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Major Victory in New York: Hydraulic Fracturing Banned

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New York state’s environmental commissioner Joseph Martens said he will ban hydraulic fracturing in New York. The decision comes in response to a 5-year study done by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Martens says that the practice of high volume hydraulic fracturing will be prohibited.

“I will then issue a legally binding findings statement prohibiting (fracking) in New York state at this time,” Martens said at Governor Andrew Cuomo’s year-end cabinet meeting.

State health commissioner Howard Zucker gave a detailed presentation on why fracking was too risky for …

Are Superfoods Actually Bad for Us?

Are Superfoods Actually Bad for Us?

Acai berries! Kale! Spirulina! Quinoa!

Oh the world of superfoods, where some foods just get a better reputation than others. But when it comes to healthy eating, are superfoods actually doing us more harm than good?

The first problem with superfoods is that there is actually no definition of what a superfood is. In fact, if anything, the term “superfood” is used more for marketing purposes than health. Be honest: if you see “superfood” on the label of something at the market, you consider buying it now don’t you?

Don’t …

The Stephen Colbert Highlight Reel that Says it All [Video]

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We can’t believe he’s gone. Stephen Colbert’s final episode ran last night and now all that’s left is every second of the last nine years recorded and free to watch on the internet. So, here’s to another nine years of clip watching. We kick things off with these fantastic food clips that demonstrate why the man is was is King.

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Dyeing Armpit Hair (and Keep it Smelling Fresh) is the Latest Hot, Weird Trend

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Guess what the hot new hair trend is? And no, we aren’t referring to the hair on your head… we’re talking about armpit hair.

Yes, ladies. You can be part of the wave of women dying their armpit hair. Now, before you accuse us of making this trend up, I present to you the following proof:

On December 1, Refinery29 reported on this emerging trend that has, apparently, been around for quite a while. According to Refinery29, the whole armpit hair dying craze started about a year ago (a year!) …

Should You Consider a Silent Retreat?

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Have you ever considered a silent retreat? Here’s why you should.

My dad used to say that he couldn’t believe how different his two children turned out to be. And he would use the hour-long journey to grandma’s house as a good example of why. If it were just he and my brother in the car, it was silence, while I just never shut up. Part of me always envied my brother’s ability to be completely comfortable in silence.

Chatter can be a waste of time, especially when it’s pushed. Say you’re on a …

Banishing Ghost Nets from the World’s Oceans with the Help of a Trackable, Biodegradable Alternative

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Ghost nets end up in the world’s oceans thanks to a number of factors. They become damaged and end up falling off boats into the ocean, or they get dumped by fishermen who think no one is watching. Either way, they can do a whole lot of damage to an ocean’s ecosystem. 

Ghost nets are an environmental disaster on two fronts as well. They float in the ocean for a while, catching all sorts of fish and marine mammals along the way–causing the most harm to turtles, whales, sharks, dolphins, and …

Can a Loaf of Bread Decrease Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

Can a Loaf of Bread Decrease Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

While much of conventional farming is doing more harm than good to the climate, wheat may be an important crop for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

So, would wheat still be such a dietary pariah if it could help to curb climate change?

According to a new paper published in the recent journal Nature Communications, we may want to give wheat another chance. “The study found that a combination of a few basic farming practices boosted wheat production and put heaps of carbon back into the …

5 Dead Etiquette Rules That Will Give You a Good Laugh

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Etiquette rules used to be the guiding light for hosting. Today they’re just outdated.

A knife should go to the right of your plate, and a fork should go the the left. You should set a table with wine and water glasses. That’s all well and good, but when it comes to etiquette rules, there are plenty of them that we could certainly live without.

Outdated etiquette rules are often sexist in nature – this was after all the time when the hostess did all the work, and the man of the house would …