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Animal Extinctions Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

A recent article from The New York Times looks at the correlation between climate change, forest degradation and other pressures facing wildlife and how these threats are sending many species into a “steep downward spiral, from which experts say they will never recover.” Finding ways to make wildlife conservation relevant to people has become a […]

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Natural Insect Repellents

Making human flesh unappetizing to mosquitoes, ticks, flies, and fleas is an age-old preoccupation.  The earliest insect repellents included smoke, mud, and various plant substances.  Our contemporary contribution is DEET (N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide), a powerful insecticide found in over 400 repellents.  DEET can peel paint, damage rayon and spandex, and melt plastic.  Up to 56 percent […]

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