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Issue of December 2011

And they lived happily… For a few months
When walking the lively streets of Cochabamba you will, at any given time, notice the huge amount of bridal shops (if you are a girl that is) and newlyweds having their photos taken in the centre of town. Most of these couples look happy, though young. Very young actually!

But the Cochabambinos sure do look as if they enjoy their holy matrimonies......

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Issue of November 2011

Lights Out – Incandescent light bulbs to be replaced nation-wide
Since Thomas Edison produced the first commercial light bulb late in the 19th century, homes and businesses the world over have been saved from eternal darkness by incandescent globes; but times are changing. The drastic decrease in price and increase in availability of superior alternatives has set the scene for a maelstrom of technological transition. The heavens will move, the Earth will shake, fire will rain down from the sky and your favourite restaurant will......

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Issue of October 2011

Surviving the Andean winter on a medicinal plant
The history of Echinacea traces back to 18th century North America. The Indian tribes living there used its thick taproot as an antiseptic and painkiller. It was used to treat all kinds of medical complaints, from tooth-ache and inflamed wounds to sexually transmitted diseases. Also, it was the only known treatment for snake bites......

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Issue of September 2011

The Importance of Human Touch
The early years of a child’s life are the most significant in terms of growth and devel-opment. Research now shows a direct link between the physical and emotional contact children receive in their early years, and their psychological state throughout their lives. According to an article in Science American last year, “children who grow up in envi-ronments where touch and emotional engagement are lacking”, are at a much higher risk of developing social and emotional problems in their teenage and adult lives. .....

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Issue of August 2011

Intiwatana: The Aymara New Year
In the southern hemisphere, June 21st is the shortest day of the year because the earth is farthest away from the sun. For the Aymara, Quechua and other indigenous cultures it means the beginning of a new agricultural year. Days are getting longer with more sunshine, and new crops can now be sown. As Mr. Camacho explains, individualism and private property does not exist in these cultures. It is about being.....

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Issue of July 2011

Coca and Cocaine: a Bolivian Paradox
The question of coca production in Bolivia is one that often confuses the outsider. Many countries define coca and its potential product, cocaine, as one and the same thing. For example, in Holland, both cocaine and coca are classified as List I drugs (the most strictly prohibited).....

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Issue of June 2011

Two loves, two countries and one unique gem stone
Are you searching for a rare piece of jewellery or a special and authentic souvenir? There is one: It is purple, lavender and honey coloured. It can only be found in Bolivia, only in one mine, and its use promises health and love: we are talking about the Bolivianita, the national stone of Bolivia....

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Issue of May 2011

An Everyday Poison
They are an item most of us use every day without really thinking about them. If we do consider them, they are only disposable sources of power for our cameras, our mp3 players, and other gadgets. But have any of us ever really thought about what happens to our batteries once we throw them away, or the chemicals inside them?...

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Issue of April 2011

Buy, waste, buy
While the phrases “save the planet” and “think green” are on everyone’s lips, there are more unknown forces hidden in the world of economics that might be stronger. Planned obsolescence is a frequently used product strategy to mak ustomers buy products over and over again with the goal to raise economic profit. Does the strategy create a healthy economy or only generate unnecessary waste?...

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Issue of March 2011

Paragliding in the heart of South America-Bolivia!
For some, paragliding is a passion, it is an enthusiasm and way of life. When we interviewed some members of the paragliding team here in Bolivia, they really showed a high level of devotion, interest and love for the sport, which seemed to have an inspiring effect on the interviewer...

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And they lived happily… For a few months
When walking the lively streets of Cochabamba you will, at any given time, notice the huge amount of bridal shops (if you are a girl that is) and newlyweds having their photos taken in the centre of town. Most of these couples look happy, though young. Very young actually!
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