High-Tech Teachers; Students Use Smartphones to Study

Highlighting the potential for digital learning, a new survey by the Verizon Foundation has found that a third of middle school students are already using mobile apps on smartphones to do schoolwork and collaborate with peers on projects. Beyond accessing information via the Internet, students often turn to free apps to play games that help them master math concepts, virtually dissect an animal or analyze clouds and concepts of condensation and more.

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Repair and Reuse; Mending a Throwaway Culture

Countries can learn much from each other, and people that know how to fix things now have another model for benefiting their community by reducing the burden on landfills. Conceived three years ago in Amsterdam as a way to help reduce waste, the Repair Café  concept—in which citizens

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Healthy Earth! Healthy You!

The city of Garland will host the Healthy Living Expo 2013 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., September 21, at the Curtis Culwell Center, in Garland. The expo offers information from national, state and local organizations about fitness, nutrition, stress reduction and health care services, along with topics on environment and conservation including

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Red Meat Raises a Red Flag

Steak is still one of America’s favorite meals, but regular consumption of red meat products comes at a high cost for health. In a recent large study, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers found red meat to be causally associated with mortality, including from cardiovascular disease and cancer.

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Traveling Volunteers; Doing Good During Time Away

Ken Budd, former executive director of AARP and current editorin-chief of Currents magazine, says, “I was approaching 40 when my dad died suddenly, and at the funeral, I heard people say how he’d changed their lives. So in midlife, I decided to change mine.”

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Supplementation Cuts Colon Cancer Risk

A diet enhanced with multivitamin and mineral supplements may dramatically lower the risk of developing precancerous colon cancer lesions, according to research published in the Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology. Nearly 150,000 men and women

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Celina Balloon Festival and Family Fun Day

The eighth annual Celina Balloon Festival and Family Fun Day will take place from September 13 to 15, at Old Celina Park, in Celina. The family-friendly event offers carnival rides, live entertainment, art and craft booths, food vendors, helicopter rides, games, a children’s pavilion and more.

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Legendary Old West Rodeo Returns to Fort Worth

The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, the oldest indoor livestock show in the nation, celebrates its 117th anniversary from January 18 to February 9, at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, in Fort Worth. With 30 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and six specialty rodeo performances, spectators have a unique

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