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General Motors to Feature Recycled Oil Spill Booms in New Cars

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General Motors to Feature Recycled Oil Spill Booms in New Cars

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From Greenopolis Remember all those oil absorbent booms that were used to clean up the massive Gulf Coast oil spill? Despite looking like long tubes of overstuffed socks, they're great for absorbing and contai...

Islands of Plastic and Plants

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Islands of Plastic and Plants

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Water may be the source of life, but its life-giving quality depends on how we treat it.  Farm runoff, pesticides and fertilizers, even treated wastewater make their way back into our waters and our lives. But at...

Gene therapy ‘memory boost hope’

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Gene therapy ‘memory boost hope’

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A gene therapy technique which aims to ease memory problems linked to Alzheimer's Disease has been successfully tested in mice. US scientists used it to increase levels of a chemical which helps brain cells signal to...

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...

‘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...

University of Manchester to play a key role in the building of the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope

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University of Manchester to play a key role in the building of the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope

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A €1.5bn multinational science project to build the world's largest and most sensitive radio telescope are moving forward apace. The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will be capable of answering some of the most fundam...

Molecule discovery could enable nuclear waste to be stored more safely

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Molecule discovery could enable nuclear waste to be stored more safely

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The controversial problem of storing some of the most radioactive elements of nuclear waste could be close to being solved. Scientists have discovered a class of molecules that can selectively extract extremely ra...

Good if you live in Australia! Solar power system prices drop 70%

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Good if you live in Australia! Solar power system prices drop 70%

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Competition and global price cuts on components make it a great time for Australian households to go solar - particularly with electricity prices predicted to jump a national average of 17%. While solar rebates may...

Device invented that can detect infectious disease in minutes

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Device invented that can detect infectious disease in minutes

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Infectious diseases can spread very rapidly, so quickly identifying them can be crucial to stopping an epidemic. However, current testing for such diseases can take hours and days. But not for much longer. Jayne ...

Jeremy Irons talks trash for his new environmental documentary

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Jeremy Irons talks trash for his new environmental documentary

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Oscar-winning actor explains why he travelled around the world to highlight the environmental problems caused by our waste Jeremy Irons, the Oscar-winning actor, has teamed up with the British filmmaker Candida Bra...

Tigers now thriving in Sathyamangalam forest once used by Veerappan

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Tigers now thriving in Sathyamangalam forest once used by Veerappan

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Officials in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu have claimed that the number of tigers have risen in forests once used as a jungle hideout by the dreaded bandit, Veerappan. The forest department officia...

UN Panel Urges Measures to Raise Billions for Climate Change Mitigation

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UN Panel Urges Measures to Raise Billions for Climate Change Mitigation

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The U.N. Secretary-General's High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing has released its recommendations for how the international community can raise $100 billion a year by 2020 to offset the impact of ...

Climate talks agree to pay to protect forests

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Climate talks agree to pay to protect forests

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A new climate change deal reached in Mexico has set up a global framework to pay to protect rainforests vital to the ecosystem, but held off on the controversial introduction of a market role. The deal aims to help...

Trees for the Future – Planting Seeds Around the World

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Trees for the Future – Planting Seeds Around the World

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The legendary American Johnny Appleseed secured his place in history for promoting the planting of apple trees throughout the young United States.  Now, more than 200 years later, an environmental organization is d...

PepsiCo Will Switch To 100 Percent Plant-Based Bottle

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PepsiCo Will Switch To 100 Percent Plant-Based Bottle

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Using plant-based, fully renewable resources, the company plans to manufacture a beverage container with a significantly reduced carbon footprint.

China launches ban on smoking in public venues

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China launches ban on smoking in public venues

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A Slightly toothless move on behalf of the Communist Party, but a step in the right direction... AFP reports:- China launched a ban on smoking in restaurants, bars and other indoor public spaces on Sunday but f...

Female scientist Natalia Avseenko dives into sea naked in Northern Russia to tame beluga whales

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Female scientist Natalia Avseenko dives into sea naked in Northern Russia to tame beluga whales

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Two whales have been tamed in the Arctic Circle, by  a female scientist who stripped off and went underwater naked. Thirty-six-year-old Natalia Avseenko braved sub-zero temperatures to reach the beluga whales in ...

Fighting Back from Extinction, New Zealand Right Whale Is Returning Home

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Fighting Back from Extinction, New Zealand Right Whale Is Returning Home

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After being hunted to local extinction more than a century ago and unable to remember their ancestral calving grounds, the southern right whales of mainland New Zealand are coming home. A new study published toda...

Researchers discover particle which could ‘cool the planet’

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Researchers discover particle which could ‘cool the planet’

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In a breakthrough paper published in Science, researchers from The University of Manchester, The University of Bristol and Sandia National Laboratories report the potentially revolutionary effects of Criegee biradi...