Bees play an important role in agriculture, pollinating crops and providing us with the natural sweetener, honey. Environmental stresses are taking their tolls on the insects, however, and this year’s Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement has gone to researcher May Berenbaum, who is studying solutions to the bee crisis.
May Berenbaum says that for thousands of years, people have had an adversarial relationship with bees, because they sting.
“But on the other hand, people all over the world have developed a dependency on the honeybee because it is really the world’s premier managed pollinator,” noted Berenbaum. “And here in the US, for example, over 90 crops depend on honeybees for pollination services.”
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Positive TV is delighted to be working with Samantha Rife on this important documentary and campaign Reclaim Motherhood.
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In a society that values productivity above all else, motherhood is discussed in economic terms, and a mother’s worth is often limited as a result; media’s use of terms like “work-family balance,” “maternal wall,” and “motherhood penalty” show how motherhood is only addressed in the context of commerce. We give motherhood plenty of lip service, but at the end of the day, we don’t extend moms the same respect we would a professor, a dentist, an accountant or a judge.
In the heart of the bustling capital of Cairo, Egypt, a lone female taxi driver navigates her bright yellow cab through the unforgiving traffic.
“I wanted to take this adventure, as I consider it an adventure, rather than an experience. Thank God, I believe it is a nice adventure so far and I feel happy with it,” Inas Hassan Ali says.
Ali is one of only eight female cab drivers in a city where the profession is dominated by men.
This taken from her Newspaper’s website..
Founder of the world’s first positive newspaper passes away
It is with great regret that we announce that our founder, Shauna Crockett-Burrows, has passed away.
A month short of her 82nd birthday – and having been invited to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace at the end of May – Shauna died on 3 May in Shropshire, where she had been living during the past 17 years.
Phuket, Thailand (CNN) — When Southeast Asia was rocked by a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2004, Susanne Janson was glued to her television in Stockholm, Sweden.
Her two daughters — 14-year-old Eleonor and 12-year-old Josefin — were vacationing in Thailand at the time with her ex-husband and his new family, and she hadn’t heard any news of their whereabouts because phone lines were unreliable.
With such a lack of information, it didn’t take long for Janson and her partner, Hans Forssell, to hop on a plane.
Transitioning Away from the Internal Combustion Engine
Mitsubishi, the maker of the lovely electric Jellybean (aka the i-MiEV electric car), has plans to introduce 8 hybrid (HEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV), and battery-powered (BEV) models by 2015. They anticipate increased demand for “low-carbon” cars and want to position themselves as a major source of those. (Whether they will succeed is another question entirely, but they should at least get some points for trying to move away from the more polluting internal combustion engine.)
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 northern Russia because the species dislike artificial clothing like diving suits.
It’s reported that Natalia used meditation techniques to stay underwater at -1.5°C (29.3°F) for more than ten minutes in the Murmansk Oblast region of the White Sea. Her dive is all the more extraordinary because the average human can only last five minutes in freezing water before dying.
Kick off this year’s party season by bagging yourself a pair of cool killer heels in Save The Children’s Killer Heels to Kick out Killer Diseases auction.
Your glitzy shoes can help save children’s lives, the charity says. It points out that every year more than 9 million children around the world die from preventable diseases such as pneumonia, malaria, diarrhoea and measles.
Save The Children launched its appeal to the fashion industry and British public to donate their most fabulous party shoes and killer heels to help stamp out these killer diseases.
This from our friends at optemistworld.com:-
A plant compound in watercress may have the ability to suppress breast cancer cell development by ‘turning off’ a signal in the body, thereby starving a growing tumour of essential blood and oxygen.
The research suggests that the watercress compound is able to interfere with the function of a protein which plays a critical role in cancer development. As tumours develop they rapidly outgrow their existing blood supply. So they send out signals which make surrounding normal tissues grow new blood vessels into the tumour which feed them oxygen and nutrients.
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More than three million women formed an over 600-km long unbroken human chain ‘Vanitha Mathil’ (Women’s Wall) on Tuesday linking Kasargode in North Kerala to Ayyanakali square near the Governor’s residence in Thiruvananthapuram, to defend gender justice and values of renaissance in the society. Men formed another human chain parallel to the Women’s Wall throughout the state in solidarity.