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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...

Students celebrate success with cost effective tracking device for pets and possessions

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Students celebrate success with cost effective tracking device for pets and possessions

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Two university students have won a national competition, after founding a company which aims to reduce the cost of keeping track of pets and treasured possessions. Baran Ceylan and Matt Manders created the RECol...

Young Indonesians paint the town green

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Young Indonesians paint the town green

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JAKARTA — Young Indonesians are breathing new life into their polluted concrete capital city with little more than buckets of soil and seeds. A group of mostly young professionals, known as Gardening Indonesia, ...

Chinese Villagers Get Free Gold And Silver Bars In Changjian, Jiangsu, China

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Chinese Villagers Get Free Gold And Silver Bars In Changjian, Jiangsu, China

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3,000 villagers hit a windfall last week after a locally-owned business in eastern China gave each resident 100-gram bars of gold and silver in honor of the company's 40th anniversary, the China Money Report writes. ...

Gorilla population stages mild comeback in war-torn Congo

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Gorilla population stages mild comeback in war-torn Congo

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For the last decade and a half, gorilla populations in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo have been victimized by the fighting between warring militia factions. But in a surprise finding, resear...

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...

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...

Americans’ city optimism highest in more than five years

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Americans’ city optimism highest in more than five years

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More Americans now say the city or area where they live is getting better -- 61.9% -- than have at any time since January 2008. Americans" optimism about where they live has been steadily increasing since January of 2...

Optimism and humour can help to combat dental fear, study suggests

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Optimism and humour can help to combat dental fear, study suggests

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Some of the most important factors in managing stress during a visit to the dentist include optimism on the part of the patient and an atmosphere of humour in the interaction with the dental staff. Scientists at ...

Good news for mouth ulcer sufferers – honey bees produce wax for treatment

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Good news for mouth ulcer sufferers – honey bees produce wax for treatment

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Honey bees could help treat mouth ulcers - thanks to new research into the healing properties of propolis, a mixture of resin and wax made by bees to seal and sterilise their hives. Its use in medicine and food s...

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...

Rebecca Black Donating ‘Friday’ Proceeds to Japan

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Rebecca Black Donating ‘Friday’ Proceeds to Japan

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YouTube singing star Rebecca Black is using her overnight fame for a good cause. The 13-year-old singer, who touched off a nerve with her budget hit, "Friday," told Us magazine she will donate the profits of her iT...

Internet activism stop F1 race in Bahrain

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Internet activism stop F1 race in Bahrain

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The Internet activism community Avaaz.org obtained a victory in their rally against Formula 1 race in Bahrain. In the wake of the last month’s tumultuous upheaval in the Near East many regimes have been questioned ...

Solar energy visionary wins ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’

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Solar energy visionary wins ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’

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One of the world’s leading solar entrepreneurs and proponents of renewable energy has been awarded the Right Livelihood Award for 2011, often referred to as the “alternative Nobel Prize.” China’s Huang Ming receive...

Can’t find work? Volunteer and you could get some unexpected bonuses

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Can’t find work? Volunteer and you could get some unexpected bonuses

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No housing costs, no utility bills, free training … volunteering can offer an attractive alternative route into the jobs market More and more people are applying for all-expenses paid full-time voluntary work as a...

Helping the paralyzed to walk again

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Helping the paralyzed to walk again

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A technique helping stroke victims regain their mobility has won the 2010 Danish Research Result of the Year award and is now attracting attention from investors keen to see the research move from the lab and into ...

US plucks tiny daisy from brink of extinction

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US plucks tiny daisy from brink of extinction

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The tiny Maguire daisy, which grows in the desert southwest of the United States, has been plucked from the edge of extinction after a 25-year conservation effort, US officials have announced. The minuscule memb...

Beetroot juice could help the elderly or lung patients, research suggests

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Beetroot juice could help the elderly or lung patients, research suggests

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New research into the health benefits of beetroot juice suggests it's not only athletes who can benefit from its performance enhancing properties - it could help the elderly or people with heart or lung-conditions ...

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...

Scientists find ‘better way’ to grow adult stem cells

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Scientists find ‘better way’ to grow adult stem cells

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A new plastic surface which overcomes the difficulties associated with growing adult stem cells has been developed, according to scientists. Standard surfaces have proved limited for growing large amounts and retai...