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Blob fish wins ugly fish competition and raises funds for Greenpeace with e-card

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Blob fish wins ugly fish competition and raises funds for Greenpeace with e-card

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It's not the prettiest creature on the planet, but it's certainly popular... Nearly 4,000 people voted in a Greenpeace poll to find the most ugly fish - and its image will now be used as a e-card to help raise fund...

Maryland state senate passes gay marriage bill

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Maryland state senate passes gay marriage bill

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A bill that would legalise gay marriage in the US state of Maryland has been approved in the state Senate, less than a week after it passed the state House. The bill, which will become law when signed by Governor ...

‘Love Kitchen’ delivers for Knoxville needy

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‘Love Kitchen’ delivers for Knoxville needy

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Knoxville, Tennessee (CNN) -- Helen Ashe experienced many hardships growing up in Abbeville, South Carolina, during the 1930s and '40s. Her family's first house had no lights or running water. But even during tou...

No rhinos poached in Nepal last year

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No rhinos poached in Nepal last year

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As rhinos again fell to poachers in record numbers in 2011, there was one bright-spot: Nepal. Not a single rhino was killed by poachers in the Himalayan nation, home to an estimated 534 greater one-horned rhinos (R...

Red Cross ship reaches Misrata – Libya

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Red Cross ship reaches Misrata – Libya

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The Red Cross said it was extending its activities to western Libya today, as a ship of medical supplies docked in the besieged port city of Misrata and its aid workers made their way to Zawiyah. "We are sending...

Mobile phones in developing nations could charge up using dirt

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Mobile phones in developing nations could charge up using dirt

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There's no doubt that residents of developing nations can benefit hugely from having mobile phones. This particularly applies to the field of medicine, as the phones allow people living in remote areas to contact h...

Pop star Justin Bieber encourages Japanese children to look forward to the future after earthquake and tsunami

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Pop star Justin Bieber encourages Japanese children to look forward to the future after earthquake and tsunami

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Canadian pop star Justin Bieber met with Japanese children whose lives have been devastated by an earthquake, tsunami and an ongoing nuclear crisis that has forced thousands of families from their homes. In Japa...

Gates, Buffett urge India’s rich to pledge their billions

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Gates, Buffett urge India’s rich to pledge their billions

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Two of the world's richest men, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are in New Delhi and have taken the initiative to convince Indian billionaires to join in their philanthropic efforts. Through the Giving Pledge campaig...

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...

Global alliance aims to tackle forest crime

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Global alliance aims to tackle forest crime

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Interpol and the United Nations have joined forces to launch an initiative to tackle global forest crime. Project Leaf will target criminals involved in illegal logging and timber trafficking. The scheme will also...

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...

Drug offers hope for treating muscular dystrophy

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Drug offers hope for treating muscular dystrophy

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A drug that can boost muscle strength in mice shows promise as a possible treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, research suggests. The work could one day lead to a daily pill to treat all patients with the mu...

How Facebook Helped a Daughter Find Her Homeless Father

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How Facebook Helped a Daughter Find Her Homeless Father

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If you never had a relationship with your father but knew he was homeless, would you bother to look for him? That's what Michelle Hallagin did. She didn't know who I was when I sent her a letter via Facebook asking...

NASA-Funded Research Discovers Life Built With Toxic Chemical

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NASA-Funded Research Discovers Life Built With Toxic Chemical

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NASA-funded astrobiology research has changed the fundamental knowledge about what comprises all known life on Earth. Researchers conducting tests in the harsh environment of Mono Lake in California have discovere...

Women in Saudi Arabia to vote and run in elections

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Women in Saudi Arabia to vote and run in elections

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Women in Saudi Arabia are to be given the right to vote and run in future municipal elections, King Abdullah has announced. He said they would also have the right to be appointed to the consultative Shura Council. ...

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...

Paralysed man can stand and move his legs again

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Paralysed man can stand and move his legs again

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A US man who was paralysed from the chest down after being hit by a car is now able to stand with electrical stimulation of his spinal cord. Rob Summers, from Oregon, said standing on his own was "the most amazing ...

Mid Wales MP wants 19th Century child neglect law changes

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Mid Wales MP wants 19th Century child neglect law changes

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A mid Wales MP is bidding to change child neglect laws that date back to the 19th Century, which he claims are now "nonsense". Ceredigion MP Mark Williams wants criminal legislation based on 1868 poor laws to be upd...

Breastfeeding can have a positive impact on children’s vocabulary and reasoning skills

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Breastfeeding can have a positive impact on children’s vocabulary and reasoning skills

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(Reuters) Kids who were breastfed as babies had higher scores on tests of vocabulary and reasoning at age five than those who weren't breastfed. Breastfeeding seemed to make the biggest difference for babies wh...

Summit agrees tiger recovery plan – $300 Fund

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Summit agrees tiger recovery plan – $300 Fund

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Governments of 13 countries where tigers still live have endorsed a plan to save the big cats from extinction. Delegates at a summit in St Petersburg, Russia, agreed to double tiger numbers by 2022. The countries ...