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Junior AchievementThe Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation (TODASTW) is holding its annual national event on April 27, offering new toolkits and activity guides based on...

Clean JeansKids in middle schools with attendance problems may simply lack clean clothes to wear. An experiment by...

Bag BanCalifornia’s ongoing ban on single-use plastic carryout bags, approved by 52 percent of voters, is setting a...

Toxic CropsIn the nation’s produce basket, some California water districts are knowingly selling oilfield wastewater to farmers, putting a huge portion o...

Raw HideResearchers from Iowa State University have developed a new form of synthetic leather using cellulose fibers taken from kombucha tea, along with...

Heave HoAbandoned and lost fishing gear such as traps, crab pots and nets litter the ocean floor in coastal areas worldwide, continuing to...

Free FuelScientists at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, in Stockholm, report that they have finally unlocked a major barrier to...

Laundry ListFollowing eco-friendly laundry tips can save on energy, water usage and utility bills, making it good for both the planet and the bank account. The laundry results, too, may be...

Watch the BirdieZachary Crockett, of Pricenomics.com, has found that since 2014, 49 people were killed in attempts to take pictures of themselves with wild creatures. Although there are no statistics...

Veggie TalesA recent study from the University of Western Australia has found that plants regularly react to and emit sounds through a series o...

Fungus Among UsClustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) is a new method of editing genomes of farm animals and food crops. White button mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus) that have...

Repurposed PalletsNearly 2 billion wooden pallets are currently in circulation in the U.S., consuming around 50 percent of the...

Protecting PollinatorsMaryland is the first state in the nation to pass strict restrictions on pesticides thought to be responsible for significant reductions in bee populations with enactment of its...

Airline AirAerotoxic syndrome is the medical term for the illness caused by exposure to contaminated air in jet aircraft, and it’s causing...

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