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Australian startup reinvents the process of giving

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - New website facilitates charitable donations by enabling people to make a public promise and pay a nominated amount to a charity if they break that promise.

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Crowdsourcing the meaning of life

Life Means What, Wed October 03, 2012, [PRESS RELEASE]
Humanity has been searching for “The Meaning of Life” from the beginning of time, but if could be argued that today – with global terrorism, ecological disasters, civil unrest, and economic meltdowns, etc.- life is more perplexing than ever before. If we don’t find answers to the big questions now, there may soon be no life left to interpret.

One Solution to Global Overfishing Found

Wildlife Conservation Society, Thu March 22, 2012, [PRESS RELEASE]
A study by the Wildlife Conservation Society, ARC Centre for Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, and other groups on more than 40 coral reefs in the Indian and Pacific Oceans indicates that 'co-management' -- a collaborative arrangement between local communities, conservation groups, and governments -- provides a solution to a vexing global problem: overfishing.

World Breakthrough On Salt-Tolerant Wheat

The University of Adelaide, Tue March 13, 2012, [PRESS RELEASE]
A team of Australian scientists involving the University of Adelaide has bred salt tolerance into a variety of durum wheat that shows improved grain yield by 25% on salty soils using non-GM techniques.

Great news for chimpanzees

Wildlife Conservation Society, Fri February 17, 2012, [PRESS RELEASE]
The Republic of Congo has formally expanded Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park to protect an increasingly rare treasure: one of Africa's most pristine forests and a population of 'naïve' chimpanzees with so little exposure to humans that the curious apes investigate the conservationists who study them rather than run away.

Researchers discover particle which could ‘cool the planet’

University of Manchester, Mon January 16, 2012, [PRESS RELEASE]
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 biradicals.

Regulators pull back from usage-based billing after half-a-million Canadians speak out

Open Media, Wed November 16, 2011, [PRESS RELEASE]
he CRTC has released its decision on Internet metering (usage-based billing), and pro-Internet organization OpenMedia.ca is celebrating it as a step forward for the open and affordable Internet. The decision comes as the result of public pressure, channeled primarily through the group’s Stop The Meter campaign, which included a petition that attracted over half-a-million Canadians.

New, Higher Estimates of Endangered Humpback Whales in the North Pacific

NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, Fri October 21, 2011, [PRESS RELEASE]
Scientists have increased the estimate on the number of humpback whales in the North Pacific Ocean in a paper published in the journal Marine Mammal Science. The increase follows a refined statistical analysis of data compiled in 2008 from the largest whale survey ever undertaken to assess humpback whale populations throughout the North Pacific.

Virus discovery helps scientists predict emerging diseases‎

BBSRC, Tue September 27, 2011, [PRESS RELEASE]
Fresh insight into how viruses such as SARS and flu can jump from one species to another may help scientists predict the emergence of diseases in future.

Company to Make Bottles From Pacific Garbage Patch

Method, Wed September 21, 2011, [PRESS RELEASE]
San Francisco - Today, Method, the leading innovator in premium, eco-conscious household and personal care products, unveiled its latest innovation in sustainable packaging -- a bottle made out of plastic collected from the North Pacific Gyre, often referred to as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

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

Oregon State University, Mon September 19, 2011, [PRESS RELEASE]
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.

Accidental Sea Turtle Deaths Drop 90 Percent in U.S. Fisheries

Duke University, Wed September 14, 2011, [PRESS RELEASE]
The number of sea turtles accidentally caught and killed in fishing gear in United States coastal waters has declined by an estimated 90 percent since 1990, according to a new study by researchers at Duke University Project GloBAL and Conservation International.

‘The We Conference’ To Unite Socal Women For Personal Growth, Inspiration, Support

The We Conference, Tue September 13, 2011, [PRESS RELEASE]
Irvine California - The WE Conference is a one-day women’s empowerment (WE) symposium that will be held on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., on the Concordia University campus in Irvine, Calif. The event will include local and internationally known speakers, a variety of performers, a luncheon and exhibitor booths.

Volunteering to Help Others Could Lead to Better Health

American Psychological Association, Thu September 08, 2011, [PRESS RELEASE]
People who volunteer may live longer than those who don't, as long as their reasons for volunteering are to help others rather than themselves, suggests new research published by the American Psychological Association.

Neurosurgeons Use Adult Stem Cells to Grow Neck Vertebrae

UC Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures., Wed September 07, 2011, [PRESS RELEASE]
Neurosurgery researchers at UC Davis Health System have used a new, leading-edge stem cell therapy to promote the growth of bone tissue following the removal of cervical discs -- the cushions between the bones in the neck -- to relieve chronic, debilitating pain.

Leaders Announce Global Effort to Restore 150 Million Hectares of Deforested Land

World Resource Institute, Fri September 02, 2011, [PRESS RELEASE]
Bonn, Germany - A global effort to restore 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested lands by 2020 is being launched in Bonn, Germany.

Malaria Discovery Gives Hope for New Drugs and Vaccines

University of California - San Francisco, Thu September 01, 2011, [PRESS RELEASE]
An investigation into the mysterious inner workings of the malaria parasite has revealed that it survives and proliferates in the human bloodstream thanks in part to a single, crucial chemical that the parasite produces internally.

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