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Pictures: Lessons Learned from Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Changing Planet<p>A new year has begun, and my Fulbright Grant is already halfway complete. I cannot believe how quickly the time has passed. For the last five months, I have been living in Hiroshima and Nagasaki interviewing survivors of the atomic bombs, or Hibakusha as they are called in Japanese. …

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‘Disabled’ undercover cop waits for robbers in Vancouver but only finds kindness

<i>The objective: pretend to be disabled and brain-injured from a motorcycle accident that never really happened. Play the “easy mark.” Bait criminals by flashing cash and valuables, such as cellphones and cameras. When they pounce, collar them. Make them pay.</i><p><i>The operation didn’t go quite as planned.</i><p><i>“We wanted a serious assault or a robbery,” he said. “That’s all we were after.” Instead, people approached with offers of sympathy and hope. Encouragement. Friendly cautions. They made unsolicited</i> …

Generation Next: The World’s Young Eco Warriors

The days of children waiting around for grown-ups to save the planet are over. Nowadays, they’re taking conservation action into their own hands.<p>Consider Olivia and Carter Ries from Fayetteville, Georgia. At ages 7 and 8, with help from their father, they started OMG, shorthand for <b>One More</b> …

Ethical Eating: The Plants (and Animals) Are Watching Us

Are some things too smart to eat?<p>Maybe. Most of us aren’t comfortable at the thought of chowing down on such bright sparks as dolphins, chimpanzees, kangaroos<b>,</b> or border collies. Then there are pigs, which researchers point out are inquisitive, attentive, social, and (relatively) sharp as tacks. …

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Stranger’s Note to Girl on Bus Makes Her Day

<i>A 5-year-old who was nervous to start kindergarten got an encouraging note last week from an unlikely source — a stranger on the bus — and this week, her mom was finally able to thank him.</i><p><i>Ella Mitchell was talking to her mother, Alaura Mae, about her hesitation to enter kindergarten while riding a Seattle bus last week. “One of the things that came up was that she was nervous about learning to read,” Mae tells Yahoo Parenting.</i><p><i>Soon after, the man sitting opposite Mae got off the bus, but not</i> …

Swiping for peace: New dating app aims to bring Israelis and Palestinians together

<i>“Verona,” a brand new dating application connecting Israelis and Palestinians, is hoping to help toward solving the decades-long conflict in the Middle East.</i><p><i>The app’s slogan is “World Peace, one swipe at a time” and is designed to connect Israelis and Palestinians looking for love, friendship or people interested in achieving peace between the nations.</i><p><i>It functions in the same way as the viral app Tinder. Once logged in via Facebook, users create a profile identifying as “Israeli” or</i> …

Meet the outsider who accidentally solved chronic homelessness

<i>Meet Sam Tsemberis. According to academics and advocates, he’s all but solved chronic homelessness. His research, which commands the support of most scholars, has inspired policies across the nation, as well as in the District. The results have been staggering. Late last month, Utah, the latest laboratory for Tsemberis’s’s models, reported it has nearly eradicated chronic homelessness. Phoenix, an earlier test case, eliminated chronic homelessness among veterans. Then New Orleans housed every</i> …

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Why I Gave Up a $95,000 Job to Move to the Caribbean and Scoop Ice Cream

Perhaps there was something indulgent and Peter Pan-ish about this new lifestyle. But the truth is, I was happier scooping mint chocolate chip for $10 an hour than I was making almost six figures at my previous corporate job. It was calming to work with my hands. I met new people constantly, talking face-to-face instead of communicating via email and instant messaging. When I closed the shop at the end of the shift, my work was done and my time my own. Besides, I found that not everyone shared …

Tuktoyaktuk store manager has novel approach to shoplifters

<i>Like many grocery stores, the Northern Store in Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T., had a chronic problem with theft. But that problem is now a thing of the past, says store manager Kevin Murphy.</i><p><i>His secret?</i><p><i>Accentuate the positive.</i><p><i>Murphy estimates he caught about 30 kids shoplifting over a period of a few months. He admits there were probably more that were never caught.</i><p><i>“We felt, ‘What can we do to turn it around and make it a positive?’” Murphy says.</i><p><i>He worked with the local school to come up with a plan.</i> …

Palo Alto playground offers new options for kids with disabilities

<i>It’s being called the most innovative and most inclusive playground in the country where no matter your physical or intellectual ability, all are welcome.</i><p><i>“They are going to enter this playground for the first very first time and feel very safe and very secure,” said Jill Asher of the Friends of Magical Bridge.</i><p><i>Olenka Villareal thought of the idea six years ago. She would drive from Palo Alto to Cupertino to pay $150 so her child with developmental disabilities could play on a swing. The drive</i> …

In the Lab, Maple Syrup Helps Zap Superbugs

Maple syrup is more than just a prime pancake topper. It also helps kill bacterial pathogens, according to a recent paper in the journal <i>Applied and Environmental Microbiology</i>.<p>Nathalie Tufenkji and colleagues at Canada’s McGill University found that concentrated maple syrup made such microbial …

Turning Ethiopia’s desert green

<i>A generation ago Ethiopia’s Tigray province was stricken by a famine that shocked the world. Today, as Chris Haslam reports, local people are using ancient techniques to turn part of the desert green.</i>

The Animal Cost of War and Chocolate

The world’s passion for chocolate is having unexpectedly far-reaching effects. It’s endangering the world’s primate population. So says a study by Ohio State University’s Scott McGraw and colleagues, published in March in <i>Tropical Conservation Science</i>. McGraw and team spent over 200 days tramping …

Monkeys Give WAY Too Many Hugs to Animal Rescuers in Peru

While in Peru on a volunteer mission to improve an animal rescue reserve deep in the jungle, Trevor King found some unlikely friends in the …

Risking Injury From Talons and Beaks to Rescue Birds of Prey

Larry WhiteEagle-Fisher is certain that his Native American heritage is the source of his passion for birds of prey, and every day he cares for the …

joshbyard:Korean Electric Buses Recharge Wirelessly From Magnetic Coils Embedded in the Road

<b>Korean Electric Buses Recharge Wirelessly From Magnetic Coils Embedded in the Road</b><p>KAIST’s online electric vehicle (OLEV) system has already demonstrated trams that recharge themselves while circling city parks.<p>Today the OLEV system goes into operation on a regular commuter route in Gumi, a city in central South Korea. Two buses will ply the route, which has a roundtrip of 24 kilometers. By the end of the year, the city plans to add 10 more buses.<p>…<b>the buses in the KAIST system carry light,</b> …

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Why Indian Cuisine Breaks All The Flavor Science Rules

Everything we Westerners thought we knew about flavor pairing was recently turned on its ear by a study of the delicious and contradictory jumble of sensation known as Indian cuisine.<p>But let’s step back a minute and look at how we decide what tastes good. Why do we choose certain flavor combos and …

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currentsinbiology:DNA signature found in ice storm babies

The number of days an expectant mother was deprived of electricity during Quebec’s Ice Storm (1998) predicts the epigenetic profile of her child, a new study finds.<p>Scientists from the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and McGill University have detected a distinctive ‘signature’ in the DNA of children born in the aftermath of the massive Quebec ice storm. Five months after the event, researchers recruited women who had been pregnant during the disaster and assessed their degrees of …

theverge:The Eiffel Tower has new wind turbines, and they’re beautiful

The Eiffel Tower’s iron-clad frame turned slightly greener last week, with the installation of two new wind turbines along its lower deck, perched some 400 feet above the ground. When they go into operation next week, the 17-foot structures will provide enough electricity to power the tower’s first-floor commercial areas — about 10,000kWh per year.

oldloves:

Bill Murray on Gilda Radner:<p>“Gilda got married and went away. None of us saw her anymore. There was one good thing: Laraine had a party one night, a great party at her house. And I ended up being the disk jockey. She just had forty-fives, and not that many, so you really had to work the music end of it. There was a collection of like the funniest people in the world at this party. Somehow Sam Kinison sticks in my brain. The whole Monty Python group was there, most of us from the show, a lot of …

Mother finds mystery heroes she says saved daughter’s life

<i>A Georgia mother is relieved to have found, and been able to thank in person, three teenagers she credits with saving her young daughter’s life.</i><p><i>She said Corey Troupe, 16, of Paulding County, Ga., along with Josey Green and Niko Kleowdis, sprang into action when her daughter fell into a pond Tuesday, March 10, 2015.</i><p><i>April Gary Hill, of Cartersville, contacted WSB-TV in a desperate search for the mystery heroes she said rescued her daughter in an emergency, and then asked for nothing in return.</i>

A blind man and his armless companion plant over 10,000 trees in China

<i>Jia Haixia and Jia Wenqi are 53 year-old men with disabilities. Mr. Haixia is blind and Mr. Wenqi has had both his arms amputated. Despite their disabilities, they form a great team that makes a huge difference. They have worked together for 10 years and have managed to plant 10,000 trees in a rural area in Hebei, China.</i>

bpdrek:

since so many people liked this post i figured why not show you all a more recent photo my dad took of our moomin house!!! this is from this winter, a few weeks ago! click it for best quality

sparkle-side-up:

I got a selfie with a moomin in Tampere, Finland (blog post here)