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The most promising technology for cleaning up ocean plastic is a giant wheel

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>There are at least one million tons of plastic in the ocean. Creative solutions abound, but few strike marine conservation experts as practical or praise-worthy. Too often, says ecologist Andrew David Thaler, projects like floating plastic-filter machines amount to little …

Pollution

How IBM is using big data to fix Beijing’s pollution crisis

Of China’s major cities, Beijing’s pollution problem is probably the worst, causing thousands of premature deaths every year. Its residents are fed up. The growing outrage has forced leaders to declare a “war on pollution,” including the goal of slashing Beijing’s PM2.5— the concentration of the …

Pollution

This Tree-Shaped Farm-On-A-Skyscraper Could Bring Acres Of Crops Into The City

The architects aren’t the first to embrace the trend of sticking greenery on towers, but they may be one of the first to look at how to use the …

Meet The Scientist Who Might End The Climate Culture Wars

Katharine Hayhoe, "Climate Change Evangelist," wins national science communicator award<p>Texas Tech professor Katharine Hayhoe is among the American Geophysical Union's 2014 award-winners for science communication, announced on July 3.<p>"She's someone who has been tireless in having the public …

California's pertussis epidemic escalates, health officials report

California's pertussis epidemic has escalated, state health officials said Friday, with 4,558 cases reported this year as of Tuesday — 1,100 of those in the last two weeks.<p>"We are off to a really bad start in 2014," Dr. Gil Chavez, state epidemiologist with the California Department of Public …

Sri Lanka published a mosquito-repelling newspaper

Printed with ink mixed with citronella<p>Sri Lanka's Mawbima holds the distinction of printing "the world's first mosquito-repelling newspaper," according to <i>Core77</i>. With the help of advertising agency Leo Burnett, the publication carried out a multi-step campaign in an attempt to help combat dengue, a …

It's Time To Rethink The American City

A panel at the American Institute of Architects convention discussed some of the greatest challenges facing today’s cities and suburbs.<p>It’s day two of the American Institute of Architects convention in Chicago, where more than 20,000 attendees have gathered to talk about architecture and design. …

Pure Genius: How Dean Kamen's Invention Could Bring Clean Water To Millions

He just needs to get it to them<p>At first glance, the bright red shipping container that sits by the side of the road in a slum outside Johannesburg doesn’t look like something that could transform hundreds of lives. Two sliding doors open to reveal a small shop counter, behind which sit rows of …

New Hampshire

Bill Bryson: the great failure in education is a lack of excitement

Having delivered the recent PTI lecture at the Royal Institution, Bill Bryson tells Josie Gurney-Read about the value of curiosity in education<p>Sitting in the Royal Institution in London, in the iconic lecture hall that has played host to the Christmas Lectures since 1825, it is hard to imagine a …

A 100-year-old drug corrects autistic social behaviors in lab tests

Suramin was developed to treat African sleeping sickness, but results in mice might lead to new therapies for autism<p>Old drugs can sometimes yield surprising results. A well-known diabetes pill called Metformin, for instance, is now being used to treat certain cancers. And Thalidomide, a drug used …

Study: Sense of Meaning Lengthens Life

How’s that search for a purpose in life coming? Are you finding frustration rather than fulfillment? Well, if friends or family members suggest you …

Psychology

Chicago To Sell Properties For The Price Of A Candy Bar

In the latest effort to spur investment in blighted areas of one of the city's poorest neighborhoods, Chicago plans to sell several hundred properties for the price of a candy bar.<p>As part of the Green and Healthy Chicago Neighborhoods initiative approved by the Chicago Plan Commission Thursday, the …

Church of England launches credit union network in payday loans fight

The man charged by the archbishop of Canterbury with leading the Church of England's fight against payday lenders aims to use the nation's churches to promote a network of credit unions and microfinancing operations.<p>Sir Hector Sants, the former chief executive of the Financial Services Authority …

Hospitals are sharing data to save lives

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This 'Fish Car' Lets A Goldfish Drive Around

Drinking and driving is frowned upon. But swimming and driving is okay.<p>Where's the fish? The fish is out for a drive.<p>A company called Studio diip has created a mobile aquarium that can be "driven" by a fish. The four-wheeled device has a digital camera mounted above that can recognize which part of …

CVS To Stop Selling Tobacco Products

Saying it is "the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health," the CEO of CVS Caremark announced Wednesday that the company's 7,600 pharmacies will stop selling cigarettes and tobacco products by Oct. 1.<p>Larry Merlo also said CVS will try …

A Social Entrepreneur Mixes Minecraft, YouTube And STEM Education

<i>Update: Mine-O-Rama has been postponed. Here’s a link to the site and the statement that was released.</i><p>This is the story of one of the wilder social enterprises out there trying to address the crisis in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, especially in under-served …

Potential Cure For Peanut Allergy Successful In Test

88 percent of kids in this study were able to eat 5 peanuts after the treatment.<p>A peanut allergy is not just annoying; it can be deadly. But there may be some hope for this affliction, the most common severe food allergy.<p>In a new study, researchers gave 85 kids a tiny amount of peanut protein, and …

After Genetic Tweaks, Fruit Flies Glow When They Sense Cancer

The genetically engineered _Drosophila melanogaster _can even signal for different types of breast cancer cells.<p>Fruit flies are able to distinguish breast cancer cells from healthy mammary tissue, according to a new study. The humble fly joins dogs and honeybees as members of the animal kingdom …

Cancer Cells

Oxfam: Richest 1% own nearly half of world's wealth

<i>Editor's note: This story has been updated to clarify confusion between two sets of numbers in the report.</i><p>Almost half of the world's wealth is owned by just 1% of the world's population, according to a report published just days before the start of the World Economic Forum's annual meeting, where …

What I learned from a week on food stamps: Paul Ryan couldn’t be any more wrong

<b>Paul Ryan (Reuters/Jose Luis Magaua)</b><p>Republicans have their sights set on food-stamp cuts that would devastate lower-income Americans<p>Sarah Gray<p>January 19, 2014 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This piece has been corrected since it was first published.<p>“Can I help you with something?” said a pleasant English-accented …

Why women make better money managers

You can blame testosterone.<p>Men’s perception of greater power in the workplace is why women outpace them when it comes to investment returns, researchers say.<p>Female money managers consistently outperform their male counterparts, and social scientists say this unbalanced power dynamic is one reason …

Hedge Funds

Rock turns into soil at a ‘shockingly fast’ pace

Geologic time is shorthand for slow-paced. But new measurements from steep mountaintops in New Zealand show that rock can transform into soil more …

Connect Your Car to Your Digital Life with Automatic

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Apps

Media literacy may trump anti-smoking lessons

To keep teenagers from starting to smoke, media literacy programs work better than traditional anti-smoking lessons, a new study suggests.<p>While …

Brain workouts benefit older adults 10 years later

Older adults who receive as few as 10 sessions of mental training show long-lasting improvements in reasoning and speed of processing skills 10 years …

The Brain

Step by step, a way to health, happiness and friendship

I was having a period of bad health — quite a long period. I had a hip replacement, and another, and a hand surgery. Then a broken leg. Then a spinal surgery. Then another spinal surgery. I was falling apart faster than the doctors could put me back together.<p>When they told me I needed a third …

Another Effect Of Racism: Accelerated Aging

For black men, racial discrimination speeds up aging at the cellular level, according to a new study.<p>A new study from the University of Maryland found that racism may speed aging at the cellular level. Researchers found signs of accelerated aging in African American men who reported being heavily …