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The Supreme Court Could Make The Endangered Species Act The Most Powerful Law In America – By Doing Nothing

Posted by on Dec 8, 2017 in Environment | Comments Off on The Supreme Court Could Make The Endangered Species Act The Most Powerful Law In America – By Doing Nothing

The definition of "endangered" is vague but in no dictionary does it mean an animal that does not even live in a state must be placed there, with private landowners footing the bill for $20 million, in order to keep a creature from declining in population.

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Computer Scientist Mark Jacobson Can’t Sue His Way To Competence

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in Applied Physics | Comments Off on Computer Scientist Mark Jacobson Can’t Sue His Way To Competence

Starting Science 2.0 in 2006, I was as wide-eyed as anyone new to media could be.  My first month I was sure we were about to discover life on other planets, cancer was going to be cured, chocolate was healthy, resveratrol was the one polyphenol to rule them all. Oh, and academic scientists were going to rush to write for the public because I loved science. (1) 

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Mapping The Wobbles Broke Another Dark Matter Hypothesis

Posted by on Oct 27, 2017 in Space | Comments Off on Mapping The Wobbles Broke Another Dark Matter Hypothesis

It may not seem to make sense but most of the universe - mass - can really only account for about 6 percent of what is going on. The rest of it can be under just about any umbrella at this point. Some call it the God of the Gaps, scientists call the unknown mass Dark Matter.

What is it? No one knows, when it comes to the very large and the very small, physics does not have all the answers, but something has made the universe at least 100 billion light years in size even though it's only 13 billion years old. As you know, a light year is the distance light will travel in that time. Since nothing can go faster than the speed of light, it's long been time to think about what Nothing is.

That's dark matter. And whatever is propelling it can be called Dark Energy.

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USDA Scolds National Organic Program For Lax Enforcement

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Environment, Uncategorized | Comments Off on USDA Scolds National Organic Program For Lax Enforcement

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General recently did an audit of the National Organic Program, which is part of its Agricultural Marketing Services group.

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USDA Scolds National Organic Program For Lax Enforcement

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Environment | Comments Off on USDA Scolds National Organic Program For Lax Enforcement

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General recently did an audit of the National Organic Program, which is part of its Agricultural Marketing Services group.

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If Regular Farming Is Now “Factory” Style, Why Do Only 0.4% Of Farms Pay Estate Taxes?

Posted by on Sep 8, 2017 in Environment | Comments Off on If Regular Farming Is Now “Factory” Style, Why Do Only 0.4% Of Farms Pay Estate Taxes?

The President has declared he is against the Estate tax, and he is not alone. For decades it has seemed punitive to levy a special tax on wealth people already paid taxes on just because the person who paid the taxes died. 

In North Dakota, President Trump said he would "protect small businesses and family farmers here in North Dakota and across the country by ending the death tax" and that would ease the "Tremendous burden for the family farmer, tremendous burden. We are not going to allow the death tax or the inheritance tax or the whatever-you-want-to-call-it to crush the American Dream.”

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Birth Defects, A Biblical Great Tribulation And Other Myths About The Eclipse

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Space | Comments Off on Birth Defects, A Biblical Great Tribulation And Other Myths About The Eclipse


On August 21st, from west coast to east the United States will be treated to a rare event; an eclipse of the sun. Not just a partial eclipse either. Through the entire arc, a swath of land about 70 miles wide will have a total eclipse. There's been so much excitement that social media has made "path of totality" part of the lexicon. 

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Fast Food Restaurant Density Correlated To Lower Levels Of Obesity

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Psychology | Comments Off on Fast Food Restaurant Density Correlated To Lower Levels Of Obesity

We know that corporations go where their market is. Whole Foods sets up shop in wealthy, progressive counties while smaller companies like Monsanto market to rural farmers. What about fast food companies? The claims have been that since there are obese people near places where high densities of restaurants exist, the restaurants must cause the obesity. Less considered is that people might move to where more food choices are and where those are dense, such as in cities, people tend to be more educated.

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3 Ways Activists Gamed California’s Prop 65 List To Get Glyphosate On It

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Chemistry | Comments Off on 3 Ways Activists Gamed California’s Prop 65 List To Get Glyphosate On It

Glyphosate, a component of the popular herbicide commonly known as Roundup in the United States, has been placed on California's Proposition 65 list, which requires a cancer warning label on it, despite the fact no regulatory body can find evidence it harms anyone or anything other than what it is supposed to harm, much less that it causes any cancer.

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“Food Evolution”: A Tale Of Two Cities

Posted by on Jun 24, 2017 in Environment | Comments Off on “Food Evolution”: A Tale Of Two Cities

Last night was the premiere of "Food Evolution", a documentary on the science in our dinner, and I saw it with a large audience for the second time.

Wait, premiere? Second time? Which is it?

It's both. And that is how it became a tale of two cities. And maybe even a metaphor for the two Americas we now live in.

Two weeks ago I moderated a panel on communicating science and, more importantly, risk, at the University of Guelph, Canada's most prominent agriculture school. In the evening, there was a showing of "Food Evolution" in an auditorium there. I don't know how many people attended, it was packed, and before the movie there was a show of hands on how many people were okay with GMOs, how many distrusted them, and how many were unsure.

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