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Dangerous Drug Use Falling In Western World

It may not seem like it, what with all the horror stories regularly meted out by the media, but the Western world is seeing a steady decline in the use of dangerous drugs. With the exception of heroin, which (for various reasons, which we’ll go into a little later) is increasing its hold on the USA, more and more people are turning down the allure of drugs in favor of more regulated, less harmful entertainment.

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Pope Francis: Gay People ‘Should Not Be Judged’

via Sky News | Wed July 31, 2013
He told reporters people should not be marginalised because of their sexual orientation - but he reaffirmed the Church's position that homosexual acts are a sin and said its opposition to gay marriage was clear.

Amputee Climbs 103 Stories Using Mind-Controlled Bionic Leg

via Popular Science | Wed November 14, 2012
A man with a mind-controlled bionic leg climbed to the top of Chicago’s famous Sears Willis Tower Sunday, part of a charity stair-climbing event. Zac Vawter, 31, lost his right leg in a motorcycle accident and is the first person to climb that many floors wearing a bionic limb.

Victories for Marriage Equality and First Openly Gay U.S. Senator

via DCist | Wed November 07, 2012
Before last night, voters in more than 30 consecutive statewide elections across the United States approved bans on same-sex marriage. On Tuesday, three states broke the trend—with a fourth still counting its votes—in what some advocates and organizations are calling the most successful election for gay rights ever.

Want to be happier? Stay in the moment

Story contains video via TED | Tue November 06, 2012
When are humans most happy? To gather data on this question, Matt Killingsworth built an app, Track Your Happiness, that let people report their feelings in real time. Among the surprising results: We're often happiest when we're lost in the moment.

Lucas Giving Disney’s Billions To Fund Education

via Discovery News | Sun November 04, 2012
As Star Wars fans digest the news that George Lucas' company Lucasfilm was sold to Disney for a little over $4 billion, it turns out that it wasn't for personal profit.

Deaf girl fitted with bionic ear speaks her first word

via BBC | Mon September 03, 2012
Emily Small told her baby daughter Evie she loved her every day for 22 months, but the girl never heard her mother's words once.

Puppet experiment suggests humans are born to be fair

via BBC | Sun September 02, 2012
A psychological experiment using a simple game revealed that, by the age of just three, children choose to reward their peers based on merit. The children gave the puppet more stickers if it had "worked harder" - gathering more coins.

Pairing ‘angels’ with cancer patients

Story contains video via CNN | Sun August 26, 2012
Jonny Imerman is a cancer survivor who wants to make sure no young adult battles the disease alone. In 2002, he started Imerman Angels, a nonprofit that pairs cancer patients with cancer survivors for one-on-one support. The group has made more than 8,000 matches worldwide.

Ex-addicts staying sober through sport

Story contains video via CNN | Tue July 10, 2012
After beating his addiction to drugs and alcohol, Scott Strode found support through sports. Since 2007, his nonprofit, Phoenix Multisport, has provided free athletic activities and a sober support community to more than 4,700 participants in Colorado.

Mayor turns parking space into a park

via YNN | Sun June 03, 2012
Struck by inspiration when some college students pulled off a plot of their own, Ithaca's mayor has opened his own tiny park space, complete with salvaged benches and repurposed tree stumps. He hopes this mini oasis will send a big message.

Former cowboy flying free health care to those in need

Story contains video via CNN | Sun May 20, 2012
Stan Brock started Remote Area Medical, a nonprofit that provides free health care to people in the United States and all over the world. Since 1985, the all-volunteer group has held more than 660 medical clinics and treated half a million people.

Watch: Disabled Veteran Does the Impossible

Story contains video via Daily Mail | Thu May 10, 2012
When Arthur Boorman was injured in the Gulf War, a botched surgery left him immobile and depressed. Having been told he would never walk unassisted again, the 47-year-old ballooned to 297lbs and gave up hope of ever being happy again. But thanks to a revolutionary form of yoga, Mr Boorman managed to lose a staggering 140lbs in just ten months and now can not only walk without his canes and leg braces, he can run.

Seeking justice for Haiti’s rape victims

Story contains video via CNN | Mon May 07, 2012
Malya Villard-Appolon is a rape survivor dedicated to supporting victims of sexual violence in Haiti. In 2004, she co-founded KOFAVIV, an organization that has helped more than 4,000 rape survivors find safety, psychological support and/or legal aid.

Community Comes Together To Fulfill Fallen Soldier’s Final Wish

Story contains video via Daily Mail | Sun May 06, 2012
It took more than a village to help bring the last wish of a fallen soldier to come true, but ten months and the help of strangers led to its completion.

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