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Apr 092014
 
Bean eaters be glad; your diet helps lower cholesterol

Austin, with its Mexican, Tex-Mex and vegetarian offerings, is a bean-friendly city, and that may be helping keep residents more heart healthy, according to a new study that extols the value of beans for lowering “bad” cholesterol.

Apr 092014
 
Bamboo: Why you need it in your kitchen, and six ways to get it there

Bamboo, that renewable, quick-growing wood that’s really a grass, has been expanding across product lines, turning up on floors, in furniture, and towels. But let’s get back to where we started: Bamboo works great in the kitchen. Remember those bamboo salad bowls? They’re still around, but there are many more ways attractive, durable bamboo is being tapped for kitchen ware.

Apr 082014
 
BP oil disaster continues to kill wildlife, report says

The 2010 BP oil disaster is not over for wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico, according to National Wildlife Federation and Texas A&M experts. Their report released today found high numbers of deaths of dolphins, sea turtles and other wildlife impacts in the area of the spill.

Apr 012014
 
Monarch numbers could be at historic lows this year, says Texas A&M professor

Monarch butterflies may be named for their large size and majestic beauty, but once again their numbers are anything but king-sized – in fact, 2014 may go down as one of the worst years ever for the colorful insects, says a Texas A&M Monarch watcher who is proposing a national effort to help feed Monarchs.

Mar 272014
 
Dallas follows Austin with action against plastic bags; San Francisco enacts partial bag ban

Two US cities took significant steps to thwart plastic waste this month. Dallas managed to pass fees for disposable bags, while San Francisco ventured into the fraught bottled water debate.

Mar 262014
 
Healthy (some say icky) foods to eat to get Vitamin K2, which protects your arteries and bones

Vitamin K2 might just be the least crazy vitamin craze. Studies show it helps keep arteries clear of calcium build up, but also puts calcium where it’s needed, in the bones. Find out how to build Vitamin K2 into your diet.

Mar 172014
 
How California's drought hurts us all

Since we became a nation of urban dwellers, we’ve inevitably lost touch with the weather and how it sustains us. We in the cities and burbs have come to see bad weather as a threat to our roof shingles and perhaps to our decorative shrubs. But there’s a whole sphere of existence out there that depends mightily upon the proper sunshine, rainfall and temperatures for its livelihood, and ours.