October 2013

Talking about the Ecological Risks of GMOs

by Rachel Baker on October 31, 2013

Here’s an interesting piece on what the GMO debate is missing. Its written by Sasha Wright who is an ecologist at the Jena Biodiversity Experiment in Germany where she designs computer models to predict how biodiversity responds to climate change. She teaches ecology and plant physiology at Sarah Lawrence College and just finished teaching a course on ecology and environmental release at Genspace.

Over the last couple of months Scientific American and the New York Times published public pleas to halt the rhetoric surrounding genetically engineered crops and public health. For the most part, the scientific community agrees that eating GE foods is “no riskier than consuming the same foods containing ingredients from crop plants modified by conventional plant improvement techniques” (AAAS 2012).

These statements, however, say nothing about ecological risks.

http://www.popsci.com/blog-network/biohackers/why-gmo-debate-misses-point

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Harry’s War published from Secret WWI Diary

October 31, 2013 books

Private diaries are an amazing way to really understand what was happening during an earlier era.  Here’s an article about a soldier’s diary from WWI. The diary has been published into a book called Harry’s War by Ebury Press. Sheltering in front-line trenches and dugouts he wrote a diary that eventually filled six pocketbooks and […]

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Vampire Graves and Ancient Superstitions

October 31, 2013 books

The origin of Vampires is less horrifying when when you think in terms of early superstitions vs what we know now about science and medicine today. We now imagine vampires as blood-drinking, cloaked Counts—or possibly sparkly, sexy teenagers—but throughout history everyone from the Ancient Greeks, to the Eastern Europeans, to 19th-century Americans saw them as […]

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Could you be related to the Creepy Monsters?

October 31, 2013 health

Maybe, just maybe, you have DNA from creepy creatures of Halloween. For all the external adornments, they will never really become the character without the real monster stuff; without the monster mojo inside; without monster DNA. But is it possible that they or you do indeed carry this monster DNA? This Halloween, the Genographic Project […]

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Wrecking Ball Tour Making a Stop in South Africa

October 31, 2013 music

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will play in South Africa for the first time ever as part of the “Wrecking Ball” tour. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are to play their first ever concerts in South Africa, nearly 30 years after his guitarist Steven Van Zandt led a campaign by rock […]

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If Farm Bill isn’t renewed, Milk Prices could Skyrocket

October 31, 2013 health

Congress begins the work on renewing the nation’s farm bill this week. Members of the House and Senate are scheduled to begin long-awaited negotiations on the five-year, roughly $500 billion bill this week. If they don’t finish it, dairy supports could expire at the end of the year and send the price of a gallon […]

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Gluten Free Halloween Treats

October 30, 2013 food

Are you throwing a party and just found out you have invitees who only eat gluten free? Well, feedmephoebe.com has offered up seven possible Halloween treats that will satisfy everyone at the party! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays of the year. In addition to coming up with clever food costumes (see my Bagels […]

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Social Media Is Redefining ‘Depression’

October 30, 2013 health

The Atlantic explores the interesting phenomenon of social media’s affect on how people define depression. Kutcher says the problem is in misinformation. Adolescents are getting a lot of information from the media, on websites such as Tumblr, or from their friends, not from reputable sources. “In this waterfall of information there is a lack of […]

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Worst Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals

October 30, 2013 health

Here is a list of the 12 worst Endocrine disrupters and how to avoid them. There is no end to the tricks that endocrine disruptors can play on our bodies: increasing production of certain hormones; decreasing production of others; imitating hormones; turning one hormone into another; interfering with hormone signaling; telling cells to die prematurely; […]

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