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EWG 2015 Guide To Safer, More Effective Sunscreens

A whopping 80 percent of U.S. sun protection products analyzed by EWG contain harmful ingredients or offer inadequate protection against dangerous ultraviolet radiation -- or both, according to a new shopping guide released today by EWG.

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Why centrist voters abstain

It is not the political left that tends to abstain from voting, as common wisdom would have it, but rather the center, according to a new Stanford research paper.

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Hawaii Gov. David Ige: No Permits for Wild Animal Acts

Gov. David Ige has pledged to discontinue the issuance of permits for entertainment acts involving wild animals. More than 40 U.S. cities and 30 countries prohibit the use of wild animals for entertainment purposes, including circuses and other performing acts. The Humane Society of the United States, Hawaiian Humane Society, Three Ring Ranch and Animal Rights Hawaii commend Gov. Ige for recognizing that the use of wild animals for entertainment purposes inherently compromises animal welfare and public safety.

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New app puts the world's biodiversity in the palm of your hand

People can check out local wildlife wherever they are in the world with a new app that says what species of animals and plants might be nearby.

The free Map of Life app dispenses with bulky field guides by allowing users to access a vast global database of species and their ranges, based on their location.

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Children Exposed to Multiple Languages May Be Better Natural Communicators

Young children who hear more than one language spoken at home become better communicators, a new study from University of Chicago psychologists finds. Effective communication requires the ability to take others’ perspectives. Researchers discovered that children from multilingual environments are better at interpreting a speaker’s meaning than children who are exposed only to their native tongue. The most novel finding is that the children do not even have to be bilingual themselves; it is the exposure to more than one language that is the key for building effective social communication skills.

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This is what happens after you die

“It might take a little bit of force to break this up,” says mortician Holly Williams, lifting John’s arm and gently bending it at the fingers, elbow and wrist. “Usually, the fresher a body is, the easier it is for me to work on.”

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Northern Lights: Award-Winning Documentary Film Looks at Ecological, Cultural Crises for Yup'ik People

On a few summer nights last year, in the dimly shining light of midnight a few latitudinal degrees shy of the Arctic Circle, Creighton University students regularly walked the tundra of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, treading in the footsteps of the Alaskan Yup’ik people who have inhabited the area for millennia.

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Buyers with a trade-in get a raw deal

If you're in the market for a new car, and especially if you have a trade-in, the latest research from the USC Marshall School of Business marketing department suggests you aren't getting the deal you think you are getting.

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Walking an Extra Two Minutes Each Hour May Offset Hazards of Sitting Too Long

A new study suggests that engaging in low intensity activities such as standing may not be enough to offset the health hazards of sitting for long periods of time. On the bright side, adding two minutes of walking each hour to your routine just might do the trick. These findings were published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN).

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Rovio Teams Up with Bird Life International to Fight Bird Extinctions, Help Restore a Tropical Paradise

Rovio Entertainment Ltd, the world-leading entertainment company, announced with the planned release of Angry Birds Seasons on the 30 April that they are taking up the fight with BirdLife International to save the most threatened birds of the Pacific from extinction. The new release will allow gamers to explore the story behind real birds in the Pacific and support their struggle against non-native predators.

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Protect Your Pets From Ticks

Associate Director for Education and Outreach at the Cornell Feline Health Center, warns pet owners that tick season is here your pets are at risk of contracting tickborne diseases like Lyme disease, Hemobartonellosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, babesiosis, and others. He offers advice to pet owners looking to protect their pets.

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The science of the Avengers (video)

Science fans, assemble! On May 1, the world's top superhero team is back to save the day in "Avengers: Age of Ultron." This week, Reactions looks at the chemistry behind these iconic heroes' gear and superpowers, including Tony Stark's suit, Captain America's shield and more.

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Audubon Society Announces Five Winners of Its 2015 Photography Awards

Today, five photographers triumphed over 2,000 competitors and have been declared winners of the 2015 Audubon Photography Awards. The winning photos will be published in the upcoming May-June 2015 issue of Audubon magazine. Over 9,000 photos of birds were submitted from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and seven Canadian provinces. A panel of five judges graded the images based on technical quality, originality and artistic merit. Take a look at the winning photos here and read more about the rest of the May-June 2015 issue below.

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Babies as young as 6 months using mobile media

More than one-third of babies are tapping on smartphones and tablets even before they learn to walk or talk, and by 1 year of age, one in seven toddlers is using devices for at least an hour a day, according to a study to be presented Saturday, April 25 at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in San Diego.

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Mattel Orders SeaWorld Trainer Barbie Out of the Pool

Mattel has confirmed that it will no longer produce SeaWorld Trainer Barbie. PETA contacted the company immediately after the doll launched, pointing out that SeaWorld confines far-ranging orcas to barren concrete tanks, where they’re denied everything that’s natural and important to them. A Mattel representative has now told the group, “We’re well aware of and very sensitive to all the issues that you outlined … I can confirm we don’t make that doll anymore. … We certainly don’t have any plans to produce the doll again in the future.”

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Prince Ea: Dear Future Generations: Sorry We Left You With Our Mess of a Planet (VIDEO)

www.StandForTrees.org presents: Dear Future Generations: Sorry - Prince Ea

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Historic Handwoven Rug Lays Path for US Forest Service Employee to her Shinaali

Nanebah Nez turned to a roomful of U.S. Department of the Interior employees and asked quietly for a moment to herself. When the group of curators left, Nez turned her attention to an 80-year-old piece of her ancestral past and quietly began her private prayer in Navajo, “Yáat’eeh Shinaali,” or “Hello, grandmother.”

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Arizona Native American Community Named World's First 'Dark Sky Nation'

Efforts to preserve dark night skies for the benefit of future generations often begin with small groups of committed individuals. For nearly fifteen years, the International Dark-Sky Association has recognized these efforts around the world, but never before has an entire group of ethnically and linguistically related people come together to collectively embrace dark-skies principles.

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Earth Day: Top Ten Actions You Can Take to Save Wildlife

The 45th annual Earth Day arrives on April 22nd, and with it, the usual calls to do more for the planet like recycling, using less energy, and buying organic. But what about actions you can do that directly save wildlife?

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CDC Investigation Update: Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Blue Bell Creameries Products

A CDC investigation update regarding the multistate outbreak of listeriosis linked to Blue Bell Creameries products is now live at http://www.cdc.gov/listeria/outbreaks/ice-cream-03-15/index.html

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U.S. Surgeon General and Elmo: If You Want to Stay Healthy: Get All Your Vaccinations! (VIDEO)

Like many kids, I grew up watching Sesame Street. So, imagine my excitement when I finally got to meet Elmo! I have to tell you that Elmo created quite a sensation around my office when he came to visit us at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services a few weeks ago. He was a rock star! I explained to him that, as Surgeon General, it is my job to help everyone stay healthy. Specifically, Elmo and I talked about the importance of vaccines and making sure that all children are protected from easily preventable diseases. Elmo wanted to know how he could help. So, I told Elmo that the best things he could do are to get all his vaccinations on time and to get his friends at Sesame Street to do the same. Elmo volunteered to make two Public Service Announcements with me to tell his friends about the importance of getting vaccinated.

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Billy Joel Lends Voice to Save Elephants: "Don't be the generation that allowed elephants to go extinct"

Africa’s elephants have just gotten a powerful new supporter –music legend, Billy Joel.

Joel’s voice is heard in a series of new ads supporting the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) 96 Elephants campaign – so named for the number of elephants slaughtered each day by poachers.

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Ocean Friendly Gardening Tips from Surfrider to Save Water and Prevent Pollution (VIDEO)

Today, the United States is experiencing severe weather events including super storms, tornados, floods and droughts. And, while these events will become more severe and frequent as the climate continues to warm, fresh water has become an endangered resource in many states.

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2600 MILES IN 4 MINUTES: Time-lapse of Andy's Pacific Crest Trail hike (music by Martin Sexton)

The end of the trail is the beginning of the story. Visit http://www.LostorFound.org/timelapse.... to learn more about Andy's hike and the making of this video.

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2014 Airline Performance Declines, According to Airline Quality Rating; Virgin America Still No. 1

As Virgin America claimed the top spot for the third consecutive year, overall U.S. airline performance slipped in 2014, according to the 25th annual Airline Quality Rating (AQR) released Monday at the National Press Club in Washington. The AQR is a joint research project funded as part of faculty research activities at Wichita State University (Wichita, Kan.) and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott, Ariz., campus.

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Clean up your life with chemistry life hacks (video)

Ever run out of your go-to cleaning product, and you've got a mess that you just can't leave alone? Have no fear, chemistry is here. Reactions is back with another round of our Chemistry Life Hacks series, and this week it's all about cleaning. Learn how to make your own glass cleaner, keep red wine from staining your carpet and why spit, yes spit, can also be a great cleaning product.

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Help Audubon Track Hummingbirds This Spring

With spring migration underway, the National Audubon Society invites birders and nature enthusiasts of all ages to help track the health of hummingbirds with Audubon’s Hummingbirds at Home app. This citizen science project utilizes the power of volunteers to help collect data that provide scientists with crucial information about the bird species and the plants that sustain them.

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Stop Complaining About the Moral Decline of Western Society! (VIDEO)

Good parenting used to be seen as a process of imparting self-control and social values to one’s children; now it’s viewed as a meaningful human relationship. Women used to be expected to stay home and raise their children; now they are regarded as entitled to pursue any career or lifestyle they desire. And sex used to be about procreation, but now it’s regarded as a source of pleasure.

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On Earth Day, Show NASA How There's #NoPlaceLikeHome With Your Pictures, Videos

This Earth Day, April 22, NASA is asking you to share pictures and video of your favorite places on Earth using social media – and tag them #NoPlaceLikeHome.

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Indiana Home Shopping with James Van Der Beek and Anna Camp (VIDEO)

Indiana's new religious freedom law makes for some pretty uncomfortable home shopping.

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