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The first kiss seals the deal for a romatic partnership to begin.
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Huffington Post Feb 12, 2014

Story ran throughout Australia — ABC Science on Feb 13, 2012

ABC 774 AM, The Progress Report with Libbi Gorr (Melbourne, Australia) – Earth Dr Reese Halter on the Magic of Kissing

Super moons are dedicated to lovers. And as all lovers know, the magic starts with that first kiss. So what’s exactly happens in order for that perfect first kiss to become intoxicating?

When the first kiss works it’s powerful all right as over 90 percent of lovers, irrespective of age, can remember exactly where and when it occurred. Moreover, that first kiss is a dealmaker or breaker because over 60 percent of first kisses, for both men and women, are a failure terminating any chance for romance.

Well before that first kiss occurs the eyes are conveying important information to the brain, which in turn has a tremendous influence upon our feelings associated with love. Next time you get a chance watch how new lovers look at one another – it’s thrilling.

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California Lutheran University Climate Change student assessment of Earth Dr Reese Halter's class

Story ran in Huffington Post August 30, 2010

The diversity of life on our planet is astounding. And given enough time and careful management of our natural resources, science will find cures for most of the ailments that afflict humankind.

Between 40 and 90 million North Americans suffer from pain. It’s the most common reason that people visit physicians. The annual cost of medical bills and lost wages easily exceeds $100 billion. Sales of morphine and morphine-derived products in the U.S. alone cost $650 million per year. Morphine is addictive, constipating and causes respiratory distress; and over time more of it is needed to obtain relief.

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Story ran on Malibu Times Blog March 1, 2013

An Australian interviewer recently asked me, “of all the people throughout history, who would you like to spend time with?” Here’s my answer:

Leonardo da Vinci, born in the middle of the 15th century, was the founder of modern science and an interpreter between nature and humans.

He sought to understand the nature of life two centuries before the microscope was invented. He believed the earth was a living, self-organizing and self-regulating system.

Leonardo had exceptional powers of observation and a powerful visual memory. And his “sublime left hand” (as his friend and mathematician Luca Pacioli, called it) drew in excess of 100,000 drawings in more than 13,000 pages. Some 6,000 pages were preserved as manuscripts that are now in libraries and private collections. Others were preserved in larger forms known as codices, and are held by the British Royal family and Bill and Melinda Gates.

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Stoy ran in Malibu Times August 8, 2014

Of the conservative estimate of 10 million species on planet Earth, there currently exist 2,500 different kinds of mosquitoes. Yet despite being the size and weight of a grape seed, these are deadly and fearsome creatures. Mosquitoes are benefiting from global warming meaning once near-decimated strains of diseases like malaria are on the rise again. So how has something so tiny, yet so deadly, been able to successfully inhabit our planet for the past 80 million years?

It’s all in the size and, in this case, it matters to be small. Mosquitoes are adapted to every terrestrial ecosystem from the top of mountains to valley bottoms, from the Arctic Circle to the Sahara desert, and everything in between. They have thrived and adapted with the spread of human beings. In 300 years, the common house mosquito which started in Africa is now global.

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Antonio Stradivari’s career spanned seven decades and his workshop produced almost 1,200 violas, guitars, cellos and violins. About 650 of his exquisite instruments exist today. Many of them are nearing 350 years old. How can such old instruments sound so melodious and command over $3.5 million at auction?

Violins, violas and cellos belong to the violin family. They are indisputable kings of all musical instruments. The violin has said to portray and inspire every emotion imaginable from the braying of a donkey to delivering a tune of heart rendering beauty. Only the human voice can match it. Stardivarius or “Strads” are the most famous and sought after violin family.

Andrea Amati made the first violin in 1564 in Cremona, Italy. One hundred and two years later in 1666 Stradivari made his first violin. The craftsmanship that went into building these splendid works of art is breathtaking. The violin has rightfully so been compared to the female silhouette — narrow-wasted and voluptuous.

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Snow gum, Victoria, Australia

Story ran in the Victoria Times Colonist January 22,2009

Seven western states and four Canadian provinces have joined forces in a plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions. An entire new source of long-term revenue is available to British Columbia’s (BCs) government, which will enable protection of massive tracks of old growth forests and fresh water supplies.

Under the Western Climate Initiative, Arizona, California, Oregon, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Washington, B.C., Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec have agreed to cut the region’s carbon emissions by 15 percent below 2005 levels by 2020.

The backbone of their plan is a cap-and-trade system. A similar approach was used in the early 1990s to combat acid rain around the Great Lakes caused by the pollution from coal-burning power plants.

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Story ran Huffington Post April 27, 2012

It is peculiar that climate coverage since 2009, when the U.S. House of Representatives passed a climate bill, has plummeted on the big four television networks. Especially since a recent New York Times poll found that the public has linked extreme weather to global warming. Given that in March 2012, more than 15,000 warm temperature records were eclipsed, dating back to 1895 (that’s 1,400 months), why wouldn’t the public start to connect the dots?

It is crucial that the lawmakers in Washington, D.C., understand that the economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment.

It’s clearly time for our nation to begin adapting to a “new normal,” as the climate is irrefutably changing. We need climate preparedness and models for a low-carbon American economy.

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