Tag: Heather-Callaghan

Man Repopulated Entire City With Butterflies From His Own Backyard

By Heather Callaghan, Editor During the day, Tim Wong is all about water life as an aquatic biologist. But when he changes into his cape at the end of his shift, he transforms into an incredible cultivator of butterflies. Tending to butterflies was his lifelong hobby – who knew that his backyard conservationism would save…

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IKEA Gives Away Free Urban Garden Sphere Plans

By Heather Callaghan, Editor Meet the Growroom. It’s an open source vertical, garden sphere designed for cities that is 2,8 x 2,5 meters. The urban farm pavilion takes up an incredibly small space for the unspecified amount of food it can produce. Several cities around the world are making plans to construct the garden sphere such as Helsinki,…

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Remember This Mnemonic Device To Tell If You Have a Brown Recluse Bite

By Heather Callaghan, Editor If you suspect a brown recluse bite, please have it checked immediately by a medical professional. The following mnemonic device was created for professionals encountering what might be a bite, but it can serve everyone to have this information. We have good and bad news on that front. The bad news…

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You Will Always Take the Stairs After Reading This

By Heather Callaghan, Editor Why do the people of the Western world insist on waiting for elevators, hunting escalators, standing on those moving walkways at the airport and cutting people off in the parking lot to get the closest spot next to the gym? The late, great comedian Mitch Hedberg once said, “An escalator can never…

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Corn Diet Turns Endangered Hamsters Into Cannibals

By Heather Callaghan, Editor Did you know that the European hamster is endangered in western Europe? Cannibalism doesn’t help. The wild European hamster (Cricetus cricetus) has been dying off at an unprecedented rate and a new paper demonstrates why. Researchers first had to realize the that the previous, native diet of these cute rodentia consisted…

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Bill Introduced to Remove Fluorinated Chemicals From Fast Food Wrappers

By Heather Callaghan, Editor We recently reported on a comprehensive analysis that  found PFASs (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), also known as PFCs in the wrappers and packages of hundreds of fast food and take-out samples. These chemicals are used on the packaging to keep in heat and be heat, water and grease-resistant. Worse yet, the analysis found…

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Just One Weekend Of Camping Can Reset Your Sleep Rhythm

By Heather Callaghan, Editor When you’re lying wide awake for the hundredth time because you have severe insomnia – are you thinking of sunshine, the moon, the stars or the far-off mountains? These majestic manifestations of nature might be your best friends when you desperately need to sleep – and need to bounce out of bed in…

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Fast Food Packaging Now Found to Have Fluorinated Chemicals

By Heather Callaghan, Editor For all the attention paid to damaging fast food ingredients – it is only recently that a spotlight illuminated its packaging to be among the worst ingredients to which consumers could expose themselves. A comprehensive analysis on the prevalence of highly fluorinated chemicals detected this chemical in more places than originally known. These damaging…

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