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Communities Smile at the Payoffs From Friendliness

Port Phillip in Australia is encouraging people to smile or say "G'day" — the standard Australian greeting — to both neighbors and strangers as...
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IBM Donates English-Arabic Translation Devices for Use in Iraq

IBM has decided to donate a new automatic, portable software device for Arabic-English translation to help U.S. forces in Iraq. The donation, worth approximately...
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‘Getting Dirty’ May Help Depressed

"People who suffer from depression could benefit from getting "dirty," according to new research. Bacteria found in soil has the same uplifting effects as...
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Costly Tax Mistakes and What You Can Do about Them

The time for filing your tax returns is just around the corner. Are you ready? Here is the third in a series...
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Free Online University Lectures Offer Eclectic Mix

As we alerted you last year, major Ivy league universities have begun offering lectures — and whole courses — on the Internet for free....

Templeton Prize Goes to Philosopher Who Says Barriers Between Science and Spirituality Fragment Us

Professor Charles Taylor, a Canadian philosopher who for nearly half a century has argued that problems such as violence and bigotry can only be...

$33 Million Donation for Stem Cell Institute

Lorry I. Lokey, the founder of Business Wire and a regular supporter of education and science, will give $33 million to help build a...

U.S. and Iraq Invite Iran and Syria to ‘Neighbors Meeting’

In an about-face, the U.S. joined Iraq in a new diplomatic initiative to invite Iran and Syria to a “neighbours meeting” to discuss stabilizing...

Some Respect, Please, for the Afternoon Nap

A study of more than 23,000 adults in Greece shows that short naps during the day "increase productivity and creativity while reducing stress." On...
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Autism Gene Breakthrough Hailed

"Scientists have found new autism genes by scanning the largest collection of families with multiple cases of autism ever assembled. The monumental task of...

Once-Endangered Sturgeon Rebounding in Hudson River

Shortnose sturgeon have made a surprise recovery in New York City's Hudson River, a new study shows. More than 60,000 occupy the river, greater...
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Green Mutual Fund Names Top 10 Performing Stocks of 2006

Looking for a place to invest some money? Global mutual fund Portfolio 21 has named its Top 10 financial performers among environmentally responsible companies....
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House Passes Plan to Negotiate for Lower Drug Prices

The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill that would allow the federal government to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies in order to...
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Teen Drug Use Declines by 23 Percent in Five Years

Reality must be improving for young people across the U.S. Teen drug use has declined by 23 percent since 2001, with reductions in the...
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Flowers – A Cure for Winter Blues?

For those who may experience the winter blues in the cold dark months ahead, a new study reveals fresh flowers can be a natural...
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U.S. Admits Threat to Polar Bears from Global Warming, Moves Toward Action

(Updated 12-28) The Bush Administration has formally proposed to list the Polar Bear as “threatened with extinction" under the Endangered Species Act due to...
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Top Ten Stories of 2006: #3 – Species Recovery

Environmentalists Heartened by Stunning Finds of Species, Coral, and Recovery of Many Endangered • Numerous hopeful stories in 2006 showed that endangered...
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Top Ten Stories of 2006: 2) Generosity Surges

2) Billionaire Warren Buffett Leading New Wave of Generosity with Largest Donation Ever Warren Buffett, the world's second richest man donated $37...
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Top Ten Good News of 2006!

With casualties in Iraq reaching record numbers, the war in Lebanon punctuating the continuing crises in the Middle East and the ongoing slaughter in...

Sharp Decline in US Breast Cancer Cases

A new analysis of breast cancer rates in American women released this week revealed a startling decline in the disease. Researchers believe that millions...