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This year, the AUTM Better World Report launched a new online format, publishing two fresh stories each month that celebrate real-world examples of how academic research benefits humankind.

Here are some highlights of our 2012 stories…

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Hearth Health: Cooking Up a Safer Way to Prepare Meals 
Colorado State University
The Envirofit G3300 Clean Cookstove, sold in more than 40 countries, helps eliminate the risks of carbon monoxide, black carbon and a host of other toxins.

Image Scientist’s Drive Puts the Brakes on Cancer
University of California, Berkeley
Using Dr. James Allison’s pioneering work, the biotechnology company, Medarex, in partnership with Bristol-Myers Squibb, develops Yervoy, the first drug ever shown to significantly improve overall survival for patients with advanced metastatic melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
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Once a Fossil Fuel Product, Now from a Renewable Resource
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
A "textbook example" of the advantages of well-designed public/private partnerships for public benefit.

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Relief from Ringing in the Ears Gives Tinnitus Sufferers ‘Their Lives Back’
University of California, Irvine
A University of California, Irvine researcher discovers— somewhat by accident — a method to quiet the ringing that accompanies tinnitus.

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Spare the Rod and Save the Child: Positive Parenting Technique Reduces Maltreatment
The University of Queensland (Australia)
Researchers at The University of Queensland develop a system called Triple P — the Positive Parenting Program — and license it to organizations and practitioners around the world.

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BioArray BeadChip Types Platelets for Better Transfusion Outcomes
BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisc.
A team of researchers at the Blood Research Institute identify a number of platelet antigens critical to patient health.

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Chemical-Free Strategy Keeps Food Pest-Free
Featured Story from University of California, Davis
By harnessing radio frequency power for disinfection and disinfestation, RF Biocidics plays a vital role in reducing an array of illnesses.

Image Preserved Flowers Grow Jobs and Market Opportunities 
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (South Africa)
The new Iluba rose is a real flower that has been preserved to last — without water — for up to six months.
Image Neurostar: Firing up Neurons to Treat Depression
Emory University
The Neurostar system saves patients from a life of chronic despair.
Image Inflatable Design Could Make Solar Energy More Affordable
Florida State University
An inexpensive solar concentrator could help feed the world's growing appetite for energy.