Shedding Light in the Darkness

French Scientist Wins GMO Libel Lawsuit


On 22 September a French judge in the Criminal Court of Paris found Marc Fellous guilty of forgery and the use of forgery in order to defame Prof Gilles-Eric Seralini and CRIIGEN, a research association which focuses on the risks of genetic engineering and pesticides and the development of alternatives. Fellous, former chairman of France’s Biomolecular Engineering Commission, was indicted by the High Court of Paris on November 25, 2015 for “forgery” and “the use of forgery,” in a libel case initiated by Prof. Gilles-Eric Séralini. He will be sentenced in early 2017. Read more of this post

Smart Phones, Lithium Batteries & Toxic Gases

sam184906_600Dozens of dangerous gases are produced by the batteries found in billions of consumer devices, like smartphones and tablets, according to a new study. The research, published in Nano Energy, identified more than 100 toxic gases released by lithium batteries, including carbon monoxide. Read more of this post

More Drug Company Greed


A drug used to treat lead poisoning is causing a toxic reaction among hospitals and poison control centers after Valeant Pharmaceuticals jacked up the price more than 2,700 percent in a single year. Read more of this post

Alarming Levels of Mercury in the North West & Possible Link to Autism


An article in EcoWatch by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Lyn Redwood, reveals a team of scientists led by the U.S Geological Survey (USGS) released a comprehensive report showing widespread mercury contamination across western North America. The report, based on decades of mercury data and research, found alarming levels of mercury and methylmercury in the forests, fishes, wildlife, plants and waterways of America’s western landscapes. Read more of this post

The Internet of Dumb Things


Techdirt has published an alarming article on the ongoing march to wirelessly connect everything and the resulting security problems and the Wall Street Journal just reported on a massive Chinese hack. Here’s Techdirt first – “Making fun of the Internet of Things has become a sort of national pastime, made possible by a laundry list of companies jumping into the space without the remotest idea what they’re actually doing. When said companies aren’t busy promoting some of the dumbest ideas imaginable, they’re making it abundantly clear that the security of their “smart,” connected products is absolutely nowhere to be found. Read more of this post

The Clinton Skeletons – Part 3


Part 3 of  a peak behind the curtain at Bill and Hillary Clinton’s extensive history of controversies and scandals begins with Commercegate. Read more of this post

The Clinton Skeletons – Part 2


Part 2 of  a peak behind the curtain at Bill and Hillary Clinton’s extensive history of controversies and scandals begins with one of Hillary’s former law partner buddies Vince Foster. Read more of this post

The Clinton Skeletons – Part 1

skelotons_origAs presidential hopeful Donald Trump continues to commit one blunder after another, daily sabotaging himself with more and more outrageous statements, let’s take a little peak behind the curtain at Bill and Hillary Clinton’s extensive history of controversies and scandals stretching back to Arkansas, long before any email problems and Foundation questions. Read more of this post

The Kirobo Mini Robot Baby/Friend

kirobo-mini-1The Toyota Motor Corp has unveiled a palm-sized robot, dubbed Kirobo Mini, designed as a both a synthetic baby in Japan (where plummeting birth rates have left many women childless), and a driving companion. “He wobbles a bit, and this is meant to emulate a seated baby, which hasn’t fully developed the skills to balance itself,” said Fuminori Kataoka, Kirobo Mini’s chief design engineer. “This vulnerability is meant to invoke an emotional connection.” Read more of this post

Technology’s March to Dominate Global Food Production


In January, UC Berkeley food systems researcher Maywa Montenegro reported on the revolution in gene science known as CRISPR. “Very few technologies truly merit the epithet “game changer” — but a new genetic engineering tool known as CRISPR-Cas9 is one of them,” she wrote. “In the words of Jill Wildonger of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, ‘It really opens up the genome of virtually every organism that’s been sequenced to be edited and engineered.’ And that, when it comes to agriculture and the environment, is both its promise and its peril.” Read more of this post