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Olga Murray in Nepal: shaken but undeterred

Olga Murray in Nepal: shaken but undeterred

The founder of the Nepal Youth Foundation, profiled in a 2013 Monitor article, was preparing for a birthday party when the earthquake hit. Now she's back in the US raising funds to aid Nepal. The earthquake struck just hours before 600 guests, including the US ambassador, were to descend on Olga Mu

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Yes, Animals Have Feelings

Yes, Animals Have Feelings

On Saturday mornings I drive 15 miles to a sanctuary in rural Maryland where I join a small team of volunteers tending to farm animals rescued from neglect or abuse. Some of these animals will never fully trust a human. Others want to interact. As a biologist with a special interest in animal hap

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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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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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103-Year-Old Sprinter Challenges Usain Bolt

103-Year-Old Sprinter Challenges Usain Bolt

3Closing in on his 104th birthday, a twinkle-toed Japanese sprinter has thrown down the challenge to the world's fastest man Usain Bolt, telling him: "let's rumble!" Hidekichi Miyazaki -- who holds the 100 meters world record for centenarians at 29.83 seconds and is dubbed 'Golden Bolt' after the

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The little boy who came back from the dead

The little boy who came back from the dead

Sound asleep in bed, his cheeks pink and his hair tousled, little Jago Worrall is the picture of childish health and contentment. ‘When I see him like this, I can almost pretend nothing has happened,’ says his mother Lyn. But when Jago wakes up, the illusion is impossible to sust

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He is the world's happiest man

He is the world’s happiest man

A French genetic scientist may seem like an unusual person to hold the title - but Matthieu Ricard is the world's happiest man, according to researchers. The 66-year-old turned his back on Parisian intellectual life 40 years ago and moved to India to study Buddhism. He is now a close confidante o

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Baumgartner Breaks Skydive Record, Sound Barrier

Baumgartner Breaks Skydive Record, Sound Barrier

"I'm coming home," Felix Baumgartner radioed Sunday just before stepping off his 24-mile-high (39-kilometer-high) balloon capsule and into the history books. He wasted no time getting there: In the process of logging the highest ever jump, Baumgartner reached unprecedented speeds of 833.9 miles

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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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“I knew God was telling me to do this” : kidney Donor

It was a chat with a stranger at a party that saved Manoly Viravong’s life. The mother of two, who had been waiting for a kidney transplant for five years, struck up a conversation with Veronica Buttigieg, a friend of a friend she had never spoken to before. The talk turned to health

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