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  • IPSNews

    Push to Privatise Education in Global South Challenged

    April 24, 2015 The multinational education and publishing company Pearson PLC was challenged during its annual general meeting on Apr. 24 by representatives of civil society and trade union groups over�various profit-driven programmes aimed at expanding private education in numerous countries in the global South.� As people arrived at the AGM, they were greeted by protesters with placards […] Read on

  • The Independent

    Dissatisfaction with modern life prompts surge in number of women entering convents

    April 22, 2015 Far from being put off by lives spent in prayer and without a partner, the number of women going into convents has risen six-fold in the past decade and is at its highest in 25 years according to new figures released by the Catholic Church. Dissatisfaction with modern society and a greater awareness of religious life through nuns offering ‘taster weekends’ are factors in the increase, claims the National Office for Vocation of the Catholic... Read on

  • Scotsman

    African farms benefit from 1820s Orcadian thresher

    April 18, 2015 A 19TH century agricultural oat-thresher from Orkney is to benefit rice farmers thousands of miles away in Africa. Leslie Foubister, 79, painstakingly restored the ancient pedal-powered thresher, and displays it as part of an exhibition of old farming machinery at his home. "I am delighted to be playing a part in improving life in Africa..." Read on

  • Mercury News

    Low-income families learn how to grow their own food at Sacred Heart Community Service

    April 18, 2015 They're faces Sacred Heart Community Service has seen before -- usually waiting in line to receive groceries from the food pantry. But on a chilly Saturday morning many of those same families who struggle to make enough money to put enough food on the table were doing something different. They gathered around a master gardener and clutched onto manila envelopes filled with seeds and planting instructions. Their goal? Read on

  • CNN

    Briny puddles could dot Mars, new research says

    April 18, 2015 Mars rover Curiosity - The NASA rover has now spent two and a half years on the red planet. Curiosity set off from Earth in November 2011 and landed nearly nine months later -- 99 million miles away. Temperature and humidity sensors are mounted on the rover's mast. New calculations based on Curiosity's measurementsindicate that Mars could be dotted with tiny puddles of salty water at night. Read on

  • The Irish Times

    North coast of Africa is doorway to new life for many migrants

    April 17, 2015 Thousands of migrants tried to get to Europe via Ceuta and Melilla last year. Germinal Castillo pulls out his mobile phone and finds a photograph on it. It is of a group of sub-Saharan Africans inside a tiny inflatable boat, with waves from the Mediterranean Sea crashing around them. Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    Money does grow on trees: how planting one can save you some green

    April 17, 2015 A tree is not only a beautiful addition to any home and an important part of a healthy environment, it can also be an affordable way to add up to $10,000 to the value of a home. You may have forgotten to make plans to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, but you're probably always looking for ways to decrease your household budget or increase your property value. Did you know you can do both at the same time? Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    How #IWishMyTeacherKnew can help teachers support students

    April 17, 2015 A third grade teacher from Colorado asked students to share one thing they wished she knew about them. Their honesty highlights not only the struggles youth face, but also the need for greater classroom connectivity. In an effort to better understand the complicated home lives of her third graders, one Colorado teacher challenged her students to share one thing that they wished their teacher knew about them. Read on

  • Mirror News

    Scientists create bigger, faster-growing trees in a bid to beat climate change

    April 17, 2015 Trees that grow twice as fast as normal have been developed by scientists, in a bid to boost renewable energy and tackle climate change. They manipulated two genes to accelerate cell division in poplar trees, which were also bigger and had more leaves. The research, published in Current Biology, could boost biomass energy and help climate change-hit areas. Read on

  • Common Dreams

    Can New Populist Agenda Harness Passions, Create Movement From Below?

    April 17, 2015 Coalition of progressive advocacy groups hopes shared planks will broaden political discourse and hold politicians' feet to the fire on key issues. Read on

  • The Independent

    Poor children more likely to succeed in South, says study

    April 17, 2015 The relatively high standards of the capital's schools are thought to be one factor behind the higher rates of social mobility. Children from poor backgrounds are more likely to succeed in life if they grow up in London or the South than in the Midlands or North of England, according to new research by the Sutton Trust. Disadvantaged young people living in the constituency of Westminster North in London were the most likely to get ahead in life. Read on

  • The Independent

    Poor children more likely to succeed in South, says study

    April 17, 2015 The relatively high standards of the capital's schools are thought to be one factor behind the higher rates of social mobility. Children from poor backgrounds are more likely to succeed in life if they grow up in London or the South than in the Midlands or North of England, according to new research by the Sutton Trust. Disadvantaged young people living in the constituency of Westminster North in London were the most likely to get ahead in life. Read on

  • The Atlantic

    Makerspaces Are Remaking Local Economies

    April 17, 2015 Offering tools from 3D printers to laser cutters, these workplaces are democratizing access to innovation. A workroom in the Columbus Idea Foundry, a vibrant makerspace in Ohio's biggest city (John Tierney) Two and a half years ago, James Fallows wrote an article about the changing state of American manufacturing. He argued that developments such as 3D-printing are enabling start-up companies to capitalize on "a strategy that combines quick..." Read on

  • The Atlantic

    Makerspaces Are Remaking Local Economies

    April 17, 2015 Offering tools from 3D printers to laser cutters, these workplaces are democratizing access to innovation. A workroom in the Columbus Idea Foundry, a vibrant makerspace in Ohio's biggest city (John Tierney) Two and a half years ago, James Fallows wrote an article about the changing state of American manufacturing. He argued that developments such as 3D-printing are enabling start-up companies to capitalize on "a strategy that combines quick..." Read on

  • The Atlantic

    Makerspaces Are Remaking Local Economies

    April 17, 2015 Offering tools from 3D printers to laser cutters, these workplaces are democratizing access to innovation. A workroom in the Columbus Idea Foundry, a vibrant makerspace in Ohio's biggest city (John Tierney) Two and a half years ago, James Fallows wrote an article about the changing state of American manufacturing. He argued that developments such as 3D-printing are enabling start-up companies to capitalize on "a strategy that combines quick..." Read on

  • The Atlantic

    Makerspaces Are Remaking Local Economies

    April 17, 2015 Offering tools from 3D printers to laser cutters, these workplaces are democratizing access to innovation. A workroom in the Columbus Idea Foundry, a vibrant makerspace in Ohio's biggest city (John Tierney) Two and a half years ago, James Fallows wrote an article about the changing state of American manufacturing. He argued that developments such as 3D-printing are enabling start-up companies to capitalize on "a strategy that combines quick..." Read on

  • Sydney Morning Herald

    How to get men to give more to charity? Make it a competition

    April 17, 2015 Men donate more money to charity if they see other males have donated large amounts. And they'll also be more generous if the person asking for money is an attractive woman. (Surprise, surprise). These are the key findings of a large study that examined why people are generous... Read on

  • Sydney Morning Herald

    How to get men to give more to charity? Make it a competition

    April 17, 2015 Men donate more money to charity if they see other males have donated large amounts. And they'll also be more generous if the person asking for money is an attractive woman. (Surprise, surprise). These are the key findings of a large study that examined why people are generous... Read on

  • Sydney Morning Herald

    How to get men to give more to charity? Make it a competition

    April 17, 2015 Men donate more money to charity if they see other males have donated large amounts. And they'll also be more generous if the person asking for money is an attractive woman. (Surprise, surprise). These are the key findings of a large study that examined why people are generous... Read on

  • Sydney Morning Herald

    How to get men to give more to charity? Make it a competition

    April 17, 2015 Men donate more money to charity if they see other males have donated large amounts. And they'll also be more generous if the person asking for money is an attractive woman. (Surprise, surprise). These are the key findings of a large study that examined why people are generous... Read on

  • Sydney Morning Herald

    How to get men to give more to charity? Make it a competition

    April 17, 2015 Men donate more money to charity if they see other males have donated large amounts. And they'll also be more generous if the person asking for money is an attractive woman. (Surprise, surprise). These are the key findings of a large study that examined why people are generous... Read on

  • BBC News - Africa

    New seatbelt legislation to protect children passed

    April 17, 2015 The department said old child car seats are expected to be phased out by 2018 The Northern Ireland Assembly has approved a new law that aims to make child car seats safer. The system, called i-Size, allows a car seat to be secured to anchor points in the car to ensure it remains in place throughout a journey. It means parents will not have to use an adult belt to secure the seat. Read on

  • BBC News - Africa

    New seatbelt legislation to protect children passed

    April 17, 2015 The department said old child car seats are expected to be phased out by 2018 The Northern Ireland Assembly has approved a new law that aims to make child car seats safer. The system, called i-Size, allows a car seat to be secured to anchor points in the car to ensure it remains in place throughout a journey. It means parents will not have to use an adult belt to secure the seat. Read on

  • BBC News - Africa

    New seatbelt legislation to protect children passed

    April 17, 2015 The department said old child car seats are expected to be phased out by 2018 The Northern Ireland Assembly has approved a new law that aims to make child car seats safer. The system, called i-Size, allows a car seat to be secured to anchor points in the car to ensure it remains in place throughout a journey. It means parents will not have to use an adult belt to secure the seat. Read on

  • BBC News - Africa

    New seatbelt legislation to protect children passed

    April 17, 2015 The department said old child car seats are expected to be phased out by 2018 The Northern Ireland Assembly has approved a new law that aims to make child car seats safer. The system, called i-Size, allows a car seat to be secured to anchor points in the car to ensure it remains in place throughout a journey. It means parents will not have to use an adult belt to secure the seat. Read on

  • BBC News - Africa

    New seatbelt legislation to protect children passed

    April 17, 2015 The department said old child car seats are expected to be phased out by 2018 The Northern Ireland Assembly has approved a new law that aims to make child car seats safer. The system, called i-Size, allows a car seat to be secured to anchor points in the car to ensure it remains in place throughout a journey. It means parents will not have to use an adult belt to secure the seat. Read on

  • Le Monde diplomatique

    The renewable revolution

    April 17, 2015 Don't hold your breath, but future historians may look back on 2015 as the year that the renewable energy ascendancy began, the moment when the world started to move decisively away from its reliance on fossil fuels. Those fuels — oil, natural gas, and coal — will, of course, continue to dominate the energy landscape for years to come, adding billions of tons of heat-trapping carbon to the atmosphere. Read on

  • Le Monde diplomatique

    The renewable revolution

    April 17, 2015 Don't hold your breath, but future historians may look back on 2015 as the year that the renewable energy ascendancy began, the moment when the world started to move decisively away from its reliance on fossil fuels. Those fuels — oil, natural gas, and coal — will, of course, continue to dominate the energy landscape for years to come, adding billions of tons of heat-trapping carbon to the atmosphere. Read on

  • Le Monde diplomatique

    The renewable revolution

    April 17, 2015 Don't hold your breath, but future historians may look back on 2015 as the year that the renewable energy ascendancy began, the moment when the world started to move decisively away from its reliance on fossil fuels. Those fuels — oil, natural gas, and coal — will, of course, continue to dominate the energy landscape for years to come, adding billions of tons of heat-trapping carbon to the atmosphere. Read on

  • Le Monde diplomatique

    The renewable revolution

    April 17, 2015 Don't hold your breath, but future historians may look back on 2015 as the year that the renewable energy ascendancy began, the moment when the world started to move decisively away from its reliance on fossil fuels. Those fuels — oil, natural gas, and coal — will, of course, continue to dominate the energy landscape for years to come, adding billions of tons of heat-trapping carbon to the atmosphere. Read on

  • Le Monde diplomatique

    The renewable revolution

    April 17, 2015 Don't hold your breath, but future historians may look back on 2015 as the year that the renewable energy ascendancy began, the moment when the world started to move decisively away from its reliance on fossil fuels. Those fuels — oil, natural gas, and coal — will, of course, continue to dominate the energy landscape for years to come, adding billions of tons of heat-trapping carbon to the atmosphere. Read on

  • LA Times

    Bipartisan agreement gives trade pact a boost

    April 16, 2015 Congressional leaders reached agreement Thursday on a bipartisan bill that should ease passage of a sweeping Pacific Rim trade deal, giving a boost to one of President Obama's top foreign policy goals but putting him in an unusual alliance with Republicans against many in his own party. The so-called fast-track legislation was seen as a necessary step for the White House to bring to a conclusion the long-delayed Trans-Pacific Partnership. Read on

  • LA Times

    Bipartisan agreement gives trade pact a boost

    April 16, 2015 Congressional leaders reached agreement Thursday on a bipartisan bill that should ease passage of a sweeping Pacific Rim trade deal, giving a boost to one of President Obama's top foreign policy goals but putting him in an unusual alliance with Republicans against many in his own party. The so-called fast-track legislation was seen as a necessary step for the White House to bring to a conclusion the long-delayed Trans-Pacific Partnership. Read on

  • LA Times

    Bipartisan agreement gives trade pact a boost

    April 16, 2015 Congressional leaders reached agreement Thursday on a bipartisan bill that should ease passage of a sweeping Pacific Rim trade deal, giving a boost to one of President Obama's top foreign policy goals but putting him in an unusual alliance with Republicans against many in his own party. The so-called fast-track legislation was seen as a necessary step for the White House to bring to a conclusion the long-delayed Trans-Pacific Partnership. Read on

  • LA Times

    Bipartisan agreement gives trade pact a boost

    April 16, 2015 Congressional leaders reached agreement Thursday on a bipartisan bill that should ease passage of a sweeping Pacific Rim trade deal, giving a boost to one of President Obama's top foreign policy goals but putting him in an unusual alliance with Republicans against many in his own party. The so-called fast-track legislation was seen as a necessary step for the White House to bring to a conclusion the long-delayed Trans-Pacific Partnership. Read on

  • LA Times

    Bipartisan agreement gives trade pact a boost

    April 16, 2015 Congressional leaders reached agreement Thursday on a bipartisan bill that should ease passage of a sweeping Pacific Rim trade deal, giving a boost to one of President Obama's top foreign policy goals but putting him in an unusual alliance with Republicans against many in his own party. The so-called fast-track legislation was seen as a necessary step for the White House to bring to a conclusion the long-delayed Trans-Pacific Partnership. Read on

  • The Hindu

    New research to combat heart diseases

    April 16, 2015 In an attempt to treat heart diseases using traditional methods and also study if genetic abnormalities can cause such diseases, Frontier Lifeline Hospital and Moscow-based The Institute for Atherosclerosis Research signed a collaborative research agreement on Thursday. Sanjay Cherian, vice-president of Frontier Lifeline Hospital, said the main purpose was to find if chromosomal or genetic abnormalities can cause atherosclerosis; then... Read on

  • The Hindu

    New research to combat heart diseases

    April 16, 2015 In an attempt to treat heart diseases using traditional methods and also study if genetic abnormalities can cause such diseases, Frontier Lifeline Hospital and Moscow-based The Institute for Atherosclerosis Research signed a collaborative research agreement on Thursday. Sanjay Cherian, vice-president of Frontier Lifeline Hospital, said the main purpose was to find if chromosomal or genetic abnormalities can cause atherosclerosis; then... Read on

  • The Hindu

    New research to combat heart diseases

    April 16, 2015 In an attempt to treat heart diseases using traditional methods and also study if genetic abnormalities can cause such diseases, Frontier Lifeline Hospital and Moscow-based The Institute for Atherosclerosis Research signed a collaborative research agreement on Thursday. Sanjay Cherian, vice-president of Frontier Lifeline Hospital, said the main purpose was to find if chromosomal or genetic abnormalities can cause atherosclerosis; then... Read on

  • The Hindu

    New research to combat heart diseases

    April 16, 2015 In an attempt to treat heart diseases using traditional methods and also study if genetic abnormalities can cause such diseases, Frontier Lifeline Hospital and Moscow-based The Institute for Atherosclerosis Research signed a collaborative research agreement on Thursday. Sanjay Cherian, vice-president of Frontier Lifeline Hospital, said the main purpose was to find if chromosomal or genetic abnormalities can cause atherosclerosis; then... Read on

  • The Hindu

    New research to combat heart diseases

    April 16, 2015 In an attempt to treat heart diseases using traditional methods and also study if genetic abnormalities can cause such diseases, Frontier Lifeline Hospital and Moscow-based The Institute for Atherosclerosis Research signed a collaborative research agreement on Thursday. Sanjay Cherian, vice-president of Frontier Lifeline Hospital, said the main purpose was to find if chromosomal or genetic abnormalities can cause atherosclerosis; then... Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    How did dogs become man’s best friend? Eye contact, study suggests.

    April 16, 2015 How did dogs become man's best friend? Eye contact, study suggests. Animal cognition experts from Azabu University in Japan offer neurological evidence to explain why humans and dogs get along so well. Could a staring contest make your dog love you more? Not exactly, but new research suggests a direct correlation between eye contact and dog-human bonding. Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    How did dogs become man’s best friend? Eye contact, study suggests.

    April 16, 2015 How did dogs become man's best friend? Eye contact, study suggests. Animal cognition experts from Azabu University in Japan offer neurological evidence to explain why humans and dogs get along so well. Could a staring contest make your dog love you more? Not exactly, but new research suggests a direct correlation between eye contact and dog-human bonding. Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    How did dogs become man’s best friend? Eye contact, study suggests.

    April 16, 2015 How did dogs become man's best friend? Eye contact, study suggests. Animal cognition experts from Azabu University in Japan offer neurological evidence to explain why humans and dogs get along so well. Could a staring contest make your dog love you more? Not exactly, but new research suggests a direct correlation between eye contact and dog-human bonding. Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    How did dogs become man’s best friend? Eye contact, study suggests.

    April 16, 2015 How did dogs become man's best friend? Eye contact, study suggests. Animal cognition experts from Azabu University in Japan offer neurological evidence to explain why humans and dogs get along so well. Could a staring contest make your dog love you more? Not exactly, but new research suggests a direct correlation between eye contact and dog-human bonding. Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    How did dogs become man’s best friend? Eye contact, study suggests.

    April 16, 2015 How did dogs become man's best friend? Eye contact, study suggests. Animal cognition experts from Azabu University in Japan offer neurological evidence to explain why humans and dogs get along so well. Could a staring contest make your dog love you more? Not exactly, but new research suggests a direct correlation between eye contact and dog-human bonding. Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    How did dogs become man’s best friend? Eye contact, study suggests.

    April 16, 2015 How did dogs become man's best friend? Eye contact, study suggests. Animal cognition experts from Azabu University in Japan offer neurological evidence to explain why humans and dogs get along so well. Could a staring contest make your dog love you more? Not exactly, but new research suggests a direct correlation between eye contact and dog-human bonding. Read on

  • LA Times

    Natural plaster advocates want to reduce cement in construction

    April 16, 2015 It doesn't take much to fall in love with a wall covered in natural plaster. One touch will do it. The surface is smooth as marble but warmer, more welcoming. "It breathes," says natural-home builder Jeff Rottler. "It creates an interior environment that is much more comfortable." Rottler is one of the directors of Tierra y Cal, a nonprofit based in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, that uses compressed earth blocks for building, "green" kilns... Read on

  • LA Times

    Natural plaster advocates want to reduce cement in construction

    April 16, 2015 It doesn't take much to fall in love with a wall covered in natural plaster. One touch will do it. The surface is smooth as marble but warmer, more welcoming. "It breathes," says natural-home builder Jeff Rottler. "It creates an interior environment that is much more comfortable." Rottler is one of the directors of Tierra y Cal, a nonprofit based in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, that uses compressed earth blocks for building, "green" kilns... Read on

  • LA Times

    Natural plaster advocates want to reduce cement in construction

    April 16, 2015 It doesn't take much to fall in love with a wall covered in natural plaster. One touch will do it. The surface is smooth as marble but warmer, more welcoming. "It breathes," says natural-home builder Jeff Rottler. "It creates an interior environment that is much more comfortable." Rottler is one of the directors of Tierra y Cal, a nonprofit based in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, that uses compressed earth blocks for building, "green" kilns... Read on

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