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Posts made in April, 2014

Filthy Rich: The Microbial Jungle In Your Pocket

You've heard that dollar bills can harbor trace amounts of drugs. If only that were the worst of it.But those greenbacks in your wallet are also teeming with life. Each dollar bill carries about 3,000 types of bacteria on its surface. Most are harmless. But cash also has DNA from drug-resistant microbes. And your wad of dough may even have a smudge of anthrax and diphtheria.In other words, your...

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Chipotle Rennet: Microbial, Calf Parts Or Genetically Modified?

Oh Chipotle, you will a hard time not looking silly when you step into science.No one is believing your cheese is more ethical than anyone else's cheese.@onetruecathal @kevinfolta neither. It's an FPC rennet that is not GM.

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100 People Get Food Poisoning At Food Safety Summit

Is La Cosa Nostra running food safety summits? 'If you don't pay us, you will have an "accident"' messages were sent and the administrators forgot to grease the wheels?Or a secret conspiracy, poisoning themselves so they would have casus belli to declare war on gastroenteritis?We may never know but it's certainly funny - an almost 'flying all over the Eastern seaboard for a week to raise...

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The Gospel Of Jesus’ Wife

Real, fake, real, fake, a little scrap of papyrus written in Coptic has Jesus Christ, who made bachelorhood cool long before George Clooney, referring to “my wife”. That's a big deal.In 2012, a respected Harvard professor, Karen King, brought the papyrus to worldwide attention.It is certainly old, and written badly enough that it seems authentic, but that doesn't make it authentic. Lots of...

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Vermont’s Problematic GMO Bill

Genetically modified foods are so common that it seems a little strange to put a label on, basically, everything. But some states are trying.Vermont just did. The governor says he is signing it. And it's a weird law, even from a policy point of view. From a legal point of view, the FDA is not going to be happy about yet another unscientific piecemeal approach to arbitrary food labels....

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