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Cervical Cancer Is Not The Most Common Thing The HPV Vaccine Prevents, That's Oropharyngeal Cancer

Aug 22 2019 - 17:08
Though an entire $2 billion industry has been built scaring people about the modern world (which has promoted a $35 billion supplement market and a $110 billion Organic industry) we're in a Golden Age.

Even the poorest people can afford food, what were once booms and busts of famine and plenty have now leveled off, poverty declines are ahead of U.N. goals, and even centralized energy in developing countries, which could help a billion people, is attainable if western states stop telling poor nations they can only get World Bank help if it's not coal, natural gas, or nuclear. 

And we can prevent cancer for the first time. 

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Perfect Day Sold Out Of Its GMO Cell-Based Ice Cream In Hours - At $20 A Pint

Aug 22 2019 - 13:08
Ben&Jerry's is not going to roll out ice cream derived from geneticaly modified cells in a lab any time soon - their buying demographic hates science (although their parent conglomerate Unilever loves it) - but the public wants it now.

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Randy Constant, The Farmer Behind The Largest Known Organic Fraud in U.S. History, Has Committed Suicide

Aug 22 2019 - 12:08
Organic food has no surprise spot testing, and no testing at all from its clients like Environmental Working Group, in the U.S. you just have to rely on the willingness of over 80 groups that are in the business of selling stickers to believe their clients - the people who pay them and keep them in business.

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Australian Men Have The Highest Lagged Cohort Life Expectancy

Aug 22 2019 - 11:08
Will beer and fights become the newest health craze?

Though the stereotype of Australian men is the tough, beer-drinking Alpha - they popularized running face-first while rappelling down cliffs among armies across the world - but they must live pretty health lives because they lead the world in longevity.

Australian men, on average, live to 74.1. And women are doing well also. Only Switzerland surpasses the land down under for females. 

Lagged Cohort Life Expectancy

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Omega-3 Fats Won't Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Aug 22 2019 - 10:08
Type 2 diabetes develops when the body becomes resistant to insulin or the pancreas becomes unable to produce enough insulin.  Though there is sometimes a genetic factor but it is overwhelmingly a lifestyle disease caused by being overweight and inactive. The pancreas simply becomes overworked.

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Crocodiles Don't Clean Their Teeth, They Get Rid Of Them And Grow New Ones

Aug 22 2019 - 10:08
Having one of the most powerful bites in the animal kingdom, crocodiles must be able to bite hard to eat their food such as turtles, wildebeest and other large prey.  Well, so do we, but we don't have exceptionally tough teeth and neither do crocodiles.

However, we do have relatively thick enamel on our teeth, which can get ruined over time without proper care. 

Crocodiles don't even have that. They have thin tooth enamel, the opposite of humans and other hard-biting species, as their plant-eating ancestors did. But unlike humans, when their teeth go bad, they seem to just grow new ones.


Fossilized crocodile teeth. Image: University of Missouri

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Just Egg: Eggless Egg Substitute Concoctions Go Into 2,100 Kroger stores

Aug 22 2019 - 08:08
Mung bean protein, canola oil, onion puree and turmeric - it's what's for breakfast. Maybe.

Fake versions of foods are all the rage but egg farmers who survived the Vegg ("nutritional yeast flakes, Sodium alginate, Kala Namak, beta-carotene") can't rest easy just yet. Joining any number of eggless egg substitute concoctions, Just Egg is rolling out in 2,100 Kroger stores nationwide.

Unlike most others, which are just used as a leavening agent or a binder so egg is substituted by xantham gum or tofu or some other chemical and isn't really for cooking, three tablespoons of Just Egg is touted to be just like a regular egg and can be used for an omelet or scramble.

So if you don't want to eat liquid chicken, you can eat whatever this is instead.

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Happy Family Organics Lobbyists Get A Win - More Organic Food For Poor People On WIC, At The Same High Cost

Aug 22 2019 - 06:08
Happy Family Organics has another win, by expanding the number of states in which participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) can purchase its jars of "organic" baby food.

The company also claims it is making packaging commitments that "support a more circular economy" but the beginning of that circle need to be the price poor people pay, not fuzzy-wuzzy marketing claims about whatever "sustainability" is pretending to be this week.

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Iceland Held A Funeral For A Glacier

Aug 22 2019 - 06:08
Iceland is not really icy and Greenland is not really green (nor it is for sale, it seems) so Iceland prizes its glaciers. One, Okjokull glacier, disappeared 10 years ago so they recently decided to give it a funeral in a the made-for-media political theater memorial that only unemployed people mobilized by professional activists have time to engage in.
 
About 100 people actually did walk up the volcano, with the kids (naturally) featured prominently. 

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Every Year There Are Amazon Wildfires - NOT An All Time Record - More In 2016 And Far More 2005 - Doesn't Derail Paris Agreement

Aug 22 2019 - 01:08

Short summary: we have had wild fires for many years now in the Amazon, even in the tropical rainforest - mainly started by humans for forest clearing and ranching. It is not enough to impact significantly on the Paris agreement pledges yet though it is important in the long term if this continues for decades.

The ranchers use fire for forest clearing, "slash and burn agriculture" as it is called. That is because it is much easier to convert forest into grassland by burning it than to do it by felling the trees. Once it is cut, the way they manage the pastures is to reburn them every few years to clear out the brush and to get the grass to resprout.

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Artificial Cranial Deformation For Social Status Found In Croatia Skulls From 5th Century

Aug 21 2019 - 19:08
Artificial Cranial Deformation (ACD) is the practice of modifying the skull from infancy to create a permanently altered shape, often to signify social status.

In a new study, genetic, isotopic and skeletal analysis of three human skeletons dating to 415-560 AD excavated from the Hermanov vinograd archaeological site in Osijek Croatia revealed that all were males between 12 and 16 years of age at death and that they all suffered from malnutrition.

They are not obviously of different social status, but genetic analysis found that the two with cranial modifications exhibited very distinct ancestries, one from the Near East and the other from East Asia. 

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Nearly 1/3 of Immigrants Experience Violence While Traveling Through Mexico

Aug 21 2019 - 19:08
Whether or not to allow unchecked illegal immigration from Mexico is a U.S. political debate but left out of it is how poorly Mexico allows migrants to be treated along the way.

Mexico is not the only place where this is a problem. People trying to avoid immigration laws face peril around the world, no matter what country they visit but America provides the largest undefended borders in the world so the problem is just more easily seen here. 

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Statistics Can Correlate Anything To Anything - Even Air Quality To Mental Illness

Aug 21 2019 - 19:08
There is a pattern to junk science that borders on disinformation. Lay out all of the things you want gullible science journalists to repeat in the press release but then at the bottom of the actual journal article concede that your statistical link is simply an exploratory results and that associations you found cannot show causation.

Like that trace levels of air pollution cause psychiatric disorders.

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The Division 2 Very Late, Very Good, Somewhat Pointless Review: Less Science, More Action

Aug 21 2019 - 11:08
In 2016's "Tom Clancy's The Division", eco-terrorists bioengineer a fast-acting mutation of Smallpox in order to cull humanity by using the greed of people - they placed it on a fomite, dollar bills in Manhattan's largest department store.

Game reviewers at the time were as perplexed by that but to the science community the rationale made perfect sense. Environmental groups that want to cull humanity want the culling to be among regard as less fit, even if they don't admit it. By using dollar bills they would be targeting people who don't have credit cards. The poor, not organic food shoppers that listen to NPR.  So this modern form of eugenicists and social Darwinists could eliminate non-elites and slap consumerism.

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If Sin Taxes On Sugar Take Off, Meat And Fat Will Be Next

Aug 21 2019 - 11:08
Protein, fat, and sugar are all essential components of a balanced human diet but too many calories of any will cause obesity. And since more and more health care in the U.S. is subsidized by other taxpayers, it has increasingly been argued that the people paying have the right to tell you how to live.

Meanwhile, governments that want more taxes but don't want to risk a vote can simply put a tax on certain foods.

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Obamacare Led To A Surge In Prescription Opioids

Aug 21 2019 - 09:08
A new Urban Institute analysis finds that Buprenorphine prescriptions rose substantially in states that expanded Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act, colloquially called Obamacare, after the President who got its legislation pushed through Congress.

That may be a statistical blip exploited by opponents the same way agenda-driven epidemiologists create rows of diseases and columns of foods and chemicals to create the appearance of a harmful link, it may be that patients suffered quietly because they couldn't afford it.

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Truth In Marketing Applies To Dairy Also

Aug 21 2019 - 06:08
Very few in the plant juice dairy substitute industry want to go without mentioning milk but they are in a legal and logical pickle; they simultaneously contend that no one is deceived into thinking their products are milk while also claiming it is absolutely essential to their business that they be able to use the word milk in their marketing.

Having never watched any of them milk an almond or a soybean or a kernel of rice, I can't say how close their process is to actual milking but I am skeptical. However, dairy farming also has its own problems with honesty, as a lawsuit against Tillamook hopes to show. An Animal Legal Defense Fund lawsuit in Oregon says they are being deceptive, perhaps like the plant juice trade groups and companies they represent. 

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EWG Trial Lawyer Group Attorney Says The US Is Undermining Safety

Aug 21 2019 - 06:08
Trial lawyer Melanie Benesh of Environmental Working Group has created a new top list - this time it's ways the U.S. government (well, only Republicans, it is EWG and they make a lot of money suing and settling when Democrats are in the White House) has “undermined chemical safety,” which includes not banning chlorpyrifos, claiming she has evidence of risk to children.

The attorney did not cite what evidence that was, but lawyers don't need evidence. They will pay activists like Texas A&M Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences Professor Ivan Rusyn to testify that mouse studies and statistical correlation are enough. 

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Nothing To Fear From Asteroids Didymos Or Apophis - Despite Elon Musk's Tweet & How Billionaire Could Help Retire Asteroid Risk

Aug 20 2019 - 21:08

Another load of sensationalist nonsense from the Daily Express scaring people, and then a tweet from Elon Musk replying to another Daily Express article so promoting it to his many followers, and then Daily Express does his retweet of their article as headline news.

I’ve had many PM’s today asking if Didymos or Apophis are a threat to Earth. No, neither of them are, it’s NONSENSE!

If you click through, and read to the end, the Daily Express even quote ESA saying this:

Luckily, Didymos is not an Earth-crossing asteroid, and there is no possibility that the deflection experiment could create an impact hazard.

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Mediterranean Migrants in India: What DNA From The Skeletons of Roopkund Lake Reveal

Aug 20 2019 - 19:08
Roopkund Lake is a relatively small body of water 5,000 meters above sea level in the Himalayan Mountains.

It's also home to the skeletal remains of several hundred individuals of unknown origin and that led to a lot of speculation about how it came to be. Were they part of a massacre or sacrifice? A cataclysmic event?

No, people just threw bodies in the lake throughout history, according to analysis of 38 skeletons found there. One group of 23 individuals have ancestry that falls within the range of variation of present-day South Asians, while 14 have ancestry typical of the eastern Mediterranean and one individual with Southeast Asian-related ancestry. 

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