Anti-social behaviour a consequence, rather than a cause of homelessness
Published Oct 28, 2014 - 8:19:44 AM
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.
Film with anti-semitic producer that challenges Copernican revelation that Earth is not at center of the universe premieres in Illinois
Published Oct 24, 2014 - 9:42:57 AM
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.
Film Review--Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret
Published Oct 24, 2014 - 8:07:56 AM
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?
Protect Yourself from Electronic Spying with 'Surveillance Self-Defense'
Published Oct 23, 2014 - 1:27:35 PM
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.
New Bird Biology Website Offers Interactive Activities about Bird Song, Feathers and More
Published Oct 23, 2014 - 11:00:55 AM
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.
What americans fear most -- new poll from Chapman University
Published Oct 21, 2014 - 9:00:17 AM
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.
Plastic Bag Fact Sheet: Amount of energy required to make 12 plastic shopping bags could drive a car for a mile
Published Oct 16, 2014 - 1:49:56 PM
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.
Brady Center Launches National Campaign for a Future Where No Child Is Killed by a Parent's Gun (VIDEO)
Published Oct 14, 2014 - 10:38:33 AM
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.
Planned Parenthood: New Survey Shows Parents Need to Be More Direct with Children About Sex
Published Oct 14, 2014 - 10:36:41 AM
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.
The Chemistry of Pizza (VIDEO)
Published Oct 13, 2014 - 12:01:39 PM
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.
Sarah Silverman Helps the National Women's Law Center Close The Wage Gap (VIDEO)
Published Oct 10, 2014 - 10:25:06 AM
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.
Legal action calls on Walgreens to end sales of toxic TCA skin peel products
Published Oct 7, 2014 - 9:22:16 AM
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.
Why Do Clouds Stay Up?
Published Oct 7, 2014 - 9:16:14 AM
There’s nothing wrong with having your head in the clouds.
AFJ Documentary Exposes How Our Rights Are Lost in the Fine Print, and How to Fight Back
Published Oct 6, 2014 - 9:52:52 AM
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.
What Every Dog Owner Needs to Know About Parvovirus
Published Oct 6, 2014 - 7:58:07 AM
Outbreaks of parvovirus among dogs in Massachusetts, Indiana, Illinois, and New Jersey have animal shelters and owners scrambling to help sick dogs and prevent further spread of the virus.
Why does toothpaste make orange juice taste awful? (video)
Published Oct 6, 2014 - 7:54:18 AM
It's happened to many of us: Half asleep in the morning, you finish brushing your teeth and reach for your daily glass of orange juice. After taking a big swig, you spit it back out, making a face like you've just chewed on a lemon.
Shipwreck is not Santa Maria, UNESCO experts say
Published Oct 6, 2014 - 7:53:06 AM
A UNESCO mission of experts has concluded that a shipwreck near Haiti, cannot have been the flagship of Christopher Columbus on his first voyage to America. The mission was requested by the Haitian Government, following claims earlier this year by an American explorer that he had found the remains of the Santa Maria.
In a bad mood? Head to Facebook and find someone worse off
Published Oct 2, 2014 - 1:13:01 PM
When people are in a bad mood, they are more likely to actively search social networking sites like Facebook to find friends who are doing even worse than they are, a new study suggests.
Statisticians play "Moneyball" to accurately predict how weather impacts baseball
Published Sep 30, 2014 - 3:11:18 PM
As Major League Baseball heads into the post season, a study completed at the University of Nevada, Reno offers insight into how weather and, more specifically, temperature may impact teams’ performance. The published research project, “The Impact of Temperature on Major League Baseball,” applies statistical data analysis to determine how temperature plays a role in the MLB.
13 Misconceptions About Global Warming (VIDEO)
Published Sep 29, 2014 - 7:04:02 AM
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US Forest Service Chief: I will ensure the First Amendment is upheld under agency commercial filming directives
Published Sep 25, 2014 - 3:42:03 PM
The U.S. Forest Service today released information to clarify the agency's intentions regarding a proposed directive for commercial photography and filmmaking in congressionally designated wilderness areas.
Why do leaves change color in the fall? (video)
Published Sep 22, 2014 - 10:39:17 AM
It's the first day of autumn, and the telltale signs are here: crisp weather, pumpkin spice lattes and, most importantly, the leaves are changing colors. Ever wonder why some leaves turn red, others yellow and some just turn brown? We'll tell you all about the chemistry behind this seasonal spectacle in the latest Reactions episode.
Clownfish That Inspired Finding Nemo Closer to Endangered Species Act Protection
Published Sep 3, 2014 - 12:35:10 PM
The National Marine Fisheries Service announced today that the orange clownfish — a species popularized for a generation of children by the movie Finding Nemo — may warrant protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act because of threats from global warming and ocean acidification. The Service will now conduct a status review to decide whether the clownfish will be protected under the Act.
The Disappearing Spoon author Sam Kean takes on the megalodon myth
Published Sep 2, 2014 - 8:48:19 AM
Best-selling author Sam Kean stops by Reactions this week to debunk the myth of the Megalodon, the 50-foot super shark that, despite what "Shark Week" may lead you to believe, is long extinct.
The HPV vaccine could save the life of your child
Published Sep 2, 2014 - 8:14:33 AM
As the school year starts in full swing many parents wonder if their child should receive the HPV vaccine, which is recommend for girls ages 11-26 and boys 11-21. There are a lot of questions and controversy around this vaccine, but many pediatricians say it comes down to protecting people from a leading cause of death.
Survival Entertainment, Friend or Foe? An exclusive interview with Cody Lundin
Published Aug 28, 2014 - 11:44:57 AM
An opportunity recently presented itself to ask Dual Survival's Cody Lundin for a formal interview of which he graciously accepted. Lundin is a professional survival instructor with over 25 years of experience. He has also worked within the television industry since the 1990's both behind and in front of the camera. I hoped to learn more about Survival TV from his perspective, or as he later coined it, Survival Entertainment. I expected Cody to be honest; he always is, sometimes brutally.
Ninety-Four Years Ago Today Women Won the Right to Vote; Newly Discovered Letters Will Help Show How
Published Aug 27, 2014 - 10:47:48 AM
On Aug. 26, 1920, with the formal adoption of the 19th Amendment, women won the right to vote. Now, a newly discovered collection of Susan B. Anthony letters will help show how.
Consumer Federation of America: Insurance Companies May be Raising Your Rates for No Reason
Published Aug 27, 2014 - 10:28:34 AM
Insurance experts at the Consumer Federation of America are warning consumers. According to J. Robert Hunter, Director of Insurance at CFA and former Texas Insurance Commissioner:
World Dog Day: Keep your dog healthy in mind and body
Published Aug 26, 2014 - 10:41:00 AM
August 26th is World Dog Day, a chance to celebrate the bond between humans and dogs. Dogs have lived with humans for thousands of years as our companions, guardians of our homes, and assistants in our work and daily lives. Science is increasingly delivering evidence for what is already accepted by many people: the health and happiness of humans is intrinsically linked to the health and happiness of dogs. All the more reason to have a good look at why our faithful companions sometimes exhibit unhappy behavior that can be a nuisance at best, and dangerous at worst.
Humans Need Not Apply (Video)
Published Aug 20, 2014 - 11:36:33 AM
Humans Need Not Apply