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Whole Foods Ridiculous Claims: Part 157

ACSH - May 17, 2017 - 2:35pm

Whole Foods is utterly shameless. I recently walked through one of the stores, found one calculated trick after another, and wrote about it. And none too kindly (See: Stupid Whole Foods Tricks).

Here is one of the crazier items that they sell.

And there is plenty more in there that is just as bad.

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Using Microbes To Convert Natural Gas Into Electricity

Science2.0 - May 17, 2017 - 1:39pm
Natural gas has seen a resurgence due to hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") which has allowed geologists and engineers to extract it from wells that were previously considered unusable. CO2 emissions from energy have plummeted back to early 1990s levels and emissions from dirtier forms of energy like coal are back at early 1980s levels.
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Using Microbes To Convert Natural Gas Into Electricity

General - May 17, 2017 - 1:39pm
Natural gas has seen a resurgence due to hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") which has allowed geologists and engineers to extract it from wells that were previously considered unusable. CO2 emissions from energy have plummeted back to early 1990s levels and emissions from dirtier forms of energy like coal are back at early 1980s levels.
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Association Created Between Texas Weather, Monarch Butterflies And Glyphosate

Science2.0 - May 17, 2017 - 11:51am
A paper has linked Monarch butterfly populations to glyphosate - but only when it was first used, and not when it was most heavily used. It also linked the populations to seasonal variation. That is to be expected, except since it's 2017, they try to claim that's climate change rather than wetter weather in some years.
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Association Created Between Texas Weather, Monarch Butterflies And Glyphosate

General - May 17, 2017 - 11:51am
A paper has linked Monarch butterfly populations to glyphosate - but only when it was first used, and not when it was most heavily used. It also linked the populations to seasonal variation. That is to be expected, except since it's 2017, they try to claim that's climate change rather than wetter weather in some years.
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Drinking Raw Milk? Let Us Hurl Some Information At You

ACSH - May 17, 2017 - 2:40am

Many things in life invite skepticism, but the safety of pasteurized milk is not one of them. In fact, the CDC's new report states that unpasteurized dairy products cause 840 times more illnesses and 45 times more hospitalizations than pasteurized products. But guess what? Raw milk sales are rising as people (falsely) believe it's healthier. 

 

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There Is Nothing Wrong With Pasteurized Milk

ACSH - May 17, 2017 - 2:40am

Why is it that some of the best public health measures, with proven effectiveness, are shunned by some people? 

Of course, vaccines are the canonical example of this. Now, we can add pasteurization. 

Pasteurization is a 100-year-old process that kills bacteria. This is important because there can be harmful bacteria in the food that we eat and drink - most notably Shiga toxin–producing Escherichia coliSalmonella spp., Listeria monocytogenes, and Campylobacter sp.

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When Did Pasteurization Become Evil?

ACSH - May 17, 2017 - 2:40am

Why is it that some of the best public health measures, with proven effectiveness, are shunned by some people? 

Of course, vaccines are the canonical example of this. Now, we can add pasteurization. 

Pasteurization is a 100-year-old process that kills bacteria. This is important because there can be harmful bacteria in the food that we eat and drink - most notably Shiga toxin–producing Escherichia coliSalmonella spp., Listeria monocytogenes, and Campylobacter sp.

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NBA Coach Steve Kerr: Bad Advice on Back Pain

ACSH - May 16, 2017 - 7:08pm

Kerr, who missed coaching his seventh straight NBA playoff game last night due to debilitating back pain, provided some ill-advised medical advice for those in situations similar to his own. Even though his two back operations failed, the Golden State Warriors head coach was wrong to tell the public never to have back surgery.

 

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Just Say No to Water Birth

ACSH - May 16, 2017 - 11:55am

Today most babies are born healthy as a direct result of medical advances and infection control measures. Maternal and infant mortality rates have dramatically declined because of them, which is wonderful news. So given the unpredictable scope of childbirth for mother and baby, why add a risk factor?

 

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The Hunt for Non-Opioid, Non-Addictive Painkillers

ACSH - May 16, 2017 - 2:35am

For some, opioids aren't just painkillers; they serve as a lure into an addictive, self-destructive lifestyle. The sense of euphoria that opioids can cause proves irresistible to some addicts. For this reason, pharmaceutical companies are seeking to discover and develop non-opioid, non-addictive drugs to treat pain.

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Porn Believed to Boost Young Men's Sexual Dysfunction, Study Finds

ACSH - May 15, 2017 - 7:45pm

Medical researchers with the Navy in San Diego concluded that young male adults who watched pornography were more likely to be dissatisfied with actual sexual encounters. And the more porn they consumed the more desensitized they became to human interaction – while increasing their risk of experiencing erectile dysfunction.

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Science Acceptance: Don’t Underestimate The Power Of A Good Cartoon

Science2.0 - May 15, 2017 - 7:44pm
Though photos are considered more credible, if you are evangelizing a controversial energy type like wind, a cartoon may appear more persuasive. 

In a recent study, participants were shown one of two versions of the same set of brochures. Each set was designed to debunk a myth about wind energy, the intent being to give readers desired information about wind energy and assuage their concerns. Each pair of brochures was identical in design, text, color, size, etc.

The only difference was that the originally designed brochures featured a beautiful, professional photograph of wind turbines, while the look-alike brochures created for the study swapped out the photograph with a cartoon.
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Science Acceptance: Don’t Underestimate The Power Of A Good Cartoon

General - May 15, 2017 - 7:44pm
Though photos are considered more credible, if you are evangelizing a controversial energy type like wind, a cartoon may appear more persuasive. 

In a recent study, participants were shown one of two versions of the same set of brochures. Each set was designed to debunk a myth about wind energy, the intent being to give readers desired information about wind energy and assuage their concerns. Each pair of brochures was identical in design, text, color, size, etc.

The only difference was that the originally designed brochures featured a beautiful, professional photograph of wind turbines, while the look-alike brochures created for the study swapped out the photograph with a cartoon.
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Our Panel On Science Communication At NewYorkBIO Conference

ACSH - May 15, 2017 - 4:30pm

The NewYorkBIO Annual Conference brings together emerging and established companies, investors, business development professionals, scientists and others supporting and advancing life science discoveries. We were more than happy to be included.

 

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Four Flaws In Assessing The Influence Of The Environment On Cancer

ACSH - May 15, 2017 - 12:57pm

A paper claiming an environmental cause for two cancers that have been studied intensively over decades has serious flaws, because there is little-to-no evidence that environmental pollution plays a role.

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Solar Plus Batteries Will At Least Double The Cost For Electricity

Science2.0 - May 15, 2017 - 12:40pm
Solar power is all the rage, at least for government officials who don't understand physics but do spend a lot of time with environmental (and solar panel) lobbyists.

Even in a small country like Belgium, solar can't even meet half of energy needs. In order for it to meet energy needs would require batteries, and that means doubling the cost for the public. If it were implemented in a large country like America, the cost would be astronomical, and that's without adding new transmission lines equivalent to every paved road in the U.S.
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Solar Plus Batteries Will At Least Double The Cost For Electricity

General - May 15, 2017 - 12:40pm
Solar power is all the rage, at least for government officials who don't understand physics but do spend a lot of time with environmental (and solar panel) lobbyists.

Even in a small country like Belgium, solar can't even meet half of energy needs. In order for it to meet energy needs would require batteries, and that means doubling the cost for the public. If it were implemented in a large country like America, the cost would be astronomical, and that's without adding new transmission lines equivalent to every paved road in the U.S.
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Free Range Kids: Most Parents Won't Let Kids Swim In Their Backyard Without Supervision

Science2.0 - May 15, 2017 - 11:54am
A new national poll says that parents are in a panic about things like swimming pools.

Least likely to think their kids can swim; black parents. A slight majority of white parents are fine with kids swimming sans parental hovering. Almost all parents think a natural lake (84 percent) or ocean (87 percent) , lacking concrete and a diving board, is too dangerous to be allowed. Only 63 percent would even allow kids to swim in their backyard. 

Granted, pools can be dangerous, with some 5,000 child and teen injuries a year and around 1,000 drowning deaths occurring, but it shows we are bad at evaluating risk. Sharks attack fewer people than cows do, but who do you think parents worry more about after Shark Week?
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Free Range Kids: Most Parents Won't Let Kids Swim In Their Backyard Without Supervision

General - May 15, 2017 - 11:54am
A new national poll says that parents are in a panic about things like swimming pools.

Least likely to think their kids can swim; black parents. A slight majority of white parents are fine with kids swimming sans parental hovering. Almost all parents think a natural lake (84 percent) or ocean (87 percent) , lacking concrete and a diving board, is too dangerous to be allowed. Only 63 percent would even allow kids to swim in their backyard. 

Granted, pools can be dangerous, with some 5,000 child and teen injuries a year and around 1,000 drowning deaths occurring, but it shows we are bad at evaluating risk. Sharks attack fewer people than cows do, but who do you think parents worry more about after Shark Week?
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