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Today’s Solutions: July 19, 2024

fresh vegetable broccoli. Fresh green broccoli on a black stone table.

And the healthiest way to cook broccoli is...

We’ve previously reported on why broccoli is so great. Full of nutrients and antioxidants, it can help invigorate so many parts of our bodies. In recent years, one incredible compound found in broccoli, called sulforaphane, has gained a reputation as a super nutrient. Studies even show it is Read More...

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These AI glasses tell blind users what they’re looking at

Back in 2014, Google put a wearable device called Google Glass on the commercial market. Google Glass was meant to give users a hands-free way to view content, make calls, and access social media platforms, all while carrying on with whatever tasks they had on hand. The Google Glass technology was Read More...

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Rectal cancer trial sees tumor disappear in all patients

A drug study involving people with rectal cancer has remarkably eradicated the tumor in all 18 patients. Though small, the trial astounded practitioners in the field, touting the results as an unprecedented achievement in cancer treatment, reports The New York Times. Cancer disappeared in all Read More...

Green Education

Two new DC public schools model net zero education

It goes without saying that we should be teaching our children about important environmental matters, especially excessive energy consumption and the need for energy efficiency. But what about the energy that a school itself consumes? While it is a rarely-thought-of area for improvement, new Read More...

Solar power Plant in small village in India

Welcome to Modhera, India’s first village entirely powered by solar

Modhera in Gujarat became India's first solar-powered village, setting a precedent for what UN Secretary-General António Guterres called a "reconciliation between humanity and the planet," according to Euronews. UN News reports that the solar project provides residents of Modhera with an Read More...

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Britain to wipe past conviction of consensual same-sex activity

In a news release published earlier last week, the British Home Office announced that any individual who has been convicted of consensual same-sex sexual activity under abolished laws in England and Wales will soon be able to have those records wiped. “It is only right that where offenses have Read More...

illustration of brain giving off signals

Brain implant allows completely “locked-in” patient to communicate

Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Niels Birbaumer, a former neuroscientist at the University of Tübingen in Germany, and Dr. Ujwal Chaundhary, a former biomedical engineer at the same university and the current managing director at ALS Voice gGmbH, a German-based neurobiotechnology company, a totally Read More...

River flowing through forest in Gabon

Local community in Gabon succeeds in saving ancestral forest from logging

About a year and a half ago, a community in northeastern Gabon embarked on a first-of-its-kind initiative to request the declassification of a logging concession area. As part of the effort, the villagers sought to instead reclassify it as a protected area to safeguard its ecological and heritage Read More...

blue tongued lizard

Australia adds 127 reptiles to global treaty against wildlife trade

Australia added a total of 127 reptiles to a global treaty put in place to shield animals from the illegal wildlife trade. The inclusion of these 127 animals (one of the biggest listings in the treaty’s history) will grant these scaly creatures, who have long been targeted by bad actors in the Read More...

Wildflowers in nature reserve in the UK

England is turning 99,000 hectares of land into nature recovery projects

In recent years, an increasing number of influential scientists have suggested that we reserve half of our planet for protecting nature to make Earth more liveable. In England, a huge conservation project aims to contribute to that goal by turning 99,000 hectares of land into nature reserves. The Read More...