Articles from: November 2017

Oil Spoil: How to Properly Discard Cooking Oil

Oil Spoil: How to Properly Discard Cooking Oil

Holiday meal traditions that kick off with a Thanksgiving turkey and continue through festive meals for New Year’s can produce lots of cooking oil and grease waste. Following proper disposal procedures protects both the environment and home plumbing.

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Onions Healthy for Heart and Kidneys

Onions Healthy for Heart and Kidneys

Scientists from the Research Institute for Endocrine Sciences and Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, both in Tehran, Iran, investigated the impact on leading diseases of regularly eating onion and garlic (both belonging to the genus Allium).

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Wine Worry: Glyphosate Toxin Turns Up in Wines

Wine Worry: Glyphosate Toxin Turns Up in Wines

Monsanto’s toxic Roundup herbicide glyphosate has been found in all 10 California vintages tested, including organic wines. While glyphosate isn’t sprayed directly onto grapes because it would kill the vines, it’s often used to spray the ground in the vineyard to be absorbed via the roots.

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Aerobics Improve Brain Function

Aerobics Improve Brain Function

Researchers from the Wake Forest School of Medicine, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, have found that aerobic exercise increases overall brain volume and gray matter, and helps improve brain function. Thirty-five adults with mild cognitive impairment were split into an aerobic group and a stretching group.

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Cranberry Prebiotic Promotes Gut Health

Cranberry Prebiotic Promotes Gut Health

Research from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, has found that the cell walls of cranberries contain xyloglucan, a complex sugar that feeds the beneficial, naturally occurring bifidobacteria, enhancing the body’s microbiome. “A lot of plant cell walls are indigestible, just like we can’t digest the special sugars found in xyloglucans,” says nutritional microbiologist and researcher David Sela, Ph.D.

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Window Pain: Birds Die Flying Into Reflective Glass

Window Pain: Birds Die Flying Into Reflective Glass

One night earlier this year, nearly 400 birds migrating north from Central and South America died in the midst of a storm from slamming into the 23-story American National Insurance Company skyscraper in Galveston, Texas. Among the victims were Nashville warblers, yellow warblers and ovenbirds.

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Get Outside: Black Friday Alternative

Get Outside Black Friday Alternative

This year, all REI outdoor outfitter stores will close on Black Friday and join hundreds of national and local organizations and like-minded brands to ask, “Will You Go Out with Us?”

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Humpback Holler: Why Whales Leap High

Humpback Holler Why Whales Leap High

Humpback whales are famous for their prodigious leaps from the water. A recent paper published in Marine Mammal Science proposes that breaching the surface and making a big splash serves as an acoustic telegram to communicate with far-off pods.

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Lissa Rankin on Moving from Fear to Freedom

Lissa Rankin on Moving from Fear to Freedom

by April Thompson

Lissa Rankin wears many hats: physician, mystic, author, artist, speaker and blogger. What unites her many pursuits is a passion for helping people optimize their health and understand how science and spirituality converge toward that goal.

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Getting Greener: Renewables Hit High Mark in UK

Getting Greener Renewables: Hit High Mark in UK

In a major marker of renewable growth, sources of energy that includes wind, solar, hydro and wood pellet burning briefly generated more electricity—50.7 percent—than coal and gas in Great Britain for the first time on June 7.

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