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Monthly Archives: August 2016

Spiritual Humor For The Day


A Buddhist monk leaned over to another and quietly asked, “Are you not thinking what I’m not thinking?” Read more of this post

Bringing Dead Brains Back to Life


Two US biotech companies have been given the green light to see if it is possible to regenerate the brains of dead people. Bioquark Inc., in collaboration with Revita Life Sciences, has been given ethical permission by US health authorities to recruit 20 patients who have been declared clinically dead from a traumatic brain injury to test whether parts of their central nervous system (CNS) can be brought back to life. Read more of this post

More Big Pharma Price Gouging

epipenq0kiyqebdf95pvrnnhmzThe seedy world of pharmaceutical company excess has a new culprit in the headlines – Mylan, makers of the EpiPen. These leeches have drastically raised the price of their life saving allergy device from $56 for a single dose in 2007 to around $600 for two doses today in the U.S. (photo – President Obama signing the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act) Read more of this post

Increasing Pesticide Spraying in Aircraft

Airplane-Cabin-SprayingAccording to the Association of Flight Attendants (which represents almost 60,000 cabin crew at 19 airlines) around 50 countries require pesticide spraying on all or selected flights, apparently to prevent the importation of insects that either carry tropical disease or damage plant/animal health. The cabin may also be pre-treated in a country that does not require pesticide spraying. In response to concerns about transporting insects that could carry the Zika virus, some countries are going to add disinsection (pesticide spraying) rules on either all or selected incoming flights. Read more of this post

The Myth of the Exodus from Egypt


“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites to move on. Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them” (Exodus 14). According archaeologist Prof. Ze’ev Herzog, this epic biblical event never happened. Read more of this post

Strawberries Top List of Pesticide Laden Fruit


For the first time, strawberries top the 2016 list for containing the highest amount of pesticide residue among 50 popular fruits and vegetables. Single samples of strawberries showed 17 different pesticides. Each year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) analyzes pesticide residue data from the U.S. Department of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and ranks the produce accordingly, popularly known as the “Dirty Dozen.” Read more of this post

Purifying Water With Nanotechnology


Researchers at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have created a nanostructured device, about half the size of a postage stamp, that disinfects water much faster than the typical UV method by also making use of the visible part of the solar spectrum, which contains 50 percent of the sun’s energy. Read more of this post

Most Expensive U.S. Nuclear Bomb Ready For 2020

B61-12image-a-42_1436394700258The most controversial nuclear bomb ever planned for the U.S. arsenal – some say the most dangerous, too – has received the go-ahead from the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. The B61-12 – the nation’s first guided, or “smart” nuclear bomb – has completed a four-year development and testing phase and is now in production engineering, the final phase before full-scale production slated for 2020. Read more of this post

Scare Tactics & Herbal Remedies


Leading with the inflammatory headline – “Herbal Remedies Are An Overlooked Global Hazard” – a commentary in the European Molecular Biology Organization reports expresses alarm over the use of herbal remedies, by focusing the danger of Aristolochia. Rather surprising the report arrives 16 years after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cautioned manufacturers of herb products to avoid using herbs that contain a compound known as aristolochic acid (AA). Read more of this post

More Toxins In U.S. Drinking Water


Levels of a widely used class of industrial chemicals linked with cancer and other health problems—polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs)—exceed federally recommended safety levels in public drinking water supplies for six million people in the U.S., according to a new study led by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study will be published August 9, 2016 in Environmental Science & Technology Letters. Read more of this post