeds and electric push bikes (e-bikes). This ...

UN Shipping Group Moves on Vessel Emission Reductions

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UN Shipping Group Moves on Vessel Emission Reductions

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An International Maritime Organization panel adopted what it calls mandatory design and operational measures to reduce greenhouse gases from international shipping. According to the IMO’s Marine Environment Protect...

Bill Gates wants to reinvent the toilet for the Third World

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Bill Gates wants to reinvent the toilet for the Third World

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Bill Gates thinks the modern-day flush toilet isn’t good enough. Most of the developing world can’t afford to use it, and poor sanitation spreads diarrheal diseases. So the Gates Foundation is challenging univer...

Pay It Forward Bracelets: A small idea for a big change

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Pay It Forward Bracelets: A small idea for a big change

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I found this inspiring film, and thought I'd share it with the viewers of Positivetv. This is what the founder said about the Pay It Forward Bracelets.. "We know that serving others has the power to change.  Rea...

Skeptics catching up on climate science

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Skeptics catching up on climate science

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"When we began our study, we felt that skeptics had raised legitimate issues, and we didn’t know what we’d find. Our results turned out to be close to those published by prior groups. We think that means that those gr...

‘Historic’ deal to halt hazardous waste export to south

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‘Historic’ deal to halt hazardous waste export to south

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Leading world economies will no longer be able to export hazardous waste to poorer nations unless they obtain the latter's consent, a spokesman from the UN environment agency said Tuesday. "UNEP is pleased to ann...

One Percent

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One Percent

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Dr. Maya Angelou is a remarkable Renaissance woman who is hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary literature. As a poet, educator, historian, best-selling author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, ...

‘Solar trees’ shine on Mexico City

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‘Solar trees’ shine on Mexico City

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MEXICO CITY — “Solar trees” have sprouted in Mexico City’s historic district. Three solar-powered lampposts shaped like towering palms are illuminating a pedestrian street downtown, thanks to the technology of a ...

U.S. wind power grew 31 percent in 2011

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U.S. wind power grew 31 percent in 2011

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A trade organization dedicated to advancing wind energy in the United States says that 2011 was a strong year for the industry, and forecasts steady demand throughout this year. The American Wind Energy Associati...

In The Era Of Big Boxes, A Day For The Little Guy

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In The Era Of Big Boxes, A Day For The Little Guy

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CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio -- It began quietly, as an email to 40 friends. But when a steady stream of customers began coming through the door before the family-owned Chagrin Hardware had even opened for the day on Satu...

A 375-Year-Old French Bank Forgives Debts of Paris’ Poorest

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A 375-Year-Old French Bank Forgives Debts of Paris’ Poorest

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Just as France was being chastised for excessive national borrowing with a sovereign debt downgrade, thousands of lucky French people had their financial obligations forgiven after the country's oldest bank decided ...

The Love Story That Started With a Typo

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The Love Story That Started With a Typo

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Thanks so much to the AMAZING StoryCorps for this wonderful and heartwarming animated short film... In January 2007, Rachel P. Salazar and Ruben P. Salazar were living 9,000 miles apart and completely unaware of e...

Gates donates $750 million to fight AIDS, TB and malaria

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Gates donates $750 million to fight AIDS, TB and malaria

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Davos, Switzerland (CNN) -- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will inject $750 million into the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates announced Thursday at the W...