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Oil & Gas Industry

It's Raining Nitrogen In A Colorado Park. Farmers Can Help Make It Stop

It's May in Rocky Mountain National Park, but on a mountainside 10,829 feet above sea level, snow is falling. It's pelting Jim Cheatham, a biologist with the National Park Service. Shrugging off the cold, Cheatham seizes a teachable moment. This snow, he says, holds more than just water.<p>"Chances …

Farming
Ergonomics

Why Food Companies Should Be More Afraid Of Water Scarcity

America's biggest food production companies face a growing threat of water scarcity, according to a new report from Ceres, an environmental sustainability group.<p>Producing food, after all, requires more water than almost any other business on Earth. And the outlook isn't pretty: One-third of food is …

Agriculture
Farming
Employee Engagement

A Virus In Your Mouth Helps Fight The Flu

Hidden inside all of us are likely thousands of viruses — maybe more. They just hang out, harmlessly. We don't even know they're there.<p>But every once in a while, one of these viral inhabitants might help us out.<p>Young people infected with a type of herpes virus have a better immune response to the …

Public Health

Earth Has A Layer No One Knew About

Just like onions and cartoon ogres<p>Our perspective of Earth tends to be very shallow--literally. Everything we experience, from the deepest depths of the ocean to the highest mountain peaks, only skims the top of the outermost layer of the Earth, the crust, which is about 4 miles thick under the …

Geology
Corruption
Environment

This Winter Was Warmest on Record

This winter may have brought a deep freeze to much of the northeastern United States — including record-breaking snowfall in Boston — but it was the …

Global Warming
Farming
Pollution

This Jay Is Evolving in a Very, Very Weird Way

The scrub jays of California's Santa Cruz Island really love a good peanut. "It's like crack to them," says Katie Langin, a biologist at Colorado …

5 Leadership Lessons You Can Learn From Pope Francis

Pope Francis, who marks his second year as leader of the Catholic Church this week, has garnered the type of favorability ratings that any leader …

Christianity

The big melt: Antarctica's retreating ice may re-shape Earth

CAPE LEGOUPIL, Antarctica (AP) — From the ground in this extreme northern part of Antarctica, spectacularly white and blinding ice seems to extend …

Nutrition Panel: Egg With Coffee Is A-OK, But Skip The Side Of Bacon

If you like a cup of coffee and an egg in the morning, you've got the green light.<p>A panel of top nutrition experts appointed by the federal government has weighed in with its long-awaited diet advice.<p>Their conclusions are that daily cup of joe (or two) may help protect against Type 2 diabetes and …

Diabetes

Beyond BPA: Court Battle Reveals A Shift In Debate Over Plastic Safety

BPA-free isn't good enough anymore if you're trying to sell plastic sippy cups, water bottles and food containers.<p>The new standard may be "EA-free," which means free of not only BPA, short for bisphenol A, but also free of other chemicals that mimic the hormone estrogen.<p>At least that's the …

Environmental Health

Cleaner Air Means Cleaner Water

by Tom Damm<p>Photo credit: Eric Vance, EPA<p>So, what does cleaner air as far away as Indiana have to do with cleaner water in the Chesapeake Bay? …

Promoting Healthy Lifestyles and Hearts – Don’t Forget About Air Pollution

<i>By Wayne E. Cascio, MD</i><p>Each February during American Heart Month our attention is once again drawn to the importance of promoting heart health. Heart …

Here's How To End Iowa's Great Nitrate Fight

Three weeks ago, Sara Carlson was driving to her job in Ames, Iowa, when she turned on the radio and heard me talking about nitrates in Iowa's water.<p>"And I was like, 'I really hope he nails this,' " she says.<p>This topic is Carlson's specialty. She works with a group called Practical Farmers of Iowa. …

Farming

Ebola Cases Plummet In West Africa, As Endgame Begins

The tide may have turned on the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.<p>Last week, only 99 cases were reported. That's the lowest weekly count since June.<p>Cases have plummeted in the two countries hit hardest by Ebola, Liberia and Sierra Leone. In December, Sierra …

Disease

Rise In Measles Cases Marks A 'Wake-Up Call' For U.S.

After a few cases here and there, measles is making a big push back into the national consciousness.<p>An outbreak linked to visitors to the Disneyland Resort Theme Parks in Orange County, Calif., has sickened 67 people in California and six other states according to the latest count from the Centers …

Public Health

Could This Virus Be Good For You?

Viruses are usually thought of as the bad guys — causing everything from Ebola and AIDS to hepatitis and measles. But scientists have been following the curious story of a particular virus that might actually be good for you.<p>The virus is called GB Virus-C, and more than a billion people alive today …

Disease

And So We Meet, Again: Why The Workday Is So Filled With Meetings

The ouster of Bryan Stockton from his perch as CEO at Mattel this week came as the toymaker's best-known brands like Barbie stagnate and it loses business to Web-based games.<p>Stockton himself said last year that Mattel lacked an innovative culture and blamed it in part on something specific: bad …

Time Management

A compelling case for bringing back private offices at work

The cushy private offices, complete with couch and bar, that Don Draper and his ilk enjoyed would be unthinkable in most companies today. The workplace has seen a years-long trend of shrinking personal space—driven, if you believe the companies doing it, by a desire for increased collaboration in …

OpenOffice

Liberia to Receive First Batch of Experimental Ebola Vaccine

The first doses of an experimental Ebola vaccine are expected to arrive in Liberia on Friday.<p>Calling it a “major milestone,” GlaxoSmithKline, the …

Pollution