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Medical Labs in a Bag?

Posted on · After the devastating earthquake, the world's eyes are on Haiti. Some say the tragic event reemphasizes the country's need for stronger infrastructure — especially in the medical sector. A group from Rice University spent time in Haiti last year to test a compact medical tool they developed that can increase access to healthcare in Haiti and other developing countries. From the KUHF NewsLab, Wendy Siegle reports.

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Restaurants Go Green

Posted on · A lot of people want to "go green" in their daily lives. Restaurants in particular can have a big impact on the environment because of how much they consume and waste. But turning green isn't easy-or cheap. How some local restaurants are making it happen. From the KUHF Newslab, Melissa Galvez reports.

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Burn Fat With a Pill

Posted on · At this time of year, many of us wish we could just pop a pill to get rid of the holiday pounds we've put on. A researcher at the University of Texas Health Science Center says someday, we can. Sort of. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez reports on the complex future of the "exercise pill".

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Discovering the Secrets in Old Cures

Posted on · For 5,000 years, traditional Chinese medicine has relied on herbs and acupuncture to treat every type of illness. But these products aren't widespread in the U.S. — mostly because Western doctors don't really know how they work. Now, researchers at UT Health Science Center Houston are cracking open the ancient code. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez reports.

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Give Your Old Computers a New Home

Posted on · If you or your children got a new computer for Christmas, you might be wondering what to do with the old one. If it's less than 3 or 4 years old-there's a deserving kid out there who could use it. And there's a non-profit that will connect you both. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez has the story.

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Pervasive Natural Gas Extraction Technique Raises Concerns

Posted on · A pervasive technique responsible for unlocking huge gas reserves in the U.S. has spurred increasing opposition over the past few years. Critics say the technique has dangerous environmental consequences. From the KUHF NewsLab, Wendy Siegle reports on this controversial process that breaks through rock to release natural gas not obtainable any other way.

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Young Students Get Inspired by Art

Posted on · Elementary students from a few Houston area schools have been given a unique opportunity to connect with art. From the KUHF NewsLab, Wendy Siegle reports on a new project aimed at inspiring students to get creative and start writing.

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UH Students Role Play

Posted on · What if an asteroid slammed into the Earth-who would you trust to provide aid? It turns out that a group of students from the University of Houston may be well suited for that task. As President Obama prepares to send more troops to Afghanistan, these students are preparing to lead. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez has the story.

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Billboards for Islam

Posted on · If you're driving north on I-45 near Little York, you can't miss the billboard: "Islam. Got Questions? Get Answers." Underneath there's a phone number to call. Usually billboards advertise a product, but the creators of this billboard say it's all about building understanding. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez has the story.

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Keeping Your Plants Warm

Posted on · If the weatherman's correct, this evening Houstonians may get an early White Christmas: a little snow or sleet, and temperatures in the 20's. But what does this mean for the plants in your yard, which are used to more balmy weather? From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez reports.

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Living Bridge Opens in Memorial Park

Posted on · Pedestrians in Memorial Park no longer have to dodge speeding cars on Memorial Drive. The Living Bridge now connects the north and south sides of the park, high above the road. But supporters say the best part is that this bridge will soon seem to disappear. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez reports.

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All the World’s a Stage

Posted on · This holiday season, you may take your kids to see The Nutcracker, or A Christmas Carol, and think it's all just good fun. But research has shown that studying the arts gives kids focus, and gets them more interested in school. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez reports on how some local schools are integrating the arts.

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Other People’s Junk Becomes Non-Profit Treasure

Posted on · Across the nation people are using creative solutions to deal with their tighter budgets. Workers have lost jobs and non-profits have lost funding, but going green may be a step in the right direction. From the KUHF Newslab, Wendy Siegle reports.

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Dripping through the Cracks

Posted on · Drive around Houston, and it can be hard to find any green ground around all that pavement. Blanketing the earth with concrete can cause problems, from storm-water runoff to heat capture. But the Houston Parks Board is finding one small way to break through the concrete-and reach the earth below. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez reports.