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Aug 08 11:15

CDC SHUTS DOWN MILITARY LAB STUDYING EBOLA, PLAGUE, ETC. AMID FEARS OF GETTING OUT THROUGH WASTEWATER

In May 2018, storms caused a flood at the Fort Detrick facility, seriously damaging its 10-year-old steam sterilization plant, which provides high-tech wastewater management. The plant was offline for months, and the incident resulted in upgraded biosafety procedures. But as Vander Linden told the Frederick News-Post, the new protocols significantly increased “operational complexity” at the facility. The CDC inspection found that the “new procedures were not being followed consistently,” along with the discovery of “mechanical problems with the chemical-based decontamination system, as well as leaks [inside the lab].

Aug 08 10:38

Earth's Last Magnetic-Pole Flip Took Much Longer Than We Thought

In the new study, the researchers relied on flow sequences of lava that erupted close to or during the last reversal, to measure its duration. Using this method, they estimated that the reversal lasted 22,000 years — much longer than the previous estimates of 1,000 to 10,000 years.

Aug 08 09:42

PHOTO - Flash Alert: Texas News Studio First Ever Human-Monkey Hybrid Grown in Lab in China

Animal Human Hybrids have been created in China.

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That looks a little scary.

Aug 08 09:39

Scott Adams: CNN Totally Owns Tucker Carlson, Fixing Iran and Urban Blight

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1159464543245856768?s=20

CNN’s slight-of-hand, dirty tricks and narrative creation process
Brian Stelter’s contribution to the process
Who wrote and who uploaded the El Paso shooter’s manifesto?
My offer to DEPROGRAM a white supremacist…if one exists
ADL information on gun deaths is NOT what you might think
Danny Trejo’s inspirational comments after helping save a baby
Bill Pulte’s blight cleanup and Pontiac’s soaring real estate prices
Hey Iran…just give us a list, we might want all the same things

Aug 08 09:38

Britain exports more than 50 tonnes of shark fins in two years

More than 50 tonnes of shark fins worth hundreds of thousands of pounds have been exported from Britain over the past two years, a Greenpeace UK investigation has revealed.

Campaigners are calling on the government to ban these exports which are fuelling the global demand for shark fin soup.

The majority of sharks in European and UK waters are being caught by Spanish vessels, according to the report by the organisation’s investigative journalism unit.

Aug 08 09:37

Home Births Are As Safe As Hospital Births: International Study

A large international study led by McMaster University shows that low risk pregnant women who intend to give birth at home have no increased chance of the baby’s perinatal or neonatal death compared to other low risk women who intend to give birth in a hospital.

The results have been published by The Lancet’s EClinicalMedicine journal.

“More women in well-resourced countries are choosing birth at home, but concerns have persisted about their safety,” said Eileen Hutton, professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynecology at McMaster, founding director of the McMaster Midwifery Research Centre and first author of the paper...

Aug 08 09:36

Fluoride May Diminish Kidney and Liver Function in Adolescents, Study Suggests

Fluoride exposure may lead to a reduction in kidney and liver function among adolescents, according to a study published by Mount Sinai researchers in Environment International in August.

The study examined the relationship between fluoride levels in drinking water and blood with kidney and liver health among adolescents participating in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a group of studies that assess health and nutritional well-being in the United States...

Aug 08 09:34

Revealed: how Monsanto's 'intelligence center' targeted journalists and activists

Monsanto operated a “fusion center” to monitor and discredit journalists and activists, and targeted a reporter who wrote a critical book on the company, documents reveal. The agrochemical corporation also investigated the singer Neil Young and wrote an internal memo on his social media activity and music.

The records reviewed by the Guardian show Monsanto adopted a multi-pronged strategy to target Carey Gillam, a Reuters journalist who investigated the company’s weedkiller and its links to cancer. Monsanto, now owned by the German pharmaceutical corporation Bayer, also monitored a not-for-profit food research organization through its “intelligence fusion center”, a term that the FBI and other law enforcement agencies use for operations focused on surveillance and terrorism.

The documents, mostly from 2015 to 2017, were disclosed as part of an ongoing court battle on the health hazards of the company’s Roundup weedkiller.

Aug 08 09:23

LightSail 2 spacecraft has raised its orbit driven only by SUNLIGHT in landmark achievement for deep space exploration

The Planetary Society announced this week that the LightSail 2 craft has raised its orbit by 3.2 kilometers (1.9 miles) since its solar sail opened up on July 23.

Now, the highest point sits at an altitude of about 729km (452mi).

The achievement is a testament to the idea that an inexpensive solar sail really can be a viable method of propulsion for small craft.

Aug 08 09:21

Commonly used pesticides have turned honey bees' habitats into a toxic world, research shows

According to multiple new studies, a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids may be less benign that previously thought.

In a study published this week in the journal PLOS One by pesticide, toxicity, and biology researchers in the U.S., the scientists highlight the dramatic rise of the chemical pesticide since 2004 and its potential to adversely affect pollinators like bees.

According to them, not only has the incidence of neonicotinoids exploded in the U.S. over the last decade, but the 'toxicity loading' -- a method they use to determine its harmful effects on bees -- is also drastically higher.

Aug 08 08:15

CDC SHUTS DOWN MILITARY LAB STUDYING EBOLA, PLAGUE, ETC. AMID FEARS OF GETTING OUT THROUGH WASTEWATER

SOURCE: NATURALBLAZE.COM

By Daisy Luther

We may not have to wait for a traveler from the Democratic Republic of Congo to visit the United States for an Ebola outbreak. It just might be brought to us by our own military along with the plague and other horrifying germs.

The laboratory at Fort Detrick, the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, has been sent a cease-and-desist order by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention after a second inspection showed sloppy handling of deadly germs and viruses.

The CDC inspected the military research institute in June and inspectors found several areas of concern in standard operating procedures, which are in place to protect workers in biosafety level 3 and 4 laboratories, spokeswoman Caree Vander Linden confirmed in an email Friday.

The CDC sent a cease and desist order in July.

WHAT WAS USAMRIID DOING WRONG?

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One has to wonder, just how long it will take for USAMRID to get back on its collective feet again, and what specific problems the Federal Government saw here.

Aug 07 18:34

Eating More Plant-Based Foods Linked to Better Heart Health

Eating mostly plant-based foods and fewer animal-based foods may be linked to better heart health and a lower risk of dying from a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular disease according to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

“While you don’t have to give up foods derived from animals completely, our study does suggest that eating a larger proportion of plant-based foods and a smaller proportion of animal-based foods may help reduce your risk of having a heart attack, stroke or other type of cardiovascular disease,” said lead researcher, Casey M. Rebholz, Ph.D., assistant professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland...

Aug 07 18:30

Marijuana Legalization Reduces Opioid Deaths

A new Economic Inquiry study finds that marijuana access leads to reductions in opioid-related deaths.

The study examined how the changing legal status of marijuana has impacted mortality in the United States over the past two decades.

Investigators found that legalization and access to recreational marijuana reduced annual opioid mortality in the range of 20% to 35%, with particularly pronounced effects for synthetic opioids...

Aug 07 11:17

You Are A Strange Loop

Aug 07 10:45

Scott Adams: How to Determine Who Is Hallucinating About Politics

Given the subjectivity of reality, the viewers of Movie One won’t be able to read this blog post without being triggered into cognitive dissonance.

Aug 07 10:43

Scott Adams: The Mental Illness Crisis Turning Democrats into FAKE NEWS ZOMBIES

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1159101969501282304?s=20

Democrats are implementing a trade war against America
Financially penalizing Americans for their political beliefs
Isn’t that a trade war…Joaquin Castro?
MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace…“misspoke?
”What’s wrong with Nicolle Wallace?
Reza Aslan wants someone “eradicated”?
CNN FAKE NEWS Chyron: “Trump Inspired Terrorism”
Immigration debate curiosity…
NO Democrat has said HOW MUCH immigration is okay
NO Democrat has even been ASKED the question
Extra people = extra crime
How much additional CRIME is acceptable to you?
If you can’t put a number on it, you aren’t sincere
What impact will your policy have on the country…in 10 years?
Has Presidential candidate Andrew Yang told a direct lie yet?
Is he the ONLY Democrat candidate who has NOT directly lied?

Aug 07 10:36

Father-Son Duo Help Create 51,000 New Beehive Colonies With Amazing Invention — Honey on Tap from the Hive

By John Vibes

After roughly a decade of research, Stuart and Cedar Anderson released an Indiegogo-funded invention called “Flow Hive.” The idea behind their invention was to replicate a real beehive and harvest honey without causing any harm or posing any risk to the bees or their home.

The Indiegogo campaign raised over $2 million dollars in one day, and would go on to be the most successful campaign in the website’s history, raising over $12 million in total...

Aug 07 10:36

Saildrone Completes First Unmanned Circumnavigation of Antarctica

A seven-meter (23-foot) long, wind-powered unmanned surface vehicle called a Saildrone has become the first unmanned system to circumnavigate Antarctica. The vehicle, known as SD 1020, was equipped with a suite of climate-grade sensors and collected data in previously uncharted waters.

Aug 07 10:23

This Amphibious Camper Allows You To Camp On Land And On Water

By Mayukh Saha

Campers have always been available in various shapes and sizes throughout the years. But, get ready to welcome a camper that can be also used on water. The camper, called Sealander, is an amphibious camper that's both a yacht and a caravan at the same time, being completely space-efficient...

Aug 07 07:09

Tardigrades: 'Water bears' stuck on the moon after crash

The moon might now be home to thousands of planet Earth's most indestructible animals.

Tardigrades - often called water bears - are creatures under a millimetre long that can survive being heated to 150C and frozen to almost absolute zero.

They were travelling on an Israeli spacecraft that crash-landed on the moon in April.

And the co-founder of the organisation that put them there thinks they're almost definitely still alive.

The water bears had been dehydrated to place them in suspended animation and then encased in artificial amber.

Aug 06 18:21

Giant parrot discovery: Hercules the Unexpected stalked New Zealand

Scientists have stumbled across the remains of a super-sized giant parrot that stalked New Zealand 20 million years ago - and was half the height of a human.

Analysis of leg bones believed to be 20 million years old have led to the identification of what is believed to be the biggest parrot species- which has been suitably dubbed "Hercules".

Scientists who found large strange bones near an old gold mining town in Otago first thought it could be a duck.

"When you look at giant birds, you think it could be a duck, or a pigeon, or a ratite [flightless birds such as kiwi]," said Dr Trevor Worthy, who has led the analysis of fossil bones at St Bathans for 20 years.

Aug 06 10:54

Diabetic, 27, dies after taking cheaper insulin as he lost private health insurance

Josh Wilkerson was alone, in the sleeping quarters above the northern Virginia dog kennel where he worked, when he suffered a series of strokes that would prove fatal.

He had aged out of his stepfather’s health insurance plan on his 26th birthday and eventually switched to over-the-counter insulin. Like many other diabetics his age, he could not afford the prescription brand he needed.

A few hours after taking another dose of the lower-grade medication that June day in Leesburg, Mr Wilkerson was in the throes of a diabetic coma – his blood sugar level 17 times higher than what is considered normal.

Aug 06 10:18

'MONSTER' SHARK BIGGER THAN A SUBMARINE FILMED BY SCIENTISTS AS IT TRIES TO EAT THEIR GUN

A team of researchers has captured incredible footage of a close encounter with an ancient species of shark known as the bluntnose sixgill.

The team, led by Dean Grubbs, from Florida State University, were conducting dives in a submersible called "Nadir" as part of an expedition organized by OceanX to tag one of the sharks in their deep-sea environment.

During one of the dives, the team were fortunate to come up close and personal with a huge female bluntnose—=one of the largest sharks in the world—which one of the researchers in the video can be heard describing as "definitely bigger than the sub is long."

Aug 06 09:50

Report Sheds Light On The Rockefeller Family’s Covert “Climate Change” Plan

Op-Ed by Arjun Walia

The climate is changing, and it has been changing for a very long time. In fact, the climate has always been changing, and there are a myriad of factors that influence climate change like solar activity and much more. If you’re not educated on climate science, it’s easy to adopt the “doomsday” perspective that’s often dished out by mainstream media. However, when you look at what actual climate scientists are saying, it doesn’t seem like anyone on either side agrees with the media’s “climate hysteria” narrative...

Aug 06 09:49

Meal Timing & Not Fasting Could Be A Key Reason You’re Not Losing Fat

By Arjun Walia

Years ago, if a person withheld from eating for long periods of time in order to lose weight, it would work, but a common response from peers might have been, “Yeah, but you did it the unhealthy way.” Today, many more people are aware that caloric restriction and fasting are actually a great, safe, healthy and effective way to lose weight and shed fat from your body.

In layman’s terms, when you fast, your body runs out of its glycogen (sugar) reserves, and when that happens it switches to fat burning mode...

Aug 06 09:17

Urban Sprawl Creates Food Deserts

Urban sprawl has led to the creation of food deserts in metropolitan areas across the United States, according to a published study by a researcher at The University of Texas at Arlington...

Aug 06 08:15

Defying U.S. Sanctions,China and Others Take OilFrom 12 Iranian Tankers

China and other countries are receiving oil shipments from a larger number of Iranian tankers than was previously known, defying sanctions imposed by the United States to choke off Tehran’s main source of income, an investigation by The New York Times has found.

Aug 05 15:50

NASA's sun-sailing mission is proving a surprising success: Quest to work out how the star works yields 50 percent more data than initially projected

When it comes to collecting data NASA's sun-sailing Parker Probe is on fire.

According to the agency, the Parker Solar Probe, which was sent out on its mission to orbit the Sun last year, just delivered a payload of data 50 percent larger than what scientists expected.

The transmission dropped 22 gigabytes of data from its two first encounters with the Sun says NASA.

Aug 05 15:32

Scientists Announce They Can Manipulate Brain Cells with Smartphone-controlled Implant

By B.N. Frank

It’s bad enough that they have already been testing these on defenseless mice. Have they considered any or all of the risks associated with implanting these in people, including the potential for hacking these implants?...

Aug 05 12:47

Earthquakes, Hurricanes and Other Natural Disasters Obey Same Mathematical Pattern

Tracking the magnitude of several catastrophic natural events and drawing a graphic of how many episodes of each have occurred throughout history yields a result which cannot be ignored. Quite on the contrary, what the graphic reveals is a highly defined curve which luckily shows that the stronger the capacity to devastate, the less frequently the episode occurs...

Aug 05 12:41

Pesticides Deliver a One-Two Punch to Honey Bees

Adjuvants are chemicals that are commonly added to plant protection products, such as pesticides, to help them spread, adhere to targets, disperse appropriately, or prevent drift, among other things.

There was a widespread assumption that these additives would not cause a biological reaction after exposure, but a number of recent studies show that adjuvants can be toxic to ecosystems, and specific to this study, honey bees...

Aug 05 12:40

Thyroid Cancer Three Times Higher Among World Trade Center Responders

The incidence of thyroid cancer among first responders who volunteered or were employed as firefighters, rescue personnel and cleanup workers at Ground Zero in New York on or after September 11, 2001, is three times higher than that in the general population...

Aug 05 12:00

Watch "Scientists In China Have Made Human-Monkey Chimeras"

Scientists In China Have Made Human-Monkey Chimeras

Aug 05 10:50

6.2-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off Japan's Fukushima Prefecture - National Meteorological Service

The epicentre of the earthquake was located off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture at a depth of 50 kilometres.

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit north-eastern Japan at around 19:23 local time on Sunday, 4 August, according to the national meteorological service.

Aug 05 10:23

This Impact Crater Was Likely Ground Zero for an Ancient Mega-Tsunami on Mars

Ground zero for the impact that caused a Mars mega-tsunami more than 3 billion years ago may have been found.

The meteor that spawned that ancient flood probably blasted out Lomonosov Crater, a 75-mile-wide (120 kilometers) hole in the ground in the icy plains of the Martian Arctic, a new study reports.

Lomonosov's large size suggests that the impactor itself was big — similar in scale to the 6-mile-wide (10 km) asteroid that hit Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula 66 million years ago, sparking a mass extinction that killed off 75% of Earth's species, including the dinosaurs.

Aug 05 10:23

Scientists Say They Created A Human-Monkey Hybrid In A Lab

Scientists in China claim to have created the world’s first human-monkey hybrid.

The research team is actually from Spain, but they conducted their study in China to avoid regulations against this type of experimentation.

Last week, Japanese scientists made the shocking announcement that they were planning on creating human-rodent hybrid embryos for the purpose of growing organs for transplants.

However, it would seem that other researchers have already made some serious progress in creating human-animal hybrids, going so far as to create a human-monkey. These experiments are also seeking to develop ways of growing human organs for transplant.

Aug 05 10:18

Fears of 'Chernobyl on ice' as Russia prepares floating nuclear plant

“I feel like I’m one of the first cosmonauts going into space,” said Vladimir Irminku, one of the chief engineers of the Akademik Lomonosov, as he stood on the deck of the giant, box-like platform on a chilly summer morning at Kola Bay in the Barents Sea.

Russia is planning to dispatch the vessel, its first floating nuclear power station, on a 4,000-mile journey along the Northern Sea Route, in a milestone for the country’s growing use of nuclear power in its plans for Arctic expansion.

If all goes to plan, the Akademik Lomonosov will be towed to the Arctic port of Pevek this month, where it will use its twin nuclear reactors to provide heat and energy to homes and support mining and drilling operations in Russia’s mineral-rich Chukotka region.

Aug 05 10:13

Iranian Researchers 3-D Print Artificial Bone

Researchers at Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences in Tehran unveiled on Saturday their recent achievements in producing artificial bones and 3D printing for repairing damaged organs of human body.

Aug 05 09:33

THE SO-CALLED “STANDARD OF CARE”

The so-called “standard of care.”

This kind of gangsterism applies to many diseases, not just Lyme.

If the government wants to hide the source of an illness, they can punish doctors for talking about it.

If Big Pharma wants to kill competition by safer, more effective alternatives, they can arrange for doctors to be punished for even talking about them.

It’s total corruption.

Trying to make a disease – and treatments for it – go away by bureaucratic decree.

Aug 05 07:12

SCIENTISTS SAY THEY CREATED A HUMAN-MONKEY HYBRID IN A LAB

SOURCE: TRUTHTHEORY.COM
By John Vibes / Truth Theory

Scientists in China claim to have created the world’s first human-monkey hybrid.

The research team is actually from Spain, but they conducted their study in China to avoid regulations against this type of experimentation.

Last week, Japanese scientists made the shocking announcement that they were planning on creating human-rodent hybrid embryos for the purpose of growing organs for transplants.

However, it would seem that other researchers have already made some serious progress in creating human-animal hybrids, going so far as to create a human-monkey. These experiments are also seeking to develop ways of growing human organs for transplant.

The researchers injected human stem cells capable of creating any type of tissue into a monkey embryo, according to The Independent.

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"Playing" with DNA in this manner, is like playing with fire, because of what could go completely out of control before it can be remedied; I simply hope that there is a protocol in place to prevent that with these experiments, because they could go "mammary glands vertical" in one horrific heartbeat.

Aug 05 06:51

SIGNS GO UP IN LONDON TELLING PEOPLE NOT TO SH*T IN THE STREETS

SOURCE: PAUL JOSEPH WATSON VIA SUMMIT NEWS

Signs are going up in London telling people not to sh*t in the streets.

A City of Westminster Clean Streets sign posted to Twitter reads, “This area is being monitored for street fouling. Anyone urinating or defecating may be subject to arrest.”

“Welcome to London. Do not shit in the street,” tweeted Old Holborn.

Welcome to London.

Do not sh*t in the streetpic.twitter.com/9vYijqanBA

— Old Holborn? (@Holbornlolz) July 31, 2019
Public defecation used to be more of a problem in non-European countries, but it seems to have made its way here now.

The sight of feces in the streets is becoming a major problem in liberal utopias like San Francisco, and it seems it’s London’s turn for a taste of that brand of progressivism.

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Absoflippinglutely unbelievable.

And how in the name of heaven did this practice become a scourge on the lives of London's people?!?

I have to shake my head in disbelief, that this anti-civilized behaviour, could actually happen here; yet, here we are.

Aug 05 05:52

Type 2 Diabetes: Small Reduction in Alcohol, Big Reduction in Heart Disease Risk

By Jean Strelitz, University of Cambridge

People with type 2 diabetes are at a higher risk of getting cardiovascular diseases, including heart attack and stroke. Lifestyle factors, such as diet and physical activity, affect the risk of developing diabetes, but there has been little research about how people with diabetes can change their lifestyle to lower their long-term risk of cardiovascular disease. Our research set out to fill in this gap in the evidence...

Aug 04 17:55

NZ Government unveils abortion law reforms

Women will have access to abortions until 20 weeks' pregnancy without having to go through legal hoops, under a law change proposed by the Government.

Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced the details of a long-awaited bill aimed at decriminalising abortion - the first major reform in more than four decades.

Abortion is currently a crime in New Zealand, but exemptions mean women can still get access if two doctors agree a pregnancy would put them in physical or mental risk - a process that's been criticised as both slow and stigmatising.

Under the new law, the decision will be up to the woman, in consultation with her doctor, until 20 weeks' pregnant.

Aug 04 11:25

Cancer cells are fueled by sugary drinks, making tumors grow faster

Despite the clear link between obesity and cancer, very few studies have considered the direct association between high sugar intake and the risk of colorectal and other cancers. A recent animal study by researchers from Baylor College of Medicine and Weill Cornell Medicine, published in the journal Science, found a definite link between increased consumption of high fructose corn syrup and accelerated tumor growth in mice with colorectal cancer.

Aug 04 10:16

Portland woman allegedly beat police officer with his own baton

Only in Portland!

A 38-year-old woman has been charged with assaulting a public safety officer and unlawful use of a weapon after she allegedly attacked a police officer and used his own baton to beat him as he tried to assist her following a motorcycle crash.

Aug 03 16:38

French Court Rules Against Utility Smart Meters Because They Are Making People Sick

By B.N. Frank

Tens of millions of utility Smart Meters have been installed throughout the U.S and around the world so it’s likely that they are installed on your home and throughout your community whether you know it or not. There are many problems associated with them including adverse health effects and fires.

Merci beaucoup to the French court for ruling against these dastardly devices for health reasons and to the lawyer who continues to fight on behalf of complainants...

Aug 03 16:19

Telecom Construction Expert Offers Opinion on YouTube Video of Dead Bees Under 5G Cell Towers

By B.N. Frank

Earlier this week, Activist Post reported about the viral YouTube video that shows dead bees under what was reported to be 5G small cells installed in California.

A Telecom Industry Construction Expert has weighed in and provided information that is equally if not more depressing...

Aug 03 11:15

A Tiny Chinese Lunar Orbiter Just Crashed on the Moon's Far Side (on Purpose)

The small spacecraft operated in orbit for 437 Earth days, exceeding its one-year designed lifespan. It was then brought down in a controlled fashion at 10:20 a.m. EDT (1420 GMT; 10:20 p.m. Beijing time) on July 31, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported, citing the China National Space Administration's Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center as a source.

Aug 03 11:11

California Scientists Discover New Category of Pulsating Stars

A collaborative effort by a team of California-based scientists has led to the discovery of a new type of star that can possess temperatures nine times hotter than the sun.

Aug 03 11:09

Hepatitis A crises declared in Florida and Philadelphia as rates soar nationwide

Both the city of Philadelphia and the state of Florida today declared hepatitis A crises as rates of the virus soar.

In Philadelphia, 154 cases have been reported this year, up from just six in 2018.

The rate in Florida has quadrupled, up to 2,034 in the past eight months alone, from 548 in the entirety of last year.

Aug 03 09:45

Plant-based burgers may not be as healthy as you think

The Meatless Farm claims its products are "almost indistinguishable from meat in terms of taste and texture" and are 100 percent plant-based, which is basically the same thing that Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods say about their burgers. “The trick to all of these meatless burgers is they want them to taste like real meat in order to convert traditional meat-eaters. When they do that, they add processed chemicals to them, they add high sodium content to them because if something doesn’t taste salty, it doesn’t taste like real meat.”

Aug 03 09:41

How four rogue satellites could change the spaceflight industry

Earlier this year, a company launched four tiny satellites into orbit without permission. These “rogue satellites” caused an uproar in the space community, and in the future, others like them could increase the risk of catastrophic collisions in orbit. We talked to some space experts about what’s at stake when no one knows exactly what’s up there in space.

Aug 03 09:41

This US heartland has been flooded for five months. Does anyone care?

Dating back to late February, about 550,000 acres of land have been underwater in the rural Yazoo backwater area of the lower Mississippi delta. About half of the acreage is farmland, creating devastating effects in a region where agriculture is the lifeblood of the economy. While flooding in the region is common, this year’s floodwater has hung around longer than ever.

Aug 03 09:20

Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and the Unraveling of US Empire

The results of centuries of U.S. empire, which began with Manifest Destiny that crossed the North American continent and grew into a global empire, are coming home to roost in Puerto Rico and Hawaii.

For far too long, the rules have been written for Puerto Ricans, not by them. The island has been a colony of the US for more than 100 years and was a colony of Spain before that. It is time to decolonize.

Hawaiian Independence Movement Grows

Native Hawaiians and allies are camped at the base of Mauna Kea to protect the summit of the mountain from the construction of a proposed Thirty Meter Telescope, a massive 18-story, five-acre telescope complex being built on sacred land. Mauna Kea, measured from its base, is the tallest mountain in the world and represents the birthplace of Hawaii island and the Hawaiian people. The summit is associated with a number of important gods and goddesses and is the site of numerous burial places and altars.

Aug 03 07:01

Irish Teenager Develops Method For Removing Microplastics From Water Wins Google Science Fair Award

By Mayukh Saha

Ireland has given us the latest Google Science Fair winner in the age group of 13 through 18. Fionn Ferrier won the prestigious global annual science competition with his project which can remove microplastics from water. His process demonstrated an 87% success rate...

Aug 03 06:53

Sesame Allergy is More Common Than Previously Known

Sesame allergy affects more than 1 million children and adults in the U.S., more than previously known, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study.

But sesame labeling is currently not required by law as are the other top eight allergens like peanut and milk, and is often labeled in a potentially confusing manner, such as tahini. This increases the risk of accidental ingestion...

Aug 02 16:12

Nearly 60 percent of astronauts have “space herpes”

Researchers found that seven percent of the astronauts who previously reported herpes infections in the past suffered a new outbreak while in space. Furthermore, 57 percent of the participants displayed much higher levels of the viruses during missions than they did on Earth.

Herpes viruses cause cold sores, glandular fever, and shingles. When their host is healthy, the pathogens enter a dormant state and bide their time. Once the host gets exhausted or stressed, the viruses wake up to take advantage.

The findings raised concerns about the health of the astronauts during extended space voyages, such as the planned mission to Mars in the 2020s. If the human immune system grew so weak during short trips that inactive viruses came out of dormancy, long trips might pose more serious risks.

Aug 02 10:32

India's Chandrayaan-2 Mission to the Moon in Photos

India's second moon mission, Chandrayaan-2, consists of a lander, rover and orbiter. Chandrayaan-2 launched to the moon on July 22, 2019, and is expected to arrive in lunar orbit on Sept. 6. The India Space Research Organization (ISRO) is targeting the moon's south pole as a landing spot.

Click through this gallery to see photos of the Chandrayaan-2 mission, starting with the spacecraft's assembly and liftoff.

Aug 02 06:48

Documents Expose How Tobacco Companies Hook Kids On Sugary Drinks

By Arjun Walia

Companies within the industry used colors, flavors, and marketing techniques to lure and entice children as potential future smokers. They actually used and applied these same strategies to sweetened beverages starting as early as 1963, according to a study conducted by researchers at UC San Francisco...

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