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Think Before You Ink


How to Make Body Art Safe and Reversible APRIL THOMPSON  Few things in life are more permanent than a tattoo. Yet those most likely to change their life course—in careers, relationships or fashion styles—are also most inclined to get inked. Nearly 40 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 25 have at least one tattoo, according to a ... Read More »

Call for Worldwide Protection from Wi-Fi Radiation


Possible Cause of Cancer   In May, 190 scientists from 39 nations appealed to the World Health Organization (WHO) to “exert strong leadership in fostering the development of more protective EMF guidelines…” The letter was developed by a committee that included professors from Columbia University, Trent University, the University of Washington and the University of California, Berkeley. It was then ... Read More »

Happy Couples Sleep Closer Together

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Proximity at Night Linked to Contentment in Relationships   Researchers from the UK’s University of Hertfordshire conducted a study that measured the relative relationship satisfaction between couples and their sleeping proximity. More than 1,000 people were surveyed for the study. The researchers found that 55 percent of couples that typically faced each other but did not touch while sleeping were ... Read More »

Cell Phone Cases that Reduce Radiation Exposure


Pong technology does it again! The company now offers cases for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus – bringing users even more protection from cellphone radiation than before. With all of the health information we have published on cell phones and cell phone radiation, Pong offers the best solution to address this public health concern. If somehow you are unaware ... Read More »

Sad Music Can Lift Our Mood


Melancholy Tunes Improve Spirits Astudy from Free University, in Berlin, has determined that listening to sad music may actually lift our mood. The researchers conducted a survey of 772 people, 44 percent of which were musicians, asking each subject about their emotional responses after listening to sad music. While 76 percent felt nostalgic, more than 57 percent of the respondents ... Read More »

Crayon Kicks


Not Just for Kids Any More Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest, by Johanna Basford, are two of the most popular titles on sale at—and both are coloring books for adults. Featuring detailed black-and-white drawings of the flora and fauna that surround illustrator Basford’s Scottish home, Secret Garden has sold nearly 1.5 million copies. Fans include Hollywood celebrities such as Zooey Deschanel, and when National ... Read More »

Pistachio Nuts Help Cholesterol, Blood Sugar and Artery Health


Food for the Heart Anew study published in the journal Nutrition found that eating pistachio nuts may improve cholesterol parameters, increase glycemic (blood sugar) control, decrease artery stiffness and improve overall blood vessel health. The study tested 60 adults with poor cholesterol lipid levels. They were randomly split into two groups—one (control) was given lifestyle modifications (LSM) while the other was given ... Read More »

Solar Timeshare


Buying Kilowatts from Each Other Yeloha, a new, Boston-based, peer-to-peer solar startup, allows anyone to go solar, even if they live in a rented apartment, have a roof blocked by a shady tree or don’t have the funds to buy panels. Customers can sign up for the service either as a “sun host” or “sun partner”. Potential sun host homeowners ... Read More »

Fracking Halt


Earthquakes Derail Dutch Gas Production   Gas production by fracking in the Loppersum, Netherlands, area of the Groningen natural gas field, Europe’s largest, was suspended by a Dutch court after a home was damaged by earthquakes linked to the operation. Nette Kruzenga, co-founder of Groningen Centraal, one of two groups seeking an immediate halt in Groningen gas production, says, “It ... Read More »

Pistachio Power


The Nuttiest Biogas Around   Turkey, one of the world’s largest producers of pistachios, has begun using tons of the shells to produce biogas (methane) as an alternative energy source instead of dumping them in landfills. The country even plans to power its first eco-city using this unconventional fuel. The planned 7,900-acre metropolis is expected to house 200,000 people in ... Read More »