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Wave Power Lights Up U.S. Electrical Grid For First Time

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Wave Power Lights Up U.S. Electrical Grid For First Time

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This from Inhabitat.com:- "We write a lot about wave power here at Inhabitat, but functional wave farms are few and far between. Now Ocean Power Technologies has hooked up its PB40 PowerBuoy to the grid at...

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...

Portable Baby Calmer – harness that calms babies and stops them crying

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Portable Baby Calmer – harness that calms babies and stops them crying

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Here's some good news for parents - and those around them - who are driven to distraction by a baby's crying. Design student Tim Dunkley, from Brunel University in Uxbridge, has created a vibrating baby harness w...

Beetroot juice could help the elderly or lung patients, research suggests

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Beetroot juice could help the elderly or lung patients, research suggests

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New research into the health benefits of beetroot juice suggests it's not only athletes who can benefit from its performance enhancing properties - it could help the elderly or people with heart or lung-conditions ...

Alzheimer’s blood test ‘fishes’ for signs of disease

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Alzheimer’s blood test ‘fishes’ for signs of disease

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A new technique could lead to a blood test for detecting Alzheimer's, a US study claims. The small trial, published in the journal Cell, used thousands of artificial molecules to "fish" for the disease. Researcher...

‘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 ...

Dog-lovers brave Fukushima nuclear danger zone to save abandoned pets

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Dog-lovers brave Fukushima nuclear danger zone to save abandoned pets

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Rescuers have been risking their lives in the nuclear swamp around tsunami-hit Japan's stricken power plant - to save abandoned dogs. Thousands of animals have starved to death or been abandoned by their owners ...

China Unveils Fuel Cell Powered Bullet Train

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China Unveils Fuel Cell Powered Bullet Train

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China's newest transportation venture demonstrates yet another energy source for mass-transit solutions. Developed through a partnership of the China North Vehicle Yongji Electric Motor Corporation and the Southwest...

Digital tools ‘to save languages’

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Digital tools ‘to save languages’

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Facebook, YouTube and even texting will be the salvation of many of the world's endangered languages, scientists believe. Of the 7,000 or so languages spoken on Earth today, about half are expected to be extinct ...

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...

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...

UN project helps West African farmers cut pesticide use, boost incomes

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UN project helps West African farmers cut pesticide use, boost incomes

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20 December 2010 – A project executed by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in West Africa has succeeded in slashing the use of toxic pesticides, increasing yields and incomes, and diversifyi...

Halloween bats fly again after rehabilitation by the RSPCA

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Halloween bats fly again after rehabilitation by the RSPCA

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Bats rehabilitated by the RSPCA are able to spread their wings for Hallowe'en - thanks to be a bit of tender loving care. A bat carer based at one of the organisation's wildlife centres found that even the most dr...

Bee Expert Honored with Tyler Environmental Prize

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Bee Expert Honored with Tyler Environmental Prize

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Bees play an important role in agriculture, pollinating crops and providing us with the natural sweetener, honey.  Environmental stresses are taking their tolls on the insects, however, and this year's Tyler Prize ...

Endangered mountain gorilla is increasing in numbers, African census shows

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Endangered mountain gorilla is increasing in numbers, African census shows

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One of the world's most charismatic and endangered species - the mountain gorilla - is increasing in numbers according to a new study in Africa. The analysis of the census conducted in March and April indicates ...

Flood-Tolerant Rice Plants Can Also Survive Drought!

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Flood-Tolerant Rice Plants Can Also Survive Drought!

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Rice, which is sensitive to drought due to its high water requirement, is particularly vulnerable to how global climate change is altering the frequency and magnitude of floods and droughts. If rice plants' combined ...

Good news for people with celebral palsy: Students design device to help Kieron Norton and others cook

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Good news for people with celebral palsy: Students design device to help Kieron Norton and others cook

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Innovative students from the University of Sheffield have created a unique device to help an 11-year-old with cerebral palsy achieve his dream to cook. Cooking for All Ltd, made up of ten Aerospace Engineering s...

Soil Association launches Low Carbon Farming Project

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Soil Association launches Low Carbon Farming Project

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The Soil Association has launched a new Low Carbon Farming Project to help farmers reduce carbon emissions and improve the resource efficiency of their farms. The project will identify user-friendly carbon foot pri...

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,...

Hope of fresh treatment for seven cancers after single antibody is found to shrink tumours

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Hope of fresh treatment for seven cancers after single antibody is found to shrink tumours

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A drug that helps the immune system to break down cancerous tumours has been developed. It has worked on breast, bowel, prostate, ovarian, brain, bladder and liver cancers, while previous studies show it can also...