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Good ReadsThe love of books may begin at any age, but for most, it starts in childhood. Now, scientists are studying the effects of reading on the brain with MRIs, polls, surveys and experiments. The results indicate that readers...

Show StopperThe Ringling Brothers Circus made good on a promise to retire their last contingent of performing elephants to the Center for Elephant Conservation, in...

Green SerenitySikkim, the northeastern Indian state located between Bhutan and Nepal, has rid its agricultural land of pesticides, fertilizers, genetically modified crops and other artificial inputs on around...

Signature Collection ContinuesThe Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan, a statewide ballot initiative campaign, has collected over 207,000 in-person signatures from Michigan registered voters a...

Moth MiseryNational Moth Week, held from July 23 to 31 (visit NationalMothWeek.org for podcast), has prompted the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) to encourage cities to...

Farm-to-WorkPioneering employers are now offering fresh vegetables to help employees improve their diet—and their health. Tech companies are even hiring professional chefs to...

GMO-Free PioneerLarge food companies that are switching to non-GMO (genetically modified) soy and corn products must still worry about their ingredients picking up GMO contamination through conventional...

Fish FriedThe United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has been collecting reports for decades on how many fish are caught in the oceans annually. However, those numbers don’t ...

Toxic TeflonAccording to a new meta-analysis of previous studies, Philippe Grandjean, of Harvard, and Richard Clapp, of the University of Massachusetts, concluded that DuPont Teflon, used for 50...

Recycling NutrientsA paper published in Forest Ecosystems concludes that frugivores, large, fruit-eating animals like toucans, tapirs, curassows and spider monkeys, help to...

Low-Cost LargesseThe biggest challenge to healthy eating in poor neighborhoods isn’t always access to healthy food; it’s whether people can...

Eco-Beach BlastWhen eco-conscious families hit the beach this summer, there’s more to be aware of than just picking up trash like drink containers, wrappers and found...

Municipal PioneersNassau, New York, a town of 5,000 outside Albany, plans to ramp up a combination of rooftop- and ground-mounted solar, wind turbine and landfill methane-capture technologies to...

Bye-Bye DyeMars Inc., the maker of many candies, chewing gum flavors and other food products, is phasing out artificial food dyes over the next five years. The decision came as a response to growing...

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