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Krithi's quest: help people and wildlife to coexist in India

Krithi’s quest: help people and wildlife to coexist in India

Krithi Karanth spends most of her time trudging through the dense forests and grasslands of India. The young, petite Dr. Karanth has become a torchbearer for wildlife conservation in India, having worked on more than 25 projects while visiting remote villages and wildlife parks. Karanth, an a

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In just eight weeks it can improve learning and memory 

In just eight weeks it can improve learning and memory 

Meditating really is a workout for the mind, according to scientists who have found it can make the brain bigger. Practising simple meditation techniques such as concentrating on your breathing helps build denser grey matter in parts of the brain associated with learning and memory, controlling

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One Woman's Battle to Save Endangered Birds

One Woman’s Battle to Save Endangered Birds

2In 1996, Michele Raffin, author of The Birds of Pandemonium: Life Among the Exotic and the Endangered, opened a bird rescue center. Today, Pandemonium is one of the largest non-companion bird sanctuaries in the United States, providing lifelong care for more than 350 birds, representing 34 species,

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Akio saw poverty firsthand, Now his charity helps 400,000 children

Akio saw poverty firsthand, Now his charity helps 400,000 children

Terumasa Akio vividly recalls the idyllic setting, innocent children, and grinding poverty of a rural Thai village he visited more than a quarter-century ago. By 1987, Mr. Akio had traveled widely abroad. Still he was astonished at the economic disparity between that village in northeastern Thai

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Breast cancer for 30 Years, age 77 - and raised £1m for charity

Breast cancer for 30 Years, age 77 – and raised £1m for charity

A 77-year-old woman has spoken of her 30 year battle with breast cancer, in which she discovered a tumour almost every six years. Pam Corrigan discovered her first tumour in 1984 and has since undergone a double mastectomy and countless rounds of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. She has even had can

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... and Ben wins!

… and Ben wins!

A young boy who stars in the film Nativity 3 defied the odds to become an actor and dancer after doctors warned he may never walk or talk again after brain surgery. Ben underwent a nine-hour operation because the plates in his skull had not fused correctly after birth. The youngster, from Cannock,

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Libby turned her 'passion' for Africa into a life of service

Libby turned her ‘passion’ for Africa into a life of service

Why would a vegetarian work on the grounds of an abattoir? That was the question Libby Weir asked herself when she was approached to establish a preschool for disadvantaged children next to a huge slaughterhouse in South Africa. The smell outside was so unbearable that Ms. Weir, a volunteer worke

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George brings to life the story of the US civil rights movement

George brings to life the story of the US civil rights movement

“This is a lovely find,” says George Wolfe as he stands in one of the galleries at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, an $80 million museum that opened this summer in Atlanta. Mr. Wolfe is a top Broadway playwright, director, and producer, as well as a member of President Obama

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Harriman helps people who've had only bad choices find a better life

Harriman helps people who’ve had only bad choices find a better life

Jake Harriman is a cargo pants and muddy shoes kind of guy. Visiting the sleek offices of hedge fund managers and venture capitalists, as he has been doing of late, is not his thing. “I hate it,” he says matter-of-factly of the job of raising money for his nonprofit group. Among other activit

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Peggy brings kids from three religions together

Peggy brings kids from three religions together

Peggy Stevens’s mind is clearly thinking ahead to a trip to Canobie Lake Park, the amusement park she is taking her Kids4Peace Boston brood to the next day. “Basically, it’s from 8 o’clock in the morning to 8 o’clock at night,” she says, laughing. “And I can’t wait! They’re real

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