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A Detroit Florist Gives Away Bouquets Just for Being Kind

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A Detroit Florist Gives Away Bouquets Just for Being Kind

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We've told you before that in these times of hardship for so many, others have made it their mission to lighten people's burdens wherever they can. In South Carolina, they're buying each other's coffee. Throughout t...

Mark Worrall Meets Audrey Pollard, N.Y. Postal Worker Who Donated Life-Saving Bone Marrow

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Mark Worrall Meets Audrey Pollard, N.Y. Postal Worker Who Donated Life-Saving Bone Marrow

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Six months after Audrey Pollard, a New York post office worker, signed up for the marrow donor registry, she was matched to a man in England, desperately in need of a bone marrow transplant. Eight years later tha...

University scientist Dr Huw Taylor helps fight cholera epidemic in Haiti

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University scientist Dr Huw Taylor helps fight cholera epidemic in Haiti

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A University of Brighton scientist is helping fight a cholera epidemic among thousands of earthquake victims in Haiti. Dr Huw Taylor saw the suffering first-hand during a recent visit to the Caribbean island, and...

Hong Kong Tiananmen Vigil Attracts Tens of Thousands

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Hong Kong Tiananmen Vigil Attracts Tens of Thousands

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HONG KONG - A candlelit vigil was held in Hong Kong Monday night to commemorate the victims of the June 4, 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing.  The number of participants at the annual event appeared larger ...

Liver implant gives boy ‘another chance of life’

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Liver implant gives boy ‘another chance of life’

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Doctors in London say they have cured a baby boy of a life-threatening disease which was destroying his liver. They implanted cells which acted like a temporary liver, allowing the damaged organ to recover. The te...

Music has a positive impact on the mental health of commuters, survey suggests

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Music has a positive impact on the mental health of commuters, survey suggests

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Workers who listen to music during the morning commute are giving their mental health a boost, according to a new survey. Figures released by the mental health charity Mind reveal that 74 per cent of employees list...

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...

UN to create panel of biodiversity experts

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UN to create panel of biodiversity experts

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The UN General Assembly agreed to form a panel of international experts on biodiversity in a resolution approved on Monday. The resolution is an important step towards the implementation of the Intergovernmental P...

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...

Plan to Protect Food Supply Against Global Warming Announced in Rome

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Plan to Protect Food Supply Against Global Warming Announced in Rome

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The largest effort ever to protect global food supplies against climate change was announced Friday in Rome. One-fifth of the world's plants are threatened with extinction. It's Cary Fowler's mission to fight bac...

Business woman’s success with secret La Decollette bra to prevent cleavage wrinkles

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Business woman’s success with secret La Decollette bra to prevent cleavage wrinkles

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Rachel de Boer finally told some friends a secret she'd kept for years: She slept with stuffed socks sewn between the cups of an old bra to prevent cleavage wrinkles and smooth out her neckline. Three years late...

Funding boost for Scottish local food network

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Funding boost for Scottish local food network

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Europe’s largest local food network is to receive almost half a million pounds of funding from the Scottish government to encourage more people to choose local and sustainably sourced food. he Fife Diet, which ha...

True Faith: George Michael releases New Order cover as comeback single in aid of Comic Relief

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True Faith: George Michael releases New Order cover as comeback single in aid of Comic Relief

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Today The Optemist carries this story... George Michael will return to the spotlight with a new single supporting Comic Relief, following his release from prison for crashing his car while under the influence of ...

Speak up for children at Rio+20 Earth summit

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Speak up for children at Rio+20 Earth summit

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Rachel Hall was part of a Unicef UK group that prepared a list of priorities that young people want to be taken up at the summit. She explains what they expect from world leaders Like many young people, I take th...

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...

Saudi Women Defy Driving Ban

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Saudi Women Defy Driving Ban

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Activists in Saudi Arabia are claiming victory in their protest against a ban on female drivers in the country. A few dozen women got behind the wheel Saturday in their push for easing restrictions on women in the ...

Wealthy American Philanthropists Encourage Rich Chinese to Give Too

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Wealthy American Philanthropists Encourage Rich Chinese to Give Too

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Wealthy Americans Bill Gates and Warren Buffett say they are encouraged to see that China"s super-rich have enthusiasm for philanthropy. Philanthropy was at the top of the agenda for America"s richest man, Microsof...

Millions of Chinese to benefit from Southampton University hearing test

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Millions of Chinese to benefit from Southampton University hearing test

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A new hearing screening test developed by the University of Southampton could help the estimated 100 million people suffering from hearing loss in China. The test was developed by the university's Institute of So...

Blueberries guard against high blood pressure, new study finds

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Blueberries guard against high blood pressure, new study finds

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Eating blueberries can guard against high blood pressure, according to new research by the University of East Anglia and Harvard University. Bioactive compounds in blueberries called anthocyanins offer protection...

Jeremy Irons talks trash for his new environmental documentary

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Jeremy Irons talks trash for his new environmental documentary

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Oscar-winning actor explains why he travelled around the world to highlight the environmental problems caused by our waste Jeremy Irons, the Oscar-winning actor, has teamed up with the British filmmaker Candida Bra...