As a mom, I'm curious how chemical safety decisions are made in the U.S. For instance, why are flame retardants found in kids' pajamas? Great question, Shelley. In the U.S., chemicals used in consumer goods are regulated by the Toxic Substances Control Act. Passed in 1976, this law gives the EPA the authority to evaluate the safety of chemicals added to products like clothing, carpeting or furniture. Food, drugs and pesticides are regulated by the FDA and have stricter regulations.
I'm looking into purchasing an artificial Christmas tree this holiday season. What are the environmental concerns for a real and a fake tree? With the holiday season fast approaching, millions of Americans are beginning preparations and will soon be weighing the options with regards to their Christmas tree. An age-old tradition, Christmas trees help to make our homes more festive for the holiday season.
What am I supposed to do with my old mattress? I see a lot of people leaving them by dumpsters or on the curb, but they stay there forever. That can't be the answer. Please help! What a great question, particularly right now when there are so many people moving just in time for winter. You're right, the curb is definitely not the answer for mattress disposal or recycling.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".