The Denver Zoo is offering guests that wear white today (Feb. 27) a buy one, get one admission. In celebration of International Polar Bear Day the zoo is offering up special prizes in honor of the white bears and to raise awareness of reducing our carbon footprint.
Polar Bears International invite people to take the "Thermostat Challenge" by turning down the temperature in their home by two degrees to preserve polar bear habitat. Guests can further show their support on the day by wearing white to the zoo and receiving buy one, get one free admission.
Reducing our carbon footprint can slow and even reverse climate change, which causes sea ice to melt. Polar bears require sea ice to reach their prey and without it, polar bears can't survive. Even small adjustments by humans can make a big difference.
Zoo visitors can win prizes for their involvement in the "White Out" event. Everyone that joins this event on the zoo's Facebook page, shares it on their own Facebook page and helps Denver Zoo spread the word about ways we can help save polar bears will be entered to win special prizes from Denver Zoo!
Researchers at the University of Vermont sifted through more than 10 million geotagged tweets from 2011 to map out the moods of Americans in urban areas. They ranked the locations based on frequency of positive and negative words using the Mechanical Turk Language Assessment word list.
The study, which was broken down by The Atlantic, also looked at the results for 373 urban areas to rank the happiest and least-happy cities. Vacation destination Napa, California, was determined to be one of the happiest cities along with Longmont, Colorado; San Clemente, California; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Santa Cruz, California.
Outdoor plants are cleaned off by the rain, but houseplants become caked with dust. Spiff them up with water and a soft cloth, like an old t-shirt. Don't forget to inspect the dirt for mold. Overwatering plants can cause mold to develop on top of the soil. If you notice any, replace the soil.
Ahh, just in time for Valentine's weekend! Denver Zoo's new Asian elephant, Kimbo, can now be seen by zoo visitors.
Kimbo, a 42-year-old female, arrived from Fort Worth Zoo in December and spent the last couple months getting acquainted with her new state-of-the-art indoor quarters while she cleared a mandatory quarantine process.
Zookeepers describe Kimbo as a little bit shy and cautious, but say she is becoming more comfortable with her new sounds, smells and opportunities. The first new female elephant to move into the exhibit, she is just now getting to know longtime zoo resident elephant Dolly as a herd mate. The two are getting along well and will provide each other excellent company long-term.
Artificially-sweetened sodas have been linked to a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes for women than sodas sweetened with ordinary sugar, according to French research unveiled on Thursday.
"Contrary to conventional thinking, the risk of diabetes is higher with 'light' beverages compared with 'regular' sweetened drinks," the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm) said.
Well, according to a new report from Gallup and Healthways researchers, there's a pretty good chance that it was Dec. 25, Christmas.
The report -- which is based on 350,000 telephone surveys taken every day over the last year, asking about specific emotions a person experienced "yesterday" -- captured the happiest and saddest days of last year, as well as the general temperament of America during 2012.
I would agree with the happiest days, it seems as though people smile more around Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year's. What's your happiest day of the year? Anniversary, child's birthday, your birthday?
Parents Magazine explained why Children's Hospital in Aurora made the list:
Last year, the first pill to treat an underlying cause of cystic fibrosis (CF) hit the market, thanks to initial testing at Children's Hospital Colorado. "I burst into tears of gratitude when I heard about it," says Jennifer Heinicke, whose 8-year-old daughter, Annelise, was diagnosed with CF during a routine newborn screening. The medication, called Kalydeco, targets a genetic mutation that interferes with the transport of chloride in some patients. "It worked beyond my wildest dreams," says Frank Accurso, M.D., head of the hospital's pulmonology department, who is now testing a combo of Kalydeco and another medication that would potentially help up to half of the patients with CF. Since Annelise started taking the tablet last Valentine's Day, she hasn't missed school because of breathing problems and has been playing soccer, hiking, and tap dancing. Says Jennifer: "I can barely keep up with her."
$30 million or more spent on research annually
Private NICU rooms with less noise and more space
Magnet Nursing Status, the highest level of care
10 or more experimental cancer studies
85% survival rate or higher for tricky heart surgeries