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  • Electric Car Takes on the Mongol Rally

    By Victoria on August 14, 2017
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    Driving 10,000 miles across difficult terrain sounds tough enough in a conventional car, but driver Chris Ramsey hopes to do this in an electric one, which requires regular recharging. Chris Ramsey is the founder of Plug In Adventures, and he hopes to participate this summer in the Mongol Rally. The Mongol Rally is not a traditional race, but instead it […]
  • Community-Based Recreational and Social Club for Children and Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

    By Victoria on August 11, 2017
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    Five years ago, Elaine Lande, mother of Emma who has Down syndrome, went scouting around for additional activities that might interest her daughter, and came across a club called Lakers in Bray, Co.Wicklow. Elaine soon learned that this was a community-based recreational and social club for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Finding the Lakers club transformed not just Emma’s […]
  • Street Art Exhibition ‘Paint for Peace’

    By Victoria on August 8, 2017
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    A series of painted plywood boards now form part of a significant, first-of-its-kind, art exhibit in St. Louis, Missouri. The exhibit is hosted by five different galleries at major cultural institutions throughout the city and the exhibition is titled “outside in/Paint for Peace”. The back-story to this exhibition is that in November 2014 Ferguson, Missouri, and surrounding neighbourhoods were in the […]
  • Legumes See New Life In Flowerpots

    By Victoria on August 2, 2017
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    Each year in Europe, the food industry discards millions of tonnes of vegetable residue and legumes. However, scientists in Italy are using these leftovers to make an innovative and ecological material named ‘bioplastics’. Manufacturers tend to get rid of non-marketable by-products of legumes such as peas, beans and other lentils, despite the fact that they’re rich in proteins and fibres […]
  • Extracting Valuable Resources from Production Waste

    By Victoria on July 30, 2017
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    Greek scientists have developed a technology that allows them to obtain rare earth elements (REEs) from waste ore in an economical and environmentally friendly way. In fact, rare earth elements are relatively plentiful in the Earth’s crust and are not particularly rare, but they are difficult to separate from each other. They are especially valuable and, even in small quantities […]
  • Irish Man Cycles from Alaska to Argentina Despite Debilitating Bowel Disease

    By Victoria on July 27, 2017
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    Intrepid adventurer Ian Lacey has cycled the planet from Alaska to Argentina in a bold pole-to-pole bicycling feat despite being in the grip of a debilitating bowel disease. The thirty-year-old recently cycled from Alaska to Argentina in a 27,369 kilometre journey. The reason his feat is so astounding is because he was ahead of setting off on his epic journey, […]
  • Horse Riding Therapy Helps Autistic Boy to Say His First Words

    By Victoria on July 24, 2017
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    In Co. Cork, a two-and-a-half year old boy, Fennec Hurley, with autism has had a life-changing experience. Previously, he was non-verbal, hyperactive and physically aggressive, regularly hitting himself and his mother. However as a result of horse riding he is talking and is far more tranquil. Fennec had been diagnosed with severe to moderate autism, and according to his mother, […]
  • Scientists Gather Data to Protect Whale Feeding Areas

    By Victoria on July 21, 2017
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    Scientists have come up with a novel idea to unlock the mysteries of the life of whales in the Antarctic region. Researchers have attached non-invasive cameras to these animals to find out about when and how they feed, their social lives, and even how they must blow hard to clear sea ice so they can breathe. It is anticipated that […]
  • Homeless Woman and her Dog Stop Burglary of Lush Store

    By Victoria on July 18, 2017
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    In England, a homeless woman and her dog tracked down a burglar and returned his stolen loot, which has now resulted in more than 400 people donating thousands of pounds to get her a trailer to live in. The woman, Lottie Pauling-Chamberlain, and her dog Marley (named after reggae singer Bob Marley) routinely sleep outside a Lush cosmetics store in Oxford so […]
  • EGNOS – Improving Flying Visibility

    By Victoria on July 15, 2017
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    At the Danish Air Ambulance base in Billund, satellite navigation is serving as a true lifesaver in the sky. The air ambulance service, which is operated by the Norwegian Air Ambulance in Denmark, is among the first to use a new European satellite system, EGNOS, which makes it safer to fly in low visibility. Johannes Traberg Christiansen, project manager at […]

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