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The reasons for our left or right-handedness 17.2.2017 Environmental News Network
Unlike hitherto assumed, the cause is not to be found in the brain.It is not the brain that determines if people are right or left-handed, but the spinal cord. This has been inferred from the research results compiled by a team headed by private lecturer Dr Sebastian Ocklenburg, Judith Schmitz, and Prof Dr H. C. Onur Güntürkün. Together with colleagues from the Netherlands and from South Africa, the biopsychologists at Ruhr-Universität Bochum have demonstrated that gene activity in the spinal cord is asymmetrical already in the womb. A preference for the left or the right hand might be traced back to that asymmetry.“These results fundamentally change our understanding of the cause of hemispheric asymmetries,” conclude the authors. The team report about their study in the journal “eLife”. 
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SFU technology puts 'touch' into long-distance relationships 14.2.2017 Environmental News Network
Long-distance couples can share a walk, watch movies together, and even give each other a massage, using new technologies being developed in Carman Neustaedter’s Simon Fraser University lab. 
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For SafeTrack Surge No. 12, the Blue Line takes a hiatus through the end of February 12.2.2017 Washington Post
For SafeTrack Surge No. 12, the Blue Line takes a hiatus through the end of February
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Harnessing The Power Of Nature To Improve Our Cities 11.2.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Handbook of Biophilic City Planning & Design / Island Press People feel happier, healthier, and more social when they engage with nature. Their cognitive abilities go up and stress levels go down. So why is nature so often thought to be found only "out there" in the wilderness, or perhaps suburbia? For Timothy Beatley, a professor at the University of Virginia, nature should be found everywhere, but especially in cities. Cities must remain dense and walkable, but they can be unique, memorable places only when they merge with nature. If well planned and designed, a city's forests, waterfronts, parks, gardens, and streets can make out-sized contributions to the health and well-being of everyone who lives there. In his latest excellent book, the Handbook of Biophilic City Planning & Design , Beatley brings together all the established science, the important case studies, the innovative code and design practices from around the world in one place. Even if you think you already know a lot about how best to ...
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Research suggests wearing police uniform changes the way brain processes information 10.2.2017 Environmental News Network
New research from a team of cognitive neuroscientists at McMaster suggests that simply putting on a uniform, similar to one the police might wear, automatically affects how we perceive others, creating a bias towards those considered to be of a low social status.
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Real-time feedback helps save energy and water 9.2.2017 Environmental News Network
Those who take long showers use a great deal of water and energy. Yet people who enjoy taking long showers do not usually realize to what extent they are damaging the environment. However, if a clever measuring system shows current consumption, this immediately leads to increased efficiency. The consumption information available on the display is incentive enough to reduce water and energy consumption when showering on average by 22 per cent. This was shown by a study conducted by the Universities of Bonn and Bamberg, as well as ETH Zurich. The results have initially been published online in the journal Management Science. The print edition will be published soon.
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New doubts on whether early humans were forced to start farming 7.2.2017 Environmental News Network
The development of agriculture is universally believed to underpin some of the most significant advances made by humans worldwide. In New Guinea, where one of the earliest human experiments with tropical forest agriculture occurred, researchers have cast doubt on two views about the origins of agriculture.
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Winter bicycle commuters ride for sustainability, economy and lifestyle 5.2.2017 Steamboat Pilot
In the pre-dawn light of a January morning in Steamboat, with the fat flakes falling straight down, the cyclists appear randomly like wraiths. But they’re really just committed commuters living a slice of the Steamboat lifestyle that appears to be growing with the emerging popularity of fat-tire bikes. You spot a single rider on the sidewalk that borders U.S. Highway 40 between downtown and the mountain, another on Yampa Street, and a third waiting at the stoplight at Ninth Street, waiting to ross busy Lincoln Avenue. Motorists bundled up in their heated cars and trucks feather the brakes, shake their heads in wonder and mumble, “What are they thinking about?” Ask winter bicycling commuters why they do what they do, and the answers begin with fitness and end with a commitment to leading a more sustainable lifestyle. In the big, wide middle of the trend are those who are infatuated with bicycles in all their variety. Who can resist studded bike tires? Dedicated cyclist Rich Levy says he’s been told ...
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Hawaii bill would classify homelessness as medical condition 27.1.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

HONOLULU (AP) — As an emergency room doctor, Hawaii Sen. Josh Green sees homeless patients suffering from diabetes, mental health problems and an array of medical issues that are more difficult to manage when they are homeless or do not have permanent housing. That’s why Green says he wants homelessness classified under Hawaii state law […]
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Targeting Cookstove Pollution Using Supercomputers and NASA Satellites 24.1.2017 Environmental News Network
New air quality research is investigating a major, but often overlooked contributor to outdoor pollution and climate: burning of solid fuel for cooking and heating.Cookstove studies typically evaluate how they contribute to indoor air quality issues in houses where solid fuel is frequently used for cooking and heating. A new paper from the University of Colorado Boulder appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has taken a different approach, going outside the home and evaluating how cookstoves impact ambient air pollution and climate.
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Sundance goes green as VR makers aim to save the planet 24.1.2017 Yahoo: Top Stories
When consumers get excited about advances in virtual reality, they are usually thinking about videogaming, new and immersive movie-watching or -- let's face it -- pornography. The annual get-together for indie filmmakers and fans in the Utah mountains is focusing on climate change, with numerous virtual reality experiences among the usual slate of features and documentaries. One of the most impressive, "Under the Canopy," highlights the urgency of preserving the Amazon rainforest by focusing on local communities hit hardest by ...
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Trees supplement income for rural farmers in Africa 24.1.2017 Environmental News Network
Trees may be easy to spot on the plains of Africa but they are often overlooked as a source of income for farmers. A University of Illinois study shows trees on farms may help reduce rural poverty and maintain biodiversity.
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Do personal steps to reduce your carbon footprint really make much difference? 23.1.2017 TreeHugger
Tips from the Guardian are not so easy. Or, that meaningful these days.
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China Moves Toward Smart, Green and Inclusive Freight Transport 23.1.2017 THE CITY FIX
In China, trucks dominate the freight transport market and are increasing at a fast rate. In 2014, trucks moved more than 33 billion tonnes of freight in China. This accounted for more than 75 percent of total freight movement, which ...
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6 High-Tech Innovations That Could Solve Our Food-Waste Woes 21.1.2017 Environmental News Network
These cutting-edge technologies are revolutionizing the notion of waste not, want not.Americans can be a wasteful bunch. In 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service estimates that our country threw away 38 million tons of food, the equivalent of every person in the country junking two-thirds of a pound every day. We dumped milk that had spoiled, vegetables that had turned brown and hamburger patties we were too full to eat. Not only did this excess cost us a collective $161 billion, it caused unnecessary environmental strain. Food waste, after all, is the most common material in landfills and incinerators, constituting 21.6 percent of all solid waste, according to the U.S.D.A. To fix the problem, there are some easy strategies each household should adopt (hint: buy less, freeze more, compost). But there are also some high-tech innovations that could revamp the entire food supply. Below, the most promising efforts at reducing waste, from the time food is first harvested all the ...
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Environmental Markets: Economics Set To Outstrip Political Head Winds 19.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Investors in environmental markets are, understandably, expecting strongheadwinds from a Trump presidency. Candidate Trump campaigned as a pro-coal, climate change skeptic. His proposed cabinet is packed with nominees who are strong foes of environmental regulation. And the Republican Congress is unlikely to go out to bat for aggressive environmental protection. However, against these political headwinds, powerful economic forces are at work. The underlying drivers advancing many environmental technologies are, increasingly, beyond most regulatory intervention. Meanwhile, consumers and companies are increasingly seeking more sustainable products and services. The last few years have seen dramatic falls in the cost of many environmental technologies, especially in renewable power and energy storage. Renewable power technologies are increasingly able to compete, unsubsidized, against natural gas- and coal-fired capacity. Take-up will accelerate further as the price of battery storage continues to fall, ...
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What Trump's election can teach us about green lifestyle choices 19.1.2017 TreeHugger
It's no what you'd think.
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Whitney Tome: How to diversify the sustainability C-Suite 17.1.2017 GreenBiz.com
Green 2.0 's executive director explains why diverse green leadership is key, and how to ensure everyone has a "seat at the table."
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2017: What Next for Green Finance? 16.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
2016 is on course to be not just the hottest on record, but also probably the dirtiest and most hazardous too. " The climate has broken records in 2016 " says World Meteorological Organization chief Petteri Taalas. Smog once again returned to haunt many of the world's cities notably in China, Europe and India - with the primary cause the same as climate change: the burning of fossil fuels. Worldwide, around 18,000 people now die every day as a result of air pollution . Some 26 million people are also forced into poverty each year by the impact of natural disasters , with climate shocks reversing hard-won development gains. The year of green finance Yet before you get too downhearted, we need to celebrate the fact that 2016 was also the best year ever for green finance . Simply put, green finance covers the financing of investments that generate environmental benefits as part of the broader strategy to achieve inclusive, resilient and sustainable development. In 2016, G20 heads of state for the first time ...
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Listing a winter's worth of movies 16.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Below are the films opening theatrically through April 21. Release dates and other details, as compiled by Kevin Crust, are subject to change. Sadly, “Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies” (Jan. 13) and “My Entire High School is Sinking Into the Sea” (2017 TBA) fall outside of this window.

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