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Why volunteer? Because it's good for your health

If you've ever volunteered your time to a charity or other worthy cause, you know you feel good about it at the end of the day. That effort also boosts your health, according to researchers. That's just the start; the benefits of that generosity reach a long way, even to...

source: By Bob Kowalski
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Today marks the sixth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, an event that remains one of the nation's largest, most complex and most contentious environmental disasters. The spill and its impact remain a daily concern for those...

source: Tampa Bay Times

Scientists and researchers are studying the effects of contaminated environments on animals. After decades of devastation due to nuclear radiation, they've found that Chernobyl, site of the world's most historically catastrophic...

source: Nature World News

Humans are pretty effective at messing up everything. Look at all the tech we use. It doesn't come without a cost. Manufacturing electronics and batteries produces contaminants such as lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic and chromium, none of which is particularly good for living...

source: CNET

Brian O'Reilly writes: "Standing on a wooden platform 100 feet above an alligator enclosure, I'm wondering if I should have gone to one of Orlando's many theme parks. Yes, they've been done to death — but there's less chance of me...

source: Independent

Greenhead horse fly larvae live in Spartina marshes and are the top predator in the coastal wetlands invertebrate food chain between Texas and Nova Scotia. Drs. Lane Foil and Claudia Husseneder discovered reduced genetic variation and severe declines in adult and larval...

source: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative

When the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform exploded in 2010 releasing the largest oil spill in United States history, scientists from around the country came to the Gulf of Mexico to try to measure the impact of the environmental disaster.

source: The Advocate

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