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South Africa unveils plans for ‘world’s biggest’ solar power plant

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South Africa unveils plans for ‘world’s biggest’ solar power plant

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South Africa is to unveil plans this week for what it claims will be the world's biggest solar power plant – a radical step in a coal-dependent country where one in six people still lacks electricity. The project,...

Thief returns stolen hammer to store with apology decades after theft

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Thief returns stolen hammer to store with apology decades after theft

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An anonymous thief sent an envelope of cash to a family-owned supply store in western Pennsylvania to pay for a hammer stolen decades ago. The cash arrived at Central Contractors Supply Co. in Johnstown, with a h...

Progress Seen in Developing Dengue Fever Vaccine

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Progress Seen in Developing Dengue Fever Vaccine

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Scientists are "reasonably optimistic" about finding vaccines to control dengue fever, according to Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. "There are some really...

Five more Alzheimer’s genes discovered, scientists say

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Five more Alzheimer’s genes discovered, scientists say

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Five more genes which increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease have been identified, scientists say. It takes the number of identified genes linked to Alzheimer's to 10 - the new genes affect three bodily...

Portable Baby Calmer – harness that calms babies and stops them crying

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Portable Baby Calmer – harness that calms babies and stops them crying

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Here's some good news for parents - and those around them - who are driven to distraction by a baby's crying. Design student Tim Dunkley, from Brunel University in Uxbridge, has created a vibrating baby harness w...

PepsiCo Foundation commits $8 mn for India water initiative

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PepsiCo Foundation commits $8 mn for India water initiative

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PepsiCo Foundation, the philanthropic arm of PepsiCo on Thursday said it has committed $8 million grant to Water.org to help provide clean drinking water and sanitation programmes in India. The foundation and Water...

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...

From Sitting In to Taking Over: A Worker-Owned Cooperative at Republic Windows and Doors

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From Sitting In to Taking Over: A Worker-Owned Cooperative at Republic Windows and Doors

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Once a symbol of worker mistreatment and the failures of the financial system, the famous Chicago factory may soon be run cooperatively by its workers. First, they occupied the factory to get their wages from the...

Banks face invasion of golden toads in environmental protest

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Banks face invasion of golden toads in environmental protest

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Reverend Billy's singing activists dressed as extinct species plan 'gentle' demonstration against irresponsible lending British bankers have been warned to expect an infestation of bright orange golden toads over t...

Salmond claims 100% green electricity in Scotland ‘achievable’ by 2025

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Salmond claims 100% green electricity in Scotland ‘achievable’ by 2025

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First minister Alex Salmond at the Scottish Low Carbon Investment conference says that Scotland could theoretically generate all its electricity from renewable sources by 2025

Brazil opens fund to cut agriculture deforestation

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Brazil opens fund to cut agriculture deforestation

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RIO DE JANEIRO Nov 10 (Reuters) - Brazil's state development bank BNDES on Wednesday said it opened a fund worth 1 billion reais ($588 million) that will finance projects to reduce deforestation associated with the na...

Can “Living” Buildings Help Fight Climate Change?

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Can “Living” Buildings Help Fight Climate Change?

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New research suggests protocell "skins" could be the secret to building carbon-negative architecture. Researchers in Europe are collaborating on a project to develop materials that could eventually make it possible ...

World Bank proposes road to save Serengeti migration

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World Bank proposes road to save Serengeti migration

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(Reuters) - The World Bank has offered Tanzania an alternative to stop a major road project across the Serengeti national park that conservationists say threatens one of Africa's biggest wildlife spectacles. Con...

Business woman’s success with secret La Decollette bra to prevent cleavage wrinkles

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Business woman’s success with secret La Decollette bra to prevent cleavage wrinkles

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Rachel de Boer finally told some friends a secret she'd kept for years: She slept with stuffed socks sewn between the cups of an old bra to prevent cleavage wrinkles and smooth out her neckline. Three years late...

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...

Saving Amazonia: Winning the war on deforestation

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Saving Amazonia: Winning the war on deforestation

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By Justin Rowlatt BBC News, Amazonia For years, the story told about the Amazon has been one of destruction - the world's largest rainforest, a region of amazing biodiversity, key to the fight against climate chang...

Pajama set knows babies better than parents

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Pajama set knows babies better than parents

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Once a baby starts screaming, parents and caretakers are faced with the most difficult task of all: to figure out what’s wrong and stop the crying as soon as possible. But now there’s a new onesie outfit that can...

India’s mobile phone firms turn to green power

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India’s mobile phone firms turn to green power

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Thanks to India's erratic power supplies, over 60% of telecom masts currently rely on diesel generators, says the BBC's Shilpa Kannan Nearly a billion people use mobile phones in India and a network of broadcast mas...

Fish for life

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Fish for life

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When local marine fish farming company Aquagrow Corporation Sdn Bhd was setting up in 2008, it received only one Malaysian applicant to join the company. In Malaysia, fish farming is still perceived as a small-sc...

You’re hired! Rise in apprentices aged fifty plus as older employees seek new skills

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You’re hired! Rise in apprentices aged fifty plus as older employees seek new skills

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This uplifting story comess from our friends at The Optemist:- A new series of The Apprentice has kicked off with the oldest participant aged just 31. But new figures released by the organisation Age UK shows app...