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Ebola drug maker Fujifilm to buy US vaccine maker (Update)

Fujifilm said Monday it would buy a US vaccine maker as the Japanese firm increases its supply of an experimental Ebola drug to help stem the spread of the virus.
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More kids harmed by drinking in pregnancy than expected, study reports

More kids harmed by drinking in pregnancy than expected, study reports | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Although drinking during pregnancy has long been considered taboo, new research suggests that as many as one in 20 U.S. children may have health or behavioral problems related to alcohol exposure before birth.
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Study a first test of Australian honey's medicinal potential

Study a first test of Australian honey's medicinal potential | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Manuka honey from New Zealand is already established as a valuable antibacterial agent, particularly for treating slow-healing wounds. Now scientists will test the potential of honey derived from related trees in Australia to meet the increasing worldwide demand for medical honey.
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Just 30 minutes of exercise has benefits for the brain

Just 30 minutes of exercise has benefits for the brain | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
University of Adelaide neuroscientists have discovered that just one session of aerobic exercise is enough to spark positive changes in the brain that could lead to improved memory and coordination of motor skills.
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Third parties play a key role to making buildings energy efficient

Third parties play a key role to making buildings energy efficient | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In a strategic plan for the municipality, the town council of Valladolid , in Spain, has given top priority to the renovation of its heritage buildings to achieve nearly zero energy districts. In one of its neighbourhoods, called Cuatro de Marzo, such renovation has already started to happen. It has ...
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Ford pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection technology may help drivers avoid some frontal crashes

Ford pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection technology may help drivers avoid some frontal crashes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection uses radar and camera technology to scan the roadway ahead and, if a collision risk with a vehicle or pedestrian is detected, provides a warning to the driver. If the driver does not respond in time, the system can automatically apply up to full braking ...
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Public relatively uninformed about climate policies—and maybe that's okay

According to a new study authored by a trio of Simon Fraser University researchers, British Columbians know little about climate policies and their likely effectiveness.
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How the air we breathe was created by Earth's tectonic plates

How the air we breathe was created by Earth's tectonic plates | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How is it that Earth developed an atmosphere that made the development of life possible? A study published in the journal Nature Geoscience links the origins of Earth's nitrogen-rich atmosphere to the same tectonic forces that drive mountain-building and volcanism on our planet. It goes some way to ...
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Simulations show Eurasia more than twice as likely to have harsh winters due to sea ice melting

Simulations show Eurasia more than twice as likely to have harsh winters due to sea ice melting | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —A team of researchers in Japan has found that Eurasia is twice as likely to experience severe winters over the next several decades because of melting Arctic sea ice. In their paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience, the researchers describe how they put together their computer ...
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Off-grid German village banks on wind, sun, pig manure

Off-grid German village banks on wind, sun, pig manure | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If Germany has taken a pioneering though risky role in shifting to renewable energy, then the tiny village of Feldheim -- population 150 -- is at its vanguard. The hamlet near Berlin is Germany's first to have left the national grid and switched to 100 percent local, alternative energy, swearing off fossil fuels and nuclear power decades before the rest of the country plans to near the same goal. Electricity now comes from a wind park towering over its gently rolling fields and reaches homes thr
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Yale Environment 360: In East Coast Marshes, Goats Take On a Notorious Invader

Yale Environment 360: In East Coast Marshes, Goats Take On a Notorious Invader | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Toxic herbicides, controlled burns, and even bulldozers have been the go-to solutions for taming a pernicious, invasive reed known as Phragmites australis. But recent research out of Duke University suggests another, less aggressive fix: goats.

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Over 50% of China's coastal wetlands gone due to land reclamation|Environment|News|WantChinaTimes.com

Over 50% of China's coastal wetlands gone due to land reclamation|Environment|News|WantChinaTimes.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Unregulated land reclamation has caused serious coastal erosion across the intertidal zones of the Yellow Sea and Bohai Sea, threatening flocks of migratory birds and local environmental conditions, ...
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Living on Earth: It’s Tough To Turn Frack Water into Profits

Living on Earth: It’s Tough To Turn Frack Water into Profits | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Oil and gas fracking produces huge volumes of dirty, difficult to handle wastewater. Now businesses are developing technologies to clean it up. But Reid Frazier of the Allegheny Front reports profits can be elusive.
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Study documents millions in unused medical supplies in US operating rooms each year

Study documents millions in unused medical supplies in US operating rooms each year | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Johns Hopkins research team reports that major hospitals across the U.S. collectively throw away at least $15 million a year in unused operating room surgical supplies that could be salvaged and used to ease critical shortages, improve surgical care and boost public health in developing countries.
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IBM offers analytics platform for Ebola fight

IBM offers analytics platform for Ebola fight | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
IBM announced Monday it would offer its analytics platform and other technology for use in African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak.
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A lethal virus more threatening to public health than Ebola

A lethal virus more threatening to public health than Ebola | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With Americans on edge about the potential spread of Ebola, it is easy to overlook another virus to which we have long been accustomed – influenza. According to estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu takes anywhere from 3,000 to 48,000 lives a year in this country, ...
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It's better for memory to make mistakes while learning

It's better for memory to make mistakes while learning | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Making mistakes while learning can benefit memory and lead to the correct answer, but only if the guesses are close-but-no-cigar, according to new research findings from Baycrest Health Sciences.
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Fujifilm's Ebola drug underscores new face of Japan Inc.

Fujifilm's Ebola drug underscores new face of Japan Inc. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fujifilm's potential as a major player in the fight against the Ebola virus underscores a move by some of Japan's best-known firms to reinvent their businesses as demand for traditional products falls away.
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Climate rescue mission 'not hopeless': IPCC chief (Update)

Climate rescue mission 'not hopeless': IPCC chief (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The head of the UN's climate science panel urged national policymakers Monday not to lose heart in the face of a mighty challenge to tackle global warming.
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How effective are we in tackling water security?

How effective are we in tackling water security? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new paper published in Science has examined how regions around the world are coping with variable and unpredictable freshwater resources caused through drought or floods, and how this affects economic output.
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Reducing population is no environmental 'quick fix', modelling research shows

Reducing population is no environmental 'quick fix', modelling research shows | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New multi-scenario modelling of world human population has concluded that even stringent fertility restrictions or a catastrophic mass mortality would not bring about large enough change this century to solve issues of global sustainability.
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Finland keen to tie-up with India in cleantech, ICT, education

Finland keen to tie-up with India in cleantech, ICT, education | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
HELSINKI: Finland, known for its knowledge- based society, is keen to team up with India in range of areas like cleantech, ICT, education, environment and energy, as the two nations have agreed to...
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Institutional Fish Ate Your Pension Plan - The Automatic Earth

Institutional Fish Ate Your Pension Plan - The Automatic Earth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The fish in today's investment world are probably far more aware of their own identity than the fish at a real life poker table. But it doesn't matter.
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Ebola crisis 'may harm malaria fight'

Ebola crisis 'may harm malaria fight' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A leading malaria control expert has said efforts to contain the disease may be jeopardised by the Ebola crisis. In 2012, malaria killed 7,000 people in the three countries worst hit by Ebola. Most of these will have been young children - although malaria is curable.

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Could Boston be the Venice of America?

Could Boston be the Venice of America? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Sea levels are rising, the land is sinking. It's going to become a big problem for some cities on the US East Coast, so in Boston people are thinking the unthinkable - copying Venice and Amsterdam, and becoming a city of canals.

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