Chemistry

Small Study Claims Trace Prenatal BPA Exposure Causes Depression In Boys

 Bisphenol A (BPA) is a component of some plastics and is found in food containers, plastic water bottles, dental sealants, and thermal receipt paper. In the body, BPA is a mild synthetic estrogen, one of the gigantic class of chemicals called "endoc ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 16 2016 - 5:26pm

Chemical Weapons Are Still Being Used In Iraq But The Obama Administration Doesn't Talk About It

The group known as Islamic State (IS) reportedly used a sulpur-mustard gas against US troops in Iraq. ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 27 2016 - 6:00am

Michael Pollan Doesn't Just Hate Agriculture, He Hates All Scientists

Michael Pollan, food activist and journalist, is the proverbial man trapped in the past in his latest piece for the New York Time s, criticizing the Obama administration for not catering to his bizarre beliefs about how food production actually works, and ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Nov 28 2018 - 6:01pm

When Salt Is An Endocrine Disruptor, The Term Is Officially Meaningless

A new environmental claim about endocrine disruptors would seem to be an early Christmas gift for the fundraisers and lawyers at the Environmental Working Group and NRDC but the scientist employed at each of those groups likely feels a little dread. Becau ...

Article - Josh Bloom - Nov 23 2016 - 12:05pm

Chemical Turing Test: Making Artificial Cells Talk With Real Ones

In computer science, the classic Turing test evaluates a machine's ability to mimic human behavior, and therefore is a measure of determining how close a machine can come to artificial intelligence. To pass, a computer must fool the tester into thinki ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 25 2017 - 12:13pm

Metallic Hydrogen: Science Or Fake News?

After being only theorized for 80 years, Harvard scientists claim they have succeeded in creating the rarest- and potentially one of the most valuable- materials on the planet. ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 27 2017 - 11:41am

Nature: The Original Chemist

We frequently see a contrast drawn between what is “natural” and what is “chemical.” Sometimes products are described as “chemical-free” even though every physical object is made of chemicals. As much as this suggests a problem with our science education, ...

Article - Steve Savage - Feb 28 2017 - 9:46pm

IARC Stands Alone Insisting Glyphosate Must Be Dangerous

ECHA, the European Chemicals Agency, has released findings from its Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) which concluded that glyphosate (e.g. Roundup, by the agriculture company Monsanto, though it's been off-patent for 17 years) is not a carcinogen, ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 16 2017 - 1:55pm

Predicting Methane Rise, Using A Hydroxyl Radical Estimate

In the late 2000s, after natural gas uptake caused American carbon dioxide emissions to plummet, panicked environmentalists began to scramble for new ways to campaign on ending so-called fossil fuels. Methane, with 23X the warming power of CO2, was ideal, ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 17 2017 - 5:56pm

Thiamethoxam: Study Claims Neonicotinoid Causes Erratic Bee Flight

Thiamethoxam is a compound in the class of targeted pesticides known as "neonicotinoids", because they are chemically similar to nicotine, which has natural insect repellent properties. Neonicotinoids are used in crops such as corn, soybeans and ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 26 2017 - 8:48am