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Victory in court for horses who need protection from cruel practice of ‘soring’

Some really good news from a federal courtroom on a fight we’ve long been waging for horses: Last Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the United States Department of Agriculture had unlawfully withdrawn a 2017 rule designed to fix the agency’s weak regulations that have allowed horse soring to […]

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Food expiration dates don’t have much science behind them – a food safety researcher explains another way to know what’s too old to eat

Without obvious signs of contamination like the mold in this jam, consumers use expiration dates to decide whether to keep or throw away food. Ralf Geithe via iStock/Getty Images Jill Roberts, University of South Florida Florida’s outbreak of listeria has so far led to at least one death, 22 hospitalizations and an ice cream recall […]

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Cats Injured in Wildfires at Risk of Deadly Blood Clots

Cats who suffered burns and smoke inhalation in urban California wildfires are at risk of forming deadly blood clots, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California, Davis, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. The study, recently published in the journal Frontiers in Veterinary Science, follows up on a previous discovery that showed […]

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The Geological Society celebrates Tanya Atwater’s extraordinary career studying plate tectonics and sharing her enthusiasm for discovery

It’s a rare few scientists whose discoveries are so monumental that they leave an indelible mark upon society. Among them is UC Santa Barbara’s Tanya Atwater, who has watched her groundbreaking research transition into common knowledge. Now, the Geological Society of London has awarded Atwater the Wollaston Medal for her contribution to the theory of seafloor spreading and […]

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Life Jackets Save Lives

U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in four out of every five recreational boating fatalities in 2020, and that 86 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets. Sadly, we’ve already witnessed this statistic at Lake Tahoe this season. Earlier this month, North Tahoe firefighters were […]

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Confronting Conspiracy Theories and Organized Bigotry at Home: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers

May 19, 2022 – People of all ages in the U.S. have witnessed a steep rise in violence and other activity from white nationalist and other anti-democracy groups. At the same time, harmful conspiracy theories have steadily gained visibility in mainstream rhetoric and politics. Not only have young people witnessed these unsettling shifts but—as many […]

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More than 25 organizations join forces with the American Library Association to Unite Against Book Bans

CHICAGO–The American Library Association (ALA) and a coalition of over 25 groups are banding together to empower individuals and communities to fight censorship and protect the freedom to read. Organizations including the American Federation of Teachers and the Authors Guild have joined the association’s Unite Against Book Bans campaign to raise awareness about the recent […]

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Blasting out Earth’s location with the hope of reaching aliens is a controversial idea – two teams of scientists are doing it anyway

Scientists think there are 300 million habitable planets in the Milky Way, and some may be home to intelligent life. Bruno Gilli/ESO, CC BY Chris Impey, University of Arizona If a person is lost in the wilderness, they have two options. They can search for civilization, or they could make themselves easy to spot by […]

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Online health and wellbeing program using singing techniques can improve quality of life and breathlessness after COVID-19

An online breathing and wellbeing programme helps improve quality of life and breathlessness for people recovering from COVID-19, according to a new study. This is one of the first clinical trials to report an effective intervention for people with post-COVID syndrome, also known as long COVID. The study is published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine. The ‘ENO Breathe’ […]

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FDA Takes New Steps Regarding Evaluating Public Health Importance of Additional Food Allergens

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a draft guidance that, when finalized, will outline the agency’s approach to evaluating the public health importance of food allergens that are not one of the major nine food allergens identified by law in the U.S (non-listed food allergens). Currently, the major food allergens are milk, eggs, fish, crustacean […]

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From the Noggin to the Butt: Quirky Measurement Units Throughout Human History

When we talk about measurement units here at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), you’ll typically hear us rattling off the official ones — such as the meter, the second and the kilogram. These official measurements, which are part of the International System of Units (SI), have evolved from quantities that people mostly defined […]

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New Dungeons & Dragons Book to Support Endangered Species Protection

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity is partnering with Mage Hand Press and creator Lucas Zellers to resurrect the histories of extinct animals in a surprising new way: through the popular role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons. A newly launched project called The Book of Extinction tells the stranger-than-fiction true stories of animals now lost, alongside game statistics […]

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A history of Easter feasts and why the English breakfast might be medieval

Giles Gasper, Durham University Easter is the principal festival of the Christian year. Both Easter and its long prelude Lent have traditions associated with food. Lent is traditionally a time of giving up food, especially meat and dairy. Easter is, by contrast, a feast. Versions of simnels (high-quality bread), decorated eggs, pancakes, and roast lamb […]