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 Title   Date   Author   Host 

theguardian.com

by Warwick Mansell

May 5, 2016

No one knows exactly how many children are being taught at home, but new figures suggest numbers in England are growing. Why is this?

In some of England's largest local authority areas, hundreds of young people are being home educated: Kent listed 1,285 children; Essex, 1,234; Norfolk, 1,052; and Lancashire, 918. About 85% of local authorities documented a rise in home education over those three years, with 27 authorities reporting a doubling of numbers.

digitaljournal.com

by Karen Graham

May 2, 2016

Climate change is not only a major issue in the world today, but we are beginning to experience the results of the change at a seemingly alarming rate.

New research on oxygen levels in the world's oceans has just been published, and with sea waters warming, it was noted there has been a drop in the oxygen levels in a number of oceans. This is not good. The consequences of a warming ocean are already being seen, in the bleaching of our coral reefs, particularly Australia's Great Barrier Reef. We have also seen the die-off of innumerable sea creatures due to the warming waters encouraging the growth of toxic algae and the northward movement of many ocean creatures looking for colder waters.

mnn.com

by Jaymi Heimbuch

April 28, 2016

Considered one of the most photographed landscapes in the United States, The Wave is a sandstone rock formation in the Coyote Buttes near the Arizona-Utah border. Each year, hikers scramble to get one of the few permits granted to hike in.

Only 20 hikers a day are allowed, and tens of thousands of people apply every year to be one of those lucky hikers. But how is this strange, surreal beauty even possible? There are two major troughs: the first is 62 feet wide and 118 feet long, and the second is 7 feet wide and 52 feet long. The troughs were first formed by water erosion, as run-off carved deeper and deeper into stone from the Jurassic age. But as the drainage basin that fed water to the troughs shrank, water flow ceased, and the fascinating formation -- with steps and risers cut high into the steep sandstone walls -- has been continued entirely through erosion by wind as it funnels through the troughs.

oversixty.com.au

by Melody Teh

April 27, 2016

A grandparent's love for their grandchildren is often said to be the most magical love of all - it's boundless, unconditional and unbreakable. Without the daily pressures of parenting, grandparents and grandchild often develop a bond...

"We wanted to see how grandparents matter to children, so we asked a number of questions related to emotional closeness to grandparents," said lead author Jeremy Yorgason, assistant professor in the School of Family Life. The study asked 408 fifth graders questions about their relationship with their grandparents including whether they get advice on important decisions and feel like they can discuss problems with their grandparents. The questions were followed up a year later.

fox5sandiego.com

by Maria Arcega-Dunn

April 27, 2016

CORONADO, Calif. - Various sea creatures have been washing ashore on San Diego beaches in recent months and now seahorses have been added to the list.

Coronado residents have found a few seahorses on the coastline and scientists say it's likely because of El NiƱo. Other seahorses have been found within the last month from Orange County and Coronado to Imperial Beach. The reason it's unusual is this particular species known as the Pacific Seahorse is normally found hanging out in the waters off central Baja all the way down to Peru.

thepinetree.net

April 24, 2016

Now in its 48th year, the Bear Valley Music Festival begins on Friday, July 22 and runs through Sunday, August 7 with a total 15 concerts including a special free family matinee on Saturday, July 30.

The festival showcases a wide selection of artists and genres including rock, classical, bluegrass and jazz. A mere 3.5-hour drive from San Francisco, Bear Valley is known primarily as a ski resort.

npr.org

by Merrit Kennedy

April 18, 2016

Joseph Medicine Crow, a Native American historian and the last war chief of the Crow Tribe of Montana, has died. He was 102.

Medicine Crow earned the title war chief "for his deeds in Europe in World War II, which included stealing enemy horses and showing mercy on a German soldier he could have killed," Montana Public Radio's Eric Whitney reports. He was also a living link to the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn, having heard direct testimony from someone who took part in the battle and later chronicling it as a historian.

foodmatters.tv

April 18, 2016

Did you know that the average American home is filled with thousands of artificial chemicals? Only a small percentage of these chemicals have been thoroughly tested for safety! It's crazy considering how often we're exposed to these chemicals.

Of those that have been studied, at least 150 common household chemicals have been associated with cancer, psychological disturbances, allergies, gastrointestinal disorders and various health issues. Shocking right?! Cleaning agents contribute a substantial amount to the toxic chemical load in our home. Many top brand cleaners are filled with known toxins such as solvents, ammonia, formaldehyde, phthalates and ethanolamine.

uniondemocrat.com

by Guy McCarthy

April 11, 2016

For the first time in recent memory and perhaps the first time ever, entrance fees will be waived at Yosemite National Park for nine days, April 16 to April 24, to celebrate 100 years of the National Park Service.

Typical entrance fees at Yosemite are $15 per person on foot, bicycle, horse, or non-commercial bus or van with more than 15 passenger seats, $20 per motorcycle, and $30 per non-commercial car, pickup truck, RV or van with 15 or fewer passenger seats.

the-informer.net

April 9, 2016

Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, recently stated in an interview that the Earth is already over burdened with people and that we should look at depopulating the planet.