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This Man Made the Coolest Cardboard Bicycle Ever!

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This Man Made the Coolest Cardboard Bicycle Ever!

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The number of assumptions involved in designing any product is staggeringly large and usually fundamental. Take bikes. You know they"ll probably be made out of some kind of metal, whether aluminum or steel, u...

Speak up for children at Rio+20 Earth summit

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Speak up for children at Rio+20 Earth summit

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Rachel Hall was part of a Unicef UK group that prepared a list of priorities that young people want to be taken up at the summit. She explains what they expect from world leaders Like many young people, I take th...

Microloan Foundation attempts world record for longest line of pennies

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Microloan Foundation attempts world record for longest line of pennies

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A world record-breaking attempt for the longest line of pennies is to help poor women in Africa start their own businesses. The Guinness World Record for the longest line of coins ever laid is currently held by F...

Nature ‘is worth billions’ to UK

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Nature ‘is worth billions’ to UK

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The UK's parks, lakes, forests and wildlife are worth billions of pounds to the economy, says a major report. The health benefits of merely living close to a green space are worth up to £300 per person per year, ...

How Carbon Credits are Saving Lives in Kenya

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How Carbon Credits are Saving Lives in Kenya

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The Skype connection to Kenya crackles. Mikkel Vestergaard Frandsen, the 38-year-old CEO of a Swiss company that bears his family name, tried to make himself heard. His excitement is palpable. "Watching this u...

Mobile phones in developing nations could charge up using dirt

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Mobile phones in developing nations could charge up using dirt

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There's no doubt that residents of developing nations can benefit hugely from having mobile phones. This particularly applies to the field of medicine, as the phones allow people living in remote areas to contact h...

Japan nuclear power expansion plans abandoned

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Japan nuclear power expansion plans abandoned

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Japan is to abandon plans to expand its nuclear power industry and make renewables a key part of its energy policy, the prime minister, Naoto Kan, said as the country marked two months since the tsunami disaster. A...

Brazil’s forest code debate may determine fate of the Amazon rainforest

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Brazil’s forest code debate may determine fate of the Amazon rainforest

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Brazil's forest code may be about to get an overhaul. The federal code, which presently requires landowners in the Amazon to keep 80 percent of their land forest (20-35% in the cerrado), is widely flouted, but ha...

Drug offers hope for treating muscular dystrophy

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Drug offers hope for treating muscular dystrophy

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A drug that can boost muscle strength in mice shows promise as a possible treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, research suggests. The work could one day lead to a daily pill to treat all patients with the mu...

Early nutrition has a long-term metabolic impact

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Early nutrition has a long-term metabolic impact

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Nutrition during the first days or weeks of life may have long-term consequences on health, potentially via a phenomenon known as the metabolic programming effect, according to a study to be presented at the Pediat...

Left alive and wild, a single shark worth $1.9 million

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Left alive and wild, a single shark worth $1.9 million

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For the Pacific island nation of Palau, sharks are worth much more alive than dead. A new study by the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) has found that one reef shark during its full life is worth $1.9 ...

Canada Votes in First Green MP

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Canada Votes in First Green MP

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Elizabeth May, Canada’s Leader of the Green Party, won an historic election on May 2nd.  She is the first ever elected Member of Parliament in Canada for the Green Party.  Despite an overwhelming victory for the Con...

Pressure Builds to End $4 Billion in Taxpayer Subsidies for Oil Companies

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Pressure Builds to End $4 Billion in Taxpayer Subsidies for Oil Companies

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In these days of federal budget-cutting (and high gas prices), it was only a matter of time before subsidies for oil companies came under closer scrutiny. That moment has come. Chatter has been building for a few w...

Fish-eaters show lower risk of preterm birth

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Fish-eaters show lower risk of preterm birth

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(Reuters Health) - Among pregnant women at high risk of preterm birth, those who eat fish a few times a week may be less likely to deliver early, a new study finds. Whether fish itself helps prevent preterm del...

Automakers Turn Agro-Waste into Car Parts

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Automakers Turn Agro-Waste into Car Parts

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Scientists in Brazil are turning fruit fibers into car parts. At a recent meeting of the American Chemical Society, the researchers described their work in making the next generation of automotive parts made from na...

Giant yellow teddy bear to brighten up the centre of New York

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Giant yellow teddy bear to brighten up the centre of New York

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London has Paddington Bear but New York now has a giant yellow teddy bear, a great sculptural masterpiece that could sell for more than $9 million at auction in May. A 23-foot high, bronze teddy bear slumped und...

Common Pond Algae Can Sequester High-Level Radioactive Waste (Strontium-90)

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Common Pond Algae Can Sequester High-Level Radioactive Waste (Strontium-90)

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Closterium Moniliferum VS. Radioactive Strontium-90 One of the problems of dealing with nuclear waste is that the more dangerous byproducts are often mixed in with low-level waste, and it can be very complex to s...

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.

Dolphins help save tired dog stuck in canal

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Dolphins help save tired dog stuck in canal

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MARCO ISLAND: Some persistent dolphins are being credited with saving a dog that had run away on Marco Island. The dog's owner said he had been missing for 15 hours before the dolphins alerted neighbors. Cindy Bu...