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Girl in a blue hat with birds behind herThe Girl Who Gets Gifts from Birds

Lots of people love the birds in their garden, but it's rare for that affection to be reciprocated. One young girl in Seattle is luckier than most. She feeds the crows in her garden - and they bring her gifts in return. » Full Story


Yellow toxic water with chemical symbols overlayedThe Fine Art of Recycling: turning coal into art

The goal of this innovative solution to turn toxic waste to good use, is to stream line the collection and drying process and turn hundreds of thousands of gallons of toxic coalmine drainage water into pigment to sell commercially. When the math is done, the price of pigment, cleaning up the watersheds would break even. » Full Story


Smiling woman in a bakery at workWhat a town in Uganda teaches about ending aid dependency

In Iganga, Uganda, the community group Musana has changed its model from dependency on outsiders to local initiative. Businesses created and run by locals are also moving the Musana community closer to achieving sustainability. » Full Story


man sitting on the tip of a ledge overlooking a fjord7 cultural concepts we don't have in the U.S.

If you want to add a new and different perspective to your life, there are plenty of other ways to recognize joy and beauty outside American traditions. From Scandinavia to Japan, India and Germany, the concepts below may strike a nerve with you and inspire your own personal or familial celebration. » Full Story


man with white hair and glasses wearing a prison guard uniformNorway's prison without bars: 'It's a trust thing'

Prison Guard Lasse Andresen has worked for 38 years in Norway's prison system in low and high security, rural and urban, old and new. Now he is at Halden Prison, which tests the limits of humane incarceration and rehabilitation, greatly reducing re-offending rates. » Full Story


 Navam Perahera festival DragonsThis Week In Pictures: Faith In Practice Around The World, Feb. 1 to Feb. 7

Humans express their faith in a multitude of ways. These photos capture the incredible diversity within faith practices that happen in our world in the span of just one week. » See photos


Young woman smiling with arm around smiling girlTwo Lives, in Harmony

Under skies as cloudy as her future, Melody Jerez, a young Chilean girl, discovered music, and with it a world of possibility. Years later, she took over a youth orchestra in an even smaller town, where another child, Georgina Ávila, was similarly entranced. » Video & Full Story


Two kids shoveling snow#ShovelItForward: Kindness crossing borders?

For the sick and the elderly, shoveling snow is not just a drag – it can be downright dangerous. A social media campaign is calling on able-bodied people everywhere to grab their shovels and dig out their neighbors’ walks.
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photographer in front of artIn a rough part of Mexico City, shooting with cameras instead of guns

To keep kids off the streets, the city government formed the gritty arts center, Faro in 2000. Photography is one of the most popular classes, due to famed lensman, Jesus Villaseca, who uses his own troubled past to steer teens out of trouble and into careers.
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honey comb with a bee on itSouth Sudan finds sweet success with honey

A harvest of honey from the equatorial forests of South Sudan will help its struggling poor and, through the pollination of bees, improve the nation's crop yields, those involved say. » Full Story


White woman with curly brown hair and glassesAt 90, She’s Designing Tech for Aging Boomers

In Silicon Valley's youth-obsessed culture, 40-year-olds get plastic surgery to fit in. But IDEO, the firm that famously developed the first mouse for Apple, has a 90-year-old designer on staff. » Listen to & Read Full Story


Photo of an oud - precuurssor to the guitar: Juan Edwardo Sara Zaror (flickr)8 Great Modern Innovations We Can Thank Muslims For

When thousands of “patriotic Europeans” took to the streets once again in Dresden to protest “the Islamisation of the West,” their actions were the result not only of resentment and fear, but also of ignorance. Here, the Huffington Post Germany presents eight things we owe to great Muslim civilizations. » Full Story


Goats eating green grassThe goats fighting America's plant invasion

Each country has its own invasive species and rampant plants with a tendency to grow out of control. In most, the techniques for dealing with them are similar - a mixture of powerful chemicals and diggers. But in the US a new weapon has joined the armory in recent years - the goat. » Full Story


 

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