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Donors pledge billions to help UN-backed fund combat AIDS, TB and malaria

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Donors pledge billions to help UN-backed fund combat AIDS, TB and malaria

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Donor countries, private foundations, corporations and individuals meeting at the United Nations have pledged over $11.5 billion in new funding over the next three years for the global partnership to fight three ki...

From beer-fueled brainstorm to life’s work of helping others

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From beer-fueled brainstorm to life’s work of helping others

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Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow was enjoying a pint at his local pub in the Scottish Highlands when he got an idea that would change his life -- and the lives of thousands of others. Argyll, Scotland (CNN) -- Magnus Mac...

Quality of life not happiness should measure our well-being, says university academic

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Quality of life not happiness should measure our well-being, says university academic

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The Government's survey into well-being should focus on quality of life rather than happiness, an academic has suggested. From April, the Office for National Statistics will ask people to rate their own well-being...

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...

Car-Free Sundays Give Glimpse of Jakarta’s Potential

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Car-Free Sundays Give Glimpse of Jakarta’s Potential

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Most days the main thoroughfare in central Jakarta is noisy, polluted and congested with cars and motorcycles. But two Sundays a month, people-powered vehicles own the road.  A program called Car-Free Sunday is gro...

Early nutrition has a long-term metabolic impact

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Early nutrition has a long-term metabolic impact

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Nutrition during the first days or weeks of life may have long-term consequences on health, potentially via a phenomenon known as the metabolic programming effect, according to a study to be presented at the Pediat...

Hong Kong bans trawling to save fish stocks

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Hong Kong bans trawling to save fish stocks

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Hong Kong has banned trawl fishing in its waters, a decision welcomed by conservationists Friday as a crucial move to save fish stocks and revive the city's depleted marine environment. The measure, which is exp...

Fighting blindness in the Third World

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Fighting blindness in the Third World

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Thanks to the persistent and ingenuity of two doctors, Sanduk Ruit and Geoff Tabin, victims of cataract in the Third world now move toward a future of regaining sight. Cataract, which is the clouding of the cryst...

Company to Make Bottles From Pacific Garbage Patch

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Company to Make Bottles From Pacific Garbage Patch

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San Francisco - Today, Method, the leading innovator in premium, eco-conscious household and personal care products, unveiled its latest innovation in sustainable packaging -- a bottle made out of plastic collecte...

Mental health charity Mind urges people to improve their well being and beat the winter blues

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Mental health charity Mind urges people to improve their well being and beat the winter blues

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The leading mental health charity Mind is calling for people to get outside to guard against winter blues and to improve mental health. Many of us feel a dip in mood and our enthusiasm wane in the winter months -...

China Begins Sending Captive Pandas Into the Wild

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China Begins Sending Captive Pandas Into the Wild

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China has begun sending giant pandas bred in captivity into a protected area in southwestern Sichuan province, as part of a push to rebuild a depleted panda population in a natural habitat. Officials and panda re...

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...

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 ...

EU, US Congratulate Algeria on Elections

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EU, US Congratulate Algeria on Elections

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The European Union and the United States have endorsed Algeria's parliamentary elections as an important step toward reform, even as some opposition forces expressed suspicion that the vote was fraudulent. The h...

Millennium Development Goal met: 2 billion access water

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Millennium Development Goal met: 2 billion access water

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Some 89 percent of the global population is now using 'improved' water sources, that are protected from outside contamination. But the finding is controversial. Boston More than 2 billion people have gaine...

Climate change matters at World Future Energy Summit

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Climate change matters at World Future Energy Summit

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Global climate change was not on the agenda this week at the World Future Energy Summit but it nevertheless emerged as a prominent topic of concern. In the United Arab Emirates, climate change poses a significant t...

From a mine to an art center

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From a mine to an art center

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In Gwangmyung, Gyeonggi Province, a mine that was shut down in 1972 and used to store fermented food, is now being renovated to host musical performances, art exhibits and movie screenings. Gwangmyung City Gover...

Warm weather sees boom in UK jellyfish blooms

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Warm weather sees boom in UK jellyfish blooms

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Researchers say that the recent spell of warm weather has seen a rapid increase in jellyfish blooms around Britain's coasts. The long, cold spring meant there were very few reports before June. The Marine Conserva...

The power of connections: India to establish Asia’s largest protected forest

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The power of connections: India to establish Asia’s largest protected forest

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India has stepped up forest conservation efforts in recent years, with a major project underway to establish a large swath of uninterrupted habitat through the designation of additional protected areas and expanding t...

Sensemaking / The Intergenerational Organisation

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Sensemaking / The Intergenerational Organisation

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As people live and work for longer, by the year 2020 it will be common to have as many as 4 or even 5 generations working alongside each other, each with different needs and expectations. Millennials are expect...