Dry July

Brett MacDonald and his friends were fairly heavy drinkers until one day they set themselves the challenge to abstain from alcohol for a whole month, and so Dry July was born. Five years later the campaign has gone national and raised more than $11 million to date.

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Technologists see apps as the answer to third world problems

App developers there believe they have the answer to poverty-related problems. Smartphone technology, they say, can improve quality of life for the millions affected.

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Dutch go orange for Royal handover

The Dutch are getting ready for a party as the Netherlands prepares to welcome their first king in 120 years. Queen Beatrix will pass the crown to her eldest son Willem-Alexander this week, with nearly a million people expected to take to the streets and celebrate, all in the signature royal colour orange.

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Red equality symbol in support of gay marriage goes viral

Millions of social media users have been sharing a simple red logo to show their support for gay marriage this week.

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UN serves up ‘ugly’ food to highlight food waste

Government ministers and officials were treated to a meal of blemished African fruits and vegetables to highlight the extent of global food loss and waste.

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Bio-implants offer natural solution for arthritis pain

Researchers in Finland have developed biodegradable joint implants they say will bring permanent pain relief to arthritis sufferers. The implants are designed to replace joints degraded by rheumatoid and osteoarthritis.

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