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Canadian Activists Wants To Ban Decabromodiphenyl Ethane – That’s Bad News For The Public Worried About Fire Safety

Posted by on May 20, 2022 in Chemistry | Comments Off on Canadian Activists Wants To Ban Decabromodiphenyl Ethane – That’s Bad News For The Public Worried About Fire Safety

The activist group Environment and Climate Change Canada has gotten political allies inside the government's Health Canada division to try and lobby for bans on decabromodiphenyl ethane - without having a replacement for a flame retardant used to keep home appliances, electronics, and electric wires and cables safe.

That is an unnecessary increase in risk, not to mention a high price increase for Canadians already in the midst of a supply chain crisis.

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The Dose Makes The Poison – And That Is Why Venom May Soon Be A New Medicine

Posted by on May 16, 2022 in Pharmacology | Comments Off on The Dose Makes The Poison – And That Is Why Venom May Soon Be A New Medicine

In the 16th century, it was shown by Paracelsus that 'the dose makes the poison' - too much medicine or anything else could kill while too little did nothing. In the 21st century activists have sought to dispel that. They claim homeopathic effects from chemicals at safe doses, endocrine distuption and u-shaped curves, but science knows better.

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The Secret Role I Played In ‘Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness’

Posted by on May 9, 2022 in Random Thoughts | Comments Off on The Secret Role I Played In ‘Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness’

You never want to introduce a spoiler into an article so I am warning you now, before you read any farther, that a spoiler is inevitable if I am going to talk about the secret role I played in the new Disney MCU film "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness."

If you haven't seen it because you thought the first was rather generic, I am with you but you should go. It is completely bananas, in the way a Doctor Strange film should be. It has Sam Raimi written all over it and that makes it a blast.

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One Way Solar Is Better Than Nuclear – Going To Mars

Posted by on May 5, 2022 in Energy | Comments Off on One Way Solar Is Better Than Nuclear – Going To Mars

Imagine a world where government decided they would mandate and subsidize existing cellular phones. With no incentive to improve, we'd still be using Motorola StarTacs. 

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Aspirin Doesn’t Reduce Risk Of Major Cardiovascular Events

Posted by on Apr 29, 2022 in Pharmacology | Comments Off on Aspirin Doesn’t Reduce Risk Of Major Cardiovascular Events

You probably know someone who takes an aspirin to reduce chances of a heart attack, just like you may know someone who says wine, containing alcohol, a true class 1 carcinogen, is 'good for you.'

They were never settled science, they were instead epidemiology, statistical correlation, which then got transformed into clinical claims, much like ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine for COVD-19.

How did that happen?

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Aspirin Doesn’t Reduce Risk Of Major Cardiovascular Events

Posted by on Apr 29, 2022 in Pharmacology | Comments Off on Aspirin Doesn’t Reduce Risk Of Major Cardiovascular Events

You probably know someone who takes an aspirin to reduce chances of a heart attack, just like you may know someone who says wine, containing alcohol, a true class 1 carcinogen, is 'good for you.'

They were never settled science, they were instead epidemiology, statistical correlation, which then got transformed into clinical claims, much like ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine for COVD-19.

How did that happen?

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If Droughts Are Predictable Because They Self-Propagate, Not Planning For Them Is Irresponsible

Posted by on Apr 25, 2022 in Atmospheric | Comments Off on If Droughts Are Predictable Because They Self-Propagate, Not Planning For Them Is Irresponsible

Everyone knows droughts are bad. They increase risk of wildfires and damage life in the affected region. They are not always predictable, when I lived in Pennsylvania in the early 1990s there was a drought with no known mechanism involved, but they are often cyclical, which makes them at least broadly predictable.

The Dry 2 Dry program at Ghent University believes droughts are not only predictable and cyclical, they can propagate in a kind of feedback loop; instead of being local, evaporated water is moved to other areas, so less of it is taking drought with them.

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The Next Pollution Target Is Your Dryer Lint – Fabric Softener To The Rescue?

Posted by on Apr 8, 2022 in Atmospheric | Comments Off on The Next Pollution Target Is Your Dryer Lint – Fabric Softener To The Rescue?

A new study says that drying a load of laundry in a machine releases "microfibers" into the air but chemicals made by a $76 billion company will save us.

Microfibers? Is that a thing? Sure, we have defined healthy down to such an extent that no one is without a disease of some kind. With endocrine disrupting chemicals, small micron particulate matter, and supermarket food it is amazing any of us live more than a day. 

But is it really meaningful? As with Micronauts, it sounds like something that might be the science equivalent of an MCU show but on closer examination is really more like Hasbro latching onto a fad.

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COVID-19 Pandemic Caused Suicide Rates Among Women In Japan To Increase

Posted by on Apr 4, 2022 in Psychology | Comments Off on COVID-19 Pandemic Caused Suicide Rates Among Women In Japan To Increase

Japan has a high suicide rate, so it was news when there were reports from the National Police Agency that October 2020 had more suicide deaths in just that month than they had deaths due to COVID-19 for the year.(1) 

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Secondhand Marijuana Smoke Risk

Posted by on Apr 1, 2022 in Public Health | Comments Off on Secondhand Marijuana Smoke Risk

Though nearly everyone recognizes that smoking cigarettes is a known carcinogen, many marijuana users think marijuana smoke is safe. They may not realize it is inhaling the smoke, not that the smoke is from one plant or another, that is the worry. Nicotine or THC is as harmless as caffeine, but when combusted in a leaf with paper and inhaled, everything becomes harmful. Including marijuana plants.

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