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Fracking disrupts our hormones

A new study shows that the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, aka fracking, can disrupt the body's reproductive hormones, causing infertility, cancer and birth defects.

Tornado victims: trapped under rubble

Rescuers are still looking for dozens of missing schoolchildren in Oklahoma City. Just how long can someone survive under rubble after something like a severe tornado?

Don't get struck by lightning

Lightning is an underrated natural hazard. Thunderstorms are frequent over large parts of the country, especially in summer, and death and injury from lightning not uncommon.

Typhoon facts you should know

A massive typhoon in the Philippines is thought to have killed over 10 000 people, making it one of the worst typhoons on record. Here are some interesting typhoon facts.

SA's most lethal mushroom

This innocent-looking mushroom is the notorious Death Cap, responsible for 90% of all lethal fungi poisonings.

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In the path of a volcano

Here's more about what you should do if you are in the vicinity of a volcano that is erupting.

Getting high on doing good

Volunteering is an excellent ideal for many reasons; best of all, it's really good for YOU. Olivia Rose-Innes infiltrated the Volunteer Wildfire Services to test this theory.

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