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Vatican turns off fountains to show solidarity to Romans suffering from drought

All the fountains in Vatican City have been turned off ‘for the first time in living memory’.  The decision was taken by Pope Francis after surrounding city of Rome did the same with some of their iconic drinking fountains. After suffering from low rainfall for last two years, the region is reeling under a severe…
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July 25, 2017 0

A special water park that welcomes children with disabilities opens in Texas

Around the world people are fighting to make travel and public utilities more accessible for people with disabilities. But a special, all-inclusive water park opened up in Texas last week. Here, your age or ability doesn’t stop you from entering or enjoying it. The “ultra accessible” Morgan’s Inspiration Island in San Antonio, Texas is an offshoot…
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June 21, 2017 0

Scientists claim rediscovery of eighth wonder “lost” 130 years ago

A range of silica deposits that formed terraces was once the pride of New Zealand. It was, in fact, one of the contenders of the title eight wonder of the world. A volcanic eruption that took place in 1886 were believed to have wiped the beautiful formation. Two scientists say they have discovered the exact…
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June 15, 2017 0

Dr Seuss helps Bank of England staffers brush up their communication skills

Bank of England staffers have a very unusual language coach – Dr Seuss. They realized that the children’s author could be adopted to make their communication easily understood by the general public. The bank’s former deputy governor for markets Dame Nemat ‘Minouche’ Shafik revealed this during the at the annual literature festival Hay Festival on…
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May 31, 2017 0

A possible solution to the ever-growing plastic pollution: wax worms

One of the biggest scares of modern life is plastic pollution. The material which is used for everything from shopping bags, containers for food to toys takes more than 400 years to break down. Plastic pollution is becoming a bigger issue every day. However, some European scientists may well be on their way to solving…
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May 25, 2017 0

Villagers float rubber duckies in puddles on streets to highlight pothole menace

Rubber ducks are supposed to cute little toys resting beside your bathtub, or sometimes floating in it. But have you seen a street flooded with them? That’s exactly what people in a British village did earlier this week. They put up hundreds of them in potholes to bring attention to the bad condition of their streets.…
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May 24, 2017 0

Want to own an Italian castle? Just enter this competition and win it!

The Italian government is giving away more than a 100 historic buildings in the country virtually free. These include castles, monasteries, farmhouses, towers, inns and more. All one needs to do to own one of these magnificent properties is enter a contest. This contest involves the participants presenting their plans of restoring the building  and turning…
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May 19, 2017 0

Atlanta Police Department rallies local community to help family after officer catches little girl shoplifting $2 pair of shoes

Atlanta Police Department is taking several new initiatives under community policing. On Tuesday, they wrote about the experience of officer Che Milton on their Facebook page. The cop had been called to a local Family Dollar store where a 12-year-old girl was caught shoplifting a $2 pair of shoes. Not only did the officer do an…
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May 5, 2017 0

sheeple, noun: easily influenced people, example Apple users

You read that right. Its a condensation of an actual dictionary entry. An entry in no less a dictionary than that of Merriam-Webster. And, they used their Twitter account to bring attention towards this new entry in their lexicon.   People who clicked the link were taken to the definition of the word on Merriam-Webster’s…
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April 28, 2017 0

Operation Underground Railroad helps nab 9 child traffickers, rescue 29 victims

They looked like a bunch of revelers out to enjoy on the Super Bowl weekend. Their boat docked on a beach in Haiti. Then, they had visitors. These were people who sell young children and underage girls to tourists. Soon after the ‘business deal’ was sealed, there was another batch of surprise visitors – police.…
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April 14, 2017 0