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Malala and Kailash Satyarthi Malala and Kailash Satyarthi win Nobel Peace Prize

Pakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian child rights campaigner, have jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize. At the age of just 17, Malala is the youngest ever recipient of the prize. » See videos and Story

view from inside an airplane - rainbow and blue skies, earth.  Photo by Diana Rowan RockefellerDoes Gratitude Impact our Health and Happiness?

An “overnight” trip, took three days due to a series of airline ‘mishaps’. Instead of dwelling on the negatives, author Anna Bowness-Park decided to be appreciative of all that was good along the way – resulting in unexpected pleasures! » Full Story

Hand holding a fragrant white flowerSmell Turns Up in Unexpected Places

Apparently not only your nose smells! Many other organs in the body have odor receptors which have important functions and they hold promise for the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
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Pope Francis, microphones and a bishop speakingAt the Vatican, a Shift in Tone Toward Gays and Divorce

An assembly of Roman Catholic bishops convened by Pope Francis at the Vatican released a preliminary document on Monday calling for the church to welcome and accept gay people, unmarried couples and those who have divorced, as well as the children of these less traditional families. » Full Story

Cookie Monster from Sesame Street eating a cookieA Feeling of Control: How America Can Finally Learn to Deal With Its Impulses

We need to change the way we think about feelings, says writer David Desteno. Instead of relying on willpower for self-control, why not cultivate certain emotional responses? Consumers could amp up a feeling of gratitude before passing the “impulse buy” aisle on their way to the checkout line… » Full Story

Large colorful crowd with people in front holding up a big sign the says People's Climate March draws 300,000 to Manhattan

Environmental activists were stunned by both the size and energy of the People’s Climate March, which organizers say is the largest climate protest in history. It was scheduled to coincide with the United Nations Climate Summit, in which nearly 100 heads of state will discuss global carbon emissions and seek to create a framework for an international agreement. » See video and Story

A white and a black woman holding up signs saying they won money Using Gambling to Entice Low-Income Families to Save

Instead of attacking lotteries, a growing number of credit unions and nonprofit groups are using them to encourage low-income families to save. Prize-linked savings accounts are offered, which essentially treat every deposit as a ticket in a prizewinning raffle. The idea is to offer the thrill of gambling without the risk. Even perennial losers keep their savings. » Full Story

priest, rabbi and imam standing together - Photo by Lia Darjes,Berlin to Build a Mosque, Synagogue, and Church—All Under the Same Roof

House of One—an idea for a new building hosting a church, a mosque, and a synagogue.“We want to show that faith doesn't divide Jews, Christians and Muslims, but instead reconciles them.”
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cartoon of a man watching something about Paris on the TVFor Some, ’Tis a Gift to Be Simple

Researchers have established that experiences tend to make people happier than possessions. And older people often draw as much happiness from ordinary experiences — like a day in the library — as they do from extraordinary ones.

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New library set in the hills of the slums in MedellinColombia's resurgence

Once called the “Murder Capital of the World,” Medellin has changed drastically in the last 10 years. The city’s poorest neighborhoods now have some of the most beautiful new buildings, including a new library, stunning botanical gardens, and a cultural arts center. » See video and Story

Robot in red boots standing by the side of the roadA Canadian built robot is going to hitchike across the country

What happens when the robot, with no human supervision, is simply thrust into the world and tries to survive? Will it be instantly scavenged for parts? Will they drop it, mangle it or mistreat it? » Full Story

Here is a second article that shows how the HtichBOT did on its cross-Canada trek.
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Steam output from recycle system against a blue skyA Price Tag on Carbon as a Climate Rescue Plan

Bryan T. Pagel, a dairy farmer, watched as a glistening slurry of cow manure disappeared down a culvert. If recycling the waste on his family’s farm would help to save the world, he was happy to go along. The recycling would not have been built without a surprising source of funds: a California initiative that is investing in carefully chosen projects to reduce emissions as part of the battle against climate change. » Full Story

female lego characters in science labLego Releases Female Scientists Set, May Appease 7-Year-Old Critic

Lego has released the Research Institute, a play set created by a real-life geophysicist, Ellen Kooijman. "I love Legos," 7-year-old Charlotte wrote. But there aren't enough girls — and the ones the company has made just "sit at home, go to the beach, and shop," while the boy characters "saved people, had jobs, even swam with sharks!"
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older women working at Home DepotHow the Affordable Care Act might transform the labor market

Research from Wisconsin and Tennessee shows that the law is not forcing anyone to stop working. And by leaving the labor force, those Americans open their jobs to others who are hungry for the work. It could boost part-time work, early retirement and entrepreneurship. » Full Story

People at the U.N. building at workUN Millennium Development goals: World cuts extreme poverty in half

For those who see little reason for optimism about global poverty and social trends, here’s something to cheer about: The world has made impressive progress towards meeting a set of development goals set by world leaders in 2000. One stand-out example: The goal of cutting global extreme poverty in half by 2015 has already been met.
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young teens talking together at a tableHow to build peace, one teenager at a time

Seeds of Peace is an international organization that brings together young leaders from conflict regions to inspire and equip them with the relationships, understanding, and skills to advance peace, who see that diplomatic processes must be paired with transformational interactions between people. » Full Story

Black man holding a baton, talking to another man and a womanBy Talking, Inmates and Victims Make Things ‘More Right’

Restorative justice, a process with roots in Native American and other indigenous cultures that resurfaced in the United States and abroad in the 1970s, has begun to make headway again. Advocates say it is key to rehabilitation and reduced recidivism. » Full Story

Older Coach Ehrmann with 3 young athletesThe 3 Scariest Words A Boy Can Hear

Those scary words, “be a man” have meant “athletic ability, sexual conquest, economic success” for years. But Joe Ehrmann, a former NFL defensive lineman and now a pastor and coach, re-defines “being a man” with these two qualities: a capacity to love and to be loved, and a commitment to a cause that makes this world a better place. And his style of coaching reflects that. » Listen to and Read the Full Story


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