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The Reason Why Dryer Sheets Are Toxic to Cats and Dogs
Offbeat  (tags: cats, dryer sheets, chemicals )

Jeri
- 36 days ago - mentalfloss.com
The sheets are infused with chemicals activated by the heat of a dryer. Benzyl acetate, camphor, and chloroform are often present, and all of them can present problems for pets who either come in contact with the sheets or ingest them
How Catnip Makes the Chemical That Causes Cats to Go Crazy
Offbeat  (tags: cats, catnip, chemicals )

Jeri
- 215 days ago - sciencedaily.com
Researchers have shed light on how catnip - also known as catmint - produces the chemical that sends cats into a state of wanton abandon.
Pesticide Exposure in Bumblebees 'Harms Pollination'
Offbeat  (tags: chemicals, pollinating crops, bees, research )


- 1333 days ago - bbc.co.uk
Bees exposed to nicotine-like pesticides are not as good at pollinating crops, research suggests.
Plants Can âEUR~HearâEUR(TM) Themselves Being Eaten - and Become Defensive When Attacked
Offbeat  (tags: plants, eaten, defensive, plant cells' metabolism, chemicals, caterpillars, environment, interesting )

Lone
- 1352 days ago - dailymail.co.uk
'We found that feeding vibrations signal changes in the plant cells' metabolism, creating more defensive chemicals that can repel attacks from caterpillars
Modern Chemicals: Precaution Is In Order
Offbeat  (tags: modern, chemicals, precaution, order, wildlife, environment, industries )

Merissa
- 3196 days ago - motherearthnews.com
Modern chemicals do many good things for us. But some also do harm -- to us, wildlife or the environment. With U.S. industries now using some 75,000 chemicals, and as we discover more about their downsides, public demand for greater precaution is growing.
Control Weeds Without Chemicals
Offbeat  (tags: weeds, control, chemicals, garden, experts )

Merissa
- 3246 days ago - mnn.com
Weeds are the home gardener's biggest enemy. Roundup and other chemicals may seem like the best weapon in the arsenal against weeds. However, many experts discourage the use of chemicals, which can leach into fruits and vegetables.
Charlie Bermpohl Dies; Reported on WWI Munitions Site in Washington
Offbeat  (tags: interesting, artillery shells, chemicals, burial site, war suplus )

Lone
- 3408 days ago - washingtonpost.com
Charlie Bermpohl, 74, a Washington reporter whose dogged pursuit of the long-running story of buried World War I munitions in the city's affluent Spring Valley neighborhood helped alert residents to the persistence of toxic chemicals beneath their yards
15 Ingredients in Cosmetics You Should Know About
Offbeat  (tags: Cosmetics, Beauty Products, Ingredients, Chemicals )

Sophie
- 3408 days ago - forensicsciencetechnician.org
There are over 500 components used in the production of most major cosmetics and the scary thing is you really have no way of knowing if these chemical are safe.
Cops:Imitation Pot As Bad As The Real Thing
Offbeat  (tags: imitation pot, police, high, legal, chemicals )

Lone
- 3433 days ago - kansascity.com
There may be nothing like the real thing, but some industrious marijuana users have seized on an obscure but easily accessible substance that mimics the drug's effects on the brain - creating a popular trade in legal dope that has stymied law enforcemed
Are You Playing Fetch With Lead?
Offbeat  (tags: dogs toys, balls, regulations, chemicals, unhealthy )

Simone
- 3490 days ago - animalwelfare.change.org
When HealthyStuff.org tested over 400 pet products, they found lead in half of the tennis balls tested, but only in the ones actually intended for pets -- your tennis racquet gets less chemical exposure than your dog. Almost half of the products tested
The Canary in the Coal Mine
Offbeat  (tags: canary, testing, toxcity testing, animals, chemicals, cruelty )

Simone
- 3512 days ago - animalwelfare.change.org
There are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market -- in everything from cleaning supplies to toys to furniture and flooring -- and only about 200 have undergone toxicity testing. As if all those unknowns weren't reason enough for concern, a number of
Outlawed Chemicals, Lead Still a Worry in Toys
Offbeat  (tags: children, toys, lead, chemicals, health, protection )

Lone
- 3520 days ago - washingtonpost.com
Despite a new law that bans six chemicals from children's products and lowers the amount of lead allowed, a public interest group has found a number of
Plant Communication: Sagebrush Engage In Self-Recognition And Warn Of Danger
Offbeat  (tags: environment, plants, danger, chemicals, cues )

Cowboss
- 3677 days ago - sciencedaily.com
To thine own self be true" may take on a new meaning--not with people or animal behavior but with plant behavior. Plants engage in self-recognition and can communicate danger to their "clones" or genetically identical cuttings planted nearby, says profess
   

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