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National Park Service announces entrance fee-free days for 2022

The National Park Service will have five entrance fee-free days in 2022. The free admission days are designed to encourage discovery and visitation of the country’s variety of national parks. With at least one in every state, national parks are accessible places to visit to refresh body, mind and spirit. The free entrance dates for 2022 are:  Monday, January 17 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day  Saturday, April […]

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Government-Funded Study Shows Unprecedented Decline in Marijuana Use By Young People

Data released today from the University of Michigan’s annual Monitoring the Future survey shows an unprecedented year-over-year decline in young people’s use of marijuana and other controlled substances. Authors reported, “The percentage of students who reported using marijuana (in all forms, including smoking and vaping) within the past year decreased significantly for eighth, 10th, and […]

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What’s the difference between a PCR and antigen COVID-19 test? A molecular biologist explains

All COVID-19 tests start with a sample, but the scientific process goes very differently after that. Morsa Images/Digital Vision via Getty Images Nathaniel Hafer, UMass Chan Medical School At this point in the pandemic, you or someone you know has probably received at least one COVID-19 test. But do you know which kind of test […]

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Keep your Thanksgiving Full of Turkey and Free from Foodborne Illness

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2021 — Next week, Americans will enjoy Thanksgiving with family and friends. While the COVID-19 pandemic is still top-of-mind, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds us all that it’s also important to keep family and friends safe from foodborne illness this Thanksgiving. “Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times to remind […]

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Mercedes Lackey Named the 38th SFWA Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. (SFWA) is proud to announce that Mercedes Lackey has been named the 38th Damon Knight Grand Master for her contributions to the literature of science fiction and fantasy.  The SFWA Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award recognizes “lifetime achievement in science fiction and/or fantasy.” It is named after […]

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How do you spot a witch? This notorious 15th-century book gave instructions – and helped execute thousands of women

The ‘Malleus Maleficarum,’ a medieval handbook, was used to try and execute supposed witches. Its influence lasted for centuries – including at the Salem Witch Trials. Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images Melissa Chim, General Theological Seminary Books have always had the power to cast a spell over their readers – figuratively. But one […]

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CDPH Warns Consumers about Risks of Wearing Decorative Contact Lenses

SACRAMENTO – California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Tomás J. Aragón today warned consumers about the risks associated with wearing decorative contact lenses. “Advertised as color, cosmetic, fashion and theatrical contact lenses, decorative contact lenses are especially popular around Halloween,” said Dr. Aragón. “Wearing any kind of contact lens, including […]

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Spooky Science: Thirteen Fearful Field Sites, Creepy Creatures and Terrifying Topics

October 27, 2021 – USGS researchers frequently brave potentially haunted field sites and study spooky-looking creatures. Here’s a list of 13, right in time for Halloween. Equipped with maps, water and sunscreen, Kate Scharer was studying the active Simi-Santa Rosa Fault just outside of Los Angeles this past summer. While looking for the best place to park the field truck for the day, she opened her phone to […]

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New original planetarium show, Living Worlds, opens November 5 at the California Academy of Sciences

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Premiering November 5, 2021, the California Academy of Sciences’ newest original, all-digital planetarium show, Living Worlds, takes viewers on a revealing exploration of the ways life has transformed Earth’s surface and atmosphere over billions of years, and invites audiences to journey through the cosmos in search of life in our Solar […]

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Books: Hot Air: Climate denial and scientific discoveries ’emerged simultaneously’

Denial of climate science emerged simultaneously with key scientific discoveries about humanity’s impact on our planet, according to a new book. Professor Peter Stott – author ofHot Air: The Inside Story of the Battle Against Climate Change Denial – began 25 years ago in the then-obscure field of the detection and attribution of climate change. As […]