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Why Vegetable Farmers Aren't On Board The No-Till Train

Science2.0 - February 19, 2017 - 3:03am
No-till farming uses cover crops to conserve soil and suppress weeds but many vegetable producers haven't embraced it yet.

The reason is simple; small-seeded vegetable crops struggle to emerge through thick cover crop residues. A recent program sought to see how it might work better with string beans, a common staple of many dinners, and possessing larger seeds. In both Illinois and Washington, USDA-ARS agronomist Rick Boydston and University of Illinois ecologist Marty Williams grew vetch, rye, and a combination of the two cover crops before killing them with a roller-crimper—a machine that evenly flattens and crimps standing plant biomass—or with a combination of the roller-crimper and a burndown herbicide.
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Why Vegetable Farmers Aren't On Board The No-Till Train

General - February 19, 2017 - 3:03am
No-till farming uses cover crops to conserve soil and suppress weeds but many vegetable producers haven't embraced it yet.

The reason is simple; small-seeded vegetable crops struggle to emerge through thick cover crop residues. A recent program sought to see how it might work better with string beans, a common staple of many dinners, and possessing larger seeds. In both Illinois and Washington, USDA-ARS agronomist Rick Boydston and University of Illinois ecologist Marty Williams grew vetch, rye, and a combination of the two cover crops before killing them with a roller-crimper—a machine that evenly flattens and crimps standing plant biomass—or with a combination of the roller-crimper and a burndown herbicide.
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Two Physics Blogs You Should Not Miss

Science2.0 - February 18, 2017 - 12:04pm
I would like to use this space to advertise a couple of blogs you might be interesting to know about. Many of you who erratically read this blog may probably have already bumped into those sites, but I figured that as the readership of a site varies continuously, there is always the need to do some periodic evangelization.

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Two Physics Blogs You Should Not Miss

General - February 18, 2017 - 12:04pm
I would like to use this space to advertise a couple of blogs you might be interesting to know about. Many of you who erratically read this blog may probably have already bumped into those sites, but I figured that as the readership of a site varies continuously, there is always the need to do some periodic evangelization.

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Advanced Racism For Dr Duke And Prof Slattery: Why Hate Jews?

Science2.0 - February 17, 2017 - 5:38am
Never compare between only Blacks (B) and others for example, or only Caucasian Whites (CW) and B. One should consider at least three together instead of only two. For example, consider also the North East Asians (NEA). Why? Without considering NEA, B and CW are merely two different regions in whatever parameter space, say crime rates, and all interpretations are still on the table. But relative to B, NEA are almost invariably on the other side of the CW data points, at even higher intelligence, even less crime, even less sexual dimorphism/rape, even higher GDP, graduation rates, and so on. -->

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Advanced Racism For Dr Duke And Prof Slattery: Why Hate Jews?

General - February 17, 2017 - 5:38am
Never compare between only Blacks (B) and others for example, or only Caucasian Whites (CW) and B. One should consider at least three together instead of only two. For example, consider also the North East Asians (NEA). Why? Without considering NEA, B and CW are merely two different regions in whatever parameter space, say crime rates, and all interpretations are still on the table. But relative to B, NEA are almost invariably on the other side of the CW data points, at even higher intelligence, even less crime, even less sexual dimorphism/rape, even higher GDP, graduation rates, and so on. -->

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Physician ‘Gun-Gag’ Law: The Politics And The Medicine

ACSH - February 17, 2017 - 12:00am

A doctor talking about gun safety is not advocating gun control. Let's get politics out of medicine.

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When It Comes To Muscular Dystrophy Drugs, Is It Always Better To Buy American?

ACSH - February 17, 2017 - 12:00am

Thanks to an arcane FDA law that protects American companies, Marathon Pharmaceuticals has repackaged an "orphan drug" used in Europe – and is now allowed to charge 5,500% more than if we bought it from there. And that's not even the whole story.

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Is it better to buy American?

ACSH - February 17, 2017 - 12:00am

Marathon Pharmaceuticals has repackaged an orphan drug, used for 20 years in Europe to treat muscular dystrophy. With its FDA approval in hand, it raised the price 55 fold and received a 'voucher' to receive an expedited review for another drug. The voucher can be sold to another company and is worth at least $350 million.

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Bariatric Surgery More Effective Long Term Than Medical Treatment for T2 Diabetes

ACSH - February 16, 2017 - 12:00am

Not only does bariatric surgery provide substantial weight loss to the obese, but it can also ameliorate the metabolic derangements of diabetes and decrease their need for medications. And, a new randomized study found, these beneficial results aren't transient — they were still apparent five years post-surgery and were superior to the results of strictly medical treatment.

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Al Gore: Still Demented After All These Years

ACSH - February 16, 2017 - 12:00am

"Every night on the television news now is like a nature hike through the Book of Revelation," lamented the former vice president in his opening remarks for the Climate & Health Meeting. After all these years, he still has a warped penchant for apocalyptic exaggeration. 

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It's Also Painful to Give Tattoos, Study Finds

ACSH - February 16, 2017 - 12:00am

Tattoo artists must lean over their customers and maintain steady positions, sometimes for hours at a time – and the physical strains they endure can be significant. That's the key finding of the first-ever study of its kind, researchers say, measuring neck- and back-muscle stress at work.

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Hollywood’s Top 5 Medical Falsehoods

ACSH - February 16, 2017 - 12:00am

Since “fake news” seems to be the current buzz-worthy expression, let's point out that we don't have to look very far to find common medical falsehoods that originate in the Land of Celebrity. Like bubble-headed actresses who get attention for no good reason, here are some phony claims that lead the way.

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The National Academy of Science Creates Roadmap For Human Genome Editing

ACSH - February 16, 2017 - 12:00am

A new report, entitled "Human Genome Editing: Science, Ethics, and Governance," addresses three major applications of genome editing. However, it includes a focus on making changes in the DNA – germline editing –that can be passed down through generations. 

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Is Independent Payment Advisory Board the First Skirmish in Repealing Obamacare?

ACSH - February 16, 2017 - 12:00am

Three separate bills have been introduced in the U.S. Congress that are designed to drive a stake into the vampire-like Independent Payment Advisory Board. It has no members, little funding and bipartisan support for its demise.  

 

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Hype Or Health? Sitting Is As Bad For You As Smoking

Science2.0 - February 15, 2017 - 9:17pm
Sitting has been branded the “new smoking” for its supposed public health risks, especially for people with sit-down office jobs.

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Hype Or Health? Sitting Is As Bad For You As Smoking

General - February 15, 2017 - 9:17pm
Sitting has been branded the “new smoking” for its supposed public health risks, especially for people with sit-down office jobs.

Over the past 15 years or so sitting has been linked with cancer, heart disease and diabetes and even -->

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What Killed Kim Jong Un's Brother?

ACSH - February 15, 2017 - 12:00am

Kim Jong Un's half-brother Kim Jong-Nam was assassinated – with a poison. No one knows what it was, but that hasn't stopped chemists from speculating. Here are a few of the intriguing possibilities. They are almost certainly wrong.

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Moms' Obesity Linked to Kids' Asthsma and Other Ills

ACSH - February 15, 2017 - 12:00am

Public health experts have noted the unexplained increases in childhood asthma and autism spectrum disorders over the past few decades. A recent review has linked such ills to the coincident increases in obesity in women of childbearing age.

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Too Much Vitamin B3 (Niacin) Might Cause Eczema

ACSH - February 15, 2017 - 12:00am

Many people take multivitamins "just to be safe." That may not be a good idea, and now a new paper suggests that people who consume too much vitamin B3 might be at higher risk of developing eczema.

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