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Can't be without your smartphone? You may be a nomophobe

Study participants were asked to respond to the following statements on a scale of 1 (strongly disagree) to 7 (strongly agree). Total scores were calculated by adding the responses to each item. The higher scores corresponded to greater nomophobia severity.

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Soda Industry Spending Against Public Health Tops $100 Million

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and the American Beverage Association have spent at least $106 million to defeat public health initiatives at the federal, state, and local levels since 2009, according to an analysis conducted by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest. The actual amount spent by the soda industry is assuredly much greater, since campaign finance and lobby expenses are not available in 10 out of the 23 jurisdictions that have considered policies aimed at reducing sugar drink consumption.

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Ways to stay awake without caffeine, including one which involves cats! (video)

You're tired and you need an energy boost, but you don't want the jitters from caffeine. What to do? In this Reactions video, we give you some chemistry-backed tips -- one of which involves cats -- to boost your productivity and stay awake without refilling the coffee cup.

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How does Febreze work? (video)

Almost all of us have used some type of odor eliminator like Febreze to un-stink a room. These sprays can work wonders, but how do they actually work? Do they really remove the smell or just mask it? We explain the chemistry of odor elimination in this week's Reactions video.

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Patrick Stewart’s new Fox News parody ‘Blunt Talk’ is now streaming online
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Sierra Magazine Announces 2015 Rankings of America's Greenest Colleges and Universities

Today, Sierra magazine, the official publication of the Sierra Club, released its ninth annual “Cool Schools” ranking of America’s greenest colleges and universities. Each of the schools ranked in the top 20 have displayed a deep and thorough commitment to protecting the environment, addressing climate issues, and encouraging environmental responsibility.

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How do optical illusions work? (video)

Optical illusions are deceptive and mind-boggling. What's going on inside our heads when we see things that appear to be moving but aren't, and when we view other, similar visual tricks? In this collaboration between the American Chemical Society and Inside Science TV, we explain how optical illusions work, so you can understand the science behind the trickery.

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First-Of-Its-Kind Publication Provides Schools With Guidance to Ensure Safe and Supportive Environments for Transgender Students

Today, five national organizations introduced Schools In Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools, a first-of-its-kind publication for school administrations, teachers, and parents about how to provide safe and supportive environments for all transgender students, kindergarten through twelfth grade.

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Consumer Reports Shines Light on Car Insurance Quote Secrecy, Prices Are Rife With Inequities and Unfair Practices

The amounts drivers pay for their car insurance premiums are based on confounding algorithms that increasingly have more to do with socioeconomic factors than driving habits, according to extensive research conducted by Consumer Reports.

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Your Cat Is Talking To You, But What Are They Saying?

Yes, you read the title right. If you have a cat, it's trying to send you signals via meowing, rubbing, and purring. But what are they saying? Learn how to interpret your feline friend in this installment of "The Science of Us."

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Stanford researchers find mental health prescription: Nature

Feeling down? Take a hike.

A new study finds quantifiable evidence that walking in nature could lead to a lower risk of depression.


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How do fireflies glow? (video)

Warm summer nights wouldn't be complete without the beautiful glow of fireflies. But until recently, we didn't really understand how fireflies produced their glow. Now Bruce Branchini, Ph.D., from Connecticut College and colleagues at Yale University have recreated the firefly's glow in the lab.

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The chemistry of wine (video)

If you're stumped in the wine aisle of the store, then you're not alone. Every bottle has unique nuances of taste and smell. How can something made of grapes smell buttery or taste like grass? Learn about the complex chemistry behind wine and then impress your friends at your next party thanks to Reactions. Check out our wine chemistry primer here:

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Consumer Reports Will No Longer Recommend Liquid Laundry Detergent Pods Because of High Rate of Accidental Poisonings of Children

Consumer Reports today announced that it would no longer recommend liquid laundry detergent pods because of the continued high-rate of accidental poisonings of young children attributable to those products. The organization now strongly urges households where children younger than 6 are ever present to refrain from purchasing them.

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Attention Beachgoers: Fecal Contamination Affects Sand More Than Water

"No swimming" signs have already popped up this summer along coastlines where fecal bacteria have invaded otherwise inviting waters. Some vacationers ignore the signs while others resign themselves to tanning and playing on the beach. But should those avoiding the water be wary of the sand, too? New research in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology investigates reasons why the answer could be "yes."

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A Breathtaking Journey into the Lifes and Minds of Animals: Beyond Words -- What Animals Think and Feel

Prize-winning author and MacArthur Fellow Carl Safina weaves decades of field observations with exciting new discoveries in brain science that delivers enlightening insight into animal cognition in his landmark new book BEYOND WORDS: What Animals Think and Feel (Henry Holt/A John Macrae Book; on sale: July 14, 2015).

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Pavement Sizzling? Think of Your Dog's Feet! PETA Offers Hot-Weather Animal-Care Tips

PETA receives reports every year about animals who experience horrifying deaths after being left in hot cars during the summer months. Other dogs sustain burns and develop blisters on their sensitive paws from walking on hot pavement, and cases in which dogs have collapsed from heat prostration are soaring. With high temperatures forecast for the rest of the summer, PETA is offering urgent guidelines for taking care of companion animals during hot weather.

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Greenpeace Report Ranks Retailers on Efforts to Protect Oceans, Seafood Industry Workers

Today, Greenpeace released its 2015 Carting Away the Oceans (CATO) report, which evaluates and ranks supermarkets on their efforts to protect both the oceans and seafood industry workers. As concerns continue to mount over slavery and human rights abuses in the seafood industry, the ninth edition of CATO found that the 25 retailers profiled need to address the industry’s failure to confront abuses and illegal operations in global supply chains.

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Not-So-Guilty Pleasure: Viewing Cat Videos Boosts Energy and Positive Emotions

If you get a warm, fuzzy feeling after watching cute cat videos online, the effect may be more profound than you think.

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HRC Names Ben Needham as New Director of Project One America

Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, named Ben Needham as the new Director of Project One America, HRC’s comprehensive, multi-year effort to expand LGBT equality in the South through permanent campaigns in Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi.

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Why do feet stink? (video)

Foot odor might make you cringe with embarrassment in the airport security line, but chemistry can help you beat stinky feet. In this week's Reactions video, we answer all your foot-focused questions and share some tips to stop the smell. It's all in our latest video:

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José Andrés Pulls Trump Tower Restaurant

Today, José Andrés announced that in light of Donald Trump’s recent comments about immigrants, Andrés will not open his previously planned restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, slated for mid-2016.

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Three out of 4 American adults favor making 21 the minimum age of sale for tobacco products

Three out of 4 American adults—including 7 in 10 cigarette smokers—favor raising the minimum age of sale for all tobacco products to 21, according to an article by CDC published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. While an overwhelming majority of adults favored the policy overall, favorability is slightly higher among adults who never smoked and older adults. In contrast, 11 percent of adults strongly opposed making 21 the legal age of sale, while 14 percent somewhat opposed such measures.

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What makes fireflies glow? (video)

As fireflies are delighting children across the country with their nighttime displays, scientists are closing in on a better understanding of how the insects produce their enchanting glow. They report in the Journal of the American Chemical Society new evidence of how the beetles' chemistry works. Their findings could apply to the bioluminescence of other organisms, too.

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Imagery for 90 New California State Parks and Beaches Launched Today in Partnership with Google Maps

Yesterday California State Parks and Google Maps unveiled panoramic street view imagery collected by Trekker cameras of 90 additional state parks and beaches. This partnership with Google allows people from all over the world to experience California’s state parks and beaches in the comfort of their own home.

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The chemistry of grilling (video)

If you're firing up the barbecue this week for an Independence Day cookout, you don't want to miss this week's Reactions video. We've got chemistry knowledge that will impress your guests like, "Why is red meat red?"

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Women on the $10? These Eight Women Could Fill the Bill

Some notable but lesser-known women in American history might be overlooked as possibilities for the soon-to-be redesigned $10 bill – the first paper currency in more than a century to feature a portrait of a woman.

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Son of Migrant Farmworkers Named U.S. Poet Laureate

The next poet laureate of the United States is Juan Felipe Herrera, the son of migrant farm workers. Herrera will be the first-ever Chicano poet laureate, signaling, as the Los Angeles Times put it, “…an acknowledgment of the importance of Spanish and bilingual culture in America.”

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Love, Factually: Cornell Gerontologist Finds the Formula to a Happy Marriage

With wedding season in full swing, America’s newlyweds stand to learn the most from the experts: older adults whose love has endured job changes, child-rearing, economic certainty, health concerns, and other life challenges.

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