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Flight Soars from Europe to Africa

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Flight Soars from Europe to Africa

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An experimental solar-powered airplane is headed from Europe toward the African continent in a historic flight. Noted Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard took off from Madrid, Spain early Tuesday morning aboard the ...

University study offers alternative to animals in drug tests

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University study offers alternative to animals in drug tests

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Pioneering research by the University of Reading has developed a new way to test the adhesive qualities of drugs under laboratory development which could replace the current practice of using animal tissue. The stu...

New hope for world’s rarest snake, Antiguan racer, thanks to conservationists’ efforts

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New hope for world’s rarest snake, Antiguan racer, thanks to conservationists’ efforts

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Conservationists working in the West Indies have made incredible progress in saving the rarest snake on the planet, the Antiguan racer. The population has dramatically climbed from just 50 individuals in the mid-n...

Designers introduce DIY coffee-based batteries at the 2010 Vienna Design Week.

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Designers introduce DIY coffee-based batteries at the 2010 Vienna Design Week.

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Showcasing their recent project, the Nespresso Capsules, Vienna designers Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler of Mischer'Traxler recently participated in the 2010 Vienna Design Week. The Nespresso Capsules  encour...

Diversifying Crops May Protect Yields Against A More Variable Climate

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Diversifying Crops May Protect Yields Against A More Variable Climate

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Here's an interesting Article from seed daily, that seems to suggest that if farmers actually returned to proper farming, things would be safer for us all! Like this actually is news to anybody??! A survey of how f...

Drug offers hope for treating muscular dystrophy

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Drug offers hope for treating muscular dystrophy

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A drug that can boost muscle strength in mice shows promise as a possible treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, research suggests. The work could one day lead to a daily pill to treat all patients with the mu...

Sri Lankan survey finds ‘healthy’ elephant numbers

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Sri Lankan survey finds ‘healthy’ elephant numbers

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Sri Lanka's elephant population remains healthy despite decades of fighting between government and rebel forces, the first survey since the end of the nation's bloody civil war showed Friday. Wildlife officials s...

Pajama set knows babies better than parents

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Pajama set knows babies better than parents

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Once a baby starts screaming, parents and caretakers are faced with the most difficult task of all: to figure out what’s wrong and stop the crying as soon as possible. But now there’s a new onesie outfit that can...

Brain waves from thoughts of sounds used to move cursor

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Brain waves from thoughts of sounds used to move cursor

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A cursor on a computer screen can be controlled using thoughts about a range of vowel sounds, research has found. Brain signals have been translated into motion or even pictures before, but the current research show...

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...

Macedonia plants three million trees to revive forests

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Macedonia plants three million trees to revive forests

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Thousands of Macedonians took a day off work on Thursday to plant three million trees to revive the nation's forests after fires ravaged an estimated 35,000 hectares (86,000 acres) of greenery. "There is no bett...

‘Historic’ deal to halt hazardous waste export to south

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‘Historic’ deal to halt hazardous waste export to south

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Leading world economies will no longer be able to export hazardous waste to poorer nations unless they obtain the latter's consent, a spokesman from the UN environment agency said Tuesday. "UNEP is pleased to ann...

Monks’ weather records could help scientists improve climate forecasts

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Monks’ weather records could help scientists improve climate forecasts

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Details of weather records taken from monks' diaries are helping scientists verify Europe's climate over 500 years. Researchers hope the study will help improve climate forecasts. Scientists compared data from hi...

Groundbreaking method enables small farmers to grow more food with less water

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Groundbreaking method enables small farmers to grow more food with less water

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WASHINGTON, D.C- International relief and development organization Oxfam America joined WWF- International and Africare to bring attention to a groundbreaking method of rice farming known as the System of Rice Inte...

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 ...

‘Cancer dogs’ research launched in Milton Keynes

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‘Cancer dogs’ research launched in Milton Keynes

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The world's first scientific study to train a group of dogs to detect prostate cancer has been launched in Milton Keynes. The charity Medical Detection Dogs needs men from the east of England to donate samples ...

Good News – Dark Chocolate Is As Good As Exercise

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Good News – Dark Chocolate Is As Good As Exercise

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Great news for chocolate lovers! New research shows that eating dark chocolate may improve your health in a similar way to exercise. A plant compound found in dark chocolate, Epicatechin, seems to stimulate the sa...

Litter found in deepsea survey of one of Earth’s final unexplored realms

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Litter found in deepsea survey of one of Earth’s final unexplored realms

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A glimpse into one tiny nook of the UK's vast ocean depths uncovered two drink cans, one bottle, and a rusty food tin On 15 August 1934, two adventurers squeezed into a tiny metal capsule and became the first peop...

How social media could be usefully used to track flu outbreaks and rainfall rates

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How social media could be usefully used to track flu outbreaks and rainfall rates

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Researchers are investigating whether social media could be used to track an event or phenomenon, such as flu outbreaks and rainfall rates. Social networks, such as Facebook and microblogging services like Twitte...

Alzheimer’s: Deep brain stimulation ‘reverses’ disease

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Alzheimer’s: Deep brain stimulation ‘reverses’ disease

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Scientists in Canada have raised a tantalising prospect - reversing Alzheimer's disease. Brain shrinkage, declining function and memory loss had been thought to be irreversible. They used a technique known as deep...