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Played music as a child? Enjoy a cognitive boost into old age

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Played music as a child? Enjoy a cognitive boost into old age

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We take it as a given that as we grow older, our cognitive abilities will decline. But that mental deterioration might be a little slower or a little less than it would have been for one group of people: those who...

Damaged Spanish fresco now early favourite for Turner Prize (NOT!)

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Damaged Spanish fresco now early favourite for Turner Prize (NOT!)

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A highly-regarded Spanish fresco that was damaged by an 80 year-old woman is of such quality, officials for the British Turner prize have made it an early front runner for next year’s award. Ecce Homo (Behold the...

G & Ts for London’s Unlikely Corners

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G & Ts for London’s Unlikely Corners

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For entrepreneurs Edward Godden and Joseph Lewis, no location is too obscure for a gin and tonic. That boozy ambition has made their Travelling Gin Co.—a roving bicycle bar—such a success. Equipped with a basket ful...

Wheelchair User Travels Across Africa to open a Spinal Rehab Centre!

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Wheelchair User Travels Across Africa to open a Spinal Rehab Centre!

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A Kenyan man who uses a wheelchair went to great lengths to bring support for disabled people to East Africa. Zackary Kimotho, a 43-year-old who suffered a spinal injury after falling victim to a car-jacking in 200...

Boy Scouts Vacationing In Key West Chase Down Suspected Thief On Bikes

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Boy Scouts Vacationing In Key West Chase Down Suspected Thief On Bikes

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It's not often that a gang of teenage boys is celebrated by a city. But then again, most gangs aren't comprised of 17 Boy Scouts who've sworn to "help other people at all times." Luckily, for a theft victim in Key...

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...

Facebook Exec bankrolls Californians Against Sexual Exploitation Act

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Facebook Exec bankrolls Californians Against Sexual Exploitation Act

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This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Ryan Gabrielson Facebook’s former chief privacy officer is bankrolling an anti-human trafficking ballot measure that would dramatically expand how Calif...

Human Rights Council backs Internet freedom

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Human Rights Council backs Internet freedom

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Despite opposition from India, China and Russia, the UN Human Rights Council passed its first resolution on Internet freedom, to support individuals’ rights online. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised the mo...

Afghanistan Promises to Fight Corruption as Donors Pledge Billions

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Afghanistan Promises to Fight Corruption as Donors Pledge Billions

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TOKYO — Senior officials from the international community are pledging billions of dollars more in civil aid for Afghanistan amid concerns terrorism and corruption still threaten progress made in the country during...

Resurgence magazine celebrates 45 years

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Resurgence magazine celebrates 45 years

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Positive News's Stephen Lewis speaks to Satish Kumar, the long-standing editor of the pioneering environmental magazine Resurgence, about the publication’s philosophy and achievements. Forty-five years ago, Brita...

Scotland says yes to more weddings

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Scotland says yes to more weddings

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THE number of people getting married in Scotland has reached its highest level in four years, figures show. The statistics from the Registrar General for Scotland revealed that 3,255 couples got hitched during the...

Michigan Boy Glenn Dixon Fundraises For Domestic Abuse Charity So Women, Kids Don’t ‘Get Beat Up’

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Michigan Boy Glenn Dixon Fundraises For Domestic Abuse Charity So Women, Kids Don’t ‘Get Beat Up’

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One young Michigan boy's simple hobby has turned into a charity effort, fueled by his giving heart. Glenn Dixon, 7, cleans and paints faces on rocks that he collects, and then sells them for a dollar apiece to rai...

Scotland announces ‘climate justice’ fund for world’s poorest

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Scotland announces ‘climate justice’ fund for world’s poorest

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The scheme will focus on helping people in Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia cope with the effects of climate change The Scottish government has unveiled a £3m initiative to help people in the world's poorest cou...

Zac Goldsmith sells the Ecologist for £1

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Zac Goldsmith sells the Ecologist for £1

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Leading environment magazine known for its campaigns and hard-hitting investigations will merge with Resurgence After 42 years of lawsuits from GM companies, campaigns against nuclear power, and breastfeeding tips...

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...

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...

From Gangs to Gardens: How Community Agriculture Transformed Quesada Avenue

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From Gangs to Gardens: How Community Agriculture Transformed Quesada Avenue

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In 2002, two neighbors armed with spades and seeds changed everything for crime-addled Quesada Avenue in San Francisco's Bayview-Hunters Point area. The street had been ground zero for the area's drug trade and its...

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 ...

From Sitting In to Taking Over: A Worker-Owned Cooperative at Republic Windows and Doors

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From Sitting In to Taking Over: A Worker-Owned Cooperative at Republic Windows and Doors

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Once a symbol of worker mistreatment and the failures of the financial system, the famous Chicago factory may soon be run cooperatively by its workers. First, they occupied the factory to get their wages from the...

Burma State Media Offer Praise of Aung San Suu Kyi

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Burma State Media Offer Praise of Aung San Suu Kyi

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Burmese state media have offered rare praise of longtime democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, in an editorial that would have been unthinkable just months ago under the reforming country's strict censorship laws. In...