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Missing butterflies

Fewer monarch butterflies are migrating north this year. Christina Stevens tells us why and explains why this could be a sign of bigger changes underway. For...
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I visited the monarchs in Mexico more than once.  I've planted what they love.  I have harvested and protected Monarchs from eggs.  There are no eggs this year.  NONE.  and there have been.  honestly................this is a crazy year.  I hope it will not continue..........

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Issues that matter to me: mothering, animal welfare, politics, humor and nature (to name a few).
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Taming the Mammoth: Why You Should Stop Caring What Other People Think - Wait But Why

Taming the Mammoth: Why You Should Stop Caring What Other People Think - Wait But Why | Potpourri | Scoop.it
We all care way too much what other people think of us. Here's why.
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Oh, my.  yes.  

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Students Develop Nail Polish That Can Detect Date Rape Drugs | IFLScience

Students Develop Nail Polish That Can Detect Date Rape Drugs | IFLScience | Potpourri | Scoop.it
Four undergraduate students at North Carolina State University are attempting to produce a nail polish that will reveal the presence of “date rape drugs” such as Rohypnol and GHB by changing color in their presence.
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Wikipedia refuses to delete photo as 'monkey owns it' - Telegraph

Wikipedia refuses to delete photo as 'monkey owns it' - Telegraph | Potpourri | Scoop.it
Wikimedia, the non-profit organisation behind Wikipedia, has refused a photographer’s repeated requests to stop distributing his most famous shot for free – because a monkey pressed the shutter button and should own the copyright...
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Nine Songs Inspired by Photographs

Nine Songs Inspired by Photographs | Potpourri | Scoop.it
Nine songs that have been inspired by photographs that everyone can see, on postcards, as album covers, in galleries, newspapers, books, and magazines.
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Lovely stuff!
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9 questions about the Israel-Palestine conflict you were too embarrassed to ask

9 questions about the Israel-Palestine conflict you were too embarrassed to ask | Potpourri | Scoop.it
Yes, one of the questions is "Why are Israelis and Palestinians fighting?"
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Elizabeth Warren's 11 commandments for progressives show Democrats don't disagree on much

Elizabeth Warren's 11 commandments for progressives show Democrats don't disagree on much | Potpourri | Scoop.it
Given the chance to write a factional document, the populist senator writes a consensus one instead.
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I love this woman's thinking!

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Friends Resemble Each Other Genetically | IFLScience

Friends Resemble Each Other Genetically | IFLScience | Potpourri | Scoop.it
An analysis of nearly 1.5 million gene markers found that friends who aren’t biologically related resemble each other genetically -- about as much as "kissing cousins."
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 15, 9:56 PM

It makes some sense. We look for kinship and people who are similar. There is enough difference to make relationships interesting and provocative.

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Vermont Calls to Take Money out of Politics - myChamplainValley.com

Vermont Calls to Take Money out of Politics - myChamplainValley.com | Potpourri | Scoop.it
The Vermont Legislature became the first to pass a resolution calling for a Constitutional Convention to change the country's campaign finance laws.
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Cholesterol Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means

Cholesterol Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means | Potpourri | Scoop.it
Many new studies are complicating our understanding of the role cholesterol plays in heart disease.
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Common Science Myths That Most People Believe | IFLScience

Common Science Myths That Most People Believe | IFLScience | Potpourri | Scoop.it
There are a number of old wives’ tales out there regarding some basic scientific principles. Though most of them were refuted years ago, these rumors just won’t go away.
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The Secret Language of Millennials

The Secret Language of Millennials | Potpourri | Scoop.it
Boomers just don’t understand what younger people are saying about politics and culture.
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New generation gap
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Robert Reich: SCOTUS is oblivious to the rights of American workers

Robert Reich: SCOTUS is oblivious to the rights of American workers | Potpourri | Scoop.it
The former secretary of labor explains how the high court's Hobby Lobby decision echoes its Citizens United ruling
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thought provoking. "Let’s talk about dying"

thought provoking.  "Let’s talk about dying" | Potpourri | Scoop.it
At 88 and ailing, I refuse to live at any cost. I only hope that when the time comes, I'll have the courage to act
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Infographic Shows The Differences Between The Diseases We Donate To, And The Diseases That Kill Us | IFLScience

Infographic Shows The Differences Between The Diseases We Donate To, And The Diseases That Kill Us | IFLScience | Potpourri | Scoop.it
Julia Belluz created the infographic below to compare how much money is donated to fight various disease and how many people in the USA die from those same diseases for an article in Vox.
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Girls feel they must 'play dumb' to please boys, study shows

Girls feel they must 'play dumb' to please boys, study shows | Potpourri | Scoop.it
Girls feel the need to play down their intelligence to not intimidate boys, concludes research by a sociologist. The research also found that boys aged 14 believed that girls their age should be less intelligent.
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Everyone on the Internet does Venn diagrams wrong

Everyone on the Internet does Venn diagrams wrong | Potpourri | Scoop.it
Today is the 180th anniversary of John Venn's birth, and he is rolling over in his grave.
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Rare Genetic Mutation Lets Some People Function with Less Sleep

Rare Genetic Mutation Lets Some People Function with Less Sleep | Potpourri | Scoop.it
Ever wished you could get by with less sleep? Some people can--and don't seem to be any worse off for it--thanks, possibly, to one unusual mutation
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How playing an instrument benefits your brain - Anita Collins

How playing an instrument benefits your brain - Anita Collins | Potpourri | Scoop.it
When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on?
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A Disappearing Planet

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From ProPublica, an alarming series of graphs and charts on animal extinction: A Disappearing Planet. Animal species are going extinct anywhere from 100 to 1,000 times the rates that would be expected under natural conditions.
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10 Scientific Ideas That Scientists Wish You Would Stop Misusing

10 Scientific Ideas That Scientists Wish You Would Stop Misusing | Potpourri | Scoop.it
Many ideas have left the world of science and made their way into everyday language -- and unfortunately, they are almost always used incorrectly.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 13, 8:39 PM

This is an interesting article. The first point is the use of the word proof rather than correlation (quantitative). I find it interesting that there is a lot of educational research used to justify various ways of teaching. For example, there are those who say digital technologies are a god-send and others who say otherwise. Research is good, but has to be considered contextually.

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Child Refugees

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Beatriz Manz: What is troubling, however, is that the debate over what the U.S. should do with these children has centered on how to deport them as rapidly as possible.
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Yahoo! Researchers Have Developed A GPS Algorithm To Find 'Emotionally Pleasant' Routes

Yahoo! Researchers Have Developed A GPS Algorithm To Find 'Emotionally Pleasant' Routes | Potpourri | Scoop.it
Mapping services and GPS devices are generally used for finding the shortest routes between two points while walking around or driving a car.
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The "asshole" effect: The age of entitlement: how wealth breeds narcissism

The "asshole" effect:  The age of entitlement: how wealth breeds narcissism | Potpourri | Scoop.it

The Anne Manne: As people get richer, they are more likely to feel entitled, to exploit others, and to cheat. That extends to politics too

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" you start to feel superior to everyone else and thus more deserving: something at the centre of narcissism. "  Gratitude looks much better on EVERYONE.

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Jonah Goldberg’s sexual tumult: The right doesn’t get how birth control works

Jonah Goldberg’s sexual tumult: The right doesn’t get how birth control works | Potpourri | Scoop.it
The right's lame talking points on Hobby Lobby are wrong -- and show a misunderstanding of health insurance and sex
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