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A fitness device that transforms data into high design

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A fitness device that transforms data into high design

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We live in a data-driven world — one where, if you care about your personal fitness, you are most likely tracking it. It wasn’t long ago that the use of pedometers, heart rate monitors and calorie counters was...

Tesla museum campaign exceeds fund-raising target

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Tesla museum campaign exceeds fund-raising target

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A museum dedicated to electricity pioneer Nikola Tesla is set to be built, after The Oatmeal website exceeded a target of raising $850,000. Launched less than a week ago, the campaign was set up to buy Tesla's old ...

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...

Upgrading midwifery services in developing countries could save millions of lives, report suggests

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Upgrading midwifery services in developing countries could save millions of lives, report suggests

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Up to 3.6 million lives could be saved every year if midwifery services were upgraded in 58 developing countries by 2015, according to a major new report. The findings have been released by the United Nations Popul...

Germany sells vision for ‘green toys’ to world

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Germany sells vision for ‘green toys’ to world

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NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) - The hottest 'green' toy in Germany isn't made of organic or recycled materials. That's so 2010. This one has a solar panel and only runs if kids remember to insert bright red 'energy stone...

World’s First Hybrid Tugboat Reduces Emissions at California Ports

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World’s First Hybrid Tugboat Reduces Emissions at California Ports

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Carbon emissions at sea have received more attention over the last decade. Ports, especially, can have a negative impact on air quality in the populated areas that surround them. The many emissions sources at por...

Summit agrees tiger recovery plan – $300 Fund

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Summit agrees tiger recovery plan – $300 Fund

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Governments of 13 countries where tigers still live have endorsed a plan to save the big cats from extinction. Delegates at a summit in St Petersburg, Russia, agreed to double tiger numbers by 2022. The countries ...

UN Climate Talks End With Limited Agreements

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UN Climate Talks End With Limited Agreements

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Which includes a multibillion-dollar Green Climate Fund to help poor countries deal with climate change. After two weeks of deliberations and negotiations, representatives of more than 190 nations have concluded t...

China tops global clean energy table

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China tops global clean energy table

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China remains the world's leading investor in low-carbon energy technology, a global study has shown. The table, published by the US Pew Environment Group, showed that the Chinese invested $54.4bn (£34.1bn) in 2010,...

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...

Mood management helps dieters succeed, research suggests

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Mood management helps dieters succeed, research suggests

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Managing your mood can have a direct impact on the success of a diet, scientists suggest. Forming a specific plan to address your mood can prevent bad moods from leading to impulsive behaviour, say psychologists f...

UK study looks to serve cows and sheep burp-free fodder

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UK study looks to serve cows and sheep burp-free fodder

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UK scientists have been looking at how changes to the diet of cows and sheep could help reduce the animals' greenhouse gas emissions. The study suggested that certain feedstocks, in proportion to milk or meat yiel...

Australia setting up world’s largest marine preserve

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Australia setting up world’s largest marine preserve

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Australia moved to set up the world's biggest marine park on Friday to protect vast areas of the Coral Sea off the country's northeast coast and the site of fierce naval battles during World War Two. Environment ...

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 ...

Brazil judge blocks Amazon Belo Monte dam

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Brazil judge blocks Amazon Belo Monte dam

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A Brazilian judge has blocked plans to build a huge hydro-electric dam in the Amazon rainforest because of environmental concerns. Federal judge Ronaldo Desterro said environmental requirements to build the Belo Mo...

‘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...

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...

Phone Recycler Ready for Massive Verizon iPhone Switch

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Phone Recycler Ready for Massive Verizon iPhone Switch

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After months of speculation, the coveted iPhone 4 is now available through Verizon. Market observers believe that Verizon could sell as many as 25 million of these gadgets in 2011 alone, as almost one-third of the...

UN to create panel of biodiversity experts

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UN to create panel of biodiversity experts

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The UN General Assembly agreed to form a panel of international experts on biodiversity in a resolution approved on Monday. The resolution is an important step towards the implementation of the Intergovernmental P...

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...