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Mozambique’s war-hit Gorongosa park slowly recovers

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Mozambique’s war-hit Gorongosa park slowly recovers

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By Johannes Myburgh (AFP) GORONGOSA NATIONAL PARK, Mozambique — As warthogs play in the mud behind him, park ranger Charles Pereira Aranje scans the savannah for poachers, while waterbuck and reedbuck antelopes g...

Iraq’s Mesopotamian Marshlands recovering

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Iraq’s Mesopotamian Marshlands recovering

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The Iraqi Marshlands, which were pushed to the brink of extinction under the Saddam era, are slowly being restored to their former glory For over 7,000 years the Iraqi Marshland- also known as the Mesopotamian M...

Fighting blindness in the Third World

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Fighting blindness in the Third World

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Thanks to the persistent and ingenuity of two doctors, Sanduk Ruit and Geoff Tabin, victims of cataract in the Third world now move toward a future of regaining sight. Cataract, which is the clouding of the cryst...

Positive Online Weight Reduction Study investigates how Internet resources could help reduce obesity

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Positive Online Weight Reduction Study investigates how Internet resources could help reduce obesity

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The Internet can play a role in reducing obesity in today"s society, according to latest research at the University of Southampton. The Positive Online Weight Reduction (POWeR) project, being carried out by the U...

‘People’s watchdog’ touted to keep UK green

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‘People’s watchdog’ touted to keep UK green

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Sustainability experts are planning to set up a "people's watchdog" on green government when the spending axe falls on the official body next month. The proposal was aired on Tuesday at a meeting of the Sustainable...

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...

The US solar industry is wrapping up its most successful year ever!

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The US solar industry is wrapping up its most successful year ever!

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The solar industry is wrapping up its most successful year ever. Solar is now the fastest growing energy industry in the U.S., employing nearly 100,000 Americans and generating billions of dollars of economic growt...

New hope for memory loss in old age, with study into potential new drug treatment

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New hope for memory loss in old age, with study into potential new drug treatment

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Memory loss can be one of the most distressing effects of getting older, but there's new hope from researchers who have discovered a compound that could be used to create drugs to help prevent memory loss linked to...

Fungi Discovered In The Amazon Will Eat Your Plastic

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Fungi Discovered In The Amazon Will Eat Your Plastic

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Polyurethane seemed like it couldn’t interact with the earth’s normal processes of breaking down and recycling material. That’s just because it hadn’t met the right mushroom yet. The Amazon is home to more spec...

Demetia study finds that aerobic exercise improves memory and prevents cognitive decline

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Demetia study finds that aerobic exercise improves memory and prevents cognitive decline

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US researchers suggest aerobic exercise can improve memory and may prevent cognitive decline in older adults. They found that regular exercise over a year increased the size of the hippocampus, an area of the brain...

Biodegradable Bricks Collect Rainwater Automatically

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Biodegradable Bricks Collect Rainwater Automatically

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Using fallen leaves and discarded plastic bottles, two designers have created a recycled material that could turn buildings into automatic rainwater collection systems. Thousands of gallons of free water fall on ro...

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...

American study suggests bad fat can be transformed to burn off calories

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American study suggests bad fat can be transformed to burn off calories

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Researchers in the US have apparently learned how to turn so-called 'bad' fat into 'good' into what's being described as a possible future treatment for obesity. The team at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore s...

Bill Gates wants to reinvent the toilet for the Third World

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Bill Gates wants to reinvent the toilet for the Third World

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Bill Gates thinks the modern-day flush toilet isn’t good enough. Most of the developing world can’t afford to use it, and poor sanitation spreads diarrheal diseases. So the Gates Foundation is challenging univer...

Crime chiefs agree to get tough on illegal tiger trade

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Crime chiefs agree to get tough on illegal tiger trade

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Crime chiefs from countries with populations of wild tigers have agreed to work together in order to combat the illegal trade in the big cats. Heads of police and customs from 13 nations agreed to tighten controls...

Acute oak decline disease prompts £1.1m research effort

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Acute oak decline disease prompts £1.1m research effort

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Project aims to understand distribution and severity of mystery disease causing Britain's oak trees to 'bleed to death' A mystery disease causing Britain's oak trees to "bleed to death" has prompted a £1.1m researc...

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...

New site is a match-maker for world’s endangered frogs

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New site is a match-maker for world’s endangered frogs

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A new initiative by the conservation group, Amphibian Ark, hopes to match lonely, vanishing frogs with a prince/princess to to save them. Dubbed FrogMatchMaker.com after online dating sites, the progra...

Good news for the environment: Researchers optimistic about study into effect of nanoparticles

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Good news for the environment: Researchers optimistic about study into effect of nanoparticles

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Scientists at the University of Birmingham have secured £3 million to study the effects of nanoparticles on the environment for research that could have a positive impact on our environment. The project will focu...

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...