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Good news for leukaemia: Pills ‘cure’ could enable patients to discontinue treatment

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Good news for leukaemia: Pills ‘cure’ could enable patients to discontinue treatment

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Some leukaemia patients may be effectively cured by taking modern cancer pills, giving a small minority of patients the option of discontinuing treatment, French researchers say. It had been thought that chronic ...

World’s First Hybrid Tugboat Reduces Emissions at California Ports

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World’s First Hybrid Tugboat Reduces Emissions at California Ports

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Carbon emissions at sea have received more attention over the last decade. Ports, especially, can have a negative impact on air quality in the populated areas that surround them. The many emissions sources at por...

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...

Sweet Bait Lures Malaria Mosquitoes

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Sweet Bait Lures Malaria Mosquitoes

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In other Mosquito related news!.... Powerful bait effectively attracts and kills malaria-infected mosquitoes but is completely harmless to humans, other animals Israeli researchers say they have developed a powe...

Maple Syrup — It’s Good For You

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Maple Syrup — It’s Good For You

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Researchers have identified compounds in maple syrup with similar anti-inflammatory or anti-oxidant properties as blueberries, green tea and other "superfoods." "In our laboratory research we found that several o...

Japan nuclear power expansion plans abandoned

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Japan nuclear power expansion plans abandoned

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Japan is to abandon plans to expand its nuclear power industry and make renewables a key part of its energy policy, the prime minister, Naoto Kan, said as the country marked two months since the tsunami disaster. A...

Pigs heat their own home with anaerobic digester that converts their waste into green energy

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Pigs heat their own home with anaerobic digester that converts their waste into green energy

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Pigs in Northumberland will soon be heating their own home thanks to a state-of-the-art anaerobic digester which converts their waste into green energy. The £1.2m anaerobic digestion facility, with a 75kW average...

Coffee, Bananas Grow Together to Fight Climate Change

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Coffee, Bananas Grow Together to Fight Climate Change

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Over the next three to four decades, temperatures in the Great Lakes Region of Central Africa are expected to rise about two degrees Celsius. Scientists say without immediate innovations in farming, crops will be d...

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...

UN conference to save earth’s biodiversity kicks off in India

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UN conference to save earth’s biodiversity kicks off in India

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DELHI — For the next two years, India will steer efforts to save the earth’s biodiversity during a time when our “natural capital” is being lost at an unprecedented rate. India is hosting the UN Conference on...

Common Condiment Helps Save Gulf Sea Turtles

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Common Condiment Helps Save Gulf Sea Turtles

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Wildlife rescue workers in Florida have discovered a common sandwich ingredient is perfect for cleaning toxic crude from the skin of oiled sea turtles. Just days ago, government officials announced that the BP we...

Nations agree on historic UN pact on sharing benefits of world’s genetic resources

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Nations agree on historic UN pact on sharing benefits of world’s genetic resources

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After nearly two decades of debate, governments from around the world today agreed to a new United Nations treaty on managing the planet’s wealth of genetic resources – from animals to plants to fungi – more fairly a...

Mexico Forest Communities Excel In Capturing Carbon

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Mexico Forest Communities Excel In Capturing Carbon

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A study released amid debate over how to reduce the loss and degradation of the world's most vulnerable forests suggests that negotiators at the upcoming UN climate change conference in Cancun should look to Mexico...

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...

Costco Steps Up Sustainable Seafood Policy

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Costco Steps Up Sustainable Seafood Policy

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In a “stunning win for the oceans,” Costco recently stepped up its Sustainable Seafood policies. Improving on voluntary changes announced last August, Costco issued its Seafood and Sustainability Report agreeing to s...

GE To Build Largest Solar Factory In The U.S.

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GE To Build Largest Solar Factory In The U.S.

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GE announced Thursday that it’s planning to go big in solar panel manufacturing and will build the largest solar panel factory in the U.S., with an annual capacity of 400 megawatts of production of thin-film solar ...

British butterflies bounce back

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British butterflies bounce back

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Some of Britain's most threatened butterflies are showing promising signs of recovery after decades of decline, according to a new study. The new data comes from the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme, which has been m...

Reducing smoking rapidly reduces death rates with six months, research suggests

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Reducing smoking rapidly reduces death rates with six months, research suggests

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A study by the University of Liverpool has found that a decrease in smoking rapidly reduces mortality rates in individuals and entire populations within six months. Researchers found that a reduction in smoking h...

Good news – Hangover cure is heading to market

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Good news – Hangover cure is heading to market

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Here's some good news for the millions of us likely to drink a little too much over the holiday season - the development of hang-over cure that combats the after-effects of drinking in just fifteen minutes. America...

Plant sunflowers and help solve an unfinished Turing experiment

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Plant sunflowers and help solve an unfinished Turing experiment

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1+1+2+3+5+8+13+21+34+55+89+144 Recognise that sequence of numbers? It is called the ‘Fibonacci phyllotaxis’ and computer pioneer Alan Turing was working to solve a mathematical riddle that he worked on before ...