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WHO calls on countries to reduce sugars intake among adults and children

A new WHO guideline recommends adults and children reduce their daily intake of free sugars to less than 10% of their total energy intake. A further reduction to below 5% or roughly 25 grams (6 teaspoons) per day would provide additional health benefits.

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Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle

March is National Nutrition Month®, which is sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It focuses on the importance of nutrition and physical activity. This year’s theme is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle.” One way to do this is to eat healthy snacks. Choosing healthy snacks can boost your energy and supply essential vitamins and minerals throughout the day. Here are some tips to consider when you reach for a snack:

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NASA Remembers Leonard Nimoy

NASA is mourning the passing today of actor Leonard Nimoy, most famous for his role as Star Trek's Vulcan science officer Mr. Spock. The sci-fi classic served as an inspiration for many at NASA over the years, and Nimoy joined other cast members at special NASA events and worked to promote NASA missions, as in this 2007 video he narrated before the launch of the Dawn mission to the asteroid belt. Nimoy also was there for the 1976 rollout of the shuttle Enterprise, named for the show's iconic spacecraft.

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What makes carbon monoxide so deadly? (video)

It's colorless, odorless and can be deadly. Carbon monoxide is no joke, especially in the winter when people will do just about anything to warm up. Raychelle Burks, Ph.D., explains why carbon monoxide is so dangerous, and how you can stay safe, in the latest episode of the Reactions series Get To Know A Molecule.

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Why Does February Only Have 28 Days? (VIDEO)

Why does February only get 28 days when all the other months get 30 or 31? The answer is part superstition, part politics, and parts astronomy. (Basically, it’s the Romans’ fault)

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U.S. Supreme Court should reconsider Major League Baseball's antitrust exemption, Stanford experts say

Baseball is unique among major American professional sports in that it enjoys an antitrust exemption that the others do not. Supporters of the exemption say MLB can prevent sudden franchise relocations, while critics say the exemption prevents team shifts when they are necessary.

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Know Your Rights: Photographers

Taking photographs of things that are plainly visible from public spaces is a constitutional right – and that includes federal buildings, transportation facilities, and police and other government officials carrying out their duties. Unfortunately, there is a widespread, continuing pattern of law enforcement officers ordering people to stop taking photographs from public places, and harassing, detaining and arresting those who fail to comply.

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New Survey Data from Planned Parenthood Shows Parents Need More Information about the HPV Vaccine

Planned Parenthood has released new data on parents’ understanding of HPV and the HPV vaccine, showing that parents need more information about the vaccine and why it is important to vaccinate their children for HPV.

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Consumers Union Debunks Comcast's Five Biggest Promises about Time Warner Cable Merger

One year after Comcast first announced its plans to merge with Time Warner Cable, opposition to the deal is mounting amid growing concerns about its negative impacts. While Comcast has spent millions touting the benefits of the proposed merger, its claims fail to stand up to scrutiny according to Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports.

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The science of movie explosions (video)

Blockbuster action movies probably won't win any Oscars this Sunday, but the science behind these films' spectacular explosions is worthy of recognition. Reactions is going Hollywood in its latest episode, which highlights the chemistry of movie explosions.

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2015′s Cities with the Most and Least Ethno-Racial and Linguistic Diversity

In many American cities, the grass isn’t just greener — it’s more colorful, thanks to rapid ethnic and racial diversification within the past four decades. High immigration rates, a surge in native births and a rise in the number of interracial partnerships have significantly altered the social fabric — and economic landscape — of America.

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Long Island University Announces 66th Annual George Polk Awards In Journalism

Reporters who risked their lives in 2014 to cover the Ebola epidemic, traced the rise of the Islamic State, and revealed secret ransoms paid for the release of hostages are winners of Long Island University's 66th annual George Polk Awards in Journalism. Additional honorees include reporters who uncovered systemic failure in two federal agencies, the Secret Service and the Veterans Administration, as well as journalists who exposed brutal treatment of prison and jail inmates.

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Why do roses smell so sweet? (video)

Valentine's Day is Saturday, and people will be spending billions on their sweethearts. Much of that cash will be dropped on sweet-smelling roses. But did you know that one minor chemical change would make that rose not smell as sweet? Chemist Raychelle Burks, Ph.D., explains why in the debut episode of the new Reactions series Get to Know a Molecule (GTKAM). Every two weeks, GTKAM will focus on one of the more than 91 million molecules science has discovered.

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Pink Poses Nude for Massive PETA Billboard

Thousands of fashion editors and buyers from around the world who are converging in Manhattan for New York Fashion Week will be greeted by a massive billboard showing singer P!nk wearing nothing but a smile in PETA’s newest “Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign.

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This beautiful viral video perfectly explains why parents must support trans children
Full story: Raw Story


How Many Heartbeats Do We Get? (VIDEO)

Ever wonder how the heart symbol came to stand for the actual heart? And why do we speak of the heart as the seat of love, when love really happens in our brains? Is it true that animals only get a billion heartbeats? This week, we give you enough cool cardiac science to make your heart skip a beat.

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Stanford study: How to encourage men to give to the poor

A new Stanford study offers ideas on how to encourage men to donate money and time to charitable causes.

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81% of Dollar Store Products Tested Contain One or More Hazardous Chemicals Linked to Learning Disabilities, Cancer, Other Serious Illnesses

The Campaign for Healthier Solutions – a group of over 100 health, community, and environmental justice organizations around the country – released a report today about toxic chemicals found in Dollar store products. The report – A Day Late And A Dollar Short: Discount Retailers are Falling Behind on Safer Chemicals – includes testing results for 164 dollar store products such as toys, jewelry, school supplies and other household items, that found over 81% (133 of 164) contained at least one hazardous chemical above levels of concern.

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'Simple Living' Reaps Health and Financial Benefits, According to USciences Research

Simple living is not really that simple—but results from a recent unpublished study at University of the Sciences indicate that reducing the clutter and narrowing one’s possessions, activities, and thoughts can play a key role in boosting their mental and physical health.

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6 Healthy Recommendations for Super Bowl Entertaining

There's no rule that your Super Bowl party has to feature boring sporting-event staples like chicken wings, pizza, chips, and soda. With that in mind, the food detectives at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, publisher of Nutrition Action Healthletter, are recommending six delicious recipes and packaged foods for Super Bowl entertaining that offer a break from the same old high calorie, salty, fatty, sugary, and over-processed party fare.

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Skip the Dip! Super Bowl Team Cities See Spike in Flu Deaths

Boston and Seattle football fans beware! Cities with teams in the Super Bowl see a big spike in flu deaths, according to a new Tulane University study.

Using county-level statistics from 1974-2009, researchers found that having a team in the big game caused an 18 percent increase in flu deaths among those over 65 years old, historically the most vulnerable to influenza.

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Secretary Jewell Announces Nomination of 10 Buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright to the World Heritage List

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that the United States is nominating a group of 10 buildings in seven states designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright for inclusion on the World Heritage List, which recognizes the most significant cultural and natural sites on the planet.

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Learn math without fear, Stanford expert says

Students learn math best when they approach the subject as something they enjoy, according to a Stanford education expert. Speed pressure, timed testing and blind memorization pose high hurdles in the youthful pursuit of math.

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Overweight video game avatars ‘play’ worse than thin ones, study says

Women assigned an overweight avatar in a video tennis game didn’t play as hard as those assigned a slim one — regardless of the player’s actual size, according to a new study by the University of California, Davis.

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Illusion of Lights: A Journey into the Unseen (TRAILER)

Illusion of Lights introduces you to the concept of movement and time that visually explores our night skies. Beginning with the dazzling chaos of urban light pollution, the film takes you on a magnificent trip across pristine wilderness areas and shares with you the wonders of our night skies. With hundreds of thousands of gorgeous images produced especially for this project, Illusion of Lights gives you scene after scene of unique and detailed views from locations few will ever encounter. Fly over high altitude peaks, soar with the wind, and follow the Milky Way as it dances through the afterhours. From beyond the stars to beneath our feet, each time-lapsed sequence gives the viewer a visual narrative that attempts to communicate what the artist experiences each night in the field; natures expressions of human curiosity and ambition.

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Tax Prep Services: Buyer Beware

As tax season kicks off today, advocates from the National Consumer Law Center and Consumer Federation of America warn of the problems that taxpayers face due to the lack of regulation for paid tax preparers. “Tens of millions of consumers will use paid tax preparers to fill out their most important financial document of the year, yet most of these preparers are not subject to any minimum educational, training, or competency standards,” said Chi Chi Wu, staff attorney at the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC).

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There's No Such Thing As Cold

You’ve felt cold before. Sometimes it’s cold outside. But what if I told you that “cold” isn’t real? There’s no substance or quantity called “cold” in science. We can’t measure the amount of “cold” in something. Instead it’s about what’s NOT there. In this week’s video, learn the difference between heat and temperature, why a wind makes us feel colder, and what it’s like to live as a mass of jiggling atoms. This is the physics of cold.

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Consumer Watchdog Welcomes Death Of Google Glass

Consumer Watchdog today welcomed Google’s announcement that it would stop selling Google Glass, its privacy invasive wearable computing device and said the Internet giant should not offer a new version until privacy issues are solved.

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Quackwear: Big Pseudoscience Wants to Sell You Wearable Metal to Improve Your Health
Full story: AlterNet

Does My Dog Know What I'm Thinking? (VIDEO)

Do you ever talk to your dog? Do they ever talk back? Humans and dogs have a truly amazing relationship, developed along an evolutionary journey that goes back nearly 10,000 years. Do they really understand what we say, think, and feel? Recent research suggests dogs know more about our language and emotions than you might think.

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