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France Ambassadors Conference: Hollande outlines foreign policy priorities (part 1)

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Democratic Republic of Congo: Inside Camp Garlic, a stronghold of ADF militia

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Latest update : 2014-06-12

Biomimicry: Hacking nature

Biomimicry is the science of mimicking life. Have millions of years of evolution churned out all the answers?

This week Down to Earth explores how biologically-inspired engineering is changing the way we innovate.

From aircraft manufacturing to reproducing synthetic spider silk, research and development laboratories are turning to nature for solutions. 

Proponents say the best recipes for innovation already exist and we just need to look around us.

 
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Jean-Michel Niester, Ouest-France

Paul Hodge Productions  

Sustainable Minute: Solepower, the power of walking!

By Nicolas BAKER , Mairead DUNDAS , Marina BERTSCH , Juliette LACHARNAY , Anna-Gaëlle Brault

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2016-07-14 women

Women and work: Why parity could add trillions to global growth

The world is a better place for women and girls in 2016 than even a decade ago. But that's not the case for everyone, and certainly not everywhere. Access to job opportunities is...

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2016-07-01 environment

Extinction crisis: Saving the planet's species from an irreversible fate

Species are disappearing faster than at any time since the dinosaurs' demise. Scientists are calling it the sixth mass extinction and it's largely driven by man. This week the...

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2016-06-10 drones

Drones to the rescue: How pilotless aircraft are saving lives

Historically known for taking lives, drones are now emerging as one of the most promising tools for health and emergency services.

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2016-05-27 Sustainable development

Plastic planet: Using today's resources tomorrow

This week Down to Earth explores the alarming rate in which plastic has plastered the planet. Since it was invented a century ago the petroleum-based material has invaded all...

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2016-05-13 Senegal

Senegal: Lighting the way for off-grid communities

In this new episode of "Down to Earth", we head to Senegal, where only three out of five households have access to electricity

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