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Month: September 2018

With Southern Africa Deforestation on the Rise, Here’s How You Can Protect Trees
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With Southern Africa Deforestation on the Rise, Here’s How You Can Protect Trees

In an article earlier this month, the Pacific Standard reported that deforestation in southern Africa is occurring at a rate five times higher than previous estimates. While deforestation is often associated with tropical rainforests, the new findings from the southern regions of Africa serve as a grim reminder that habitat loss can occur anywhere people roam. The satellite images used to measure the lost woodlands revealed that other habitat types have been lost as well, specifically wooded savannas. This combined habitat degradation accounted for a carbon loss six times higher than previous estimates. There are a few explanations as to why earlier estimates were so inaccurate. One problem comes from how deforestation is measured. Scientists monitor and measure the spread and recess...
Medical Tattoo Artist Changes Lives Of Survivors In Delaware
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Medical Tattoo Artist Changes Lives Of Survivors In Delaware

UPDATED 12/30/20 Tattoos are often seen as simply decorative art pieces on the body. But they can also be used to support people with medical issues that cause disfigurement in their bodies. This is the case for Corey McGee, who tattoos 3D nipple and areola tattoos for breast cancer survivors. This generous, creative business approach sets McGee apart from others. Offering medical tattoos is a great way to increase goodwill in the community. So now, if someone is looking for good ear piercing places near me, they are more likely to trust McGee to know about ear piercing and body piercing and do them in a safe way. Things like 2 upper lobe piercings can get infected easily. Having a medical background of some sort means that this shop is going to be able to help their customers avo...
Bartenders Are Charged After Drunk Patron Causes Fatal Car Accident
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Bartenders Are Charged After Drunk Patron Causes Fatal Car Accident

Two bartenders in Galveston, Texas have been criminally charged after serving an intoxicated woman, Gerilyn Weberlein, who allegedly caused a fatal car crash 15 minutes after leaving the bar. The bartenders, Shafay Look and Jon Ward, served Weberlein at the Island Pier Club on June 4, 2018. According to Galveston police, Weberlein crashed her car into two bicyclists near the intersection of 69th Street and Weiss Drive at around 10:10 p.m. that night. The injured bicyclists were taken to John Sealy Emergency Room at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. As of 2010, total property damage costs from car accidents made up 31% of economic costs, but this crash cost more than just money. One cyclist suffered a broken arm, cuts, and abrasions. The other, 23-year-old Marco ...
Mixed Emotions Over Kentucky Dropping Advanced Degree Requirement For Teachers
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Mixed Emotions Over Kentucky Dropping Advanced Degree Requirement For Teachers

A lot of people don't realize that the vast majority of K-12 public school educators have at least a master's degree. Back in 2010, some states such as Ohio and Massachusetts decided that brand-new K-12 teachers didn't need to have a master's degree right when they start teaching but had to complete a master's degree within five years of starting their teaching career. This was due to a drastic shortage of teachers to fill positions. Now, Kentucky is causing ripples in the education community by dropping the master's degree requirement for teachers in their public school systems. On Monday, August 20, the state Education Professional Standards Board voted in favor of dropping the requirement, citing the lack of empirical evidence that an advanced degree increases an educator's effective...
Flu-ent In Cleanliness: 3 Rooms To Focus On Sanitizing This Flu Season
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Flu-ent In Cleanliness: 3 Rooms To Focus On Sanitizing This Flu Season

Summer is coming to an end, school is starting up for the kids, and colder months are approaching. This all adds up to the return of flu season and the need to protect your family and home from those dangerous germs. Go room-by-room to properly clean away the bacteria and stock up on what you'll need when the kids inevitably catch their first colds of the winter. Kitchen As your kitchen is most likely well-sanitized already, we'll focus on what you need to stock in there to keep your family's immune systems strong. According to a study in Nutrition Journal, cranberries boost immune cells and are high in polyphenols, which are essential in fighting the flu. Try eating them as they are by putting them on a salad, rather than in cranberry juice which is normally high in sugar. Within the ve...
Cargo Ships Become More Energy-Efficient With High-Tech Sails
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Cargo Ships Become More Energy-Efficient With High-Tech Sails

In an effort to cut costs and emissions on ocean cargo transport, the European plane maker, Airbus SE, is in the process of utilizing wind power. To move aircraft parts around the world, the company relies on large ocean-going cargo ships, and they are now planning to add huge 5,382-square-foot sails to some of the cargo ships in their fleet. According to Airbus, the new sail technology operates like a giant kite. The aircraft manufacturer, second in the world only to the Boeing Company, expects to save more than $1.2 million in annual fuel spending. They are also hoping to cut carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 8,000 tons per year with this new technology. Plus, this is only an initial test. If this modern sail technology is rolled out fleet-wide, the cost savings and emissio...
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Lambscaping Makes Historic Cathedral Courtyard An Animal Farm

This is the story of some very curious caretakers at a cathedral in New York City. In the city that never sleeps, green spaces can be all but impossible to come by. And when they do exist, those who take care of them are charged with a very rare task in the midst of the hustle and bustle of city life. Gardeners in the United States report spending $47.8 billion on lawn and gardening retail annually, though the concrete jungle where dreams are made of got more creative with their spending. What better beings to take care of those green spaces than those that spend their days chowing on the delectable green grass? Sheep were obviously perfect candidates for the job, and have been inhabiting the courtyard of Manhattan's Basilica of Old St. Patrick's Cathedral for the past few years. ...
Water Contamination: New Hampshire Residents Request Federal Involvement
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Water Contamination: New Hampshire Residents Request Federal Involvement

The U.S. is the largest manufacturer of chemical products in the world, and it's starting to become a problem. Water contamination has increased noticeably across the country -- most memorably with Flint, Michigan -- but a quick Google search turns up a shocking number of states suffering from toxic chemicals being leeched into their water supply from nearby industrial and manufacturing plants, including military bases. New Hampshire is the latest addition to the growing list, with its resident plastics plant being held responsible for the discovery of perfluoroalkyls (PFAS) in the southern half of the state's water supply. PFAS are actually all around us -- in common household products, fire-fighting foam, even in the packaging our food comes in -- but the problem comes from overexpo...
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Lettuce Shipment Reveals 260 Pounds Of Smuggled Marijuana

Some arrests that happen are entertaining to think about when considering the question how did they get there? Imagining the planning -- or lack thereof -- process that went into felonious acts that were promptly foiled by the iron gauntlet of the law only causes one to wonder. There are more than 1.3 million lawyers in the United States, but these guys are going to have a real tough time defending this stunt in court. Driving a tractor-trailer on a route from Colorado to Florida, Jorge Blanco-Diaz and Adan Labanino Delacruz were certain of their plan. They were just driving a massive shipment of lettuce. Nothing of import, nothing extraordinary, nothing to see here. However, there was more to this shipment than met the eye. Tucked away within the truck full of greens, the devil's le...
Hurricane Lane’s Rainfall Breaks Records As Hawaiian Officials Assess Damages
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Hurricane Lane’s Rainfall Breaks Records As Hawaiian Officials Assess Damages

Between Aug. 22 and 26, Hurricane Lane pounded the islands of Hawaii with a reported 52.02 inches of rain, surpassing the state's previous record and closely approaching the nationwide record. That high total is held by the rainfall seen in Texas during Hurricane Harvey in 2017, which totaled 60.58 inches. Areas of Hawaii are currently in the process of recovering from the hurricane and officials are busy assessing the total damages caused by the high winds and flash flooding. The Governor of Hawaii, David Ige, signed a supplementary proclamation effective through Oct. 27, 2018, which extends emergency assistance related to Hurricane Lane through that date. In Papaikou, the Department of Water Supply issued a Water Conservation Notice. According to the DWS, Hurricane Lane's winds and...