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Patrons eat outside at a small cafe in West Reading, Pennsylvania, as the community begins to reopen. Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images

How small towns are responding to the global pandemic

Local leaders and business owners have had to get creative to help their residents stay healthy and keep community economies going.
Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators shooting tear gas next to St. John’s Episcopal Church outside of the White House, June 1, 2020 in Washington D.C., during a protest over the death of George Floyd. JOSE LUIS MAGANA/AFP via Getty Images

What is tear gas?

The chemical weapon, tear gas, was used in Washington DC, Los Angeles, Orlando and several other cities to control crowds protesting the death of George Floyd. But what is it? Does it cause harm?
How many times a day do you use soap? Paul Linse/The Image Bank via Getty Images

The dirty history of soap

With hand-washing top of mind, soap is an integral part of keeping clean. But people through the ages relied on earlier forms of soap more for cleaning objects than for personal hygiene.
Carbonation and flavors are all that go into most seltzers. stockcam/E+ via Getty Images

Is seltzer water healthy?

Bubbly waters are becoming increasingly popular. While these carbonated, sometimes flavored beverages might cause slight harm to teeth, they are far better than soda. They might even be good for you.
When you share information online, do it responsibly. Sitthiphong/Getty Images

10 ways to spot online misinformation

Here's what to watch out for, so you can protect yourself – and your social circles – from lies, half-truths and misleading spins on current events.
To understand the effects of a big die-off, researchers set up experiments with wild boar carcasses. Brandon Barton, Mississippi State University

Rotting feral pig carcasses teach scientists what happens when tons of animals die all at once, as in Australia’s bushfires

Death is a natural part of ecosystems. But it's unusual for a large number of animals to all die at once. Researchers are investigating how a mass mortality event affects what's left afterwards.
Asking a person who is memory impaired to tell stories from bygone holidays may help trigger a happy memory. Lucky Business/Shutterstock.com

Asking people with memory loss about past holidays can help them recall happy times

Asking loved ones with memory problems to discuss holiday memories can help them retrieve some memories, studies suggest. In turn, that can improve mood and quality of life.
A woman walking with a white cane, which has become a symbol of independence for people who are blind. Akemaster/Shutterstock.com

Blind people have increased opportunities, but employers’ perceptions are still a barrier

People who are blind have made great strides in the workplace in the 55 years since the US first observed White Cane Day. Yet discrimination in employment still remains, two experts explain.
Wild boar in a swamp in Slidell, Louisiana. AP Photo/Rebecca Santana

Feral pigs harm wildlife and biodiversity as well as crops

Feral pigs are a destructive invasive species across much of North America. In a recent study, forest patches where feral pigs were present had fewer mammal and bird species than swine-free zones.
Il y a un court laps de temps entre le moment où une tique mord et celui où elle transmet une bactérie ou un virus. MSU Ag Communications, Courtesy Dr. Tina Nations

Les tiques se répandent beaucoup plus que vous ne le pensez et elles transmettent bien pire que la maladie de Lyme

La maladie de Lyme monopolise une grande partie de l'attention lorsqu'il est question des problèmes causés par les tiques. Mais il en existe une quantité d'autres aussi dangereuses, voire plus.
There’s a short window between when a tick bites and when it passes on bacteria or virus. MSU Ag Communications, Courtesy Dr. Tina Nations

Ticks spread plenty more for you to worry about beyond Lyme disease

Tick-borne diseases are becoming more common in the United States. A public health entomologist outlines some of the lesser-known threats ticks pose to human health.
Dogs often react with great fear to July 4th celebrations. Border collies such as this dog are especially sensitive to loud noises. Leigh Prather/Shutterstock.com

Every dog has its day, but it’s not the Fourth of July

Millions of Americans love the fireworks on July 4, but millions of dogs will tremble in fear. A vet explains the causes and solutions to this doggie dilemma.
Oh-so-cute raccoons can carry diseases and also fight with pets. If you don’t want raccoons around, minimize food sources such as bird seed. Nancy Salmon/Shutterstock.com

How to handle raccoons, snakes and other critters in your yard (hint: not with a thermos)

As humans encroach on wildlife habitats, it's only natural that wildlife come into yards and playgrounds. Here are some tips to peacefully coexist, or to keep critters away if you don't want that.
While most college football players believe they have a good shot at going pro, very few do. David J. Phillip/AP

Let’s get real with college athletes about their chances of going pro

While most college football players believe they have a good shot at going pro, statistics – and the upcoming NFL draft – show most are sadly mistaken and would be well served to earn their degrees.

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