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Height and Cancer

New research published in the journal of Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention presents a surprising correlation between height and cancer ...

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Seoul shows the way

The first time I came to live and work in Zurich, I was amazed by the city's first-rate public transport ...

STORY URL: C40 Cities: Seoul Car-Free Days Have Reduced CO2 Emissions by 10% Annually
Seoul's Weekly No Driving Day program is improving air quality, congestion and saving energy. Every year, two million cars stay off the road – decreasing traffic volume by 3.7%. CO2 vehicle emissi...

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Plain cigarette packs

Reducing cigarette smoking through health graphics and standardised packaging – will it work? Towards the end of 2012 the Australian government ...

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Casual paper

Some colleagues of mine have been having a discussion about which might be the lesser of two evils. Here at ...

STORY URL: Joe Smith: How to use a paper towel | Video on TED.com
You use paper towels to dry your hands every day, but chances are, you're doing it wrong. In this enlightening and funny short talk, Joe Smith reveals the trick to perfect paper towel technique. ...

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Making the best of a bad habit

Over 7 million tons of food are thrown away in the UK on an annual basis, according to the Waste ...

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Disease and faster 'Biological' Ageing

An international team of scientists led by the University of Leicester has found new evidence that links faster 'biological' ageing ...

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Aging well

A new Danish study reports some encouraging news for aging populations worldwide. The study, which was recently published in Lancet ...

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Soviet-era practices mar Sochi Olypmics

As a youth, I studied Russian for 4 years because I wanted to read Dostoevsky in the original. But it ...

STORY URL: Castles in the sand
WITH seven months to go before the 2014 winter Olympics, Sochi is a gigantic construction site. Lorries run up and down dusty roads, excavators turn earth inside...

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The way food feels

When I was in high school, I took part in a taste experiment where participants were asked to identify the ...

STORY URL: Lawyers of Big Tobacco Lawsuits Take Aim at Food Industry
More than a dozen lawyers who took on Big Tobacco have filed 25 cases asserting that manufacturers like ConAgra Foods and PepsiCo are misleading consumers and violating federal law.

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Coal can shorten your life

If ever there ever was a reason to stop using fossil fuel, then it has to be this: Over decades ...

STORY URL: China's coal addiction 'shortens lives'
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-23247803

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Save resources by simple personal discipline

We all know by now the great EU objective "20-20-20" (20% of energy savings, 20% of usage of renewable energy ...

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Chocolate for cancer detection

Have you ever thought of any possible relationship between chocolate and cancer? If not, here comes one! A new technique ...

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Why carbon tax isn’t on Obama's agenda

Last month, President Obama outlined his second-term plan to address climate change. It includes a range of executive actions and ...

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Talking cigarettes?

Around 6 million people globally are dying of tobacco use each year among which 5 million of them are dying ...

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The reality of urban resilience

In my last blog ( https://openminds.swissre.com/story/273/solutions-in-the-city), I explain why Swiss Re is supporting US city ...

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