Golden Years Senior Roommate Service Combats Loneliness

Golden Years Senior Roommate Service Combats Loneliness - Natural Awakenings North Texas - Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex NorthAARP, Inc., estimates that about 8,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day. With longer and healthier life expectancies, many are divorced or widowed and need roommates to have company and chat with; to share living costs and chores; and for emotional support. Continue Reading

Tomato Lacquer Non-Toxic Can Lining in Development

Tomato Lacquer Non-Toxic Can Lining in Development - Natural Awakenings North Texas - Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex NorthBecause fresh food spoils quickly, many packaging and preservation innovations have helped to extend transportation hardiness and shelf life. Now, a new bioresin made from tomato plant byproducts could make it safer to eat ubiquitous canned goods. Continue Reading

Ka-Ching Time Is Money, So Bank It

Ka-Ching Time Is Money, So Bank It - Natural Awakenings North Texas - Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex NorthTime banking is an updated, Web-savvy version of barter that allows users to accumulate the time they work and then “spend” it elsewhere. Unlike traditional bartering, it’s not limited to an individual transaction. The medium is so fluid that it can be exchanged many times as a form of currency. Continue Reading

Shark Snooping Sea-Surfing Robot Tracks Marine Life

Shark Snooping Sea-Surfing Robot Tracks Marine Life - Natural Awakenings North Texas - Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex NorthAn unmanned, solar-powered Wave Glider robot has been deployed off the U.S. coast near San Francisco as part of an arsenal of ocean-observing technologies revealing in real time the mysterious journeys of great white sharks and other marine creatures. A new network that also includes data receivers on fixed buoys picks up signals from acoustic tags on animals passing within 1,000 feet and transmits information to a research team on shore, led by Stanford University Marine Sciences Professor Barbara Block. Continue Reading

Junk Piles UN Helps Developing Countries Handle E-Waste

Junk Piles UN Helps Developing Countries Handle E-Waste - Natural Awakenings North Texas - Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex NorthAlthough they receive far less foreign e-waste than Africa and Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean are significant and growing destinations for the industrialized world’s discarded refrigerators, small home appliances, televisions, mobile phones, computers, e-toys and other products with batteries or electrical cords. Continue Reading

Big Fish Whales’ Global Impact Underestimated

Big Fish Whales’ Global Impact Underestimated - Natural Awakenings North Texas - Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex NorthWhales have long been considered too rare to be the focus of overall marine ecological research, with more attention going to much smaller essential organisms like algae and plankton. However, as whales recover from centuries of overhunting that reduced their numbers by two-thirds or more, scientists are realizing the important role they play in transferring fertilizers like iron and nitrogen from deep waters to feed plankton near the surface via plumes of fecal matter. Continue Reading

Cash Mobs Collective On-the-Spot Buying Revives Local Businesses

Cash Mobs Collective On-the-Spot Buying Revives Local Businesses - Natural Awakenings North Texas - Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex NorthIn most areas of the country, small, locally owned retail businesses are the lifeblood of local economies, but the rising costs of doing business often means they cannot compete with the lower prices of big-box retail giants that negotiate in volume. For several years, the growth and frequency of cash mobs have been breathing new life into struggling mom-and-pop businesses. Continue Reading

Treadmill Desks Boost Job Performance

Treadmill Desks Boost Job Performance - Natural Awakenings North Texas - Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex NorthIn addition to improving fitness, University of Minnesota researchers found that treadmill walking at the desk also boosts productivity and morale. The study tested 40 adults that used treadmills for a year. Self-assessments, combined with supervisor assessments, found that treadmill walking while working increased performance levels. Continue Reading

Algae-Based Cosmetics May Ward Off Inflammation and Cancer

Algae-Based Cosmetics May Ward Off Inflammation and Cancer - Natural Awakenings North Texas - Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex NorthAlgae extracts added to natural cosmetics may help prevent cancer. A recent review of research from Taiwan’s Kaohsiung Medical University found marine algae extracts help protect skin cells by reducing oxidative stress, which has been linked to both inflammation and cancer. Continue Reading

Lead Lurks in Lipsticks and Skin Whiteners

Lead Lurks in Lipsticks and Skin Whiteners - Natural Awakenings North Texas - Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex NorthRecent research has found several heavy metals in numerous lipsticks and cosmetics. These include mercury and lead in skin-whitening creams, and chromium, cadmium and lead in lipsticks. Scientists from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine and the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine tested 549 cosmetic skin-lightening products manufactured in 32 different countries. Continue Reading