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Monks’ weather records could help scientists improve climate forecasts

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Monks’ weather records could help scientists improve climate forecasts

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Details of weather records taken from monks' diaries are helping scientists verify Europe's climate over 500 years. Researchers hope the study will help improve climate forecasts. Scientists compared data from hi...

Costco Steps Up Sustainable Seafood Policy

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Costco Steps Up Sustainable Seafood Policy

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In a “stunning win for the oceans,” Costco recently stepped up its Sustainable Seafood policies. Improving on voluntary changes announced last August, Costco issued its Seafood and Sustainability Report agreeing to s...

Alzheimer’s blood test ‘fishes’ for signs of disease

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Alzheimer’s blood test ‘fishes’ for signs of disease

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A new technique could lead to a blood test for detecting Alzheimer's, a US study claims. The small trial, published in the journal Cell, used thousands of artificial molecules to "fish" for the disease. Researcher...

CNN Hero – Amy Stokes Unites South African Orphans With Video Mentors

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CNN Hero – Amy Stokes Unites South African Orphans With Video Mentors

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In Sub-Saharan Africa, the HIV/AIDS epidemic has left millions of children without parents. To help South African children and teens orphaned by the crisis, New Yorker Amy Stokes founded Infinite Family, a nonprofi...

Phone Recycler Ready for Massive Verizon iPhone Switch

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Phone Recycler Ready for Massive Verizon iPhone Switch

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After months of speculation, the coveted iPhone 4 is now available through Verizon. Market observers believe that Verizon could sell as many as 25 million of these gadgets in 2011 alone, as almost one-third of the...

‘Leading Organic Alliance’ formed to help protect and promote organic in Europe

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‘Leading Organic Alliance’ formed to help protect and promote organic in Europe

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Good news from the Soil Association:- The eight foremost organic organisations in Europe, including the Soil Association, have formed the ‘Leading Organic Alliance’ to help promote organic farming in Europe, develo...

Banana peel can purify water, say scientists

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Banana peel can purify water, say scientists

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[MONTEVIDEO] Banana peels can be used to purify drinking water contaminated with toxic heavy metals such as copper and lead, according to a study. Researchers from the Bioscience Institute at Botucatu, Brazil, s...

Obama details conservation action plan

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Obama details conservation action plan

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President Barack Obama called Wednesday for a series of steps to help Americans conserve and get in touch with nature, including full funding of the $900 million Land and Water Conservation Fund for only the third ...

Nature ‘is worth billions’ to UK

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Nature ‘is worth billions’ to UK

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The UK's parks, lakes, forests and wildlife are worth billions of pounds to the economy, says a major report. The health benefits of merely living close to a green space are worth up to £300 per person per year, ...

Soil Association launches Low Carbon Farming Project

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Soil Association launches Low Carbon Farming Project

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The Soil Association has launched a new Low Carbon Farming Project to help farmers reduce carbon emissions and improve the resource efficiency of their farms. The project will identify user-friendly carbon foot pri...

Malaria Discovery Gives Hope for New Drugs and Vaccines

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Malaria Discovery Gives Hope for New Drugs and Vaccines

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An investigation into the mysterious inner workings of the malaria parasite has revealed that it survives and proliferates in the human bloodstream thanks in part to a single, crucial chemical that the parasite pro...

Good news for London 2012: Performance arts and film to enhance East End life in run up to Olympics

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Good news for London 2012: Performance arts and film to enhance East End life in run up to Olympics

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East London life will be celebrated and enhanced in the run up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games after Queen Mary, University of London successfully secured two funding awards. Senior Drama Lecturer Ali C...

India’s top court imposes ban on ‘toxic’ pesticide

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India’s top court imposes ban on ‘toxic’ pesticide

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NEW DELHI — India's top court on Friday temporarily banned use of the pesticide endosulfan, which the government has resisted blacklisting despite curbs imposed in 60 other countries over health concerns. India ...

Microscope could ‘solve the cause of viral diseases’

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Microscope could ‘solve the cause of viral diseases’

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University of Manchester scientists have produced the world’s most powerful optical microscope, which could help understand the causes of many viruses and diseases.

Arkansas Teacher Helps Students Build Home Libraries

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Arkansas Teacher Helps Students Build Home Libraries

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When Justin Minkel, a teacher at Jones Elementary, a school in northwest Arkansas that serves a predominantly low-income Latino population, realized that his students didn"t have books at home, he decided to do someth...

New site is a match-maker for world’s endangered frogs

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New site is a match-maker for world’s endangered frogs

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A new initiative by the conservation group, Amphibian Ark, hopes to match lonely, vanishing frogs with a prince/princess to to save them. Dubbed FrogMatchMaker.com after online dating sites, the progra...

Tuberculosis vaccine target found

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Tuberculosis vaccine target found

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A protein which could be targeted for a tuberculosis vaccine has been discovered by scientists at Imperial College London. TB is caused by bacteria and the only vaccine against it, the BCG jab, is not very effective....

Healthy eating in early life can positively affect reproduction

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Healthy eating in early life can positively affect reproduction

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Eating well in early life could have a positive impact on your reproductive success as an adult, according to new research by the University of Sheffield. It says it's the first study of its kind to show that ear...

Recycling hotel soap to save lives

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Recycling hotel soap to save lives

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Atlanta (CNN) -- That bar of soap you used once or twice during your last hotel stay might now be helping poor children fight disease. Derreck Kayongo and his Atlanta-based Global Soap Project collect used hotel ...

Flying less is more, say businesses – WWF

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Flying less is more, say businesses – WWF

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New research published today by WWF suggests that, following the recession, businesses are making a permanent commitment to fly less. Nearly half of UK businesses said that they had cut business flights over the...