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The first total lunar eclipse of 2014 featuring a "blood moon" took place this week on April 15th and was visible in most of North America. "Blood Moon" refers to the orange to red appearance of the lunar surface during the eclipse. If you missed it, stay tuned...there will be three more lunar eclipses in the next year and a half on October 8, 2014, April 4, 2015, and September 28, 2015.
Air pollution may be a risk factor for suicide, according to some studies that found an association. Two Asian studies found a positive correlation several years ago. More recently, scientists at the University of Utah had similar results in Salt Lake County, which suffers from poor air quality.
In a hurry for those home-grown salad veggies? A couple of horticulturists have some recommendations for the impatient gardener. Microgreens, arugula, radishes, and Glacier and Sun Gold tomatoes made the list of salad ingredients for those who just can't wait.
Whitefish a staple of Seder meals, is in short supply in the Great Lakes region this year due to prolonged and deep ice cover that prevented fishing. Ground whitefish is used to make gefilte fish, a popular and traditional part of the Passover holiday. Home cooks have had to resort to using frozen or jarred versions or driving long distances to obtain fresh product.
The black bear population in Florida is up and so are attacks on humans, say officials. Housing developments built next to high density bear populations, easy availability of human garbage, and an over-population of bears that have become habituated to people are cited as reasons for the uptick in attacks. Although a Florida woman was seriously mauled this week when she walked to her garage, experts say that such injuries are rare.
Tampons and diapers made from jellyfish? Right now it's just a concept, but scientists at Tel-AAviv University in Israel are working on a highly absorbant, biodegradable product that could replace traditional materials while simultaneously reducing the number of jellyfish in harbor and tourist areas. Researchers report that the new product is significantly more absorbant than traditional paper towels.
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