The Living River

A river in New Zealand has become the first ever river to receive the same rights as a human being. After 140 years of negotiation, New Zealand's parliament have approved a bill that gives the Whanganui river in New Zealand the same legal rights as humans. Since the 1870s, the Mauri tribe of New Zealand …

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Google is devoting $50 million dollars to close the educational gap

As the gap between the wealthy and poor gets larger, we have reached a stage where children who do not have access to the latest technology are falling behind. Even something such as the internet, which is a given in modern day society, in inaccessible for a lot of people. According to Silicon Valley-based corporation …

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Meet Julia: The Muppet with Autism

Julia will appear on the children’s TV show for the first time in April, to raise awareness and celebrate differences of those who are diagnosed with autism. Sesame Street is adding a new character to its ranks – a muppet called Julia, who has autism. Julia, a four-year-old with bright orange hair, a pink dress …

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Cheerios Giving Out Thousands of Free Seeds to Help Save the Bees

Bees are amazing insects, not only providing us with honey and beeswax but also providing a vital ecosystem service through pollination.  So what's the story on bees? There are about 20,000 known species of bee in the world today. Many more likely await discovery, yet the current global figure equates to the roughly the combined …

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The Baby’s MRI

Doctors in Sheffield are testing a tiny neonatal MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanner to improve diagnostic accuracy in paediatric brain scans. The 'miniature' scanner being pioneered at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, which is one of only two in the world, is part of a two-year research project into the feasibility and benefits of scanning babies …

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Iceland’s Plans to Close the Gender Wage Gap by 2022

Iceland’s prime minister Bjarni Benediktsson has announced legislation to make equal pay mandatory in the country – regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or nationality. He made the announcement in New York on 8 March, International Women’s Day. The law would require all companies with more than 25 employees to prove that equal pay policies …

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The Forest that Combats Pollution

The first project of its kind in Asia, towers covered in thousands of plants and trees are under construction in China. The architect wants to build more across Chinese cities to help offset pollution. Work is under way on a ‘vertical forest’ in eastern China: two towers that will be covered in 1,100 trees and …

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