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Genes link Australia with India

Australia experienced a wave of migration from India about 4,000 years ago, a genetic study suggests. It was thought the continent had been largely isolated after the first humans arrived about 40,000 years ago until the Europeans moved in in the 1800s. But DNA from Aboriginal Australians reveal

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America's 'Most Polluted' Lake Finally Comes Clean

America’s ‘Most Polluted’ Lake Finally Comes Clean

Onondaga Lake in Syracuse, N.Y., has often been called the most polluted lake in America. It was hammered by a one-two punch: raw and partially treated sewage from the city and its suburbs, and a century's worth of industrial dumping. But now the final stage in a $1 billion cleanup is about to begin

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Getting a feel for happiness

Getting a feel for happiness

I'm one of the first through the doors, and after registering a few details - including consent - I find myself in a surprisingly bright and airy isolation pod. My first task is a computer-based study to see how someone's sense of humour affects our perception of their facial attractiveness. Or as t

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Our truly special friendship

Our truly special friendship

On a blustery day, Lily Turley and Cara Hearst are sipping tea together in a cafe. Lily is still grieving after the death of her  13-year-old son; 20-year-old Cara is three years on from a life-saving organ transplant. Between them is a powerful bond. It was Lily’s son, Daryl, who

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MIT to offer free, online courses to all

MIT to offer free, online courses to all

The disruption of higher education just got very interesting. It appears that the disruptors — private, online universities — are being disrupted at their own game. One of the pantheons of traditional on-site learning, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has announced it

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Johanna helps survivors of domestic abuse

Johanna helps survivors of domestic abuse

Johanna Crawford says the night she witnessed her father almost kill her mother is only one of two things that motivates her each day to help survivors of domestic violence. The second came four decades later when she handed a woman at an emergency shelter two $20 bills from her wallet â€

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Saudi Arabia Women to vote and run in elections

Saudi Arabia Women to vote and run in elections

Women in Saudi Arabia are to be given the right to vote and run in future municipal elections, King Abdullah has announced. He said they would also have the right to be appointed to the consultative Shura Council. The move was welcomed by activists who have called for greater rights for wome

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'Buy local' program aims to boost value of aid to Haiti

‘Buy local’ program aims to boost value of aid to Haiti

After the devastating quake that struck Haiti in January 2010, journalist Mark Danner wrote a New York Times op-ed that warned the outpouring of international sympathy and support, although remarkable, would buoy unrealistic expectations about the prospects for rebuilding "a new Haiti." Dann

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Earth Hour 2011: When Is It? What's the Point?

Earth Hour 2011: When Is It? What’s the Point?

The Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower, Beijing's Forbidden City, and hundreds of other world landmarks will be abruptly blacked out Saturday night. But the 60-minute power outages—scheduled for 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., local time—won't be the results of a terrorist plot, natural

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In Afghanistan, Women Cricket Is the New Revolution!

In Afghanistan, Women Cricket Is the New Revolution!

Think of Afghanistan and the first things to run through your mind would probably be war, Taliban, maybe Osama bin Laden. On a good day for the country's Ministry for Information and Culture, you might think of camels. All things considered, any of these would not be an unreasonable take on the

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