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Pumas Are Not Such Loners After All

Enlarge this image Adult female with young male coming in (without collar) to her kill. Mark Elbroch/Panthera/Science hide caption toggle caption Mark Elbroch/Panthera/Science Supposedly solitary pumas actually hang out with their fellow big cats quite often, frequently coming together and hissing and snarling before settling down to share a delicious elk carcass. That’s the startling discovery made by scientists who recently tracked 13 pumas — also called mountain lions or cougars — and set up cameras at kill sites. They recorded dozens of peaceful social interactions between these elusive felines….

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Health Conditions That Increase Stroke Risk Rise Across All Ages, Races

Enlarge this image Roughly 80 percent of all first strokes arise from risks that people can influence with behavioral changes, doctors say — risks like high blood pressure, smoking and drug abuse. Brenda Muller/Gallo Images/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Brenda Muller/Gallo Images/Getty Images For years, doctors have been warning us that high cholesterol, cigarette smoking, illegal drug use and diabetes increase our chances of having a potentially fatal stroke. And yet, most of the stroke patients showing up at hospitals from 2004 to 2014 had one or more of…

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There’s Gold In Them Thar Sewage Pipes, Swiss Researchers Say

Enlarge this image Researchers collect a sample at the Werdhölzli wastewater treatment plant in Zurich, as part of an Eawag research project exploring the concentration of various metals in treated wastewater. Elke Suess/Eawag hide caption toggle caption Elke Suess/Eawag In Ticino, Switzerland, the streets aren’t paved with gold. But the sewage pipes are packed with it. And across the country as a whole, some $3 million worth of gold and silver is thrown out in wastewater every year. That’s according to Swiss researchers who evaluated 64 municipal wastewater treatment plants…

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Pot Sticker Stir-Fry

I’m always on the hunt for new ways to get a healthy dinner on the table and fresh flavor combinations to keep things interesting. When a cookbook checks both of these boxes, it earns a special place in my heart. Enter my friend Michelle Tam’s latest release, Ready or Not!: 150+ Make-Ahead, Make-Over, and Make-Now Recipes by Nom Nom Paleo. It’s geared toward all different kinds of meal prep situations — from meals that require some more advanced planning to emergency weeknight dinners. Continue reading “Pot Sticker Stir-Fry” » ……

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2 Minute Book Summary: Thinking Fast and Slow

Book Details: Author: Daniel Kahneman Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1st edition (April 2, 2013) Language: English How long to read? 7 hour 4 minutes Get this book: here Featured photo credit: google image via images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com The post 2 Minute Book Summary: Thinking Fast and Slow appeared first on Lifehack. … Read the referenced story here… 2 Minute Book Summary: Thinking Fast and Slow

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Why A Long-Term Disability Policy Is More Important Than Pet Insurance

“It won’t happen to me.” Maybe that sentiment explains the attitude of many employees toward long-term disability insurance, which pays a portion of your income if you are suddenly unable to work for an extended period because of illness, injury or accident. Sixty-five percent of respondents surveyed this year by LIMRA, an association of financial services and insurance companies, say that most people need disability insurance. But the figure shrank to 48 percent when people were asked if they believe they personally need it. The proportion shriveled to 20 percent…

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The Desire to Be Liked Will End You up Feeling More Rejected

Admit it, you feel good when other people think you’re nice. Maybe you were complimented by a stranger saying that you had a nice outfit. You felt good about yourself and you were happy for the rest of the day. We all like to feel liked, whether by a stranger or a loved one. It makes you feel valued and that feeling can be addictive. But when the high wears off and you no longer have validation that someone thinks you’re a good, sweet person, you may feel insecure and…

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EPA Vows To Speed Cleanup Of Toxic Superfund Sites Despite Funding Drop

Enlarge this image An aerial photo showing hills of mining waste known as ‘chat’ scattered throughout the abandoned lead and zinc mine at the Tar Creek Superfund site. Joe Wertz/Stateimpact Oklahoma hide caption toggle caption Joe Wertz/Stateimpact Oklahoma Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is vowing to speed the cleanup of toxic Superfund sites, part of a shift away from climate change and toward what he calls the “basics” of clean air and water. The EPA’s Superfund program manages the cleanup of some of the most toxic waste sites —…

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Making Good Habits Stick Is Difficult, Here’s How To Make It Easier

Habits are the little things we do repeatedly, often subconsciously. They end up shaping our lives. Day after day, they make us who we are. Eat healthy and you get slim, exercise and you get fit, read and you get smart, etc. “Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.” – Mahatma Ghandi Building habits is arguably the most impactful skill we can acquire in life. Can you imagine that 16 million deaths could be avoided every year by simple habit change? It…

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Here Are The 2017 MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant Winners

Enlarge this image The 2017 MacArthur “genius” grant recipients. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation hide caption toggle caption John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation It’s not often you’ll find these 24 names in the same place. They are historians and musicians, computer scientists and social activists, writers and architects. But whatever it may read on their business cards (if they’ve even got business cards), they now all have a single title in common: 2017 MacArthur Fellow. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced the…

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