Conspiracy to Protect the Environment and Focus on Well-Being

Bhutan aims to be first 100% organic nation

The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, famed for seeking “happiness” for its citizens, is aiming to become the first nation in the world to turn its home-grown food and farmers 100 percent organic.

The tiny Buddhist-majority nation wedged between China and India has an unusual and some say enviable approach to economic development, centred on protecting the environment and focusing on mental well-being.

Healers Conspiring to Find New Healing Agents

New antibiotic cures disease by disarming pathogens, not killing them

A new type of antibiotic can effectively treat an antibiotic-resistant infection by disarming instead of killing the bacteria that cause it. Researchers report their findings in the October 2 issue of mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

“Traditionally, people have tried to find antibiotics that rapidly kill bacteria. But we found a new class of antibiotics which has no ability to kill Acinetobacter that can still protect, not by killing the bug, but by completely preventing it from turning on host inflammation,” says Brad Spellberg of the UCLA Medical Center and David Geffen School of Medicine, a researcher on the study.

Are You Aware of the Conspiracy to Improve Life on This Planet?

There’s a tuition-free online university aimed at poor students around the globe who would otherwise not have access to higher education.

[Shai] Reshef founded the school in 2009. After making millions from several for-profit, online education ventures in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East, he says he realized just how inaccessible higher education is for most people around the world.

“Listen, everyone should be educated,” Reshef says. “I care about the people who don’t have the right to an education right now, and they should have the right.”

Strangers Helping Strangers With No Ulterior Motive

Winnipeg Bus Driver Gives Homeless Man The Shoes Off His Feet

Commuters on a Winnipeg bus Tuesday morning became unexpected witnesses to an incredible act of kindness.

According to CBC News, the bus driver pulled over on a corner and began chatting with a homeless man on the street. After a couple of minutes, he removed his shoes and gave them to the barefoot young man. The driver then got back on the bus in his socks and carried on with his route.

Creative People You Don’t Know Are Hard at Work Trying to Solve Big Problems

New Wind Turbine Makes Drinking Water

A French inventor may have an answer for the millions of people who scramble to find fresh drinking water each day: a wind turbine that literally pulls H2O from the air. Marc Parent, head of Eoie Water, designed the turbine while living in the Caribbean and enduring water shortages. His solution is called the WMS1000, which gathers moisture from the air and turns it into drinking water, ABC News reports.

Big Financial Institutions Committing Moral Acts? What’s This World Coming To?!

Commerzbank stops speculating on basic food prices

Germany’s second-biggest lender, Commerzbank, says it will no longer participate in market speculation on basic food prices. The move came in response to international studies claiming that such speculation had played no small role in artificially pushing up food prices, contributing to widespread hunger in many parts of the world.

Have You Washed Your Own Brain Recently?

Clearing metabolic garbage from your thought center

Every organ produces waste, and the brain is no exception. But unlike the rest of our body, it doesn’t have a lymphatic system, a network of vessels that filter out junk. Now, a new study of mouse brains suggests how ours handle waste: by rapidly pumping fluid along the outside of blood vessels, literally flushing waste away. The finding, reported Aug. 15 in Science Translational Medicine, could hint at how diseases like Alzheimer’s develop and might be treated.

Very Good Omen About Serving the Most Basic Needs

Getting practical about searching for a new kind of toilet better suited for preventing disease and death in developing countries.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has launched a search for a new toilet better suited to developing countries to help prevent disease and death.

A charitable foundation founded by Gates and his wife kicked off a "Reinvent the Toilet Fair" in Seattle and awarded prizes for promising innovations.

Powerful People Doing Powerful Things

President of Uruguay donates 90 percent of his salary to charity

The president said that the only big item he owns is his VW car, valued at $1,945 dollars. The farmhouse in which he lives in Montevideo is under his wife’s name, Lucía Topolansky, a Senator, who also donates part of her salary.

"I do fine with that amount; I have to do fine because there are many Uruguayans who live with much less," the president told El Mundo.

Why Yes Boosts Your Health

To overcome our neural bias for negativity, we must repetitiously and consciously generate as many positive thoughts as we can.

Positive words and thoughts propel the motivational centers of the brain into action[17] and they help us build resilience when we are faced with life’s problems. According to Sonja Lyubomirsky, one of the world’s leading researchers on happiness, if you want to develop lifelong satisfaction, you should regularly engage in positive thinking about yourself, share your happiest events with others, and savor every positive experience in your life.

People You Never Heard of Are Working Hard to Fix Environmental Problems

Every year the UN selects six “Champions of the Earth”

The United Nations Environment Programme established Champions of the Earth in 2004 as an annual awards programme to recognize outstanding environmental leaders at a policy level. Six awards are given out each year to a Laureate representing different geographical regions with one additional special prize.

Is There a Conspiracy to Use Renewable Energy?

Germany produced a record high amount of renewable energy in the first half of 2012, an increase of 19.5 percent from the same period last year.

Renewables now account for 25 percent of energy production, up from 21 percent last year, the country’s energy industry association (BDEW) said in a statement that reinforced Germany’s position as a leader in green technology.

Wind energy was the largest contributor of green power, accounting for 9.2 percent of all energy output, BDEW said.