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Every 10 days a child dies from heatstroke in a car

Babies and young children can sleep so peacefully that it may be tempting to leave them alone in a car while you run a quick errand. This, however, must never be done. It can lead to heatstroke, serious injury, and death. Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children. It has claimed the lives of more than 600 children since 1998, and that number grows close to 40 more each year.

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Top Water Saving Tips for American Households

Curbing water use in American households could be as easy as making simple changes to your daily routine and installing a few water-efficient appliances, a recent article suggests. Among these actions are reducing shower times and toilet flushes, doing only full loads of laundry, and installing WaterSense and ENERGY STAR labeled products, just to name a few.

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Why Do Dogs Smell Each Other's Butts? Chemical communication explained (video)

Here at Reactions, we ask the tough questions to get to the bottom of the biggest scientific quandaries. In that spirit, this week's video explains why dogs sniff each other's butts. It's a somewhat silly question with a surprisingly complex answer. This behavior is just one of many interesting forms of chemical communication in the animal kingdom.

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Ooolation Singers to Perform Music from Around the World in Lee Vining

Malcolm Dalglish and the Ooolation Singers will perform on the patio at the U.S. Forest Service Scenic Area Visitor Center in Lee Vining on Sunday, August 3rd at 7:00 pm.

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Is Your Data Safe? Why You Should Care More About Spam

The Center for Research on Electronic Commerce (CREC) at The University of Texas at Austin is working to protect consumer data by using a company's spam volume to evaluate its security vulnerability through the SpamRankings.net project.

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Rising Temperatures Can Be Deadly for Dogs

The "dog days of summer" are here, but don't let the phrase fool you. This hot time of year can be dangerous for your pup, says a Kansas State University veterinarian.

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Study reveals 'unhappiest' cities in the U.S.

New research identifies the unhappiest cities in the U.S., but finds that some young people are still willing to relocate to them for a good job opportunity or lower housing prices.

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For These Vegans, Masculinity Means Protecting The Planet
Full story: NPR

Stop Sneaky Online Tracking with EFF's Privacy Badger

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has released a beta version of Privacy Badger, a browser extension for Firefox and Chrome that detects and blocks online advertising and other embedded content that tracks you without your permission.

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Born Free USA Collects More Than 100 Furs for Animals in Need

WASHINGTON, D.C. July 21, 2014 - Last week, Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, wrapped up its Fur for the Animals donation drive for coats, hats, and other accessories made from animal fur. The collected items were donated to orphaned wildlife at rescue and rehabilitation centers across the country to provide familiar comfort, warmth, and bedding to injured young wild animals in their care. The Fur for the Animals drive ran from the first day of spring (March 20, 2014) to June 30, 2014.

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Xeriscape Your Yard

If you live in a high precipitation area, perhaps you've installed a lovely rain garden. But what's a good landscaping choice for no rain at all?

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Edie Windsor Talks Love and Struggles in the Workplace in Part 2 of MEUSA Video Series

Today, Marriage Equality USA is proud to release Part 2 in of Edie Windsor: In Her Own Words, a multi-part series of interviews with LGBTQ icon and longtime MEUSA member Edie Windsor.


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Oral history project looks deep into West Coast cocktail culture

California's famous tiki bars of the 1930s and '40s traded on Polynesian enticements, and many of the bartenders mixing the magical Mai Tais were Asian. But chances are the bartenders were never seen by the customers. Racism kept them hidden away in the kitchen; white servers would take drink orders and transmit them through a walkie talkie concealed in a potted fern.

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Veterinarian Says Keep Your Pets Indoors for Fourth of July

You may be looking forward to the fireworks this Fourth of July, but chances are your pet is dreading it, says a Kansas State University veterinarian.

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UC Davis study identifies risky food safety practices in home kitchens

While most consumers are very aware of food safety issues, including salmonella, and the risk of foodborne illness, many do not follow recommended food safety practices in preparing their own meals at home, according to new research from the University of California, Davis.

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FTC Alleges T-Mobile Crammed Bogus Charges onto Customers' Phone Bills

In a complaint filed today, the Federal Trade Commission is charging mobile phone service provider T-Mobile USA, Inc., with making hundreds of millions of dollars by placing charges on mobile phone bills for purported "premium" SMS subscriptions that, in many cases, were bogus charges that were never authorized by its customers.

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U.S. Breweries are Booming According to Census Bureau

The number of U.S. breweries more than doubled — from 398 to 869 — between 2007 and 2012, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released today from the 2012 Economic Census Industry Series. The breweries industry reported $28.3 billion in shipments in 2012, an increase of nearly 33.6 percent since 2007.

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Labor Department to Protect Transgender Workers from Employment Discrimination

Yesterday the Department of Labor announced that it would be updating enforcement protocols and anti-discrimination guidance clarifying the reach of the federal non-discrimination laws enforced by the Department and ensuring full protection for transgender individuals covered by these laws.

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The Chemistry of Fireworks: Fourth of July Science (video)

The Fourth of July is just days away, and that means millions of Americans will soon enjoy eye-popping fireworks displays around the country. These dazzling light shows are actually carefully crafted chemical reactions. This week's Reactions episode features John Conkling, Ph.D., the professor who literally wrote the book on pyrotechnics. In the video, Conkling explains the chemistry that creates those amazing fireworks displays.

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Beach Report: 10 Percent of America's Beach Water Samples Fail Safety Test

Ten percent of all water quality samples collected last year from nearly 3,500 coastal and Great Lakes beaches in the U.S. contained bacteria levels that failed to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's most protective benchmark for swimmer safety. According to the 24th annual beach report released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the findings confirm that serious water pollution persists at many U.S. seashores, with massive stormwater runoff and sewage overflows historically being the largest known sources of the problem.

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University of Dayton Becomes First Catholic University to Divest from Fossil Fuels

The University of Dayton, a leading Catholic University and the largest private university in Ohio, announced this morning that it would be divesting its $670 million endowment from fossil fuels.

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Fingers Often Fly High Along With Fireworks, Says Loyola Trauma Surgeon

As Independence Day nears, emergency departments and trauma centers nationwide are already beginning to treat patients injured by fireworks. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, hand and finger damage are the most common injuries caused by fireworks and account for 32 percent of all injuries reported.

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Children consuming a Mediterranean Diet are 15% less likely to be overweight

A study of 8 European countries presented at this year's European Congress on Obesity (ECO)in Sofia, Bulgaria, shows that children consuming a diet more in line with the rules of the Mediterranean one are 15% less likely to be overweight or obese than those children who do not.

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Foot Traffic Ahead: Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America's Largest Metros

Walkable real estate development projects and places are on the rise nationwide, but certain metro regions are progressing faster than others, according to a new report released today by the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at George Washington University School of Business in conjunction with LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors, a program of Smart Growth America.

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Ice cream chemistry: The inside scoop on a classic summer treat (video)

The summer weather is here, and if you've been out in the sun, you're probably craving some ice cream to cool off. In the American Chemical Society's latest Reactions video, American University Assistant Professor Matt Hartings, Ph.D., breaks down the chemistry of this favorite frozen treat, including what makes ice cream creamy or crunchy, and why it is so sweet.

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Powerful New TV Ads Focus on Plight of Polar Bears in Warming World

ore than 450 television stations around the country this week are receiving a powerful new public service announcement from the Center for Biological Diversity highlighting the global climate crisis and its devastating effects on polar bears. The 30- and 60-second spots feature heartbreaking footage of polar bears and melting sea ice and include a call to action to sign a petition to curb global warming.


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Review: French author Philippe Squarzoni condenses the climate saga into a 484-page graphic novel

Try this experiment: Go to the shelves of your nearest chain bookstore or academic library – either will work – and browse the literature section. Flip through a bunch of books; you don't have to read any mystery novels or critical editions of "Anna Karenina." In fact, it's better if you don't. Just take a quick look at what's inside. Then head over to the science section and do the same thing. E.O. Wilson's "The Ants" or the latest issue of "Nature" – again, don't read.

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Clothes Dryers Cost U.S. Consumers Up to $4 Billion in Annual Energy Waste

The clothes dryers in U.S. homes are wasting up to $4 billion worth of electricity annually because energy-saving standards for the common appliance have not been significantly updated for almost 30 years, according to a Natural Resources Defense Council report released today.

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Research highlights why you shouldn't pee in the pool (video)

The swimming pools are open for the season, and that means a chance to splash, play and yes, pee, in the pool. But new research shows swimmers may want to think twice before “going” in the water. Jing Li, Ernest Blatchley and colleagues are reporting that urine mixed with chlorine can produce harmful byproducts. The two main culprits, cyanogen chloride and trichloramine, have been linked to lung problems, as well as heart and nervous system damage. In the American Chemical Society’s (ACS’) newest Breakthrough Science video, Blatchley and Li explain how urine causes this reaction, and what swimmers can do to stay safe.

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Fatal falls among older adults rising at an alarming rate

Fatal falls among adults 65 and older have risen 112 percent* since 1999. More than 21,600* deaths in 2010 were attributed to falls among this age group, accounting for eight out of every 10 fatal falls in the United States.

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