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Kate Winslet Holds Her Breath for Avatar 2. The Oscar-winning actress has left many moviegoers breathless in her films, but it turns out Winslet has quite the pair of lungs. Director James Cameron says Winslet was the perfect pick for doing underwater scenes in his Avatar sequel (scheduled for release in December 2020). At her peak, she could hold her breath for an amazing seven-and-a-half minutes -- not only during actual filming, but during training too. Winslet was regularly doing two- or three-minute scenes underwater while both acting and swimming. Proof enough she deserves another Oscar.

Key West Bans Popular Sunscreens. City Council members in the Florida town voted 6-1 in early February to ban sales of sunscreens with oxybenzone and octinoxate, two chemicals shown to damage coral (see last month's story, "Reef Safe's Sunscreen Isn't Safe"). "There are thousands of sunscreens out there, and we have one reef," says Key West Mayor Teri Johnston. "And we have an opportunity to do one small thing to protect that." Key West follows the lead of Hawaii, which passed legislation last summer banning such products from being sold statewide. The U.S. National Park Service issued a statement after the Key West vote, recommending people buy skincare products containing titanium oxide or zinc oxide, which are considered natural alternatives to the two banned chemicals....


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