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Hope is sturdy; instead of drowning in despair, it rolls up its sleeves and sets out to change things.
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DailyGood: The Power of Hesitation

DailyGood: The Power of Hesitation | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Whether lingering too long over the menu at a restaurant, or abrupt U-turns by politicians, flip-flopping does not have a good reputation. By contrast, quick, decisive responses are associated with competency. Steve Fleming, a cognitive neuroscientist, wonders whether the allure of decisiveness might be leading us astray. Perhaps, when faced with a novel scenario, there is a benefit from being slow.
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Vietnamese farmer makes pesticide from herbs

Vietnamese farmer makes pesticide from herbs | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A farmer in Hung Yen province has successfully created the pesticide which can kill insects but stays friendly to the environment and humans.
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Madeleine Wilson's curator insight, March 19, 2014 10:26 PM

Vietnamese farmer makes pesticide from herbs

 

   This article, gathered from an Eco Business webpage, describes how a Vietnamese farmer has designed a pesticide that not only protects his plants and crops from bugs, it is safe for humans to use (and even to consume!) Discovered by accident on his property, the farmer (who has an interest in natural herbs to cure common ailments in the human body), says that by mixing a concoction of herbs, alcohol and eventually adding water, the pesticide provides a safe means of combating insects, while not harming other species of animals in the process.

 

  This “miracle” herbicide will approved by the governing Agriculture body in Vietnam. If it proves successful, he will have the right to patent his pesticide. When reading about such discoveries, it is always shocking how something can be so simply made by an individual and could have such tremendous results.

 

  On the notion of sustainability, much of the destruction that has taken place in the environment has been because of toxic and damaging chemicals used by humans. In the last ten years, there has been a tremendous trend to embrace “green” and “eco” products in order to clean our homes and care for our families. While large producers of crops have not adopted such practices, could this new pesticide be a step in the right direction? Being sustainable and eco friendly does not mean one does not achieve profits.

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Cindy Tang's Sea Telescope wins Doodle 4 Google Canada contest

Cindy Tang's Sea Telescope wins Doodle 4 Google Canada contest | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Toronto-area student Cindy Tang's brilliantly coloured image of a telescope able to peer into the far depths of the sea has won the latest edition of the Doodle 4 Google contest.
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Talented young artist now has a pocketful of Google dollars - as does her school.

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3-D printer creates transformative device for heart treatment

3-D printer creates transformative device for heart treatment | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Using an inexpensive 3-D printer, biomedical engineers have developed a custom-fitted, implantable device with embedded sensors that could transform treatment and prediction of cardiac disorders. The 3-D elastic membrane is made of a soft, flexible, silicon material that is precisely shaped to match the heart’s outer layer of the wall. Current technology is two-dimensional and cannot cover the full surface of the epicardium or maintain reliable contact for continual use without sutures or adhesives. The team can then print tiny sensors onto the membrane that can precisely measure temperature, mechanical strain and pH, among other markers, or deliver a pulse of electricity in cases of arrhythmia.
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#955 Happy to be here

#955 Happy to be here | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
This is a love letter to my small city, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. All I need to do to remind me why I love it here is to look out the window. If I peer over my left shoulder, I look out at...
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Want Students to Speak Up About Injustice? Teach Them About Youth Who Fought For Free Speech

Want Students to Speak Up About Injustice? Teach Them About Youth Who Fought For Free Speech | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A sixth-grader in Texas with the user name, "Gummy Bear," pops onto my laptop screen. She's doing a National History Day project about "rights and responsibilities" that highlights the Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines that I was a plaintiff in. She wants to know w...
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New ideas change your brain cells, research shows

New ideas change your brain cells, research shows | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
An important molecular change has been discovered that occurs in the brain when we learn and remember. The research shows that learning stimulates our brain cells in a manner that causes a small fatty acid to attach to delta-catenin, a protein in the brain. This biochemical modification is essential in producing the changes in brain cell connectivity associated with learning, the study finds. Findings may provide an explanation for some mental disabilities, the researchers say.
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Fascinating - so learning is not just in the abstract. It has physical impacts.

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Hope is about doing something

Hope is about doing something | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

Hope does not mean that our protests will suddenly awaken the dead consciences, the atrophied souls, of the plutocrats running Halliburton, Goldman Sachs, ExxonMobil or the government. Hope does not mean we will reform Wall Street swindlers and speculators. - See more at: http://www.freshsheet.ca/index.html#story3

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This is hope - gritty, hard, but refusing to be squashed or brushed aside. 

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Why Are We So Wired to Connect?, by Jill Suttie

Why Are We So Wired to Connect?, by Jill Suttie | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
What drives our powerful need for social interaction? And what makes being alone difficult? These are just a couple of the questions that Matthew Lieberman, a social neurologist from the University of California, explores in his newest book, Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect. Through his research, Lieberman has identified compelling evidence demonstrating the neuroscience behind our human interactions -- with broad implications for how we live our lives. For example, we now know that the connection between physical and social pain is very real -- in that, they are both processed through the same neural pathways. From an evolutionary standpoint, this begs the question -- that perhaps our social connections are more than just a mere luxury, that perhaps they are, in face, a necessity. Our brains are continuously working, and in order to better respond to our environment. This is what our brains were wired for: reaching out to and interacting with others, writes Lieberman. This article shares more.
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Why It's Never Too Late For True Love!

Why It's Never Too Late For True Love! | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
For single people, the upcoming year can cause a great deal of stress and pressure to find the one before they get any older.
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One of my aunts fell in love at 83, another at 80, and I fell in love with my partner at 59. It truly never is too late.

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Sunridge Medical's comment, February 24, 2014 12:42 PM
I love this! Anxiety over our age and our position in life can cause us to make hasty decisions that aren't good ones. This is good reassurance that although life may be short, it isn't a race to the finish line.
Cathryn Wellner's comment, February 24, 2014 12:54 PM
Well said!
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#950 After 2.5 years at the bottom of lake Tahoe, the photos came home

#950 After 2.5 years at the bottom of lake Tahoe, the photos came home | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Next time someone questions you about wasting your time on Facebook, tell them the story of Jana LeVitre. She had taken over 1000 pictures on her little, waterproof Pentax before accidentally dropp...
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Ants build raft to escape flood, protect queen

Ants build raft to escape flood, protect queen | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
When facing a flood, ants build rafts and use both the buoyancy of the brood and the recovery ability of workers to minimize injury or death.
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Humbling to see this and know how much we miss of the world we share with other fauna.

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Quotes to Live By: The Wacky Wisdom of Master Bah. ~ David Brawley {Original Illustration}

Quotes to Live By: The Wacky Wisdom of Master Bah. ~ David Brawley {Original Illustration} | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
"Love is remembering who you are."
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This is such fun - thanks, David Brawley!

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Two Blind Cows 350 Miles Apart Come Together to Form a Beautiful Friendship

Two Blind Cows 350 Miles Apart Come Together to Form a Beautiful Friendship | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Witness the beautiful friendship between Sweety and Tricia, two blind cow who become best friends after living 350 miles apart.
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Watch the video with a tissue so you can wipe away the happy tears.

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Ecology & Community, by Fritjof Capra | DailyGood

Ecology & Community, by Fritjof Capra | DailyGood | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
In our science in past centuries, we have learned a lot about the law of gravity and similar laws of physics, but we have not learned very much about the laws of sustainability. In this article, Fritjof Capra (cofounder of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California) discusses what he calls the natural laws of sustainability which he developed from studying natural ecosystems and the ways in which they organize themselves. By uncovering the natural sustainability laws of interdependence, recycling, partnership, flexibility, and diversity, Capra sheds light on how we can create sustainable communities which can satisfy our needs without diminishing the chances of future generations.
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Reciprocity and parrots: Griffin the grey parrot appears to understand benefits of sharing, study suggests

Reciprocity and parrots: Griffin the grey parrot appears to understand benefits of sharing, study suggests | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A study into whether grey parrots understand the notion of sharing suggests that they can learn the benefits of reciprocity. The research involved a grey parrot called Griffin, who consistently favoured the option of 'sharing' with two different human partners.
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I suspect the more accurate conclusion would be that Griffin already knew instinctively about sharing, rather than he was taught.

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She Gave Her House Key to a Homeless Teen, Dinner was Made When She got Home

She Gave Her House Key to a Homeless Teen, Dinner was Made When She got Home | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Boe Kirner, who now lives in Perth, Australia, wrote on the Good News Network Page, after seeing the photo washed blankets for the homeless: The 21-year-old New Zealander was in New York City doing a 6 month stint as a paramedic when she met a homeless boy to whom she gave her house key. The kindness shown might have dramatically changed two lives.
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Persistent 10-year-old’s Hunch Leads to Life-saving Rescue | Kids

Persistent 10-year-old’s Hunch Leads to Life-saving Rescue | Kids | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
One more hour and the 80-year-old woman would have been dead from exposure, but thanks to a ten-year-old boy who wouldn't give up on his hunch that 'something was wrong', she was rescued from a freezing garage.
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This Woman Invented a Way to Run 30 Lab Tests on Only One Drop of Blood - Wired Science

This Woman Invented a Way to Run 30 Lab Tests on Only One Drop of Blood - Wired Science | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Elizabeth Holmes dropped out of Stanford and founded a company called Theranos with her tuition money. Now, instead of vials of blood, Theranos requires only a pinprick and a drop of blood. With that they can perform hundreds of tests, ...
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How to Defend Against Emotional Muggers | Martha Beck

How to Defend Against Emotional Muggers | Martha Beck | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

Let’s call it emotional mugging: You’re going along minding your own business, and suddenly, when you least expect it, you’re faced with a shocking attack on your mood or peace of mind. Being emotionally mugged can be crippling, but because the damage is so often invisible, few of us are ever taught self-defense. Time to change that. You’re probably aware that the Asian martial arts, with their deft approach to handling attack, are popular practices for warding off physical muggers. Well, karate-do (“the way of the empty hand”) and bushi-do(“the way of the warrior”) have a psychological equivalent I call emo-do (pronounced “ee-moh-doh”): the way of the emotional master. 

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Tuck this one into a file somewhere and return to it next time someone gives you an emotional mugging.

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ServiceSpace Blog: Two Days Of Infinite Love In South Texas | ServiceSpace.org

ServiceSpace Blog: Two Days Of Infinite Love In South Texas | ServiceSpace.org | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Whenever you get an invitation from an organization called Infinite Love, working in deeply challenged communities on the border of US and Mexico, you don't think twice about saying yes.  And in this case, it was via a ServiceSpace volunteer, so it was certainly a no-brainer.  

Four mothers started Infinite
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#952 Simple tip to end bullying in schools

#952 Simple tip to end bullying in schools | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A friend sent me the link to a blog post with a title that invites forwarding: “Share this with all the schools, please”. She added this note: I share this with you because you are involved with ed...
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What this teacher came up with is simple - yet powerful. It just might change the experience of school for children victimized by bullies - and for the bullies themselves.

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25 Things We Can Do to Make the World a Better Place.

25 Things We Can Do to Make the World a Better Place. | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
One of the things I remember has been the importance of doing good for others, about how each individual must work towards making the world a better place.
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These Seniors Are Having a Way Better Snow Day Than You (Video)

These Seniors Are Having a Way Better Snow Day Than You (Video) | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
These 4 videos of seniors playing in the snow will make you yearn for another snow day.
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