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“All Five Major Health Certifications”: Drake’s Organic Spirits Wants You To Think Its Booze Is Better For You

Posted by on Jan 10, 2019 in Psychology | Comments Off on “All Five Major Health Certifications”: Drake’s Organic Spirits Wants You To Think Its Booze Is Better For You

Drake’s Organic Spirits is touting it is the "first and only spirits line in the world to receive all five major health certifications." By "health", for four of them they simply mean manufacturing or cultural preferences; kosher, vegan, Non-GMO Project, and USDA Organic. (1) For the health-related one, gluten-free, there is no gluten in rum (sugar/molasses) anyway and since they use the same ingredients for their vodka as their rum, there is no gluten in that either.

And finally, by "spirits line" they mean the mixes that go in their rum and vodka, not the alcohol itself.

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In 2021, Beans Will Be Grown In Space

Posted by on Jan 9, 2019 in Aerospace | Comments Off on In 2021, Beans Will Be Grown In Space

Traveling to Mars is a ridiculous idea outside anything but "adventure" yet the U.S. administration under President Obama scrubbed his predecessor's return to the moon and replaced it with a program bearing his name, going to the red planet.

Whether or not that actually happens, science and technology are using that potential to experiment with growing food in space. 

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California, Get Rid Of Paper Receipts But Don’t Use Anti-Science Scaremongering As The Reason

Posted by on Jan 9, 2019 in Chemistry | Comments Off on California, Get Rid Of Paper Receipts But Don’t Use Anti-Science Scaremongering As The Reason

A California lawmaker wants to ban paper receipts - those annoying long things that immediately get lost in a grocery bag - but instead of promoting the legitimate reason to get rid of them, they are useless, he invoked chemical scaremongering.

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California, Get Rid Of Paper Receipts But Don’t Use Anti-Science Scaremongering As The Reason

Posted by on Jan 9, 2019 in Chemistry | Comments Off on California, Get Rid Of Paper Receipts But Don’t Use Anti-Science Scaremongering As The Reason

A California lawmaker wants to ban paper receipts - those annoying long things that immediately get lost in a grocery bag - but instead of promoting the legitimate reason to get rid of them, they are useless, he invoked chemical scaremongering.

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Green Liver: Houseplant Genetically Modified To Filter Even Toxic Levels Of Home Air

Posted by on Jan 8, 2019 in Environment | Comments Off on Green Liver: Houseplant Genetically Modified To Filter Even Toxic Levels Of Home Air

House plants can help clean a home's air, but unless you live in a greenhouse a mechanical high-efficiency particulate (HEPA) air filter is the way to go, because it forces pet dander, pollen (even cigarette smoke if you still do that) or pollen through a mesh that traps those. 

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Advil, Grilled Food, And Disinfectants: 3 Scare Stories From 2018 You Can Leave In The Past

Posted by on Dec 31, 2018 in Chemistry | Comments Off on Advil, Grilled Food, And Disinfectants: 3 Scare Stories From 2018 You Can Leave In The Past

The year 2018 began much like every year does, full of promise and hope. And it ended like almost every year does, jaded and weakened by compromise. 

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Advil, Grilled Food, And Disinfectants: 3 Scare Stories From 2018 You Can Leave In The Past

Posted by on Dec 31, 2018 in Chemistry | Comments Off on Advil, Grilled Food, And Disinfectants: 3 Scare Stories From 2018 You Can Leave In The Past

The year 2018 began much like every year does, full of promise and hope. And it ended like almost every year does, jaded and weakened by compromise. 

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Compostable Plastic Bag Create Confusion For European Policy Makers

Posted by on Dec 28, 2018 in Environment | Comments Off on Compostable Plastic Bag Create Confusion For European Policy Makers

Compostable Plastic Bag Create Confusion For European Policy Makers
European scientific decision-making is often overtly political and that can lead to decisions which defy common sense.

Case in point; disposing of food waste.

In some countries they want food waste separated into its own garbage can but people can't use plastic bags, even if modern science has created a plastic that is just as compostable as the food.

In some countries they can.

There is no way for science to Brexit so companies, researchers and even pro-science politicians remain stymied in parliament-style governments, which must cater to numerous constituencies, often in conflict with each other. 

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Conventional, Organic, When It Comes To Pesticides The American Food Supply Is Safe Again This Year

Posted by on Dec 20, 2018 in Public Health | Comments Off on Conventional, Organic, When It Comes To Pesticides The American Food Supply Is Safe Again This Year

Despite another year of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hyperventilating weeks after a foodborne illness occurs (devastating lettuce farmers while showing how they little they know when exaggerating what they do know), the more evidence-based bodies at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture made 2018 safe to go into the pantry again.

Because few people are all that panicked about lettuce, but everyone wants to know about pesticides.

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Conventional, Organic, When It Comes To Pesticides The American Food Supply Is Safe Again This Year

Posted by on Dec 20, 2018 in Public Health | Comments Off on Conventional, Organic, When It Comes To Pesticides The American Food Supply Is Safe Again This Year

Despite another year of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hyperventilating weeks after a foodborne illness occurs (devastating lettuce farmers while showing how they little they know when exaggerating what they do know), the more evidence-based bodies at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture made 2018 safe to go into the pantry again.

Because few people are all that panicked about lettuce, but everyone wants to know about pesticides.

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