Americans Across the Country Celebrate Endangered Species Day and Mark the 40th Anniversary of the Landmark Law
Published May 17, 2013 - 10:41:56 AM
From Hawaii to Washington D.C., Americans today are celebrating the sixth annual Endangered Species Day and the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act. The Act is one of the world's most successful environmental laws, preventing extinction for 99 percent of the animals and plants under its care and putting hundreds on the road to recovery.
Is Prophylactic Mastectomy a Universal Key to Breast Cancer Prevention?
Published May 17, 2013 - 9:00:49 AM
Some people call them "previvors" –– individuals who survive a life-threatening illness, such as cancer, by taking dramatic preemptive measures to avoid it in the first place.
Two-month Time-lapse Video of Antarctic Ice Goes Viral
Published May 16, 2013 - 12:48:21 PM
Cassandra Brooks is a Stanford University doctoral student with the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources.
She spent two months in 2013 aboard the National Science Foundation-operated icebreaker Nathaniel B. Palmer as part of a research cruise investigating the role of dissolved organic carbon in the Ross Sea ecosystem.
GLAAD calls out OnMyHonor.net and other so-called 'Boy Scouts activists': "Their motive isn't Scouting, it's anti-gay hate"
Published May 16, 2013 - 12:23:07 PM
Today, GLAAD released profiles of and highlighted quotes from three of the most prominent public figures arguing against allowing gay youth and parents to participate in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), exposing the real motivation behind their efforts: anti-gay animus. The profiles will be shared with media covering the BSA vote next week and are included in GLAAD's Commentator Accountability Project (CAP), which documents the vitriolic hate speech of the nation's most vehemently anti-gay activists.
Where Americans Want To Live: New Urban Land Institute Report Explores Housing, Transportation, Community Preferences
Published May 15, 2013 - 10:29:38 AM
A new report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) underscores the influence that growing demographic groups in the U.S. – in particular Generation Y, African Americans, and Latinos – will have on reshaping urban growth patterns by spurring more development of compact, mixed-use communities with reliable, convenient transit service.
Video: Ring of Fire - May 10 2013 Annular Solar Eclipse, Pilbara, Western Australia
Published May 15, 2013 - 9:03:46 AM
This video captures the sunrise annular solar eclipse from 3 locations in the Pilbara, Western Australia, May 10, 2013.
Cameras were placed at the south west, north west limits and centreline. 3 Canon 5DmkII + 800 mm timelapse at each location and Canon 1DC + 2000 mm 4K video in the north.
Phishing Scams Continue to Plague Consumers
Published May 15, 2013 - 8:46:01 AM
Today, Consumer Federation of America (CFA), with the support of Visa Inc., is releasing new consumer education materials about "phishing," a serious fraud problem. Phishing is when crooks, pretending to be from well-known companies, organizations, or government agencies, contact individuals and trick them into revealing their Social Security numbers, financial account information, passwords, or other personal information. That information is then used to make unauthorized purchases, take over victims' accounts, open new accounts, get tax refunds and other government benefits, and even apply for jobs.
Winners of the 82nd annual California Book Awards
Published May 14, 2013 - 7:35:13 AM
Since 1931, the California Book Awards have honored the exceptional literary merit of California writers and publishers. Each year a select jury considers hundreds of books in search of the very best in literary achievement. Eligible books must be written while the author is a resident of California, and they must be published during the year under consideration.
Planned Parenthood Releases New Video Encouraging Women to Get Checkups in Recognition of National Women's Health Week
Published May 14, 2013 - 7:30:20 AM
As part of National Women's Health Week (May 12-18), Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) released a new video today in an effort to promote well-woman exams to help women remain healthy by getting preventive checkups, including breast cancer screenings and, if recommended, a Pap test. Early detection saves lives. The animated video explains what to expect at a well-woman exam and addresses any concerns women may have that keep them from getting the preventive care they need.
CASANA Celebrates the First Ever Apraxia Awareness Day on May 14th
Published May 14, 2013 - 5:08:14 AM
On May 14, 2013, the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) invites communities worldwide to become aware and educated about the needs, challenges, and abilities of children affected by apraxia. Apraxia is among the most severe speech and communication problems in children. Affected children have difficulty planning and producing the precise, highly refined and specific series of movements of the tongue, lips, jaw, and palate that are necessary to produce clear, intelligible speech.
What's Our Long Term Forecast? Urge Your TV Meteorologist to Connect Climate Change and Extreme Weather at 50yearforecast.org
Published May 13, 2013 - 2:46:27 PM
A new tool, 50yearforecast.org, is available for Americans who are eager to see their local media address how climate change impacts their communities. At 50yearforecast.org, environmentally conscious Americans can easily search for their local TV meteorologists and send them an email urging them to connect the dots between climate change and the rise in extreme weather.
VIDEO | Space Oddity - Commander Chris Hadfield on the ISS
Published May 13, 2013 - 8:55:05 AM
A revised version of David Bowie's Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station.
Large Minority of Americans Know Little About Credit Scores
Published May 13, 2013 - 8:01:01 AM
A consumer survey, released today by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and VantageScore Solutions, reveals that a large number of Americans know little about credit scores. Between about one-quarter and two-fifths of a representative sample of 1022 adult Americans incorrectly answered wide-ranging questions about these scores:
Flashback: Forgotten (Safety) Characters from Forest History: Herman I. Cautious and Paula Bunyan
Published May 10, 2013 - 7:12:56 AM
The U.S. Forest Service has a forgotten safety character of its own: Paula Bunyan. Paula, drawn by legendary Forest Service artist Rudy Wendelin, was presented as the "Guardian of Safety" for the agency.
Mercy For Animals Launches Groundbreaking New Resource for Aspiring Vegans
Published May 10, 2013 - 6:55:23 AM
Today, the national animal advocacy organization Mercy For Animals unveiled the all-new www.ChooseVeg.com - a fresh, fun, and fabulous online resource for anyone looking to explore veganism.
Jacob and Sophia Top Social Security's Most Popular Baby Names List
Published May 9, 2013 - 11:23:20 AM
Jacob and Sophia are repeat champions as America's most popular baby names for 2012. This is the fourteenth year in a row Jacob tops the list for boys and the second year for Sophia. There is a new couple in the top 10 this year--Elizabeth and Liam replace Chloe and Daniel. Elizabeth has been here before, but this is the first time Liam breaks into the top 10. Perhaps Liam's new found success can be attributed to Liam Neeson's recent major roles in "Battleship" and the popular "Taken," "The Chronicles of Narnia," and "Clash of the Titans" franchises.
Hazardous Chemicals found in Gardening Water Hoses
Published May 9, 2013 - 10:10:15 AM
High levels of hazardous chemicals, many of which have been banned in children's products, were found in garden hoses for the second year in row. Phthalates and the toxic chemical BPA were all found in the water of a new hose after sitting outside in the sun for just a few days, according to researchers at the Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center, which has just completed a study of toxic chemicals in garden hoses.
Study: Hundreds Of Thousands Of Adopted Pets Are Given Up, Lost Or Die Each Year
Published May 9, 2013 - 8:41:43 AM
New research published today by American Humane Association indicates that more than one in 10 animals adopted from animal shelters are no longer in their homes six months later. Based on this data and a comprehensive literature review, this could represent several hundred thousand animals each year who are given away, are lost, die, or abandoned to uncertain fates. The study, which is being released during American Humane Association's "Be Kind to Animals Week®," is part of a major effort to determine why many healthy, adoptable pets are relinquished and reduce the numbers of animals euthanized each year before finding loving homes.
7 ways for kids to get active on wild lands
Published May 7, 2013 - 9:12:08 AM
Adults aren't the only ones with a need to escape from daily stress - kids have a burning desire to stretch their legs in wild places too.
ABBA The Museum Grand opening on May 7th
Published May 6, 2013 - 8:03:31 AM
ABBA The Museum opens at Djurgården in Stockholm May 7th 2013 and offers an interactive journey through one of the biggest success stories in music history. Here the visitor will get close to the band by experiencing what it's like to be the fifth member of ABBA, get on stage together with the other members, enter the Polar studio and see what he or she looks like in ABBA's legendary costumes, and much more. Agnetha, Benny, Björn and Frida will tell their own personal ABBA stories through the museum audio guide.
I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail
Published May 6, 2013 - 5:28:40 AM
Gail Storey is not a hiker. But when her husband Porter resigns from his longtime job as the director of a hospice center in Texas to hike the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada, she refuses to let him go alone—even though the prospect of leaving their comfortable Houston careers, hiking up to 20 miles a day while popping anti-depressants and hormones, and sleeping outside for six months terrifies her.
Darwin Was Wrong; It's Survival of the Cutest
Published May 3, 2013 - 8:50:19 AM
Ogilvy & Mather Chicago recently launched a cause marketing video on behalf of pro bono client APES (a project of The Conservation Trust), to highlight the importance of protecting all primates, not simply the "cute" ones.
Mystery Writers of America Announce 2013 Edgar Award Winners
Published May 3, 2013 - 8:47:15 AM
Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce the winners of the 2013 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2012. The Edgar® Awards were presented to the winners at our 67th Gala Banquet, May 2, 2013 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City.
CDC: One in five adults meet overall physical activity guidelines
Published May 2, 2013 - 11:04:12 AM
About 20 percent of U.S. adults are meeting both the aerobic and muscle strengthening components of the federal government's physical activity recommendations, according to a report published in today's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a journal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Poison lips? Troubling levels of toxic metals found in cosmetics
Published May 2, 2013 - 10:25:04 AM
A new analysis of the contents of lipstick and lip gloss may cause you to pause before puckering.
Researchers at UC Berkeley's School of Public Health tested 32 different lipsticks and lip glosses commonly found in drugstores and department stores. They detected lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminum and five other metals, some of which were found at levels that could raise potential health concerns. Their findings were published online today (Thursday, May 2) in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
Stunning infographic shows how many sharks are killed PER HOUR by humans
Published May 2, 2013 - 9:58:00 AM
Stunning infographic shows how many sharks are killed PER HOUR by humans
Forensic anthropology and archaeology confirm survival cannibalism in 17th-century North America
Published May 1, 2013 - 2:13:44 PM
Today, the Smithsonian Institution, Colonial Williamsburg and Preservation Virginia came together to confirm the first scientifically-proven occurrence of survival cannibalism in Colonial America. The collaboration was prompted by the archaeological discovery of a partial human skull and tibia during excavation of an early 17th-century trash deposit at Jamestown, Va. The findings date to the winter of 1609-1610 -- often referred to as the "starving time" at Jamestown -- when sickness, starvation and Indian attacks led to the deaths of more than 200 men, women, and children crowded into James Fort. The forensic evidence confirms a desperate battle for survival. While several written accounts of survival cannibalism in the American colonies exist, this is the first time that cannibalism has been proven by forensic evidence.
Twinkle, twinkle little star! - New app measures sky brightness
Published Apr 30, 2013 - 12:53:48 PM
Researchers from the German "Loss of the Night" project have developed an app for Android smart phones, which counts the number of visible stars in the sky. The data from the app will be used by scientists to understand light pollution on a world wide scale.
Over-Diagnosis and Over-Treatment of Depression Is Common in the U.S.
Published Apr 30, 2013 - 12:47:50 PM
Americans are over-diagnosed and over-treated for depression, according to a new study conducted at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The study examines adults with clinician-identified depression and individuals who experienced major depressive episodes within a 12-month period. It found that when assessed for major depressive episodes using a structured interview, only 38.4 percent of adults with clinician-identified depression met the 12-month criteria for depression, despite the majority of participants being prescribed and using psychiatric medications. The results are featured in the April 2013 issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics.
Jason Collins Changes the Face of Sports Forever
Published Apr 29, 2013 - 8:34:44 AM
The NBA's Jason Collins made history today by coming out as gay – the first time an NBA player has done so while still actively playing. Collins, a center, finished this season with the Washington Wizards, and has also played for the Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Jersey Nets, Atlanta Hawks, and Memphis Grizzlies. Collins made the announcement in an interview with Sports Illustrated.