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American Library Association: Access to a Wide Variety of Reading Materials Is Critical for Student Development & Well-being

CHICAGO, September 20, 2022 – Access to books that represent a variety of cultures and viewpoints may boost a student’s development and well-being, according to a white paper from Unite Against Book Bans, an initiative of the American Library Association and several dozen national partners.  The paper, “Empowered by Reading: The Benefits of Giving Youth […]

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New bird migration tool brings epic journeys right to your screen

NEW YORK (September 15, 2022) – Today, as millions of birds are flocking to their wintering grounds, the National Audubon Society and nine partner organizations announced the Bird Migration Explorer (, a state-of-the-art digital platform that reveals migration data consolidated for 458 bird species found in the United States and Canada. The free, interactive platform, […]

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Newly released NFPA wildfire policy report identifies next steps needed to eliminate home destruction and community devastation

September 9, 2022 – Proven methods to reduce home destruction and community devastation from wildfire exist, yet current policies and programs are largely failing to put these important safety measures into practice. In a newly released report, “Policy Recommendations to Reduce Home and Community Loss from Wildfire: Report on Outthink Wildfire™ Summit,” the National Fire […]

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New Book Explores Crisis of Early Childhood Expulsion, Suspension Practices

Hundreds of young children in the United States are expelled or suspended daily from child care and preschool classrooms at a rate nearly three times that of kindergarten through 12th-grade students. Despite recent efforts by policymakers to address what researchers describe as an almost two-decade crisis, disparities in who is expelled continue. Drawing on her […]

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Anonymous Tip Leads to Arrest After Thieves Disable Early Fire Detection Cameras

PROSPECT, Ore. – An anonymous tip led to the arrest of a thief who broke into an Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) lookout tower in the Prospect area last week. The suspect, Chad Allen McPherson, 30, of Prospect, was indicted today by a Grand Jury and charged with second-degree burglary, first-degree theft, first-degree criminal mischief, […]

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Rare plants attract rare bees and birds in urban gardens

Little is known about what drives rare biodiversity in cities. Rare plant species in urban gardens may be the answer. The plants in turn attract rare bee and bird species, according to a Dartmouth College-led study looking at urban gardens in northern California. The U.S. National Science Foundation-supported results, published in Ecological Applications, show that women, older gardeners, and […]

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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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