Just shy of their 100th birthday, the Girl Scouts are working to shed their cookie and campfire image with new badges that focus on skills such as such as robotics, web design, and even “The Science of Happiness.”  Sandra DeLoatch (Norfolk State University) has just been given the highest Girl Scout award and a badge in her honor.  She says there are new initiatives to recruit urban and minority Girl Scouts.

Also: Answering questions like how to remove a snake from your car, urban wildlife biologist Kieran Lindsey (Virginia Tech) is the new official Animal-Vehicle Biologist and Wildlife Guru for Car Talk on NPR. Lindsey offers tips for how those of us living in cities and suburbs can reconnect with the wildlife around us—what she calls “next-door nature.”

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