German nonprofit creates new open-source license for seeds

We know about open-source software and hardware, but can the concept – decentralized development and open collaboration for the common good – be expanded to address other global challenges? The nonprofit OpenSourceSeeds based in the German town of Marburg has just launched a licensing process for open-source seeds, to create a new repository of genetic material that… Lire la suite German nonprofit creates new open-source license for seeds

Diversity in films boosts box office success, finds study

Films with diverse casts are proving more popular at the box office, finds a study by the Creative Artists Agency. Ethnically diverse casting appears to be leading to box office success, with films that have at least a 30 per cent non-white cast outperforming those below that threshold. The findings come from a study by… Lire la suite Diversity in films boosts box office success, finds study

Vancouver to eliminate harmful single-use packaging

Vancouver is well on its way to becoming the greenest city in the world – and they are now tackling the arduous problem of harmful single-use packaging. The city launched their Greenest City Action Plan 7 years ago by setting a goal to reduce landfill waste by 50%. Now they are consulting with local businesses on… Lire la suite Vancouver to eliminate harmful single-use packaging

Scottish ballet steps out to become dementia friendly

Scottish Ballet are going to set up a programme of dementia friendly dance based activities for people living with dementia, their carers and families across Scotland, and raise awareness about the condition. This is thanks to being awarded £150,000 by the Life Changes Trust to enable them to become dementia friendly. 90,000 people are estimated… Lire la suite Scottish ballet steps out to become dementia friendly

This awesome water park was designed for kids with disabilities

A new water park in San Antonio is making sure kids with disabilities don’t miss out on the splashing fun this summer.  Morgan’s Inspiration Island is an extension of Morgan’s Wonderland, a theme park built to be inclusive for all its guests, including kids with disabilities. Like Wonderland, all parts of the Inspiration Island water… Lire la suite This awesome water park was designed for kids with disabilities

Could free bikes help solve our air pollution crisis?

Could a thriving cycling culture banish chronic air pollution? Those at Birmingham city council think it could help, and give residents’ health and mobility a boost at the same time. A scheme called Big Birmingham Bikes (BBB) has given away 4,000 bikes, and 17,000 residents have received free cycling training. Launched in 2015, the programme… Lire la suite Could free bikes help solve our air pollution crisis?

IN PICTURES: a festival is funding arts in the schools

The 31st annual Italian Street Painting Festival was held the last weekend of May at the grounds of the historic Mission in Santa Barbara, California—and these gorgeous creations may inspire you to go chalk your own sidewalk. Inspired by its sister festival in Grazie di Curtatone, Italy, the Santa Barbara event known as ‘I Madonnari’ was the… Lire la suite IN PICTURES: a festival is funding arts in the schools

Un vaccin canadien contre Ebola semble prometteur

Un vaccin développé au Canada pour combattre le virus Ebola semble prometteur, selon une étude publiée par le Journal de l’Association médicale canadienne. Le vaccin a été testé chez 40 adultes en santé, soit 30 qui ont reçu le vaccin et dix qui ont reçu un placebo. Seulement trois sujets ont présenté des effets secondaires indésirables… Lire la suite Un vaccin canadien contre Ebola semble prometteur

Quand l’apiculture urbaine aide à la réinsertion sociale

L’Accueil Bonneau et Alvéole unissent leurs forces autour d’un projet d’apiculture urbaine destiné à sortir des citoyens de l’exclusion sociale. Rappelons que l’Accueil Bonneau vient en aide aux personnes en situation d’itinérance. Pour ces personnes, l’arrivée de l’été est synonyme d’espoir et de renouveau, car c’est le début de la saison du Miel de Bonneau. En effet, accompagnés par… Lire la suite Quand l’apiculture urbaine aide à la réinsertion sociale

La France inaugure le grand retour des bouteilles consignées

Les bouteilles consignées font leur grand retour en France ! Leurs avantages écologiques, économiques et sociaux n’étant plus à prouver, leur remise en place a été enclenchée grâce à des acteurs tels que le Réseau Consigne et la Fondation Nicolas Hulot. L’utilisation de bouteilles consignées s’est malheureusement faite très rare à cause de la nouvelle omniprésence… Lire la suite La France inaugure le grand retour des bouteilles consignées