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Updated: March 30th, 2010

Positive & Inspiring News from Around the World

Easter Island Mystery May Be Solved Source: AOL

British scientists believe they have solved an ancient mystery surrounding the giant stone statues of Easter Island.

More than 1,000 of the statues, known as moai, have been found on the remote Pacific island, located about 2,500 miles west of Chile. About 70 or 75 of these wear striking red boulder hats, weighing several tons each. But where did they get them?
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Volunteer Collects 100,000 Cans to Raise 19 Smiles Source:

George Ouellette may be retired after 40 years as a salesman, but he still works up to six or seven hours per day walking through parks, hillsides, along busy roads and even rummaging through garbage cans to collect cans and bottles to help create smiles for children in need. The 84-year-old collects enough cans and bottles to equal $250, reimbursable for five-cents each at the local recycling center, and then writes a check to Operation Smile for the full amount.
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Archaeologists find graveyard of sunken Roman ships

White Sox's Buehrle tosses 18th perfect game in history

Study: Night owls may benefit from evening strength

Town hits economic jackpot to become 'Kia-ville'

From P.S. 176X, kids with autism get joyful launch

Off-duty officer becomes hero

Postal Kitty Gets New Owner, SWAK

D.C.-based program prepares youth to become triathletes

Manicurist sells house, car to build school

Church hands out cash in 'faith stimulus': Alabama congregation asks that money be spent to help others

'Mindfulness' meditation being used in hospitals and schools

Julia Roberts Keeping Newman's Dream Alive

Music as medicine: Docs use tunes as treatment -- Researchers explore how melodies can help regulate heart, boost hormones

Mom's Exercise Helps Baby's Heart: Most Women Should Keep Active While Pregnant, Experts Say

Horse program reaching out to injured veterans

Scientist Say Blue Whales Returning to Alaska Waters, Likely Establishing Old Migration Route

Opera helps visually impaired kids find their voice

Atlanta Man Gives Habitat for Humanity a $100 Million Gift

Texting for a cause once again

Movie stars help Titanic survivor

Fla. boy, 11, walking to D.C. for homeless kids

Animals Shown to "Dance" to Music: Scientists Determine Birds and Maybe Elephants Feel the Beat; But Not Dogs, Cats or Chimps

MacArthur annual grants go to 9 nonprofits: Chicago organization that runs car-sharing service among winners

More older Americans signing on to volunteer abroad

Maya nut changes lives while aiding the rain forest

Healing A (Literally) Broken Heart

Every Chinese Village To Get Health Clinic

Rare Dolphins Found Near Bangladesh

Wal-Mart donates $423 million for fiscal year

Famed artist paints huge guitar for charity: 10-foot fiberglass 'Miami Heat' sculpture will be auctioned off

Surgeon heals patients and their violent ways

Gates Foundation Gives China $33 Million to Fight Tuberculosis

Wade gives jersey to disabled boy

17 years after divorce, a kidney reunited them: After his ex-wife helped save his life, they fell back in love and remarried

'Spiderman' Saves Autistic Child in Thailand

Chain Results in 10 Kidney Swaps Among Strangers

Cut your Family's Bills with these Easy Ways Source: CNN

The McDermotts are trying to insulate their family from an uncertain economy as much as possible -- the only difference between them and most of us is in a few months their family will nearly double in size. As they await the birth of their twin boys, the McDermotts are looking for more money-saving ideas, and we've found some that you might want to consider too.
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Mediterranean Diet Reduces Need For Type 2 Diabetes Drugs Source: ABC News

Mediterranean Diet Reduces Need For Type 2 Diabetes Drugs Turns out, I could. Here are some principles of better thinking that you can apply to get more from your mind, every day.
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10 ways to be a better thinker Source: CNN

Could I teach myself to make better choices? And what about the other things the brain is responsible for -- creativity, willpower, deduction? Could I make my brain do more than it was already doing? Turns out, I could. Here are some principles of better thinking that you can apply to get more from your mind, every day.
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Comic Bill Cosby Lends Support to Detroit Schools Source: Yahoo! News

Bill Cosby had heard about the tough-as-nails and uncompromising man tackling fraud and improving education throughout the Detroit's public schools, and wanted to help.

So the 72-year-old actor, comedian and activist decided to loan the district his celebrity as Detroit tries to hold off plummeting enrollment amid a fiscal crisis that a few weeks ago spurred suggestions of a possible bankruptcy.
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"Putpockets" Give a Little Extra Cash Source: Reuters

Visitors to London always have to be on the look out for pickpockets, but now there's another, more positive phenomenon on the loose -- putpockets. Aware that people are suffering in the economic crisis, 20 former pickpockets have turned over a new leaf and are now trawling London's tourist sites slipping money back into unsuspecting pockets.
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6 Ways to Leverage Social Media for Smoother Travel Source: CNN

Before the latest social media revolution, Jessica Gottlieb would have probably watched helplessly when her kids, Jane and Alexander, were trapped on the tarmac, waiting for their Virgin America flight to take off. But that's so 2008. When it happened to her recently, the Los Angeles-based blogger reached for her iPhone and twittered about her troubles. "Dear Virgin Air," she wrote. "My children have been on the tarmac for one hour with 90 more minutes to wait. I am at JFK gate b25. Pls RT."
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Defying Dialysis, Man Bikes Across Country Source: ABC News

Just for surviving after two failed kidney transplants and living long beyond the prognosis of six months he was given at age 20, Shad Ireland was already a something of a walking improbability. The 37-year-old living with no working kidneys has taken his status as a medical marvel much further, though, performing physical feats most normally healthy people wouldn't even dream of, despite spending most of his life on dialysis.
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"Miracle in a Box" Helps Paraplegics Walk: WalkAide Sends Electrical Impulses to Lower Leg Nerves, Giving Its User Ability to Pick Up His or Her Foot Source: CBS News

A new device is changing the lives of thousands of Americans who have lost the ability to walk. The WalkAide is about the size of an iPod and uses technology similar to what makes a Wii videogame work. It sends electrical impulses to the nerves and muscles of the lower leg, enabling its user to pick up his or her foot. The WalkAide can restore mobility for people with multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and traumatic brain injuries, according to "Early Show" correspondent Dr. Debbye Turner Bell.
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