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Colombia Declares State of Emergency Over TR4 Fungus In Banana Plantations

Aug 14 2019 - 09:08
Fusarium wilt tropical race 4 (TR4), The strain of the fungus Fusarium oxysporum that causes Fusarium wilt and which devastated crops in Asia, has been confirmed in Latin America, the world’s largest exporter of bananas. Signs of the fungus were first spotted in June in northern Colombia, and the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) in Bogotá has now announced plans to eradicate plants on nearly 170 hectares of quarantined farmland.

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The Big Thing People Aged 110 Share In Common Is Bogus Birth Records

Aug 14 2019 - 06:08
Supplement salespeople, senescence biologists, and demographers have been scrambling to find ways to say their products or research are the secret to longevity. And super-centenarians, those who live to be 110, are most prized of all in those efforts.

But commonality is hard. Some drink alcohol, some don't touch it, some smoke, some don't eat meat, but it turns out many of them share a common trait - lack of an accurate birth record, finds a recent study.

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Epidemiologists Correlate Ozone To Smoking A Pack Of Cigarettes Per Day For 29 Years

Aug 13 2019 - 17:08
An exploratory correlation claims that ozone levels can lead to lungs similar to the damage of someone who smokes a pack of cigarettes per day for three decades.

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We Can't Live On Food That Is Hundreds Of Years Old But Microbes Can

Aug 13 2019 - 16:08
Microbial communities living in deep aquatic sediments have adapted to survive on really old food, according to a new study.

Learning how these microorganisms function on old, poor-quality food at a very slow pace could have future uses in biomedical applications such as a technology that could slow down cell metabolism in human organs so they can survive longer during a transplant process.

To better understand how these microorganisms access this food, researchers tested different types of peptidases—digestive enzymes that work to degrade proteins—in sediment cores from the White Oak River estuary in North Carolina.

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22 States Sue To Take Away The Federal Government's Decision Making In Tackling Climate Change

Aug 13 2019 - 16:08
The never-enacted Obama Clean Power Plan was scuttled by Supreme Court in 2016 and its defense later abandoned by the Trump administration, and though it is fashionable to claim that means Republicans hate climate science, the reality is it was an expensive mandate without a problem to solve.

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Found: "Lost Village" in Glencoe Says Little About When The Campbells Trounced Clan Donald

Aug 13 2019 - 13:08
In 1692. the MacDonalds of Glencoe kept balking at swearing allegiance to King William III after the Jacobite uprising (basically, a secession promoted by France), so when they refused to take the oath for two years Scotland sent The Campbells to negotiate. And non-partisan history says they tried, ferrying messages back and forth while they were "billeted" by Clan Donald - a custom in Scotland since no one had much money. Clan Donald was hosted by the Campbells when they had been called on to police Argyll earlier.

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My Comment To EPA Recommending Tyrone Hayes Not Be Admitted To The FIFRA SAP

Aug 13 2019 - 10:08
Comments opened on the recent EPA nominations to serve on the Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) established under section 25(d) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), since three member terms will expire during the next year.

The name at number 7 on the list(1) is of particular concern, because he would be serving on an EPA SAP after stating that the EPA SAP once called about a study he got published in PNAS was collaborating with pesticide companies. That, coupled with his reputation as a serial misogynist, would be an unneeded distraction for an advisory body that is supposed to be neutral arbiters of science issues.

For that reason, I recommended he not be among the three selected.

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Nearly Half Of US States Want To Stop Misleading Food Claims - ACLU Wants To Promote Them

Aug 13 2019 - 06:08
Decades ago, cheese Velveeta had to be labeled “Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product" so that customers could have truth in labeling. It was not "cheese", said the government.  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission even even told Kraft they could not even advertise that their "singles" contained five ounces of milk because of the implication the cheese might have as much calcium as 5 ounces of milk when it only had as much calcium as 3.5 ounces of milk.

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Plant Neurobiology Craze Debunk: They Don't Feel Sorrow Or Possess Consciousness

Aug 13 2019 - 06:08
In 2006, a provocative article in Trends in Plant Science claimed plants handle information in ways that resemble sophisticated animal nervous systems, even though they don't have brains.

Sorry vegans, you are eating another form of sentient life, creatures that can feel happiness or sorrow or pain, make decisions and even possess consciousness.

But the chances of that are “effectively nil,” retired plant biologist Lincoln Taiz and colleagues write in an a Cell article.

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Pig Paradox: Hogs Were Domesticated In The Near East So Should Genetically Resemble Near Eastern Wild Boar. They Do Not.

Aug 12 2019 - 18:08
Ancient pigs went through a complete genomic turnover after they arrived in Europe, according to a new study. They were domesticated in the Near East and logically would genetically resemble the Near East wild boar from which they derived, but they do not.

Instead, they resemble European wild boar.

The work involved sequenced DNA signatures from more than 2,000 ancient pigs including genomes from 63 archaeological pigs collected across the Near East and Europe over the last 10,000 years.

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EPA Tells California To Remove Illegal Glyphosate Prop 65 Cancer warnings from Pesticide Labels

Aug 12 2019 - 18:08
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has told California it must remove glyphosate cancer warnings from pesticide labels, saying the state’s Prop 65 labeling requirement for products with glyphosate is misleading, since no science studies have found any links to human cancers, including long-term studies of 50,000 ag workers.

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Out Of Bleach But Want Something To Drink? Have Miracle Mineral Solution Instead

Aug 12 2019 - 16:08
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is again warning consumers not to purchase, much less drink, a supplement drink sold as a medical treatment that goes by all kinds of interesting names, from Miracle or Master Mineral Solution, Miracle Mineral Supplement, MMS, Chlorine Dioxide (CD) Protocol, Water Purification Solution (WPS) and probably more.

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Millennials Aren't To Blame For Alcohol Industry Woes - All Age Groups Drink Less Now

Aug 12 2019 - 13:08
Millennials can't be blamed for lower alcohol consumption, that's just smart health thinking. But they are a barometer of future drinking habits.

Across all age groups, around 40 percent of 1,166 U.S. adults say they're drinking less than they were five years ago. A year ago 31 percent of drinkers said they were drinking less while 56 percent said they stayed the same. Of course, that means up to 11 percent could be drinking more but even that is an improvement over two generations ago, when the majority in their 20s increased alcohol consumption.

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Raw Milk Is Illegal In Australia But Unpasteurized Milk Is Now For Sale

Aug 12 2019 - 12:08
Raw dairy is diarrhea and vomiting waiting to happen, there is a reason heat pasteurization is credited with saving a billion lives, but a company in Australia has used a legal loophole to milk raw believers into buying their un-pasteurized product.

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The Terrascope - Using Earth As A Lens

Aug 12 2019 - 08:08
Ever since telescopes were first invented, by some dutch lens grinder in the late XVIth century, and then demonstrated to be invaluable tools for investigating the cosmos around us by Galileo Galilei in the early 1600s, there has been a considerable, steady effort to construct bigger and better ones. Particularly bigger ones.

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10% of Europeans Claims On Surveys To Consider Carbon Footprint When Buying Food

Aug 12 2019 - 07:08
Europe, the market that once wanted to ban lower cost "ugly" fruit because it looked discriminatory against poor people, while ignoring how much food waste and resulting environmental strain their desire for cosmetic fruit caused, seems to have turned a corner.

10 percent now claim they think about carbon footprint when buying food. While that doesn't sound like much, especially when 80 percent of Europeans are happy to ban both DNA and Dihydrogen Monoxide in food, it is quite a lot. So much so that if you believe it I have a bridge in Amsterdam I'd like you to buy. 

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4 Ancient Apocalypses That Changed Civilizations

Aug 12 2019 - 06:08
Until about 8,000 years ago, the British Isles were instead a peninsula attached to mainland Europe by a now-submerged world archaeologists call Doggerland. As the Ice Age ended, sea levels rose and former villages were swamped - but one event turned the slow rise of the sea into an apocalyptic terror. An underwater cliff collapsed along the edge of the Norwegian continental shelf that runs for six hundred miles along the Atlantic Basin and over 50 Mount Everests, of rock broke off and slid into the deep ocean, reaching a speed of 90 mph underwater. 

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Paper Does NOT Mean 88% Of Freshwater Creatures Over 30 Kg Gone - Living Planet Index Emphasizes Tiny Populations

Aug 11 2019 - 15:08

This paper has been much misreported in the media. The thing is that an 88% reduction in population does not actually mean what it seems to mean. It does not mean that there are 88% less total numbers of large fish in our rivers and streams.

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Nelumbo: Thermoregulating In The Eocene

Aug 11 2019 - 14:08
This fossil specimen of the fruit of the lotus, Nelumbo, was found by Green River Stone (GRS) in early Eocene outcrops of the Fossil Lake Member of the Green River Formation. The awesome possums from GRS are based out of North Logan, Utah, USA and have unearthed some world-class specimens. They've found Nelumbo leaves over the years but this is their first fossil specimen of the fruit. 

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Cashierless 'Just Walk Out' Tech Is Ready, But Politicians Are Determined To Kill It

Aug 11 2019 - 09:08
You've been in a supermarket check-out line where it say 10 or 15 items and a self-important jackleg wheels a cart full of stuff in there. Stores don't police their own policies, they just throw up a sign, because they don't want to alienate anyone and get a social justice campaign against them on Twitter.

For those of you who have ethics, a cashierless store seems like the way to go. 

Amazon wants to have 3,000 "just walk out" locations by 2022, and other companies want to compete against Bezos and company, grocery stores aren't waiting and are funding their own.

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