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Bioplastics use on the rise as people demand greener alternatives

By Roberta Pardo With an ever-increasing need to address the damage plastic is doing to the world’s oceans, scientists are trying to find alternative greener plastics – a.k.a., bioplastics. Bioplastics are plastics made from plant sources such as sugar cane, sweet potato, hemp oil, cornstarch and soybean oil, rather than petroleum. According to industry experts, bioplastics make use of waste …

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Latinos continue observing Rosca de Reyes traditions

By Chara For many Latinos, the observance of Christmas traditions will continue beyond Christmas Day (Dec. 25). Rosca de Reyes (Three Kings Day) is a Christmas-related holiday. Observed each year on Jan. 6, when many non-Latin Christians celebrate the Epiphany, it is common in many parts of Latin America, including Mexico. On Rosca de Reyes, children get up in the …

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‘I’m afraid you have humans’ – Part 1

The irony of this old New Yorker cartoon by Eric Lewis is so precise I haven’t been able to get it out of my head for two years. The speaker is the planet Saturn, clad in doctor’s garb — a stethoscope circling his forehead — giving the bad news to a sick and miserable-looking Earth: “I’m afraid you have humans.” What more …

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How to Dress For A Do-It-All Fall

By NAPSI As the weather begins to cool, you cozy up-gathering friends and family for tailgating before the big game, baking, and bonfires. Here’s to coming together for feel-good moments with your favorite people. And the versatile outfits that make you look and feel even more amazing. Discover the wardrobe essentials you need to mix, match and mingle your way …

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Researchers discover trees might have a “heartbeat”

By Roberta Pardo Trees might have something in common with humans: a “heartbeat.” A recent study published by Aarhus University in Denmark found that at least some trees seem to have a “heartbeat” that has a similar purpose to a human’s — pumping fluid throughout the tree’s “body.” The key difference between a human’s pulse and a tree’s is that …

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Mexican offering possible solution to Sargassum seaweed problem

By Chara Omar Vazquez Sanchez might have a solution to sargassum seaweed problem. Seaweed is accumulating on beaches. According to a story published recently by Forbes, more than 650,000 tons of algae have washed up on shore in Cancun this year alone. As Forbes also reported, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has contributed more than $2 million to remove …

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Animal rights legislation could get stricter in Australia

By Chara  Canberra, Australia, residents could face thousands of dollars in fines, even jail time, for forgetting to walk their dogs, yelling at their dogs or caging a dog for failure to behave. Legislation has been proposed in Australia’s capital city to impose a fine of up to $4,000 in Australian dollars ($2,800 in U.S. currency) if residents keep their pets …

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Travel and Vacation: Plan a Stress-Free Group Getaway

The arrival of vacation season means it’s time to stop daydreaming about that getaway and start making some travel plans. Getting organized for a grand adventure, especially if you’ll be traveling with a group, requires some careful planning before you begin making reservations. Get started planning your dream vacation with these travel tips from the experts at Vrbo: Narrow down …

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Travel and Vacation 2019: Find a Hotel to Fit Your Travel Needs

By Family Features When most people plan a trip, the focus is on the purpose of the journey, whether it’s a work-related jaunt or a vacation with loved ones. Researching and organizing travel for an upcoming trip is important, but so is finding the perfect place to make your journey easier, more productive and successful. Proximity will almost always be …

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Travel and Vacation: Bucket List Travel Destinations for 2019

Taking time to go on vacation or to just unplug from everyday life can be beneficial, and there’s certainly no lack of options when it comes to choosing an ideal vacation spot. The options for experiencing an amazing vacation are so plentiful, such as exploring a cruise port, eating and drinking your way around a city or simply visiting a …

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