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A year ago, raw milk believers thought the Indiana General Assembly was going to allow raw milk to be sold in the state - instead they got a new requirement that raw milk be labeled as “not for human consumption.”

The Indiana Board of Animal Health (BOAH) asked for the agricultural board to study raw milk and instead of banning it, came up with health requirements for it to be allowed.  If a health requirement is in place it will never pass. Even a bill that would have allowed raw milk to be distributed to family members and non-paying guests died in committee.

So if you want a safe place to drink milk, you know where to go. New Mexico is backing out of its agreement to allow raw milk sales. Wisconsin, the largest dairy producer, also does not allow it.
There's a bit of a scandal in Europe due to horse meat being passed off as other kinds.

Imagine the shock in Iceland, where its 320,000 people list horse meat from its 100,000 horses as a chief export, when testing showed their meat pie didn't even have horse meat - it had no meat at all.

Iceland's Food and Veterinary Authority tested 16 products and found that a product labeled Italian lamb and beef meatballs contained no beef.  Well, okay, they always wanted to be European so that is a start. But in checking for traces of mislabeled horse meat in a meat pie they found "no signs of any DNA from any mammal."
You can guess the age of gently declining intellects by what Doomsday scenarios they embrace. 
The problem with the cap-and-trade schemes advocated by economists who know how to do a Monte Carlo analysis just well enough to be wrong is that the real world never matches up.

Europeans, who boldly venture into every anti-science idea that more reasonable regions avoid, is now scrambling not to kill its economy even more due to its mandated cap-and-trade program.
It's the friendship paradox. Studies of offline social networks show a trend very similar to the online kind - we each have fewer friends than most of our friends have, the same as almost everyone we know.

An analysis of Facebook’s active users, 721 million people then, and its 69 billion interweaving friendships, found that a user’s friend count was less than the average friend count of his or her friends 93 percent of the time. Averaged across Facebook as a whole, users had an average of 190 friends, while their friends averaged 635 friends of their own.
Animal rights groups have gotten smarter in recent years.

It used to be their tactics were denial of science, ethical posturing and inflammatory ads in newspapers, but now it is naked women and building business-to-business relationships with food companies.

Why? So they can influence how animals are raised with companies that buy large quantities of pork, like McDonald’s, Burger King and most recently, Marriott. That's a good thing, right?  Be part of the solution.
Other than simple curiosity about our ancestors, why do we care whether an adult from 4,000 years ago could drink milk without getting a stomachache? The answers could change our ideas about the speed at which our evolution has occurred and if we are stuck with ancient genes and ancient bodies in a modern environment.

It's reasonable to speculate that humans aren't suited to our modern lives, and that our health, our family lives, and perhaps our sanity would all be improved if we could live the way early humans did. Our bodies may have been better suited to how we spent the first 99% of our existence, the claim goes. In short, we have what the anthropologist Leslie Aiello, president of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, called "paleofantasies."
If your child likes playing an instrument, or you want them to be well-rounded, by all means get them music lessons; but parents who bought into social science claims that it makes kids more 'intelligent' are basically wasting money.

Music is great, I have played guitar for 35 years, but I never bought into the hype that music was a contributing factor in making me much smarter than you.
Turkey is the most secular of the Muslim countries in the world - some women wear headscarves (hijab), some do not. They are optional.

So when Turkish astrophysicst Rennan Pekünlü, who teaches at Ege University in Izmir, told women they could not wear headscarves in his classroom, he was bought up on criminal charges after a woman complained. He was found guilty of violating the freedoms and rights of women at the university.  He argued that he was upholding the Turkish constitution, which prohibits the display of religious symbols or affiliation in government offices and institutions supported by government funding. He was also found to be taking pictures of women who entered wearing headscarves, which is a cultural no-no, but he said he had permission. 
Pity Department of Energy workers. They are often demoralized; among the cynical, DOE’s motto is: “Ashamed of our past, afraid for our future.”

Instead of working on clean energy for the 21st century and beyond, they are stuck subsidizing technology from the 13th century, and maybe the 1950s, and wrapping themselves in the flag of anti-nuclear environmentalism. 
"In sharp contrast to past Canadian practice and current U.S. Government practice, the federal government has recently made efforts to prevent the media and the general public from speaking to government scientists,” Tyler Sommers, coordinator of Democracy Watch, wrote in a statement about a complaint they filed Wednesday, citing Canada's Access to Information Act.
If you have watched the strange, sad decline of psychology over the last decade, you may have started to wonder if any conclusions are legitimate. With evolutionary psychology claiming voting Republican is an adaptive function and social psychologists claiming people can predict the future, there is a lot of woo getting published.

While scientists are sort of gracious about it - psychology departments are usually in the humanities buildings, not the science ones - the downside science is only starting to realize is that it damages the credibility of all science to have nonsense lumped in.

We're all going to die eventually, the overall mortality rate is still at 100%, but there are ways to postpone it. Coffee may be one of those ways.

A large study (nearly 500,000 older adults) found a clear trend after 12 years: as coffee drinking increased, the risk of death decreased.  

There are once-in-a-lifetime events and once-in-a-century ones as well. The meteor that exploded over the Chelyabinsk region in Russia was that second one; it has been confirmed as the largest such explosion in the last hundred years.

The new estimates of its size make it the largest reported meteor since the one that hit Tunguska, Siberia in 1908. Researchers say it was about 55 feet in diameter, was composed of ordinary chondrites, like most meteors, and weighed around 10,000 tons. When it disintegrated, it unleashed nearly 500 kilotons of energy, more than 30 times the energy of the Hiroshima atomic bomb. 

So far, researchers have collected 53 fragments, the largest of which was 7 millimeters. 
Prof. Emlyn Hughes of Columbia University believes that in order to understand quantum mechanics, you have to get rid of everything you know - 'strip to your raw'.  So he did just that, he got naked and against a backdrop of 9/11 and Nazi Holocaust images, he remained in a fetal position as two people dressed as ninjas blindfolded stuffed animals.

Then one of the ninjas impaled one of the stuffed animals.

Students paying $3,840 to take the course were likely thrilled that they had a whole semester of that to look forward to. Let's hope he already has tenure.

Since it's New York City, half them likely thought it was pretty clever. Growing up in a place where crosses dipped in urine is considered art will do that to you.
Dartmoor is a moorland in south Devon, England and human remains and Bronze Age artifacts discovered there have been called "one of the most significant findings of at least the last 100 years" by a team of researchers.

They found cremated human bones, wrapped in a type of animal hide, as well as what appear to be intricately designed jewelry and textiles. They were discovered within a granite tomb-like casing known as a cist, are made from materials not discovered in Britain at the time and hint at trading links between the area and the continent farther back then archaeologists had previously known.
If you want to see sex stuff as part of your job, go into archeology. The ancient world is littered with images of a phallus, a Venus figurine worthy of Hugh Hefner, and even a vulva painting.

Still, most prehistoric erotic art is abstract, disembodied. It doesn’t explicitly depict sex-crazed ancients screwing their brains out for fun and fertility.

But one little-known, mysterious archaeological site does. The Kangjiashimenji Petroglyphs are bas-relief carvings in a massive red-basalt outcropping in the remote Xinjiang region of northwest China. The artwork includes the earliest—and some of the most graphic—depictions of copulation in the world.
How often do meteorites and objects from space hit us?  

Actually, pretty often, we just don't have cameras and detection equipment everywhere, so when a sonic boom-inducing event like in the Ural mountains of Russia occurs, it is big news.  It blew out windows and injured hundreds.

The scariest part; the Chelyabinsk region a thousand miles east of Moscow is home to not just factories and homes, but also a nuclear power plant and the Mayak atomic waste storage and treatment center.
Despite passing every scientific review, the Keystone XL project, which would bring lots of new  jobs and lower energy costs for Americans, became a lightning rod for American activists when it looked like President Obama might side with unions over greens and approve it.

What was never a consideration was the scientists who have to be baffled that the president stood up in his State of the Union address and invoked science and reason numerous times, but has been engaged in efforts to undercut it every time it deviates from his world view.
The billions of dollars that the food industry won't have to spend on pointless GMO labels isn't simply money saved for consumers- we are actually lucky they aren't spending billions on top of the billions they will already have to spend on pointless labels that could be required by the Obama administration under its health care reform provisions. Because it will all be passed through to us so someone, somewhere can get something for free.