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Has Wonder Woman Destroyed Hollywood Sexism?

With “Wonder Woman” blazing a trail at theaters across the United States, the female superhero is being hailed as a powerful new role model for girls and a break away from sexism in Hollywood. The film, starring Israeli actress Gal Gadot, smashed box office records on its opening weekend, raking in more than $103 million […]

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Men More Involved in Parenting Than Ever Before

Most people in emerging and developed economies believe men are now more involved in parenting than ever before, with many saying the role of women should not be confined to the home, a global survey has indicated. Nearly 70 percent of people thought men had a “greater responsibility for the home and childcare” than they […]

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The Pope Does a Surprise TED Talk

Pope Francis made a surprise appearance at a TED talk conference in Toronto in April, urging powerful leaders “to act humbly” and said he hoped technological innovation would not leave people behind. The 18-minute video was filmed in Vatican City and broadcast to the audience at the annual TED 2017 conference in Vancouver. “The more […]

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Malala Becomes Youngest UN Messenger of Peace

Malala Yousafzai, the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, has become the youngest United Nations Messenger of Peace. Yousafzai, 19, was appointed by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and will help promote girl’s education around the world as part of her new role. The Pakistani education activist came to prominence when a Taliban gunman shot her in […]

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Honoring Diana, Prince Harry Urges Landmine-free World

Britain’s Prince Harry has thrown his support behind a campaign to rid the world of landmines by 2025, two decades after his mother, Princess Diana, walked through a minefield in Angola to highlight the plight of victims. Even though the production and use of landmines has dropped since a 1997 treaty to prohibit their use, […]

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This Earth Day: Make Water Out of Thin Air

People living in arid, drought-ridden areas may soon be able to get water straight from a source that’s all around them — the air, American researchers have said. Scientists have developed a box that can convert low-humidity air into water, producing several litres every 12 hours, they wrote in the journal Science. “It takes water […]

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Young People Key to Ending Fashion Labor Abuses

Young people have started to question how their clothes are made but consumers of all ages need to do more to tackle fashion labor abuses, according to a British lawmaker and sustainable fashion campaigner. Baroness Lola Young said young people are increasingly engaged with political and economic issues and willing to fight on social causes […]

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Food Grown in Sahara Desert with Sea Water

With scorching summer temperatures and little rainfall, the barren scrublands around the port of Aqaba in Jordan, one of the world’s most arid countries, might seem ill suited to cultivating cucumbers. Yet a Norwegian company is planning to set up a solar-powered, 20 hectare (50 acre) facility that promises to grow a variety of vegetables […]

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Disney Announce Girl Power Star Wars Spin-offs

Disney expand the Star Wars universe by creating all-female animated shorts and a new line of toys aimed at a female audience.  Disney are celebrating the girl power of ‘Star Wars’ by creating short on-line animations based on iconic female Star Wars characters including Rey, Jyn Erso, and Princess Leia. Entitled ‘Star Wars Forces of […]

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Men at Higher Risk of Losing Jobs to Robots

Up to one-third of British jobs could be taken over by robots by the early 2030s, impacting 10 million Britons but with women less likely to face redundancy, a recent UK study has shown. The research, by accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, found 30 percent of UK jobs could face automation compared to 38 percent in […]

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From Adventurers to Inventors, Saudi Women Inspire a New Generation

Saudi women from adventurers to inventors hope a unique conference in Riyadh will highlight their changing roles and inspire younger women to push for new opportunities in the ultra-conservative kingdom. The event comes at a time when reforms are slowly affecting women’s lives in one of the world’s most gender-segregated countries – where women live […]

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Which Countries Lead With Women Leaders?

Women made scarcely any progress increasing their presence in the top echelons of government last year, leaving gender equality in legislatures and ministries a distant goal, data showed on Wednesday. A map ranking countries based on women in politics showed the number of women ministers and legislators barely rose, and the number of countries with […]

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US Law Firm Employs Anti-mafia Laws to Sue Forest Activists

A Canadian forestry giant is using legislation most often deployed against the mafia to sue Greenpeace over allegations about the firm’s environmental record in the latest legal battle between campaigners and resource companies. Launched by Montreal-based Resolute Forest Products the case will reverberate beyond the United States as it impacts how defamation and free speech […]

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The Man Who Mapped Dakota’s Pipeline Like a Jigsaw

Nitin Gadia, a young techie from Ames, Iowa, realised that despite the global controversy, nobody had properly mapped the 1,172 mile-long pathway of the Dakota pipeline despite it crossing four American states. So, with the help of colleagues in Kenya and the Phillipines, he decided to create one himself. Now it’s available on mobile.

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Seven Earth-size Planets Discovered Where Life is Possible

Astronomers have found a nearby solar system with seven Earth-sized planets, three of which circle their parent star at the right distance for liquid surface water, bolstering the prospect of discovering extraterrestrial life. The star, known as TRAPPIST-1, is a small, dim celestial body in the constellation Aquarius. It is located about 40 light years […]

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Disrupting The Disruptors: The End of The Sharing Economy?

Singapore, a keen early adopter of the sharing economy, has fired a warning shot across the bow of Airbnb and Uber with tighter rules that could shake up their business models and growth ambitions in Asia. The rules, some say, are a sign that even governments sympathetic to companies that allow citizens to rent out their expertise or property have a hard time […]

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Trump Presidency Pushing Business to Become Less Global, More Local

Business leaders in Davos, traditionally the high priests of globalization, are talking up the benefits of local production this week to shield themselves from criticism from incoming U.S. President Donald Trump. Elected on a jobs-focused “America First” platform, Trump has taken to Twitter to rebuke major companies like General Motors, Lockheed Martin and United Technologies, […]

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New DNA Test Can Detect Slavery in Your T-shirt

Shoppers lured by a bargain-priced T-shirt but concerned about whether the item is free of slave labour could soon have the answer – from DNA forensic technology. James Hayward, chief executive of U.S.-based Applied DNA Sciences Inc. that develops DNA-based technology to prevent counterfeiting and ensure authenticity, said his researchers have been working in the […]

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Amazon Forest Guardians: Now it’s War

The rainforest shook with the sound of exploding tires and groaning steel as flames tore through a truck carrying giant tree trunks illegally sawn from the Amazon. An agent of Brazil’s environment police had, moments earlier, ordered the driver from his cab at gun point. In a scuffed blue cap and muddied jeans, the 25-year-old […]

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Is Apple Developing a Self-driving iCar?

Apple Inc. is wading in to the debate over regulation of self driving cars, declaring it is excited about the potential for automated transportation and calling on U.S. regulators not to restrict testing of such vehicles. A five-page letter from Steve Kenner, Apple’s director of product integrity, to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is […]

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Actress Shailene Woodley: I Didn’t Plan on Being Arrested

Actress Shailene Woodley was honored last month at the 26th Environmental Media Awards (EMAs), where she used the opportunity to call on people to attend the protests at Standing Rock. The protests are against a planned pipeline to transfer crude oil to the refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast. Protesters say the building of the pipeline […]

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“Kung Fu” Nuns Bike Himalayas to Oppose Human Trafficking

Clad in black sweatpants, red jackets and white helmets, the hundreds of cyclists pedaling the treacherously steep, narrow mountain passes to India from Nepal could be mistaken for a Himalayan version of the Tour de France. The similarity, however, ends there. This journey is longer and tougher, the prize has no financial value or global […]

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Does UK’s Landmark Anti-slavery law Live up to The Hype?

From life imprisonment for human traffickers to forcing pimps to pay compensation to their victims, Britain has some of the world’s toughest sanctions against modern slavery. Passed a little more than a year ago, Britain’s Modern Slavery Act has been hailed as a milestone in the anti-slavery fight, combining harsh penalties with progressive measures such […]

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Meet the Less Famous Donald Trump

While president Donald Trump fights his daily political battles, a Northern Virginia doctor – also named Donald Trump – is focused on clinical trials to fight cancer and doing the best he can to avoid conversations about his name or namesake. The majority of Americans know Donald Trump as the bellicose Republican president and billionaire […]

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Experience A Gaza Refugee Camp in 3D

The Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip is home to more than 110,000 refugees, according to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). Among them are children, so many that the camp’s 20 schools work double shifts to accommodate them all. Some children are third-generation refugees, whose grandparents settled in the region […]

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Clock Starts Ticking to Implement Paris Climate Deal

A new global agreement to tackle climate change will take effect on November 4 after the accord crossed an important threshold for support late on Wednesday. European nations, Canada, Bolivia and Nepal boosted official backing for the 2015 Paris Agreement to countries representing more than 55 percent of world greenhouse gas emissions, as needed for […]

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Young American Sailors Call for Action on Marine Pollution

Leading offshore sailors Charlie Enright and Mark Towill are sounding the alarm about the danger posed by marine debris and pollution, after recent research from the Ocean Conservancy estimated a staggering eight million tons of plastic trash is entering the ocean every year. The duo spent much of last year in the most remote waters […]

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Social Entrepreneurs say They Face Tough Hurdles but Making Headway

Greater support from the public, governments and investors is needed to boost the work of entrepreneurs using business for social good, said industry activists and organizers after a Thomson Reuters Foundation poll highlighted these as key issues. While progress overcoming those obstacles is healthy and growing, they said at SOCAP – the largest annual conference […]

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Sculptor Anthony Gormley Explores our Relationship With Urbanism

British sculptor Antony Gormley puts people’s relationships with urban construction at the forefront of his latest exhibition “Fit”, creating a sort of labyrinth in a London gallery space. “Sleeping Field”, one of the installations at the White Cube Bermondsey gallery, is made up of hundreds of iron sculptures, which at first look like small high-rise […]

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Eat Your Food Packaging, Don’t bin it – Scientists

Scientists are developing an edible form of packaging which they hope will preserve food more effectively and more sustainably than plastic film, helping to cut both food and plastic waste. The packaging film is made of a milk protein called casein, scientists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture said at a meeting of the American […]

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Fears for Social Entrepreneurs in Britain as Brexit Looms Large

Britain’s role as a pioneering country for social entrepreneurs could suffer as it prepares to leave the European Union after decades of the government actively promoting business leaders seeking to do good, experts said. A Thomson Reuters Foundation poll of experts in the world’s 45 biggest economies ranked Britain third after the United States and […]

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