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Blue light at last wins Nobel for LED titans

While last year’s Nobel Prize in Physics was for an esoteric advance in knowledge — theoretical work on sub-atomic particles, notably predicting the existence of the Higgs boson – the prize awarded during this past week was for a far more practical…

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Genius of the Jungles: Alfred Russel Wallace

Though best known as co-discover of evolution, Wallace was an astonishing man: an explorer, self-taught naturalist, discoverer of new species, prolific – and outstanding – writer, opponent of eugenics, and believer in both women’s rights and spiritualism.
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Panda expert Pan Wenshi

In 1984, Pan left Wolong to conduct his own panda research in the Qin Ling Mountains and later shifted his study to a forest that was managed by a timber unit. Pan and his crew paid team expenses from their own pockets, augmented by small donations from Pan's brother and sister in Hong Kong.
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Jill Robinson helping bears

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First Jill Robinson was shocked, then she set out to stop the suffering  The Great Bear Rescue There is an eerie silence as a blonde Englishwoman walks into a room on a farm in China’s Guangdong Province. As Jill Robinson’s…

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Dr Yang Lihe helping former leprosy patients

Yang knew only too well that the suffering of leprosy patients doesn't end when the disease is cured. Most suffer lingering nerve damage, deformities and disabilities; many have no home to return to and are stigmatised, destined to remain outcasts. Many have no jobs as they lost the opportunity for education. "They are the most unfortunate group of people in the world," says Yang. "Many have their bodies ruined, their families broken, and have no relatives to visit them."
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