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Retraction Watch

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 19, 2015 | Filed under College/Adult, High School, Resources, Science, Websites

Retraction Watch publishes stories and information related to retractions in the scientific literature. This site is useful for exploring the importance of accurate information, credibility, critical thinking, and evaluation and analysis of scientific papers. More

Yale Environment 360

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on June 22, 2015 | Filed under Environmental Protection, Media & Culture, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History, Websites

From the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, this site offers news, reports, and commentary on a variety of environmental protection issues More

Humane Educator’s Toolbox: Greater Good in Action

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 18, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

Like any good habit, cultivating strengths such as empathy, forgiveness, compassion, and gratitude takes practice. And it often helps to have a little guidance. Our friends at the Greater Good Science Center (in partnership with… More

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Beating the “Backfire Effect”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 9, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw It seems like common sense that when we learn that previously-believed information is false – when we receive new facts that contradict what we previously thought — then we’ll change our beliefs… More

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on January 25, 2015 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Early Childhood, Education, Elementary, Human Rights, Language Arts, Math, Media & Culture, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

“I will build electric wind.” William had a thirsty mind that soaked up knowledge and spurred him to ask questions. When a drought has left him hungry and unable to go to school, William goes… More

Animal Studies Repository

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on January 19, 2015 | Filed under Animal Protection, Health, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Psychology, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History, Websites

Maintained by the Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy (HSISP) the Animal Studies Repository (ASR) is “a collection of academic, archival, and assorted other materials related to the various disciplines within the fields of… More

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Cultivate “Grocery Wisdom” in Kids

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 11, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

We make food choices every day. And those choices can have a significant impact on ourselves, other people, nonhuman animals, and the earth. Because food is such an integral part of our lives and tied… More

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How Well Does Your Country Contribute to the Common Good?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 17, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Here at IHE we often talk about the importance of embracing our personal responsibility to do the most good and least harm for all. Now a new Index strives to measure how “good” each country… More

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Why We Need Humane Education: Study Says Species Disappearing at 1,000 Times Greater Than Before

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 16, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Finding accurate numbers about rates of species extinction has been difficult, in part because we still don’t know how many species live on Earth. We’re finding new ones all the time. A new study in… More

Conservation Magazine

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 25, 2014 | Filed under Environmental Protection, Magazines, Media & Culture, Resources, Science, Websites

Conservation is a science magazine that explores environmental issues and solutions for our world. Topics include energy, global warming, health, nature, technology and culture. Many stories are freely available on the website. More