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Monthly Archives: September 2016

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

Monsanto & Bayer & World Domination


Concerns are being raised about German drug and crop chemical maker Bayer $66 billion takeover of U.S. seed giant Monsanto. The proposed merger will likely face an intense and lengthy regulatory process in the United States, Canada, Brazil, the European Union and elsewhere. If the deal closes, it will create a company commanding more than a quarter of the combined world market for seeds and pesticides. Read more of this post

Not So “Smart Houses”


In an alarming experiment the BBC had seven hackers in the form of penetration testers test out the security of a “smart house” full of “smart” devices connected to the Internet of Things; devices like a net-connected oven, a Blu-ray DVD player, a wireless electrical outlet plug, a baby monitor, an Internet-viewable web cam and Sonos speakers to name but a few. The result – a security disaster waiting to happen, a “haunted house of hacking horrors.” Read more of this post

Fukushima & 600 Tons of Missing Highly Radioactive Molten Core

fuku929416173950454367_nThe operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant revealed that 600 tons of reactor fuel melted during the disaster, and the location of the highly radioactive blobs remains a mystery. Tokyo Electric Power Company’s chief of decommissioning at Fukushima, Naohiro Masuda, told Australia’s ABC TV that the company hoped to pinpoint the position of the fuel and begin removing by 2021.  Read more of this post

GMO Propaganda From Nobel Laureates


In a  propaganda stunt more than 100 Nobel laureates signed a letter attacking Greenpeace’s opposition to GMOs and blaming the organization for preventing the introduction of genetically engineered Golden Rice.  The letter asked Greenpeace to cease its efforts to block introduction of the rice that supporters say could reduce Vitamin-A deficiencies causing blindness and death in children in the developing world. Read more of this post

Could Future Wireless Communications Be Harmful?

future845000-Ver1-1A new research project by New Zealand’s Massey University is focusing on the electromagnetic radiation from future generations of communication devices like mobile phones and laptops, to assess their effect on human health. It will investigate any adverse effects of electromagnetic radiation to human health caused by 5G networks. The project “Analysing Harmful Electromagnetic Exposure due to Future Millimeter Wave Transmissions” is funded by the Lottery Health Research Fund and will be carried out over 2016-2017. Read more of this post

Repelling Mosquitoes with Essential Oils


Researchers tested 23 essential oils for their mosquito-repelling properties, specifically against Aedes Aegypti. Three essential oils outperformed the rest: litsea, geranium and rosewood oils. The results are published in the September 2016 issue of Journal of Arthropod-Borne Diseases. Read more of this post