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Australian startup reinvents the process of giving

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - New website facilitates charitable donations by enabling people to make a public promise and pay a nominated amount to a charity if they break that promise.

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Internet program launched to prevent blindness in diabetic patients

Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Fri May 06, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
North Carolina - A Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center team is launching a high-tech study to determine if early screening using a special camera and images transmitted over the Internet can prevent blindness in Medicaid patients with diabetes.

Critical Waterfowl Habitat Protected

Nature Conservancy, Fri May 06, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
Greenland, New Hampshire - Canada geese, black ducks, mallards and other waterfowl have long enjoyed the Smith family’s cornfield on Great Bay in Greenland during their annual migrations. Now that essential stop on their journey is permanently protected from development.

Nation’s Leaders Take a Stand For Wildlife

Teaming With Wildlife, Fri May 06, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
Washington, DC - In a strong, bipartisan show of support for America's wildlife, 128 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and 55 Senators (more than half) have signed letters urging a substantial increase in funding for wildlife conservation.

Corporate America, Activists & Circumventing Washington: A New Approach to Environmental Lobbying

Rainforest Action Network, Thu May 05, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
New York City - On April 25, the New York-based banking giant J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. joined the ranks of a select group of firms in the financial sector who have adopted environment policies with an increased focus on more ecologically responsible business practices.

Scientists Discover How Plants Disarm The Toxic Effects Of Excessive Sunlight

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wed April 27, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
Madison, Wisconsin - A newly discovered pathway by which cells protect themselves from a toxic byproduct of photosynthesis may hold important implications for bioenergy sources, human and plant disease, and agricultural yields, a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison bacteriologists announced Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The Nature Conservancy Partners with State, County, Town to Preserve 308-Acre Rare Forest

The Nature Conservancy, Tue April 26, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
New York City - In partnership with New York State, Suffolk County, and the Town of Southampton, The Nature Conservancy announced today the permanent preservation of a 308-acre parcel of globally rare forest, located in the heart of the Pine Barrens region, in Westhampton, Long Island.

Dartmouth Researchers Find Where Musical Memories Are Stored In The Brain

Dartmouth University, Tue April 26, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
Dartmouth, NH - A group of Dartmouth researchers has learned that the brain's auditory cortex, the part that handles information from your ears, holds on to musical memories.

Glacial Ridge Becomes Nation’s Newest Wildlife Refuge

The Nature Conservancy, Sat April 02, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
Minneapolis, MN - The nation's largest tallgrass prairie and wetland reconstruction project will form the heart of the country's newest wildlife refuge - the 35,000-acre Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge, the partners in the project announced today.

Italian, US Cosmologists Present Explanation For Accelerating Expansion Of The Universe

Istituto Nazionale Di Fisica Nucleare, Mon March 28, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
Italy - Why is the universe expanding at an accelerating rate, spreading its contents over ever greater dimensions of space? An original solution to this puzzle, certainly the most fascinating question in modern cosmology, has been put forward by four theoretical physicists, Edward W. Kolb of the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Chicago (USA): Sabino Matarrese of the University of Padova; Alessio Notari from the University of Montreal (Canada); and Antonio Riotto of INFN (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare) of Padova (Italy). Their study has been submitted to the journal Physical Review Letters.

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