A North Carolina based start-up is working on revolutionizing one of the major contributors to CO2 emissions - the concrete industry. The material is second only to water as the most consumed resource on Earth, and its key ingredient - cement - is the sources of about 8 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. The company that wants to considerably slash down the industry’s carbon footprint is using trillions of bacteria to grow bio-concrete bricks with little to no environmental impact.

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Lavender farming may save the desolated mining sites on mountaintops which are left stripped of life and any potential use. The evergreen shrub, which is used industrially for its aromatic fragrance, seems like the only form of life that can survive the barren rocky terrain left behind by mountaintop removal mining. A start-up has taken notice of this so it began farming the plant in the defunct mines of the Appalachian Mountains. In West Virginia alone, there are around 330,000 acres of this type of wasteland and each acre could generate around $10,000, making it a potential $3.3 billion industry. 

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According to a massive study, the number of teenagers smoking and drinking in the US has reached historic lows. This may be, in part, because teens aren’t socializing as much as they used to, turning instead to their phones for social interactions. Another reason smoking and drinking rates are down could be due to the rise of e-cigarettes as more teens than ever are vaping. While it cannot be said with certainty that kids are vaping as a substitute for drinking and smoking, it may be a factor.

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The problem with foreign-aid donations is that they often fail to create the positive impact that donors had hoped for. Specifically, while large-scale efforts often improved infrastructure, they typically fell short on a key dimension: bring greater democracy and inclusiveness to decision-making in rural areas. Having learned from the mistakes of previous foreign-aid campaigns, some groups are getting creative in their attempts to boost rural economies.

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Looking for your soulmate is a daunting and never-ending quest that can only lead to shattered expectations and unattained relationship goals. That’s why, looking for particular qualities instead of a vague idea - like a soulmate - allows you to be more specific about what you want and can help you grow more healthy relationships. Here are certain approaches that could help you stop looking for ‘the one’, and instead, start searching for a relationship that is more realistic, honest, and healthy.

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