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Why we should pave roads with cigarette butts

Aussie scientists want to give errant butts an intriguing new use.<p>Talk about killing two proverbial birds with one stinky, wildlife-poisoning stone …

Smoking

Can ocean plastic end up in seafood?

Scientists are are trying to understand why fish eat ocean plastic, how it affects them and how it affects their predators — including us.<p>It's …

Oceans

What are liquid aminos?

This trendy health food can be a gluten-free substitute for soy sauce.<p>If you're suddenly seeing a product labeled "liquid aminos" in the grocery …

Vegan

Galicia's wild horse roundup pits tradition versus animal rights

The hardy Galician horses of northwestern Spain typically spend their days foraging in the rugged surrounding forests and hills. Left to their own …

Farmers' Almanac warns of brutal winter

The 2017-2018 winter weather forecast should elicit cheers from skiers, boarders and snowmobilers.<p>Because nothing good can last forever, the Farmers' …

Weather

Southern Company and partners award 10 longleaf conservation grants

The grants include $2.2 million in funding for 10 projects across Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Mississippi, which are home to Southern Company's …

Conservation

This lonely dog 'plays' the blues when its humans leave

It's never easy when someone you love leaves. There are ways to cope, whether it's shopping sprees, eating ice cream or, as this dog prefers, howling …

Guitar

How to save lives at a shelter near you

Austin dramatically lowered its euthanasia rate for shelter animals. Steal these ideas to make it happen where you live.<p>Many dogs and cats live the …

Austin

The truth about sea salt

Regardless of how you feel about iodine, here are the simple facts about this popular mineral.<p>Of the many things we eat, few things are as evocative …

Nutrition

How one man's 40 years of weather records became a treasure trove of climate change data

Meet billy barr — and yes, those are supposed to be lowercase letters. That's how he spells it. He's particular about details like that, and his …

Climate Change

Cruise ship goes dark to avoid pirates

Some of the seven seas are still prone to pirate attacks.<p>The passengers who were on Princess Cruises' Sea Princess will probably always remember the …

Cruise Ships

19 things I learned on a mushroom walk

Expert Tradd Cotter opened my eyes with these interesting facts.<p>There's an old saying among botanists: If you take a walk in the woods with a …

Nature

Rare white moose goes for dip in Swedish lake

It took three years, but Hans Nilsson finally caught his white whale ... which happened to be a white moose.<p>Nilsson, a municipal council member in …

Nature

Neonicotinoids: What home gardeners need to know

The pesticides work on an array of insects — including the good guys.<p>There has been a lot of buzz in recent years about a group of chemicals known as …

Bees

These are America's 10 most sustainable cities

Ranking the U.S. at the 'starting line' in the race for sustainability.<p>A new report on the most sustainable metropolitan areas in the U.S. shows that …

Sustainability

What is hot yoga and is it right for you?

2 new studies find that hot yoga may help to reduce stress, anxiety and emotional eating.<p>One of the hot trends in the yoga world is a style that …

Yoga

Concept of 'fat but fit' questioned in new study

New research buries the idea that you can be overweight and healthy.<p>Do you believe that there is such a thing as being "fat but fit"? Well, a …

Obesity

A NAPA AutoCare Center owner grabs a chance to give back

Sometimes an engine is more than just an engine.<p>Jimmy Maginnis, a carpenter, is the father of six kids. When the engine of the truck he uses to get …

San Francisco Bay Area

Why we all have a little hoarder in us

While most of us aren’t true hoarders, we still may find it hard to throw things out.<p>It’s fashionable these days to declutter, downsize and strive …

Hoarding

Almond nutrition facts

We take a closer look at the amazing super-food, the almond, which has been enjoying a renaissance lately.<p>Almonds are enjoying a new wave of …

Nutrition

5 solar eclipse apps to grab before Aug. 21

From timers to vocal narration, these smartphone apps will guide you through the solar eclipse, the year's biggest celestial event.<p>The last time a …

Solar Eclipse

Largest volcanic region on Earth found hidden underneath Antarctica ice

If the volcanoes blow, it could be bad news for sea levels.<p>Nearly 100 new volcanoes have been discovered lurking beneath Antarctica's thick ice sheet …

Climate Change

Dignity stands tall in South Dakota, honoring native tribes

Designed by Dale Lamphere and erected in September 2016, the 50-foot stainless steel Dignity statue depicts a Native American woman in Plains-style …

South Dakota

Rush-hour pollution is a bigger problem than we thought

A new study says commuting to work by car may be far more harmful to your health than previously believed.<p>It’s a familiar workday ritual. You hop …

Pollution

'The Living Forest' is an open invitation to regain a sense of awe

A new book from photographer Robert Llewellyn and scientist Joan Maloof encourages readers to study the forest, not just look at it.<p>You might think …

Nature

Lonely widower installs pool for neighbor kids

94-year-old now hears laughter all day as he watches children play.<p>Retired judge Keith Davison hated all the quiet. Evy, his wife of 66 years, had …

Kids

World's largest bicycle parking garage unveiled in the Netherlands

Excellent! Though some worry 12,500 parking spots won't be enough.<p>Famed for its historic university, soaring Gothic church tower and vibrant cultural …

Cycling

Eclipse map spinoffs range from hilarious to practical

You'll find more than celestial wonder within the path of totality.<p>When the Great American Eclipse begins its 2,500-mile-long trek across the United …

Maps

Midlife got you down? Focus on resilience

Learnable behaviors can help us navigate stress in a healthy way.<p>You might not call it resilience, but you recognize it when you see it — it's when …

Wharton School

15 ocean creatures that live in total darkness

A lack of light<p>What life lurks in the deepest, darkest parts of our planet's oceans? These unexplored remote areas hold secrets about animal behavior …

Oceans