START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x
Jul 20, 2010

North American Favorite Pet Story Contest & Favorite Veterinarian Award! $1,000 for each first prize, plus iPads for runner up's!!! Great treats and prizes for all!!! Importantly, there is also a special donation to your favorite shelter or rescue group. Visit today and enter at http://www.naphia.org/pet_health_month_2010.htm

Visibility: Everyone
Tags: , , , ,
Posted: Jul 20, 2010 10:46am
Jul 14, 2010

September is North American Pet Health Insurance Month and nominations are open for the Favorite Pet Story and Favorite Veterinarian. Two $1,000 first prizes and two iPads as second prizes. Great Prizes and treats for all! http://www.naphia.org/

Visibility: Everyone
Tags:
Posted: Jul 14, 2010 11:57am
Jul 13, 2010

September is North American pet Health Insurance Month. Nominations for the Favorite Pet Story and Veterinarian are now opem. First prize of $1,000 for each winner. iPads for runner up. Great prizes and treats! Visit http://www.naphia.org/ and provide a great pet story of hope and nominate your favorite veterinarian. Share this post! There are donations for shelter groups and rescue!

Visibility: Everyone
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted: Jul 13, 2010 11:34am
Jul 13, 2010

September is North American pet Health Insurance Month. Nominations for the Favorite Pet Story and Veterinarian are now opem. First prize of $1,000 for each winner. iPads for runner up. Great prizes and treats! Visit www.naphia.org and provide a great pet story of hope and nominate your favorite veterinarian. Share this post! There are donations for shelter groups and rescue!

Visibility: Everyone
Tags:
Posted: Jul 13, 2010 11:28am
Jun 21, 2010

Contest Includes “North America’s Favorite Pet Insurance Story” and “North America’s Favorite Veterinarian”! Grand Prize of $1,000.00 to North America’s Favorite Pet Insurance Story and $1,000.00 Educational Grant to North America’s Favorite Veterinarian. Apple iPads, Pet Treat Baskets and other Great Prizes to be Awarded! June 17, 2010 (Pittsburgh PA) September 2010 marks the second year that pet insurance companies in the United States and Canada are joining together to celebrate North American Pet Health Insurance Month presented by the North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA). 2009 was a great success with thousands of entries for the Favorite Veterinarian and Favorite Pet Insurance Story contests. This initiative includes communications and education for pet owners across the continent throughout the month of September. Supporters include pet health insurance companies, pet food and pharmaceutical providers and countless others. North American Pet Health Insurance Month was first introduced in Canada by Petsecure Pet Health Insurance www.petsecure.com. According to Randy Valpy, President & CEO of Petsecure, “We began this effort in Canada five years ago and each year it continues to be a great success. The addition of our fellow NAPHIA member companies in the United States has created a huge boost and even greater understanding of the value of pet health insurance. This effort provides a special opportunity to share stories directly from pet owners about their experiences with pet insurance. This initiative highlights the value of all quality pet health insurance.” Pet owners, care providers and other members of the community are encouraged to send in stories and photographs of their pets for North America’s Favorite Pet Insurance Story and make a nomination for North America’s Favorite Veterinarian. Both contests can be entered online on NAPHIA’s website, www.naphia.org. The winner/ pet owner of the Favorite Pet Insurance Story contest will take home $1,000, and a special donation of $500 in the name of their dog or cat to their favorite local shelter or rescue group. The prize for the Favorite Veterinarian is a $1,000 educational grant, plus a special trip for two to receive national recognition at the North American Pet Health Insurance Reception in Pittsburgh in September. The grant can be used to attend continuing education programs, conferences and conventions or be applied to the purchase of needed veterinary diagnostic equipment. Runner ups in each contest will receive Apple iPads. Other great prizes will also be available. “We are very gratified that National Pet Health Insurance Month appears to be a positive and valuable effort. It is intended to help all pets and care providers by highlighting great pets and their owners, veterinarians, veterinary hospitals, and the support of quality pet health insurance,” stated Loran Hickton, Executive Director of NAPHIA. “We look forward to another successful year in 2010.” About The North American Pet Health Insurance Association Founded in 2007, the North American Pet Health Insurance Association is committed to educating and promoting the values and benefits of pet health insurance to North American pet owners, the general public, and the veterinary industry. September is North American Pet Health Insurance Month. Pet parents can enter their stories, pictures and favorite veterinary practices for special prizes and an educational grant for the veterinary care provider. To learn more, visit our website at http://www.naphia.org -###-

Visibility: Everyone
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted: Jun 21, 2010 1:46pm
Mar 11, 2010

To my Care 2 Friends,

I continue to try to build greater understanding and acceptance of pet health insurance. Too many pet owners are not prepared to care for their pets when special care and emergencies arise. It results in economic euthanasia. Putting pets to sleep due to lack of funds to pay for needed care. To my committed and friends, thank you for all the support and extra postings and cross-postings of my information and press releases. For those who are able, I would like to also ask that you join the North American Pet Health Insurance Association Group on LinkedIn. By joining this group you will be providing very important support to my efforts and the efforts of the association. Thank you, Loran

Visibility: Everyone
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted: Mar 11, 2010 8:00am
Feb 20, 2010

February 19, 2010 (Las Vegas, NV) During the Western Veterinary Conference, The North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA) announced that Laura Bennett, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Embrace Pet Insurance has been appointed Chairman of its Board of Directors.

 

According to Loran Hickton, Executive Director of NAPHIA, “Laura Bennett has earned an excellent reputation within the pet health insurance industry. Laura Bennett has been a prolific communicator of the positive principals of pet insurance as a means of support for better pet healthcare for all pets. Her efforts speaking in countless venues around the country, as well as her daily blogging have earned broad and positive recognition. These efforts are in addition to building a great team and solid brand at Embrace Pet Insurance. While serving on the NAPHIA Board, it has become clear that she has extraordinary leadership skills and a desire to build consensus among all stakeholders. As an industry, this is the key to unified standards and that will support the robust growth in our industry”.

 

Laura Bennett has over 17 years of insurance industry experience. She worked for The Canada Life Assurance Company in Toronto, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland, with a number of different leadership roles in asset-liability management, strategic planning, and business development. Laura holds an honors mathematics degree from the University of Western Ontario, is a qualified life and health actuary, and holds the chartered financial analyst designation. Laura was the first pet health insurance actuary in North America. Laura received her MBA, with a concentration in Strategic and Entrepreneurship Management, from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, where she graduated with several university and peer awards. Laura was part of the team that won first prize in the Wharton Business Plan Competition in 2003 with an entry for a pet insurance company.

 

“It is important that the industry adopt unified standards and provide greater transparency in our products and services. While we are pleased with the consistent double-digit growth of most leading companies, this makes it all the more critical that we all work together.  I am thankful to my colleagues serving on the Board, and the many leaders in the industry that support the NAPHIA mission,” added Laura Bennett.  

 

“While this difficult economy presents challenges for consumers and pet owners, it is also driving a robust market for pet insurance; in fact, the market in North America is very strong and has grown over 300% in just the past few years,” continued, Hickton.

 

Research by the American Veterinary Medical Association shows the pets are truly members of the American family. In the United States for example, about 60% of households have at least one dog, cat, bird, or other companion animal. Many have more than one. There are more than 72 million pet dogs in the U.S. and nearly 82 million pet cats. Pet owners spent $24.5 billion on veterinary medicine in 2009, more than double what they paid 10 years earlier.

 

 

The Board of Directors of NAPHIA:

Jack Stephens, DVM, President & Founder, Pets Best Pet Health Insurance

Jack Stephens DVM is the pioneer of pet health insurance and brings 27 years of experience in helping pet owners afford quality care for their pets. Insurance plans offered and administered by Pets Best are underwritten by Aetna Insurance Company of Connecticut (AICC) and recommended by the American Veterinary Medical Association Group Health and Life Insurance Trust (AVMA GHLIT). Like all NAPHIA members, pet owners that have PetFirst are able to go to any veterinarian nationwide including specialists and emergency care clinics. Visit www.petsbest.com or call: 1-877-738-7237 ext. 1.

 

Darryl Rawlings, President & CEO, Trupanion Pet Health Insurance and Vetinsurance

Trupanion features a policy with a fixed price that doesn't increase as a pet ages. . Like all NAPHIA members, pet owners that have PetFirst are able to go to any veterinarian nationwide including specialists and emergency care clinics. Ninety-percent of all approved claims are covered and nine out of 10 claims are processed within 24 hours. www.trupanionpetinsurance.com or call: 1-800-569-7913

 

Dennis Rush, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hartville Group and ASPCA Pet Health Insurance

Founded in 1997, The Hartville Group has been dedicated to helping pet owners pay for their pets' veterinary care with well-designed pet health insurance plans. . Like all NAPHIA members, pet owners that have PetFirst are able to go to any veterinarian nationwide including specialists and emergency care clinics. Hartville Group offers several proprietary and affiliate brands, and is the only publicly traded US Company specializing in pet health insurance. Visit www.aspcapetinsurance.com or call: 1-866-861-9092.        

 

Randy Valpy, President & CEO, SecuriCan, Petsecure Pet Health Insurance.

Petsecure is Canada’s oldest and largest pet health insurance company and since inception has paid out over $77 million in claims. . Like all NAPHIA members, pet owners that have PetFirst are able to go to any veterinarian nationwide including specialists and emergency care clinics. The Secure For Life™ guarantee provides comprehensive accident, illness coverage, routine care for pets, plus member benefits including dental, alternative care and more. Visit www.petsecure.com  or call: 1-800-268-1169.      

 

A. Brent Hinton, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, PetFirst Healthcare

PetFirst Healthcare has been in business since 2004. Like all NAPHIA members, pet owners that have PetFirst are able to go to any veterinarian nationwide including specialists and emergency care clinics. Importantly, hereditary conditions are covered by adding an endorsement to PetFirst's comprehensive plans. PetFirst Healthcare provides simple, straightforward pet insurance plans that are easy for pet owners to understand and use. Visit PetFirst Healthcare at www.petfirst.com or call: 1-866-937-PETS(7387).

 

Laura Bennett, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Embrace Pet Insurance & Chair, NAPHIA Board

Embrace Pet Insurance is a specialist insurance agency. The reason Embrace got into the pet insurance business was to change it. Embrace's full coverage plan protects your pet in the event that she requires treatment for a genetic or breed-specific condition.  www.embracepetinsurance.com or call: 1-800-511-9172.        

 

Founded in 2007, the North American Pet Health Insurance Association is committed to educating and promoting to North American pet owners, the general public, and the veterinary industry, the values and benefits of pet health insurance. For more information, visit www.naphia.org or call: 412-319-7730 / 412-908-9766.

Visibility: Everyone
Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted: Feb 20, 2010 11:19am
Dec 9, 2009
  • HEALTHY CONSUMER
  • DECEMBER 9, 2009
  • Polly Want an Insurance Policy?
    [HEALTHY] Tim Evans/Saturn Lounge for the Wall Street Journal (macau); Eli Meir Kaplan for The Wall Street Journal (cat and dog)

    Faces of the insured: Big Bird, a 29-year-old macaw, had a partial wing amputation due to a bone infection before he got coverage. Insurance helped pay for Burmese cat Raisin's pancreatitis treatment and golden retriever Birdie's allergy testing.

    The cost of medical care for pets is rising as fast as it is for humans, and that's helping to spur sales of pet insurance.

    Pet owners are able to choose from a rapidly growing array of policies, featuring everything from high-deductible designs to coverage of alternative-medicine treatments like acupuncture. Some pet policies focus on accidents and illness, while others include wellness checkups and shots. And some things that traditionally weren't included in pet insurance, such as hereditary conditions, are now paid for under many plans.

    Consumers need to be careful, since many pet policies can be as confusing as coverage you buy for yourself. Pet insurance often places strict limits on how much it will pay for particular procedures. And policies can have tricky designs that can leave consumers with big out-of-pocket bills for their animals. Premiums vary from around $10 a month to $75 a month, depending on factors including the richness of the plan, your location and your animal's breed and age.

    This year, pet owners are expected to spend around $12.2 billion for veterinary care, up from $11.1 billion last year and $8.2 billion five years ago, according to the American Pet Products Association. Complex procedures widely used for people, including chemotherapy and dialysis, are now available for pets, and the potential cost of treating certain illnesses has spiked as a result.

    Donna Oliver, in Austin, Texas, has shelled out about $32,600 since 2007 to care for two dogs who passed away earlier this year. Marley, a Labrador, got stem-cell therapy for his arthritis, surgery on his windpipe to deal with a condition that was choking off his breathing, and, at the end, medication to ease the pain of advanced cancer. Maddie, a corgi mix, suffered from Cushing's disease, a hormonal disorder, and got treatment including surgery to heal ulcers on her corneas.

    "It does cost a lot if you want to do the right thing by them," says Ms. Oliver, a 38-year-old customer-service manager, who says she is still paying off the credit-card bills. To avoid a similar situation with her three remaining dogs, Chelsea, Jasmine and Runner, she recently bought insurance for them.

    One Million Insured

    Currently, around a million U.S. pets are insured, according to the North American Pet Health Insurance Association. The number is growing about 10% a year, the group estimates, though that still represents just a tiny fraction of all pets.

    Around 90% of the insured are dogs, with about 10% cats and a small number of other animals. The biggest U.S. pet-insurance company, Veterinary Pet Insurance, or VPI, a unit of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., says it has written policies for hedgehogs, snakes, turtles and geckos, among other creatures.

    [HEALTHYjp] Eli Meir Kaplan for The Wall Street Journal (6); Tim Evans/Saturn Lounge for the Wall Street Journal (Parrot)

    These pets' owners got insurance so financial concerns don't guide their pets' care. "I want it to be because of quality-of-life issues," says Karen Becker, owner of Darwin, whose policy helped cover the parrot's broken leg.

    Karen Becker, an art-school program director in Baileys Harbor, Wis., has insured her African grey parrot, Darwin, and blue and gold macaw, Big Bird, since she got them in 2001 and 2008, respectively. Treatments for birds can be at least as pricey as those for larger animals, she says, and the parrots may live for decades. Ms. Becker, 52, says she doesn't want financial concerns to guide decisions about her pets' care: "I want it to be because of quality-of-life issues."

    If you're considering pet insurance, start by shopping around. It's best to start when the animal is still young and healthy, since new policies won't cover pre-existing health conditions and some insurers won't take on pets over a certain age.

    The industry has grown in recent years, with new competitors such as Pets Best LLC, Petplan Inc., Embrace Pet Insurance Agency LLC and Trupanion, a unit of Vetinsurance International Inc., entering the market. In the past, a number of startup pet-insurance firms have gone out of business, so it is worth checking with your state regulator about companies' age and record.

    Workplace Benefit

    Consumers may also be able to buy pet insurance through their workplace, which can often be cheaper than buying on your own. Around 19% of employers offer the policies as a voluntary benefit, according to a survey conducted this year by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. That includes firms such as Colgate-Palmolive Co. and Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.

    To learn about policies, you can start with overview Web sites such as petinsurancereview.com, dogtime.com and petinsuranceguideus.com. For definitive information, though, you should click through to the sites of the individual pet insurance firms, which can offer premium quotes.

    Once you've narrowed down the list, get full policy documents, which are often posted online or available through a phoned request. Use those, in combination with phone calls or emailed inquiries to the companies, to delve into the details of the plans.

    You will want to check how the company will raise premiums as you renew the policy. Often, they go up with age and veterinary inflation. They may also be linked to your animal's claims history—so a pet with a lot of health issues in a given year could see a heftier increase the following year.

    You also want to take a close look at what you would have to spend out of your own pocket if your pet got injured or ill. Pet-insurance firms tend to limit what they reimburse for various treatments. And you'll generally have to pay the bills up front, then seek reimbursement from the insurer.

    Crystal's Surgery

    When Elizabeth Pannill's Labrador, Crystal, needed back surgery a few years ago, the insurance covered less than half of the nearly $4,000 total bill. Then, when Crystal got a tumor removed from her rib earlier this year, spending 10 days in an animal-hospital intensive-care unit, the plan paid about $1,700 of the nearly $5,500 total, which already included a professional discount for Dr. Pannill, a veterinarian who isn't currently in clinical practice.

    Dr. Pannill says that despite the limited payouts, she also has purchased insurance for two other dogs and a pair of cats. "It just gives you a little peace of mind that you would have some financial help when an illness came along," says the 56-year-old, who lives in Staples, Texas.

    VPI pays flat amounts for various treatments. Other pet insurers pay a percentage of vet bills, although some limit payouts to a percentage of what they consider "usual and customary" fees, which may be lower than what vets actually charge.

    As with insurance for people, consumers need to look closely at how the out-of-pocket charges on pet insurance are structured. Pet plans offer a range of deductibles, some as high as $1,000 a year. These may be levied on an annual basis, or charged anew for each illness or incident.

    Congenital conditions, behavior modification and pregnancy-related costs are often not included, in addition to pre-existing health issues. VPI is beginning to introduce a cat-focused plan that offers limited payouts for certain common feline issues, like chronic kidney failure.

    At least two companies, Embrace and Petplan, offer coverage of alternative treatments such as acupuncture and chiropractic.

    Many policies now include coverage for hereditary conditions. It's often worth paying for this, particularly for pure-bred dogs. Each insurer has its own lists of genetic illnesses, and they vary somewhat, says John Albers, executive director of the American Animal Hospital Association.

    Looking Out for Your Pet

    Some things to consider when shopping for pet insurance:

    QUESTIONWHAT TO CHECK FOROn what basis does the policy pay claims?Insurance plans may pay flat amounts according to a benefits schedule. Or they may pay a percentage of what the insurer considers "usual and customary" fees, or a percentage of the vet's actual bill. "Usual and customary" may fall short of vets' actual charges. If the payments are based on the actual bills, check for any exceptions in the fine print.What does the policy cover?Typically, policies start with "blackout" periods during which nothing is covered. They also don't include pre-existing health issues. Many don't cover congenital, or inborn, conditions, behavioral issues or pregnancy costs. Some include hereditary conditions, while others don't.What's your out-of-pocket cost going to be?Deductibles may be paid on an annual basis, or levied anew each time your pet gets sick or injured. Total benefit payouts may be capped on a per-year basis or a per-incident basis.What happens when you renew the policy?Your premiums might rise based on the age of your pet, veterinary inflation, or possibly the claims filed for your pet. You'll also want to know if chronic illnesses the pet develops while it is insured will be covered after you renew the policy, or if they will be considered pre-existing conditions and thus not included going forward.

    Write to Anna Wilde Mathews at anna.mathews@wsj.com

    Visibility: Everyone
    Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
    Posted: Dec 9, 2009 10:37am
    Dec 8, 2009

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704825504574583884242775444.html

    Wall Street Journal National Feature Story on Pet Health Insurance!

    I have the story posted on the Care 2 news page and it would be very helpful to have you note the story! Please help me and I look forward to returning the consideration! Loran

    Visibility: Everyone
    Tags:
    Posted: Dec 8, 2009 7:21pm
    Nov 14, 2009

    On Thanksgiving, Be Thankful and Provide a Feast Best Suited for Pets - Pet Insurance Association Provides Advisory


    Pets ingesting rich and fatty foods, chocolates, or other unsuitable or unintended items, can create a thankless holiday visiting the veterinary emergency hospital.

    November 10, 2009 (Pittsburgh, PA) As pet owners head into the season of special gatherings, celebrations and holiday tidings, the North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA) reminds pet owners to protect their pets.

    It is almost impossible for most family members to sit and wait through the wonderful aromas' of a special holiday feast being prepared. We will wonder into the kitchen, with the preface to provide help to the cook, and maybe be available... to make sure there is not too much wine in the gravy! This is true for our four-legged family members as well! They too are wanting to sample a scrap in the kitchen, or partake in an unusual treat from the coffee table. As our pets stand ready and prepared to lunge at any opportunity for food or strange foreign object, as pet owners we must be vigilant and protect our pets from their natural tendencies..

    Pets ingesting rich and fatty foods, chocolates, or other unsuitable or unintended items, can create a thankless holiday visiting the veterinary emergency hospital.

    As pet owners, we need to provide extra care and attention to their pet during this time of year, according to Dr. Ingmire, (of Mokena Animal Clinic, near Chicago). "It is important to plan and consider our pets as we head into the holiday season. Our pets are certainly aware of this special time of the year and want to be a part of all of the celebrations. Without consideration of our pets, trouble and mischief can ensue. Even a well-behaved pet that feels slighted or confined during festivities may get into trouble that normally would not happen during other times of the year." According to Dr. Ingmire:

    Pet owners need to be mindful of the following:

    • Do not provide any forms of chocolate
    • Do not provide table scraps or foods not specifically prepared for our pets
    • Secure or remove garbage and food scraps from the kitchen before sitting down to dine
    • Adjust your pets' feeding time to occur as you are serving dinner for special occasions and add a special pet treat as part of the pet meal
    • Plan and provide short periods of special one-on-one time for walks and just providing focused attention during special occasions
    • Our pets will adjust better to the additional activities taking place in the home, if a little bit of special attention is provided.

    "Providing rich human foods is just a bad idea and it can cause Pancreatitis and general internal illness. Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas, and it can be life threatening. When a pet is diagnosed as having pancreatitis, he/she becomes more susceptible to developing it again so you want to avoid your pet ever having it. The best way to protect our pets so they can enjoy a healthy and happy life is to avoid feeding human foods. If your pet becomes ill with bloody vomit and diarrhea after consuming turkey or ham or getting into the garbage, take your pet to your veterinarian immediately," continued Dr. Ingmire.

    Other cautionary "tails" to share during holidays include avoiding poinsettias and tinsel, especially with cats in the house. Dogs can become ill after consuming Christmas tree standing water, though generally not life threatening. On the other hand, there are many positive examples of great things pet owners can do to correctly spoil their pets. Provide a special holiday trip to the groomer or provide a nice shampoo wash and dry at home. Hang a stocking with correct treats and toys. A new toy with a bit of cat nip is okay for our feline friends. Just remember, pets are aware it is a special time of the year and all of the festivities can cause our pets to get into mischief and potential painful trouble. Also check with your veterinarian for the preferred 24 hour emergency pet hospital in your area for care after hours and have the phone number with your other important emergency information.

    # # #

    About The North American Pet Health Insurance Association
    Founded in 2007, the North American Pet Health Insurance Association is committed to educating and promoting the values and benefits of pet health insurance to North American pet owners, the general public, and the veterinary industry. For more information, visit www.naphia.org or call 412-319-7730 / 412-908-9766.

    About pets in the United States
    Research shows that pets are truly regarded as members of the American family. About 60% of U.S. households have at least one dog, cat, bird, or other companion animal. Many have more than one. There are more than 72 million pet dogs in the U.S. and nearly 82 million pet cats. Projected 2009 pet expenditures for North America are over $45 billion, of which $25 billion will be spent on veterinary related care.

    Visibility: Everyone
    Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,
    Posted: Nov 14, 2009 9:08pm

     

     Next >
     
    Content and comments expressed here are the opinions of Care2 users and not necessarily that of Care2.com or its affiliates.

    Author

    Loran Hickton
    , 3, 2 children
    Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    Shares by Type:
    All (18) | Blog (1) | Message (17)
    SHARES FROM LORAN'S NETWORK
    Feb
    15
    (0 comments  |  discussions )
    New Petition! Speak out against Time-Warner Merger with Comcast! Let your opinion be know before your bill goes up and your programming choices dwindle.\\r\\n\\r\\nUrge DOJ and FCC to Not Allow Merger of Time-Warner and Comcast\\r\\nhttp://www.t hepetitionsi...
    Feb
    13
    (0 comments  |  discussions )
    New Petition! Speak out against Time-Warner Merger with Comcast! Let your opinion be know before your bill goes up and your programming choices dwindle.\\r\\n\\r\\nUrge DOJ and FCC to Not Allow Merger of Time-Warner and Comcast\\r\\nhttp://www.t hepetitionsi...
    Feb
    12
    by Just C.
    (0 comments  |  discussions )
     \\r\\n\\r\\n\\r\\nW hy this is important\\r\\nAs a community comprised of members actively using the tools provided by this site to accomplish needed improvements to various aspects of all life (animal, human, environmental), we, the undersigned, are her...
    Jan
    27
    by mark s.
    (0 comments  |  discussions )
    \\nWith a few tricks borrowed from the oil industry, scientists are hoping to one day better understand why earthquakes start and stop. An easier alternative is to study faults exposed on Earth\\\'s surface, and look at \\\"fossilized\\\" earthquakes preserv...
    (0 comments  |  discussions )
    \\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\ \n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\ n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n \\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\ \n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\ n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n \\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\ \n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\ n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n \\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\ \n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\ n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n \\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\ \n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\ n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n \\...
    by mark s.
    (0 comments  |  discussions )
    \\nThe volcanic plume that gave birth to the Galapagos Islands is not where scientists thought it was, a new study finds. Three-dimensional seismic images suggest the plume lies southeast of the chain\\\'s Fernandina Island, the spot where computer model...
    by mark s.
    (0 comments  |  discussions )
    \\nNASA\\\'s robot butler for astronauts, Robonaut 2, may still be waiting for its legs to be delivered to the International Space Station, but you can see how the humanoid automaton may dance in weightlessness with an eerie elegance in this new video.&A...
    by mark s.
    (0 comments  |  discussions )
    \\nChina\\\'s Jade Rabbit moon rover may have stubbed its lucky foot. The state-run Xinhua news agency reported Saturday that China\\\'s Yutu moon rover(the name means Jade Rabbit) \\\"has experienced a mechanical control abnormality, and scientists are orga...
    by mark s.
    (0 comments  |  discussions )
    Using marijuana during pregnancy could affect a baby\\\'s brain development by interfering with how brain cells are wired, a new study in mice and human tissue suggests. Researchers studied marijuana\\\'s effects on mice and brain tissue from human fetuse...
    by mark s.
    (0 comments  |  0 discussions )
    \\nDark matter — the mysterious stuff that is thought to make up most of the matter in the known universe — may reveal itself during the next decade, one prominent scientist predicts. When the moment comes, it will r...