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Nonbelievers Offer Godless Alternatives to Thanksgiving Prayer

The American Humanist Association is offering resources for humanists, atheists, agnostics and other non-religious individuals wishing to offer secular versions of Thanksgiving grace this holiday season.

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Day 25 of Eleven-year-old Indigenous Eco-Rapper's Silent Strike Calling for Climate Action

Itzcuauhtli Roske-Martinez (pronounced "eat-squat-lee,"), an 11-year-old indigenous eco-rapper, is in his fourth week of silence to demand science-based climate action. He asks why kids should "go to school and learn all this stuff if there is not going to be a world worth living in? The so-called "leaders" are failing us. We now face a crisis that threatens everyone's future. I'm taking a vow of silence until world leaders take action. When I say world leaders, I mean us. Maybe it's up to youth." Judging by the hundreds of thousands of hits his site is getting, kids seem to agree. More than 1000 have vowed to join his Dec. 10th Day of Silence.

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The dangers of coal mining for fifth graders -- and members of Congress -- in under 2 minutes (VIDEO)

Who said education was boring? Today, the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign unveiled a short video highlighting the dangers of coal-fired power plants. In one minute and forty-two seconds, viewers will be entertained while getting schooled on the dangers of dirty coal plants, the advantages of clean energy sources, and the need to move the country beyond coal.

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Public Service Broadcasting - Gagarin (Video)

Public Service Broadcasting unveil the video for the first single from their upcoming second album, 'The Race For Space'. A brassy, funk-heavy superhero theme song for the most famous man in the world at the time, ‘Gagarin’ reveals a new side to the band – not least their considerable dancing skills.

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Don't Get Burned This Thanksgiving Holiday

Is Thanksgiving dinner a recipe for disaster? Thanksgiving Day has more than double the number of home cooking fires than an average day, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. More than 4,000 fires occur annually on Thanksgiving as celebrants deep-fry turkeys, boil potatoes, bake pies and more.

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Family Mealtime Isn’t Just For Thanksgiving

With the holidays quickly approaching, many families are making plans to dine together. Most do not realize that eating as a family is important year round, not just on these special occasions. When families eat meals together children tend to have better grades in school, less behavioral problems, and improved communication skills. Other benefits of families regularly eating together include eating meals that are more likely to be nutritious, as well as family members being less likely to snack on unhealthy foods. It has also been shown that family meals promote an increased consumption of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Whether it’s Thanksgiving Day or just another regular Thursday, try sitting down and having a meal with your family. Check out the following tips for ideas on how to have family meals at your house.

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The chemistry of cats: On catnip, pheromones and kitty litter (video)

They are seemingly the most popular thing on the Internet, the subject of millions of videos and hundreds of memes: cats. This week Reactions answers some of the biggest kitty questions out there: Why does catnip make most cats go crazy? What does it mean when your cat rubs against your leg? How does kitty litter clump?

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'Religious Freedom Farce' Video Campaign Dramatizes Consequences of Allowing Discrimination Based on Faith (VIDEO)

Truth Wins Out announced the launch today of its “Religious Freedom Farce” campaign, to highlight the real-world consequences of bills that purport to protect religious liberty, when in reality they only promote prejudice. The campaign comes on a week that Texas state senator Donna Campbell introduced a measure, Senate Joint Resolution 10, which would let business owners decline service to LGBT customers if serving them would violate their religious worldview.

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Consumer Reports Rates Best & Worst Prepaid Cards

Prepaid cards have become an increasingly popular payment option but it can be challenging for consumers to determine which cards are the most affordable and easiest to use. That’s the conclusion of a new Consumer Reports investigation which offers tips to help consumers make smarter choices and rates prepaid cards based on value, convenience, safety, and how well fees are disclosed.

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Ultimate Insider Account of How Marriage Triumphed Hits Bookstores

As the spotlight turns back to the U.S. Supreme Court to potentially bring national resolution to the freedom to marry, a new book by veteran marriage strategist Marc Solomon, Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Pundits – and Won, hits bookstores after weeks of critical acclaim. Solomon tells the gripping story of what it took to make a seemingly impossible goal—to win the freedom to marry for all Americans—a near reality in a relatively short period of time. He gives readers a fly-on-the-wall view of the winning strategies that have made marriage equality the most successful social movement in recent American history.

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Accidental discoveries that changed the world (video)

Throughout the history of science, many major discoveries came accidentally. Sometimes they came from recognizing potential in an unexpected product or even a failed recipe's waste. Other times, discovery came out of pure desperation from a seemingly dead-end experiment. This week, Reactions celebrates those happy accidents that ended up changing the world in the first episode of a new sub-series, "Legends of Chemistry."

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Animated short film, "Sidewalk" captures a woman's entire life in 4 minutes (VIDEO)

A woman walks through life, confronts her changing body, and learns to love herself.

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Stanford researcher explores why cliques thrive in some high schools more than others

At almost any American high school, the elements of teen social networks are readily apparent: the cliques, the pecking orders and the varying degrees of self-segregation by race, age, gender and social status.

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Tom Magliozzi 1937-2014

Tom Magliozzi who, along with his brother Ray, hosted NPR’s hit comedy show Car Talk for the last 37 years, died Monday morning from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. “Turns out he wasn’t kidding,” said Ray. “He really couldn’t remember last week’s puzzler.”

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Going Your Way: Consumer Reports Publishes Comprehensive Guide to End-Of-Life Choices

A good death can be hard to achieve without advance planning according to a new End-of-Life Guide, including survey findings on how Americans want to die, and published in the December issue of Consumer Reports and online at www.ConsumerReports.org/EndOfLife.

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Why we are made of "star stuff" (video)

As Carl Sagan famously said, "We are made of star stuff." It's a mind-boggling thought, but what exactly did he mean? Ahead of Sagan's birthday on November 9th, Reactions teamed up with the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT) and best-selling author Sam Kean to explain the chemistry behind this iconic quote. Watch our latest episode to find out how many of the atoms that make up you (and everything else) were forged in the nuclear cores of stars billions of years ago.

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Anti-social behaviour a consequence, rather than a cause of homelessness

Anti-social behaviours such as drug and alcohol abuse are often the consequence, rather than the cause of homelessness, according to a series of studies from Northumbria University presented at the Economic and Social Research Council's 2014 Festival of Social Science. The studies suggest that contrary to common belief, unexpected life events could lead to anyone becoming homeless.

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Film with anti-semitic producer that challenges Copernican revelation that Earth is not at center of the universe premieres in Illinois

A major “documentary” whose executive producer is a radical anti-Semite is set to premiere this Friday in an Illinois cinema complex owned by a firm that was started by a Polish-Jewish immigrant and is still run by his son and grandson.

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Film Review--Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

It is often joked that even paranoids have real enemies and a case in point is the alarming new documentary Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret. It may be paranoid to suggest that environmental groups ignore the leading cause of deforestation, methane and ocean degradation --animal agriculture--for financial gain. But why won't Emily Meredith, spokesperson for the industry group, Animal Agriculture Alliance, deny donating to such environmental groups? Twice saying she cannot answer the questions as she looks at an off camera adviser?

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Protect Yourself from Electronic Spying with 'Surveillance Self-Defense'

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) launched its updated "Surveillance Self-Defense" report today, a comprehensive how-to guide to protecting yourself from electronic spying for Internet users all over the world.

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New Bird Biology Website Offers Interactive Activities about Bird Song, Feathers and More

We know birds have feathers—but what are they made of, how do they work, and how many kinds are there? Birds sing songs—but how do they produce those sounds, what do they mean, and can you learn to identify birds by sound alone? If just knowing the name of a bird isn’t enough, then it’s time to make new discoveries at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's All About Bird Biology website. The new site is designed to appeal to anyone who’s even a little bit curious about what makes birds tick.

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What americans fear most -- new poll from Chapman University

Chapman University has initiated the first comprehensive nationwide study on what strikes fear in Americans in the first of what is a planned annual study. According to the Chapman poll, the number one fear in America today is walking alone at night.

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Plastic Bag Fact Sheet: Amount of energy required to make 12 plastic shopping bags could drive a car for a mile

Worldwide, a trillion single-use plastic bags are used each year, nearly 2 million each minute.

The amount of energy required to make 12 plastic shopping bags could drive a car for a mile.

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Brady Center Launches National Campaign for a Future Where No Child Is Killed by a Parent's Gun (VIDEO)

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence today launched a multi-platform public awareness campaign for a future where no child is killed by a parent’s gun. More than 2,700 children die from guns annually. Studies show that most youth gun deaths involve a gun from or in a home, including school shootings, unintentional shootings, or suicides.

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Planned Parenthood: New Survey Shows Parents Need to Be More Direct with Children About Sex

October marks Let’s Talk Month, aimed at getting families talking about sexuality and relationships, and this year Planned Parenthood is encouraging parents to go beyond “the talk” and have ongoing conversations throughout their children’s lives.

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The Chemistry of Pizza (VIDEO)

Whether it's a plain cheese, a deep-dish stacked with meats or a thin-crust veggie delight, there's just something about pizza that makes it delicious. There's a lot of chemistry that goes into everything from dough to sauce to toppings to, of course, cheese. There's also a very specific chemical reaction at work on every single slice, no matter what toppings you choose.

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Sarah Silverman Helps the National Women's Law Center Close The Wage Gap (VIDEO)

Comedian Sarah Silverman and creative agency Droga5, co-creators of “The Great Schlep,” have reunited to create a new campaign, which launched today, to help close the wage gap between men and women. The National Women’s Law Center, a non-profit organization educating the public about the wage gap and advocating for equal pay, will receive monies raised through the video and crowdfunding initiative.

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Legal action calls on Walgreens to end sales of toxic TCA skin peel products

The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) today announced it has initiated legal action against Walgreens and four other companies for sales of skin peel products that contain the cancer-causing chemical trichloroacetic acid (TCA). Just one treatment of a “Perfect Image” brand TCA skin peel sold by Walgreens can expose a woman to more than the lifetime limit for TCA.

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Why Do Clouds Stay Up?

There’s nothing wrong with having your head in the clouds.

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AFJ Documentary Exposes How Our Rights Are Lost in the Fine Print, and How to Fight Back

Everyday Americans whose rights were taken away by big companies tell their stories in a powerful new video released today by Alliance for Justice. Lost in the Fine Print is narrated by former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich.

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