Is It Immoral To Oppose The Use Of Pesticides?
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While Coronavirus Dominates US Media, Locusts...
Correlation Hype: Your Car Seats Are Not Giving You Cancer
A U.C. Riverside environmentalist is sounding the alarm about your commute. Professor David Volz and colleagues hand-picked 90 commuter students who were given silicone wristbands to wear for five days. The goal was to find organophosphate esters on the wristbands, because some papers link ...
By Hank Campbell
Three And A Half Muons
A few days ago I received from my esteemed colleague Massimo Passera, a theorist and an INFN director of research in the Padova section where I also work, a draft of a new article he produced with his colleagues Antonio Masiero and Paride Paradisi, which is relevant to my present interests. The ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
Alvin Tollestrup, Father Of The Tevatron, Dies
The Tevatron collider, the giant marvel accelerator built at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in the eighties and operated there for over thirty years, until its demise in 2012, lost one of its fathers the other day, as Alvin Tollestrup passed away. Tollestrup was maybe the key contributor ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
NGC 4490: The Cocoon Galaxy Turns Out To Have A Double Nucleus Structure
NGC 4490, nicknamed the "Cocoon Galaxy" because of its shape, has "a clear double nucleus structure," according to a new paper.It's only realized now because while one nucleus can be seen in optical wavelengths, the other is hidden in dust and can only be seen in infrared and radio wavelengths ...
By News Staff
Discoscapa Apicula: Oldest Record Of Primitive Bee With Pollen Dates Back 100 Million Years
A primitive bee from 100 million years ago has two things in common with bees of today; pollen and a parasite that caused its demise, much like varroa mites cause periodic colony collapse disorder today.The mid-Cretaceous fossil from Myanmar provides the first record of a primitive bee with ...
By News Staff
How More Grocery Stores Could Reduce Food Waste
An article in Manufacturing&Service Operations Management says that an increase in the number of stores directly decreases consumer waste. The reason is improved access to groceries which would men better distribution of inventory and price competition. Food waste is a big problem in all ...
By News Staff
Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis: 60-Million-Year-Old Tumor In A Dinosaur Tail
Beliefs that tumors are caused by the modern world's food and chemicals have suffered a setback. A 60-million-year setback.The fossilized tail of a young dinosaur from in southern Alberta, Canada had the benign tumor as part of the pathology of LCH (Langerhans cell histiocytosis), a rare and sometimes ...
By News Staff
The Lack Of A Corporate Parent Will Doom Golden Rice, Say Critics
In the early days of the environmental war on agriculture, activists claimed they were not against the science itself, they were anti-corporate. They didn't want a company in charge of the food supply.The argument resonated with a lot of people, including university scholars, so when the opportunity ...
By Hank Campbell
What Endangered Means To Scientists And What It Means To Environmental Lawyers Are Much Different Things
You might know blue whales are an endangered species while pandas are not. Yet there are 25,000 blue whales and only 2,000 pandas.  There are 100,000 sea otters yet they are still classified as endangered. Who drew that line between endangered and not endangered? And why are there suddenly ...
By Hank Campbell
Coronavirus Genome Has Been Sequenced
A recent study identified the coronavirus responsible for the pneumonia epidemic in the Hubei province of China and finds the bat-origin virus is related to other known pathogenic coronaviruses.The 2019 coronavirus (CoV) causes fatal pneumonia that has claimed over 1,300 lives, with more than 52 ...
By News Staff
Folk Wisdom Is Not Right About Left Brains
We know the left and right side of our brain are specialized for cognitive abilities like language (left hemisphere) and the right hand. That functional lateralization is reflected by morphological asymmetry too. The left and right hemispheres differ subtly in brain anatomy, distribution of nerve ...
By News Staff
How Bird Flocks With Multiple Species Behave Like BTS And Other K-Pop Groups
Despite what you've heard, birds of a feather often don't flock together. In the real world, multiple bird species are often flying and feeding together. In the Amazon, 50 species may travel as a unit. But are birds in these mixed flocks cooperating with one another or competing?A new study ...
By News Staff
It's Reducing Calories, Not The 10,000 Steps A Day, That Prevent Weight Gain
In a world of New York Times best-selling diet books and epidemiological claims about food and chemicals - even that if your mother used cosmetics it may have made you fat - it can be difficult for the public to know what to trust.It won't be intermittent fasting, juice cleanses, or 10,000 steps ...
By News Staff
Endocrine Disruption From Cosmetics Your Mom Used Made You Fat, Not Calories, Claims New Paper
A new paper by epidemiologists in Europe will overturn centuries of diet and health thinking; the thinking that eating too much makes people gain weight.Instead, the new statistical correlation argues, the weight gain is due to pregnant women who used cosmetics containing parabens, which triggered ...
By Hank Campbell
EWG Claims Again That Food Is Unsafe - The Science And Health Community Disagrees
Environmental Working Group, a litigation group devoted to food and chemical issues, is most famous for publishing its annual "Dirty Dozen" list to promote publicly available pesticide residues on food. While neglecting to mention that their organic industry clients are not tested separately.Today ...
By Hank Campbell
Gay, Bisexual Men Get More Skin Cancer
Results from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), using data collected from annual questionnaires from 2014 to 2018, finds that rates of skin cancer were higher among gay and bisexual men compared to heterosexual men but lower among bisexual women than heterosexual women ...
By News Staff
Chinese Eugenics Upside: It Reduced The Education Gap Among Women
Much has been made of Chinese student achievement test scores, but inconvenient confounders are often ignored, such as that Chinese learn by rote. No teach in America wants to do that. Teachers are poorly paid and clean their own toilets.And only elite kids take the tests. The non-elites were overwhelmingly ...
By News Staff
Galentine's Day Is A Thing But Valendude's Day Is Not - Why?
Today, women will celebrate Galentine’s Day, a holiday trumpeting the joys of female friendships.The holiday can trace its origins to a 2010 episode of “Parks and Rec,” in which the main character, Leslie Knope, decides that the day before Valentine’s Day should be an opportunity to celebrate ...
By The Conversation
The Republican Counterpart To The Democrats Green New Deal Won't Get Press But It May Be More Realistic
When it comes to the political divide in America, the key difference in science is that academia has mostly Democrats while private sector scientists are mostly Republicans. There are big tents in a two-party system so a liberal New York cop will have nothing in common with a San Francisco progressive ...
By Hank Campbell
For Valentine's Day, Generation Z Wants Casual Hookups
As we lick our Valentine card envelopes and slip into something more comfortable, it’s a good time to ponder our sexual relationships.As the first entirely digital generation and the largest demographic in western history, Generation Z, those born in the late 1990s and early 2000s, is the subject ...
By The Conversation
Misinformation And Disinformation Are Diseases And Both Social Media And Journalism Are Vectors
A recent paper finds that vaccine disinformation is common on social media while a few years ago I had employees watch food documentaries on Netflix and write about their impression and the results in both cases are startling for people who don't realize the extent of the problem. Those with ...
By Hank Campbell
Skeptical In Seattle: Valentine's Day Shows How Data Mining Can Arrive At An Accurate Yet Wrong Answer
I got an email from an analytics group pitching an article about Valentine's Day movie results. It promised:"If you’re planning to celebrate Valentine’s Day by watching a romantic film you’ll probably end up watching Isn’t It Romantic, according to the latest" blah blah blah (which) ...
By Hank Campbell
Queering Of Robots Will Make Them Designed To Include The LGBTQ+ Community
In a new short paper in the journal Nature Machine Intelligence, Roger A. Søraa from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and co-authors Eduard Fosch-Villaronga from Leiden University in the Netherlands, and Adam Poulsen from Charles Sturt University in Australia discuss what ...
By News Staff
Juice Jacking: The Risks Of Public USB Charging Ports For Devices
Have you ever used a public charging station to charge your mobile phone when it runs out of battery? If so, watch out for “juice jacking”. Cybercriminals are on the prowl to infect your mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers and access your personal data, or install malware ...
By The Conversation
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