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The biggest source of microplastics in fresh water is laundry lint

When you clean out your dryer lint screen, you get a clump of fluff that comes from your clothes and other laundry. But that’s not the only place these fibers are going. Sometimes they never even make it to the…

Why we should all embrace the sweet art of 'doing nothing'

A very long time ago, someone without any friends, who people crossed the street to avoid and probably worked himself to death said, “The devil makes work for idle hands to do.” And, unfortunately, for many of us, those words…

Visiting a park can make you as happy as Christmas

When you’re in a bad mood, take a stroll around a park. The burst of good feelings you’ll get are like the rush of happiness that many people experience on Christmas Day. That’s what researchers found after analyzing the Twitter…

3 more reasons you should avoid triclosan

Concerns have swirled around the popular antibacterial chemical triclosan for years, linking it to health implications such as impaired thyroid function and liver toxicity. And more studies keep adding to the concerns. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned…

Will children really grow horns from too much phone use?

If you don’t put that phone down, you’ll grow horns. That’s the kind of warning you might expect from parents looking to frighten kids into more fruitful pursuits. It’s a reminder, perhaps of their own childhood when a line like,…

Does an empty baseball field really need outdoor lighting all night?

Outdoor sports were often impractical at night until the 20th century, when electric floodlights began to spark a new fascination with night games. The first night game in professional baseball was a 1930 minor-league contest in Iowa, followed by Major…

Meditation or vacation: Which one is better?

Research shows that both meditation and vacation have a positive effect on your mental health, helping to improve mood and lower stress levels. In fact, a new study finds that 15 minutes of meditation has about the same impact on…

Where do bedbugs come from?

Bedbugs make me positively nauseous. I shudder just thinking about them. Bedbugs are my biggest fear about staying in hotels — so much so, in fact, that though I once used to enjoy sleeping in a luxurious hotel bed, I…

9 unusual ways air pollution harms your health

Air pollution is harmful to the environment and our bodies: There’s the risk of respiratory diseases, fatigue and headaches, anxiety, cardiovascular damage, harm to reproductive organs, damage to the liver, spleen, blood and even the nervous system, according to Active…

What can I do to avoid germs in public restrooms?

Like many people, I get the heebie-jeebies from public bathrooms. When I’m on a road trip, I’ll hold it in for miles to avoid having to go at some nondescript gas station bathroom that requires a key to unlock. So…