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‘Cancer dogs’ research launched in Milton Keynes

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‘Cancer dogs’ research launched in Milton Keynes

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The world's first scientific study to train a group of dogs to detect prostate cancer has been launched in Milton Keynes. The charity Medical Detection Dogs needs men from the east of England to donate samples ...

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...

Rescuing children from a trash dump

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Rescuing children from a trash dump

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Bariloche, Argentina (CNN) -- During a visit to Argentina 11 years ago, Elena Durón Miranda was horrified to see children as young as 3 years old rummaging through a trash dump for food and valuable materials. "...

Reducing smoking rapidly reduces death rates with six months, research suggests

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Reducing smoking rapidly reduces death rates with six months, research suggests

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A study by the University of Liverpool has found that a decrease in smoking rapidly reduces mortality rates in individuals and entire populations within six months. Researchers found that a reduction in smoking h...

Gates Foundation and Others Team Up to Give South American Recyclers Dignity

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Gates Foundation and Others Team Up to Give South American Recyclers Dignity

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Coca-Cola Company, Fundación Avina, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), launched a coalition that aims to improve the lives of the at...

RSPCA releases recovered otter back into the wild

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RSPCA releases recovered otter back into the wild

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An otter has been released back into the wild a year after being discovered in an emaciated state and rescued with a bag of prawns. The six-month old female was weak and undernourished when Moira Banks came across...

Good news for chronic back pain: Archeology and computer skills used to develop new treatment

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Good news for chronic back pain: Archeology and computer skills used to develop new treatment

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The bones of people who died up to a hundred years ago are being used in the development of new treatments for chronic back pain for the first time. The research brings together archaeology and anthropology exper...

Earth Hour 2012 – WWF searches for a champion community to lead UK switch off on March 31

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Earth Hour 2012 – WWF searches for a champion community to lead UK switch off on March 31

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The World Wide Fund for Nature  is on the search for a champion community to lead the UK switch off for Earth Hour. WWF's Earth Hour is a simple idea that's quickly turned into a global phenomenon - hundreds of mi...

Ambitious project to green the desert to begin in Jordan

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Ambitious project to green the desert to begin in Jordan

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There's great news for sustainable design innovation this week as the Sahara Forest Project gets backing from a development deal between Norway and Jordan. We wrote about this incredible proposal to create carbon neu...

New biomass-powered train to travel at 130 m.p.h.

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New biomass-powered train to travel at 130 m.p.h.

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If the Twin Cities-based Coalition for Sustainable Rail (CSR) has anything to do with it, trains will soon run carbon-neutral. This week, the Coalition, a project of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Envir...

Lady Gaga officially launches her Born This Way Foundation

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Lady Gaga officially launches her Born This Way Foundation

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On Wednesday, Lady Gaga officially launches her Born This Way Foundation to promote tolerance and empowerment among youth. Among the star-studded lineup for the event on the Harvard University campus in Cambridg...

Lottery Winner Becomes One of LA’s Biggest Philanthropists

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Lottery Winner Becomes One of LA’s Biggest Philanthropists

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In May 2007, Cynthia Stafford won $112 million playing Lotto, but what is most amazing is that she'd been planning the big win for a while and even had a written strategy. Once Stafford won her big prize, she start...

Device invented that can detect infectious disease in minutes

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Device invented that can detect infectious disease in minutes

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Infectious diseases can spread very rapidly, so quickly identifying them can be crucial to stopping an epidemic. However, current testing for such diseases can take hours and days. But not for much longer. Jayne ...

US Businesses Challenged to Cut Energy Waste

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US Businesses Challenged to Cut Energy Waste

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US Businesses Challenged to Cut Energy Waste Buildings consume 40 percent of American energy

A Social Revolution in the Himalayan Foothills

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A Social Revolution in the Himalayan Foothills

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Purkal is a small village in the foothills of the gigantic Himalayas, on the outskirts of Dehradun. Even as the surrounding regions develop, Purkal’s inhabitants, a mere 5000, largely remain dependent on activities...

Seattle’s New Park Will Be Nation’s First Food Forest

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Seattle’s New Park Will Be Nation’s First Food Forest

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Imagine yourself strolling through aisle after aisle of fragrant fruit trees and delicious-looking veggie bushes. The fruit is perfectly ripe, just begging to be picked. You reach out to grab one, but then think be...

Fish-eaters show lower risk of preterm birth

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Fish-eaters show lower risk of preterm birth

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(Reuters Health) - Among pregnant women at high risk of preterm birth, those who eat fish a few times a week may be less likely to deliver early, a new study finds. Whether fish itself helps prevent preterm del...

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...

Alzheimer’s: Deep brain stimulation ‘reverses’ disease

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Alzheimer’s: Deep brain stimulation ‘reverses’ disease

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Scientists in Canada have raised a tantalising prospect - reversing Alzheimer's disease. Brain shrinkage, declining function and memory loss had been thought to be irreversible. They used a technique known as deep...

BT ArtBox Creative Vision – To celebrate the 25th anniversary of ChildLine

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BT ArtBox Creative Vision – To celebrate the 25th anniversary of ChildLine

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BT ArtBox will be an open-air art exhibition, celebrating 25 years of ChildLine. Life sized fibreglass replicas of the iconic Sir Giles Gilbert Scott K6 telephone box will be transformed into stunning artworks and ...