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fighting humanity's devastation of diversity

“Animals are disappearing from our planet at an alarming rate A tissue bank that will store genetic material from thousands of endangered animals has been set up in the UK.”

“ Extinctions today probably equal the last five great extinctions.

“10,000 animal species are currently endangered and we have an amazing uncertainty about their importance in the web of life.”

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“Dr McLaren circulated the project’s mission statement to Trustees [of the Natural History Museum, London] as a reminder that the main aim was to collect, preserve and store DNA and viable cells from animals in danger of extinction worldwide, in order to provide a central reference collection for future biological research and conservation.”

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amazing news! - many people get pregnant because they want to

a statement of the blindingly obvious.

“ As social scientists and health educators grapple with causes of adolescent pregnancy in the United States, some researchers suggest that one component of the problem has been largely ignored. Though most adolescent pregnancies are accidental, a substantial number of girls want to get pregnant.”

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radiation inside the body may be more of a problem than current estimates

“All members of the committee agree that the margin of uncertainty over the risks of plutonium and similar radionuclides inside the body "could extend over at least an order of magnitude".

“ Cells adjacent to those that are irradiated can also sustain damage, known as "the bystander effect". And an increase was found in the number of mutations in small pieces of DNA called mini-satellites that are passed from one generation to the next....”

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"seed germination chemical in smoke identified"

“A team of Australian scientists has become the world's first research team to pinpoint the previously unknown chemical, called a butenolide, which induces germination in a range of plant species including celery, parsley and echinacea."

“ Scientists say the discovery could give farmers a multi-million dollar edge in weed control by allowing them to speed up the germination of dormant seeds.”

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techno vatican

“The Vatican Library in Rome, home of nearly two million books, manuscripts and other items, has adopted radio frequency identification (RFID) tags to identify and manage a big chunk of its large collection.”

“Previously, administrators closed the library for an entire month each year to verify its contents, manually cross-referencing what was found on each shelf against the library's collection database. When the RFID project is completed, the Vatican estimates inventory checking will take only half a day.”

The Vatican library

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the singaporean great ‘war on chewing gum’– gum runners can go to jail

“ But if you are determined to chew, you can now register and get medicinal gum at a pharmacy.”

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