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Video Game Research, Houston Zoo, and Planet Taco: Houston Matters for Thursday, September 4, 2014

Posted on · There’s all sorts of research being conducted into the effects of video games. Some worry that violent games desensitize kids towards violence in real life. Others worry about their impact on eyesight, or how they affect kids’ personalities. Here in Greater Houston, a couple of research efforts involving video games explore their impact in ways […]

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Behind the Scenes at the Houston World Series of Dog Shows

Posted on · The Houston World Series of Dog Shows is underway and continues through the weekend at NRG Park. It's the 37th year for the five-day event, which brings our canine friends together from all over the country to compete in events ranging from breed judging and grooming to agility, obedience, Frisbee freestyle, and – of course […]

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Protecting Your Pets from Ticks and Answers to All Your Pet Questions

Posted on · Once again, Houston Matters goes to the dogs...and cats. Today, we focus on a new tick season that is about to kick into high gear with the heat coming right around the corner. We also look at why many people feed their animals better food than themselves, but is it the right food? To help […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Oil Spill, Montrose Fire & BARC: The Good The Bad & The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From the oil spill, to the fire in Montrose, to BARC’s new authority, to Zipcar’s expansion, it’s been a busy week in Houston news. We consider “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” of these events with our rotating “non-expert” panel. This week, we’re joined by the Houston Chronicle’s Lisa Falkenberg, ComedySportz Houston’s Dianah Dulany, […]

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What’s Being Done to Deal with Houston’s Stray Animal Problem?

Posted on · On Wednesday, the Houston City Council passed an animal control measure by a 15 to 1 vote (with one council member absent). The measure sets into motion policy changes designed to help Houston’s Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care (BARC) better address our ongoing challenges with dangerous animals. Currently, the department doesn’t have enough officers […]

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Bats Play a Significant Role in Houston Ecosystem

Posted on · Houston is home to more than ten species of bats, many of them living in trees. If you’re surprised to learn those two facts, then you probably think you don’t know too much about these winged animals. Don’t worry though, you’re not alone. That’s the very reason we sent Houston Matters’ Edel Howlin out to […]

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Meet Duncan — The New Baby Elephant at the Houston Zoo

Posted on · We learn about Duncan, the new baby elephant born this month at the Houston Zoo. Duncan was born around 2:15 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, to mother Shanti. He’s a 385-pound Asian elephant. This is Shanti’s fourth baby, zoo staffers say. Martina Stevens, the Houston Zoo’s elephant manager, describes the birth process and how Duncan’s […]