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Teen Finds Drought Solution in South Africa

Kiara Nirghin, a South African teenage girl and recent winner of the Google Science Fair’s Community Impact Award for the Middle East and Africa, is pioneering a new technology to fight drought. The Holy Web, her super-absorbent polymer, can store reserves of water hundreds of times its own weight. Drought remains one of South Africa’s main challenges, with at least ... Read More »

Tree Terminators

Insects Assault America’s Forests In a towering forest of centuries-old eastern hemlocks, the tiny hemlock woolly adelgid spends its life sucking sap and eventually killing the tree. The bug is one example of an expanding horde of insects draining the life out of forests from New England to the West Coast. Aided by global trade, a warming climate and drought-weakened ... Read More »

Petroleum-Free

Phasing Out Plastic Film Food Wrappers   Many grocery store foods are wrapped in plastic packaging that creates non-recyclable, non-biodegradable waste, even though thin, plastic films are not efficient at preventing spoilage. Some plastics are also suspected of leaching harmful compounds into food. Researcher Peggy Tomasula, D.Sc., is leading a U.S. Department of Agriculture team developing an environmentally friendly film ... Read More »

Many New Developments from Bell Lifestyle Products

With more than 20 years of experience, Bell Lifestyle Products Inc., in South Haven, Michigan, is expanding its line of products, most recently launching a new, all-in-one bladder and urinary tract support formulation and a new line of sports supplements. It has also updated its ecommerce website to allow visitors to more easily shop online or find their local Bell ... Read More »

Run Fun

Races Beckon Beginners “I’ve run in cities, rural areas and suburbs. I’ve run while deployed to military bases in the Middle East, in cities on four continents, in blazing heat and winter snowstorms,” says Maria Cicio, a licensed professional counselor candidate and marathoner in Grove, Oklahoma. “I’ve been running regularly for 25 years, mostly injury-free, and have found what works ... Read More »

Eggs-pert Advice

How to Buy Good Eggs from Happy Hens JUDITH FERTIG Janice Cole, the author of Chicken and Egg: A Memoir of Suburban Homesteading with 125 Recipes, knows how delicious a really fresh egg tastes. She keeps three chickens she calls “the girls” in the backyard of her suburban Minneapolis home. “Jasmine, a white Silkie, lays small, beige-colored eggs; Keiko a black ... Read More »

New Wave

Kids Organize to Save Our Oceans APRIL THOMPSON Earth’s oceans shelter more than a million species, employ millions of people and feed billions more. Their complex ecosystems increasingly face critical challenges, including acidification, overfishing and pollution. Inspiring us all, youths nationwide are stepping up with bold, creative actions benefiting present and future generations to show us how we too, can ... Read More »

The Heart of the Wild Reveals Our Spiritual Life

Excerpts from “America’s National Parks” from The Hour of Land TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS It was standing inside Timpanogos Cave (a national monument) as an 8-year-old child that marked me. Hiking to the entrance of the cave with our church group, we were ushered in by a park ranger. Immediately, the cool air locked inside the mountain enveloped us and we wore ... Read More »

The Call of the Day Taps into Our Authentic Self

Jodi Hershey’s new book The Call of the Day focuses on what is taking place today spiritually and how we are called to tap into our authentic self to individually and collectively do our part in, what she asserts is, humanity “moving from our familiar Third-Dimensional ego self into a Fourth Dimension soul self, with the ability to reach higher ... Read More »

Journey of Personal Healing Workshop April 22 and 23

The Barbara Brennan School of Healing (BBSH) will present a one-day experiential workshop April 22 and again April 23 based on Barbara Brennan’s book Light Emerging: The Journey of Personal Healing. Both sessions will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 34 West 28th Street, 3rd Floor. Lisa Van Ostrand, BBSH faculty member and editor of Brennan’s new ... Read More »