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Imagery for 90 New California State Parks and Beaches Launched Today in Partnership with Google Maps

Yesterday California State Parks and Google Maps unveiled panoramic street view imagery collected by Trekker cameras of 90 additional state parks and beaches. This partnership with Google allows people from all over the world to experience California’s state parks and beaches in the comfort of their own home.

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The chemistry of grilling (video)

If you're firing up the barbecue this week for an Independence Day cookout, you don't want to miss this week's Reactions video. We've got chemistry knowledge that will impress your guests like, "Why is red meat red?"

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Women on the $10? These Eight Women Could Fill the Bill

Some notable but lesser-known women in American history might be overlooked as possibilities for the soon-to-be redesigned $10 bill – the first paper currency in more than a century to feature a portrait of a woman.

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Son of Migrant Farmworkers Named U.S. Poet Laureate

The next poet laureate of the United States is Juan Felipe Herrera, the son of migrant farm workers. Herrera will be the first-ever Chicano poet laureate, signaling, as the Los Angeles Times put it, “…an acknowledgment of the importance of Spanish and bilingual culture in America.”

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Love, Factually: Cornell Gerontologist Finds the Formula to a Happy Marriage

With wedding season in full swing, America’s newlyweds stand to learn the most from the experts: older adults whose love has endured job changes, child-rearing, economic certainty, health concerns, and other life challenges.

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More Than 100 Garden Retailers Urged to Stop Selling Pollinator-toxic Pesticides

To celebrate National Pollinator Week, more than 50 beekeeper, farmer, farmworker, faith-based, environmental and consumer organizations sent letters to more than 100 of the top garden retailers across the country, including True Value and Ace Hardware, urging public commitments to stop selling bee-toxic neonicotinoid pesticides. These letters follow thousands of calls on Tuesday from customers of Ace and True Value urging these retailers to stop selling bee-killing pesticides and pre-treated plants.

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The Weather Channel Presents "The Climate 25" Conversations with 25 Influential Voices on Climate, Security, Energy and Peace

What does the military think about climate change? How about the leaders of Fortune 100 companies or conservative politicians and thought leaders? The answers may surprise you. While some politicians continue to debate the existence of climate change, forward thinking leaders are acting now to deal with it.

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What is the TPP? Animated video exposes environmental dangers of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal

Today, the Sierra Club released “What is the TPP?,” an animated video exposing the secretive and nearly complete Trans-Pacific Partnership and the threats it poses to the fight against climate disruption. The 97-second video shows how the TPP, a massive proposed trade deal with 11 other Pacific Rim nations, would empower multinational corporations to sue the United States government in private trade courts over domestic laws, and would require the U.S. Department of Energy to automatically approve all exports of natural gas to countries in the pact, opening the floodgates to fracking across the U.S.

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Ways to Decrease Wasted Food in Your Home

Food wasted means money wasted, which can be an expensive problem especially in homes with financial constraints. A new study from the Cornell Food and Brand Lab and the Getulio Vargas Foundation, shows that the top causes of food waste in such homes include buying too much, preparing in abundance, unwillingness to consume leftovers, and improper food storage.

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Undercover Exposé: Inhumane Treatment of Animals, Food Safety Concerns at Costco Egg Supplier

Newly-released undercover footage shows inhumane treatment of animals and food safety concerns at a facility supplying eggs to Costco, the nation’s second-largest grocery retailer. The Humane Society of the United States shot the video during an undercover exposé.

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The Chemistry of Gender Transitions (video)

With Caitlyn Jenner's recent transition in the news, more attention is being paid to the transgender community. A big part of gender transition is hormone replacement therapy (HRT). This week, Reactions talks about the chemistry of HRT and what happens when the body undergoes major shifts in estrogen and testosterone — two very powerful hormones.

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Consumer advisory: Don't be misled by reverse mortgage advertising

You might see enticing images of youthful retirees on the golf course or enjoying other leisure activities in a reverse mortgage advertisement. A reverse mortgage is a special type of loan that allows homeowners 62 and older to borrow against the accrued equity in their homes. The loan must be paid back when the borrower dies, moves, or no longer lives in the home.

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New website can identify birds using photos

In a breakthrough for computer vision and for bird watching, researchers and bird enthusiasts have enabled computers to achieve a task that stumps most humans--identifying hundreds of bird species pictured in photos.

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EWG Targets Brands Still Using Toxic BPA in Canned Food

A new analysis of the canned food marketplace released today by EWG will help American shoppers determine which products still contain the toxic hormone disruptor bisphenol A, or BPA.

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CDC: Rates of new melanomas - deadly skin cancers - have doubled over last three decades

Melanoma rates doubled between 1982 and 2011 but comprehensive skin cancer prevention programs could prevent 20 percent of new cases between 2020 and 2030, according to this month’s Vital Signs report.

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Why Do Wet Dogs Stink? + Other Canine Chemistry (Video)

They're our best four-legged friends, and they're the stars of many an Internet video. No, not cats. This week on Reactions, we're talking dogs. We investigate the chemistry behind your dog's amazing sense of smell. We also explain why Fido stinks even after he's had a bath. Also, have you ever noticed that dog food smells gross? There's a reason for that.

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Separating five facts from earthquake fiction in “San Andreas,” the movie

The latest disaster movie, San Andreas, has drawn considerable attention, especially when coupled with the real-life earthquake disaster that struck Nepal April 25 and the magnitude 4.8 gentle-reminder earthquake 100 miles north of Las Vegas that rattled homes and highways throughout the valley on May 22.

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This College Student Chained Herself to a Shell Oil Ship for Three Days. Here's Why.

Chiara Rose, a 20-year-old student at Western Washington University, set out into the Port of Bellingham, Washington, on a small boat on the night of Friday, May 22. She paddled through choppy waves until she reached the anchor of a ship, and then jumped onto the chain. She fitted a hook through the links, dangled a harness down, and pulled herself up.

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Living in the Crosshairs -- The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism and Law

Abortion is a legal, common, and safe medical procedure that one in three American women will undergo. Yet ever since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, anti-abortion forces have tried nearly every tactic to eliminate it. Legislative and judicial developments dominate the news, but a troubling and all-too-common phenomenon-targeted vigilante action against individual abortion providers-is missing from the national discussion, only cropping up when a dramatic story like the murder of an abortion provider pushes it to the forefront. Every day, men and women who are associated with abortion care are harassed, threatened, stalked, picketed, sent hate mail, and otherwise terrorized. Those who seek help from the law are sometimes successful, but not always, either because there are insufficient protections built into the law, or because law enforcement officials fail to respond.

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New Report Maps LGBT Equality State by State

If the United States Supreme Court grants same-sex couples the freedom to marry, the majority of those couples will still face significant legal discrimination. According to a new report released today by the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), 61 percent of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population in the U.S. will continue to live in states with medium or low legal protections—or that have outright hostile laws.

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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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