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The study goes on – cancer sniffer dogs

Dogs’ powerful noses have 300 million sensors, compared with a human’s measly 5 million. In addition, dogs have a second smelling device in the back of their noses. That double smelling system allows trained dogs to detect cancer’s unique odors, called volatile organic compounds in urine or in breath, very low concentration of the alkanes and aromatic compounds generated by malignant tumors. Since the first report in 1989, the studies have shown that dogs really can detect the smell of cancer.

Despite the concentration of the nation’s huge household savings among Japan’s elderly, poverty among the post-65 population is also rising. The data shows that people 65 or older account for more than half of the nation’s households living on welfare due to financial difficulties.

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Total of 17.7 billion yen (the equivalent of $150 million) was discovered often at garbage collection points, and reported to the police in 2016.

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Costa Rica, a “green republic” known worldwide for its efforts to protect forests, had poor track record when it comes to deforestation. Costa Rica was once 99 percent forested, but forest cover had steadily diminished. Clearing for agriculture, mostly coffee and bananas, and for cattle pastures had been the largest contributor to Costa Rica’s rainforest destruction.

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Costa Rica, officially the Republic of Costa Rica, is a small country in Central America with a population of around 4.9 million. It is the only country to meet all five UNDP (United Nations Development Program) criteria established to measure environmental sustainability. It was twice ranked the best performing country in the New Economics Foundation’s (NEF) Happy Planet Index, which measures environmental sustainability.

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Even though customized manhole covers cost more than generic ones, today nearly 95 percent of the 1,780 municipalities in Japan have their very own specially designed manhole covers in strategic places.

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