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Could A Vaccine Help Stop The Fentanyl Crisis?

Posted by on Dec 18, 2018 in Pharmacology | Comments Off on Could A Vaccine Help Stop The Fentanyl Crisis?

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysis of five years of death certificates (2011-2016) found that among drug overdose deaths 29 percent were due to fentanyl by 2016, a huge leap from 4 percent in 2011, when oxycodone was most dangerous at 13 percent.

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Could A Vaccine Help Stop The Fentanyl Crisis?

Posted by on Dec 18, 2018 in Pharmacology | Comments Off on Could A Vaccine Help Stop The Fentanyl Crisis?

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysis of five years of death certificates (2011-2016) found that among drug overdose deaths 29 percent were due to fentanyl by 2016, a huge leap from 4 percent in 2011, when oxycodone was most dangerous at 13 percent.

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Organic Consumers Association Continues To Be The Embarrassing Stepchild Of The Organic Industry

Posted by on Dec 14, 2018 in Random Thoughts | Comments Off on Organic Consumers Association Continues To Be The Embarrassing Stepchild Of The Organic Industry

Organic Consumers Association has opened a new front in their culture war against science - now they say organic food itself is too science-y.

Don't they represent organic farmers? No. Unlike Organic Trade Association, the mainstream trade group created to help organic corporations gain market share, Organic Consumers Association is a fringe group that was created to tear down science they oppose on ideological grounds. They just wrap themselves in the flag of the burgeoning organic movement. They are not for anything, they are instead against any science a client will pay them to be against.

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Probiotics For Bipolar Disorder? The FDA Really, Really, Really Has Not Evaluated That Claim

Posted by on Dec 13, 2018 in Psychology | Comments Off on Probiotics For Bipolar Disorder? The FDA Really, Really, Really Has Not Evaluated That Claim

As many as three million Americans, an alarming one percent of the U.S. population, get a diagnosis of bipolar disorder each year. That is a fantastic amount, bordering on unbelievable, 12,000X as many gun murders that will occur. 

If being "bipolar" is over-diagnosed then it may well be that something as simple as yogurt will fix it. And that is the claim of a pilot study unveiled today at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology meeting - people who suffer damaging shifts in moods, from mania to depression, may not need expensive, antipsychotics, depressants or even therapy, they may just need a half a cup of Activia.

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Superhero Science: Ant-Man And The Wasp Shouldn’t Be Able To Breathe At Insect Size, Here’s Why They Can

Posted by on Dec 12, 2018 in Random Thoughts | Comments Off on Superhero Science: Ant-Man And The Wasp Shouldn’t Be Able To Breathe At Insect Size, Here’s Why They Can

At insect size, miniature superheroes Ant-Man and The Wasp should be dead in minutes. Since they did not train on the top of Mt. Everest, they would be unable to overcome the atmospheric density they would have to face at tiny size, and that's without getting into the metabolism issues.

Ant-Man clearly didn't have a lot of scientific thought that went into him when he was created by a combination of Stan Lee and his brother Larry Lieber, plus artist Jack Kirby. But superheroes are big science business now. Billions and billions of dollars in box office will do that. They even have their own science publication, the Journal of Superhero Science.

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Brazzein Is All Natural, 0 Calorie, 2000 Times Sweeter Than Sugar – Now It Could Be Cheap To Produce

Posted by on Dec 12, 2018 in Chemistry | Comments Off on Brazzein Is All Natural, 0 Calorie, 2000 Times Sweeter Than Sugar – Now It Could Be Cheap To Produce

Does the world need another sweetener? With debates raging over cane sugar, corn sugar, beet sugar, raw sugar, and numerous zero-calorie alternatives to sugar, new products would seem to be just another thing for Center for Science in the Public Interest to manufacture lawsuits about.

The debate may be why Brazzein, from the fruit of the West African Pentadiplandra brazzeana plant, never got any commercial traction despite being 2,000 times sweeter than sucrose but with zero calories. It's not a sugar at all, it's a protein. For 25 years it's remained a novelty. (1)

Modified bacteria may be the key

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Fact Or Fiction? Rollback Of Obama WOTUS Regulations Will Endanger Our Water Supply

Posted by on Dec 11, 2018 in Environment | Comments Off on Fact Or Fiction? Rollback Of Obama WOTUS Regulations Will Endanger Our Water Supply

If you are reading media claims about President Trump and the Waters of the United States, they are using terms like "unprecedented" and "sabotage" regarding rollback of some 2015 Obama restrictions that environmentalists had lobbied for and won. 

Yet these new regulations never took effect, so how can it be sabotaging us?

Were we really in danger and only a set of regulations never enacted would save us? Are close-ups of frogs in pea-soup-looking water (obviously to evoke images of chemical sludge for readers who may have never seen a frog in a pond) real or fake news?

Non-profit, non-ideological science media can help un-muddy the waters.

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We Can Now Hear Sound On Mars

Posted by on Dec 7, 2018 in Aerospace | Comments Off on We Can Now Hear Sound On Mars

NASA's InSight experiment landed on Mars November 26th after traveling 300 million miles over seven months. Though it is there to analyze seismic activity. its seismometer and air pressure sensor and picked up different vibrations on Dec. 1st. 

The slight hum turned out to be 10-15 mph winds as they blew across Mars’ Elysium Planitia.

We can now hear sound on another planet.

"Capturing this audio was an unplanned treat," said Bruce Banerdt of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in their press release.  

For you and me both.

There's not a lot I can add to that so I will just be awed.

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Trace Chemicals Detectable On Cell Phones Are Not Harming Women, Kids, Or Minorities

Posted by on Dec 5, 2018 in Chemistry | Comments Off on Trace Chemicals Detectable On Cell Phones Are Not Harming Women, Kids, Or Minorities

In Science Left Behind I showed that in America it was easy to accurately correlate beliefs about science to political viewpoints. If you believed in psychics, witchcraft, organic food or homeopathy, statistically I could be determine how you voted. If you believed in GMOs and vaccines I also knew how you voted. 

But everyone hates the word "chemical."

That is why it is fertile ground for scaremongering. As soon as you use the word chemical, people are scared, and if you throw the word "toxic" in front of it, like activist academics and $2 billion per year in environmental groups do, dollar signs are sure to follow.  

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Trace Levels Of Flame Retardant Chemicals In Car Seats Are Not Harming Your Child

Posted by on Dec 3, 2018 in Chemistry | Comments Off on Trace Levels Of Flame Retardant Chemicals In Car Seats Are Not Harming Your Child

Marta Venier, an environmentalist at Indiana University, recently teamed up with a Michigan activist group to "test" car seats and declared they had toxic chemicals.

Obviously that is media clickbait but if you are reading here, you want to know science truth and will leave the fake news to Mother Jones. So let's get to it

In 2018, we can detect anything in anything

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