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New software FLIGHT could improve aeroplanes’ impact on environment

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New software FLIGHT could improve aeroplanes’ impact on environment

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Aeroplanes could be far better for the environment, create less noise and be safer for passengers thanks to the development of new software. The programme FLIGHT, developed by a University of Manchester academic,...

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...

Solar energy visionary wins ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’

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Solar energy visionary wins ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’

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One of the world’s leading solar entrepreneurs and proponents of renewable energy has been awarded the Right Livelihood Award for 2011, often referred to as the “alternative Nobel Prize.” China’s Huang Ming receive...

Turning Saltwater From Earth and Sea Into Water Fit to Drink

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Turning Saltwater From Earth and Sea Into Water Fit to Drink

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SAN ANTONIO — Drilling rigs in the midst of cow pastures are hardly a novelty for Texans. But on a warm May day at a site about 30 miles south of San Antonio, a rig was not trying to reach oil or fresh water, but rath...

Gorilla population stages mild comeback in war-torn Congo

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Gorilla population stages mild comeback in war-torn Congo

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For the last decade and a half, gorilla populations in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo have been victimized by the fighting between warring militia factions. But in a surprise finding, resear...

The Windmill of the future could be floating in the sky

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The Windmill of the future could be floating in the sky

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What"s next for the energy generation? We won"t keep you in suspense! Don Quixote famously—infamously—tilted at windmills. Were his story set today, though, Cervantes might have to change things up a bit: the mo...

Solar Panels To Be Installed On ‘Roof of the World’

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Solar Panels To Be Installed On ‘Roof of the World’

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The installation will generate decades of clean electricity for thousands of residents of the Tibetan Plateau. Chek Kang village in the Sangri County, Shannan Prefecture, Tibet, will soon be home to one of the high...

New York to London in an hour – by train

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New York to London in an hour – by train

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You could call it a pipe dream. That’s how the BBC refers to it on its website, where a feature story reports that one day soon, trains traveling through vacuum tunnels could whisk passengers from New York to Lon...

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...

Landmark UN report reveals global gains in development even in poorer nations

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Landmark UN report reveals global gains in development even in poorer nations

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4 November 2010 – The majority of developing countries have made dramatic but underestimated gains in health and education in recent decades, despite the fact that severe inequalities within and between countries r...

Forest-to-Table is Latest Twist in ‘Eat Local’ Movement

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Forest-to-Table is Latest Twist in ‘Eat Local’ Movement

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The local food movement is growing in the United States. Restaurant owners and families look to nearby farms for fruits, vegetables and meat. Now small forest owners want to join the local food party. They're promo...

Obsessed with Disaster? 4 Simple Steps for Being Part of the Solution Instead of Part of the Problem

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Obsessed with Disaster? 4 Simple Steps for Being Part of the Solution Instead of Part of the Problem

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PTV has decided to reproduce this article featured in the Huffington Post as it fits into the PTV belief system:- When there are natural or manmade disasters -- even if they are half a world away -- most of us are...

Obama details conservation action plan

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Obama details conservation action plan

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President Barack Obama called Wednesday for a series of steps to help Americans conserve and get in touch with nature, including full funding of the $900 million Land and Water Conservation Fund for only the third ...

New plasma “brush” may mean painless cavity filling

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New plasma “brush” may mean painless cavity filling

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We've been keeping an eye on efforts to make the dreaded dentist's drill a thing of the past for some time, and now there's more good news on the horizon for the cavity-prone (and pain-phobic). Engineers at the Univ...

Kielder Water & Forest Park to reintroduce water voles

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Kielder Water & Forest Park to reintroduce water voles

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An endangered species is set to return to a Northumberland forest more than 30 years after it was wiped out. Conservationists at Kielder Water & Forest Park plan to reintroduce water voles to the area after they ...

Government launches £4.2m urban tree-planting plan

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Government launches £4.2m urban tree-planting plan

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A £4.2m scheme to plant one million trees over the next four years has been unveiled by the government. It will see trees planted in urban areas of England that need them most, in the first government tree-plantin...

Mysterious Voynich manuscript has ‘genuine message’

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Mysterious Voynich manuscript has ‘genuine message’

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The message inside "the world's most mysterious medieval manuscript" has eluded cryptographers, mathematicians and linguists for over a century. And for many, the so-called Voynich book is assumed to be a hoax. ...

River of money flows to Thames as it wins global conservation prize

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River of money flows to Thames as it wins global conservation prize

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In the 1950s it was declared biologically dead – a heavily polluted river that was a far cry from the days when it was admired by William Wordsworth, Claude Monet and the Three Men in a Boat of Jerome K Jerome's book...

Skeptics catching up on climate science

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Skeptics catching up on climate science

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"When we began our study, we felt that skeptics had raised legitimate issues, and we didn’t know what we’d find. Our results turned out to be close to those published by prior groups. We think that means that those gr...