Want to save a life? There’s an app for that.
The American Red Cross is hoping its new Blood Donor app will help to collect the 15,000 units of blood that are needed everyday.

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mothernaturenetwork:

Freekibble has launched Free Kat Litter, so in addition to answering trivia questions to donate food to animal shelters, you can now donate litter with just a simple click!

Click here every day, and the more you do, the more litter that’s donated to shelters in need.

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mothernaturenetwork:

How to clean mold without toxic chemicals
Get a jump on this harmful invader with some common household solutions.

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climateadaptation:

nprglobalhealth:

How Do You Catch Ebola: By Air, Sweat Or Water?

There’s no question Ebola is one of the most terrifying diseases out there. It causes a painful death, typically kills more than 50 percent of those infected and essentially has no cure.

But if you compare how contagious the Ebola virus is to, say SARS or the measles, Ebola just doesn’t stack up. In fact, the virus is harder to catch than the common cold.

That’s because there has been no evidence that Ebola spreads between people through the air. Health experts repeatedly emphasize that human-to-human transmission requires direct contact with infected bodily fluids, including blood, vomit and feces.

And to infect, those fluids have to reach a break in the skin or the mucous membranes found around your eyes, mouth and nose.

But that hasn’t stopped two-thirds of Americans from thinking that the virus spreads “easily,” a poll from Harvard School of Public Health found in August. Almost 40 percent of the 1,025 people surveyed said they worry about an Ebola epidemic in the U.S. More than a quarter were concerned about catching the virus themselves.

Many questions still linger. Is Ebola really not airborne? Can it spread through contaminated water? What about through a drop of blood left behind on a table?

So we took those questions to two virologists: Alan Schmaljohn at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Jean-Paul Gonzalez at Metabiota, a company that tracks global infectious diseases.

Continue reading.

Photo: A burial team in Barkedu, Liberia, buries their protective clothing alongside the body of an Ebola victim. It’s possible to catch the virus from clothing soiled by infected blood or other bodily fluids. (Tommy Trenchard for NPR)

Good reporting by NPR, clearing up how Ebola is transmitted (answer: with great difficulty).

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How often do you really need to shower?

Most people think showering once a day is the norm, but there are plenty of people who don’t — and it might be healthier.

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Goodbye to cars: Why we should take a good look at Finland’s phone-based mobility system

Helsinki is experimenting with a plan to match people with rides, making cars unnecessary.

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Walking or biking to work may make you happier

Workers who took public transportation also reported a larger feeling of emotional satisfaction compared to those who drove.

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mothernaturenetwork:

Could virtual reality convert skeptics into environmentalists?
A new breed of virtual reality games promises to not just teach about the environment, but change people’s behaviors too.

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Landfills ingeniously fashioned into beautiful parks

Thanks to some impressive technology and forward-thinking people, there can be glory beyond the garbage.

(Source: fromgrapevine)

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California inches closer to statewide ban on disposable plastic bags

In California, where numerous municipalities have already given single-use plastic bags the boot, lawmakers approve a statewide bag ban.

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How to freeze your summer vegetables so you can enjoy them in the winter

Give variety and lift to cold weather meals by adding in well-preserved summer veggies.

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Tired? Take a coffee nap

Studies show that following a cup of coffee with a 20-minute nap is one of the most effective ways to wake yourself up.

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salvageearthtv:

Recycling Pic of the Day!
Photo courtesy: Melissa Hahn

salvageearthtv:

Recycling Pic of the Day!

Photo courtesy: Melissa Hahn

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