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A taste of honey: how bees mend fences between farmers and elephants

The Guardian

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As the habitats of wild elephants shrink, conservationists in India are developing safer ways to reduce the number of conflicts between humans the animal. The Wildlife Research and Conservation Society uses chili smoke and beehive fences as natural methods to divert elephants away from farmers’ c...

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How a quarantine matchmaking project for Muslims found itself navigating anti-Blackness

Religion News Service

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Covid-19 has closed the places young Muslims go to meet potential spouses so two Muslim women created Eye Meets Soul, a virtual matchmaking service for US Muslim millennials where pairs first chat online without seeing each other. Initially, 10 potential couples led to 3 matches, with one continu...

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In New Zealand, Life Was Ordinary Again With No Virus Spread, But It Didn't Last

NPR

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New Zealand has been able to nearly eradicate Covid-19 due to rapid intervention strategies taken by the government that were predicated on quickly identifying clusters of cases and implementing rigorous contact tracing. Although the country went 101 days without a single case reported, a few cas...

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How New Zealand went 100 days with no community coronavirus transmission

CNN

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New Zealand went 100 days without a single new case of Covid-19 after implementing strict restrictions which included "no takeaways, no beaches, and no driving outside of your neighborhood." Because of the government's quick action, the county remained in lockdown for only seven weeks. The govern...

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Work to save PH eagles won't stop for pandemic

Philippine Daily Inquirer

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Despite restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philippine Eagle Foundation is turning to digital tools and the internet to continue their work of saving the critically endangered species. Since March, the organization rescued four eagles and used telemedicine via the Messenger app to shar...

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‘It's your baby, and it's, like, wow': 3-D images from ultrasounds allow blind parents to feel their infant's face

The Washington Post

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3D ultrasound print outs help doctors perform non-invasive surgery in utero and provide blind parents with images during pregnancy. Doctors at Johns Hopkins hospital first used 3D models to improve surgery for spina bifida in utero. By placing one inside a soccer ball doctors can practice ahead o...

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A West Philly grandmother decided to save summer with a PlayStreet. Then, tragedy struck.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

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Philadelphia's PlayStreets program is a nearly 60-year-old program that began as a meal service during the summer "hungry season," when school lunches are not served, but has evolved into a summer camp on 300 city blocks. Fifty blocks are designated "super streets," where high levels of poverty a...

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Scotland's 'Navigators' Transform Lives in the Emergency Room

Reasons to be Cheerful

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In Scotland, the Navigators program performs violence interruption work in seven hospitals, at the bedside of victims of violence, with counseling and connections to social services to nudge people into safer lifestyles. Because Navigators act independently of the police and other authority figur...

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Arizona was a Covid-19 hot spot a month ago. Here's how it's turning things around

CNN

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In May, Arizona began removing coronavirus restrictions after seemingly containing the spread of the virus, but by June, the state's caseload was in a drastic incline. Learning from the mistake of reopening too soon, officials paused the reopening and reimposed measures such as mask wearing and b...

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ASU study: 'Team Kids' may improve perception of police through cop-kid activities

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

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About 170,000 schoolchildren in four states have participated in the Team Kids Challenge, which promotes healthier relations between youth and police by pairing them in charity work to solicit and distribute donations. Based on research showing Black and Latinx youth distrust police much more tha...

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Searching with the Mothers of Mexico's Disappeared

The New Yorker

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Las Rastreadoras de El Fuerte is a group of about 200 members, mostly mothers whose children are among the more than 73,000 people who have disappeared and presumably were murdered in Mexico's long drug war. Las Rastreadoras search the countryside for the unmarked graves of the missing, hoping to...

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Locals, who know Sunnydale's housing projects well, flattened a COVID-19 outbreak

Mission Local

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Community leaders in Sunnydale, CA contained a coronavirus scare through swift responses, appeals to the community, contact tracing and establishing neighborhood test sites. An emphasis on public education in the neighborhood was also essential to the efforts. The hyperlocal response, which was u...

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