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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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What Every Dog Owner Needs to Know About Parvovirus

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.

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Why does toothpaste make orange juice taste awful? (video)

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.

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Shipwreck is not Santa Maria, UNESCO experts say

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.

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In a bad mood? Head to Facebook and find someone worse off

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.

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Statisticians play "Moneyball" to accurately predict how weather impacts baseball

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.

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13 Misconceptions About Global Warming (VIDEO)

Veritasium is a science video blog featuring experiments, expert interviews, cool demos, and discussions with the public about everything science. For more videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/1veritasium

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US Forest Service Chief: I will ensure the First Amendment is upheld under agency commercial filming directives

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.

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Why do leaves change color in the fall? (video)

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.

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Clownfish That Inspired Finding Nemo Closer to Endangered Species Act Protection

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.

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The Disappearing Spoon author Sam Kean takes on the megalodon myth

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.

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The HPV vaccine could save the life of your child

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.

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Survival Entertainment, Friend or Foe? An exclusive interview with Cody Lundin

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.

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Ninety-Four Years Ago Today Women Won the Right to Vote; Newly Discovered Letters Will Help Show How

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.

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Consumer Federation of America: Insurance Companies May be Raising Your Rates for No Reason

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:

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World Dog Day: Keep your dog healthy in mind and body

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.

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Humans Need Not Apply (Video)

Humans Need Not Apply

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New Book, "Capitalism v. Democracy' Exposes the Death of Campaign Finance Reform -- Blame It on the Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court's many attacks on campaign finance reform have turned democracy into a system that favors the wealthy and marginalizes ordinary citizens, Georgia State University College of Law Associate Professor Tim Kuhner writes in his new book, "Capitalism v. Democracy."

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This Labor Day, Americans Urged to Save Wildlife, Keep Meat Off the Grill

This Labor Day weekend, the Center for Biological Diversity is urging people to help save wildlife by turning their end-of-summer cookouts into extinction-free barbecues. Labor Day is one of the top meat-consumption days of the year, giving it one of the biggest environmental footprints of any American holiday.

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Report: Ticked Off -- Summer Pests like Ticks, Mosquitoes & Toxic Algae Worsened by Climate Change

Toxic algae outbreaks like the one that poisoned drinking water in Lake Erie are just one of many summer threats being worsened by manmade climate change, according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation. Ticked Off: America's Outdoor Experience and Climate Change explains how deer ticks, tiger mosquitoes and fire ants are getting a boost from warmer temperatures and milder winters – and in the case of poison ivy, from carbon pollution itself.

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Daughters provide as much elderly parent care as they can, sons do as little as possible

Parents are better off having daughters if they want to be cared for in their old age suggests a new study, which finds that women appear to provide as much elderly parent care as they can, while men contribute as little as possible.

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