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Jul 12 12:30

Defend the value of Michigan water and deny Nestle permit for now

For the past three years, thousands of people in Genesee County have been carting in cases of water bottles simply to bathe, cook and drink, as the water in their taps is too toxic to use. At a time when Flint residents are living off bottled water just to make it through the day, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality should not be giving away our state's water for a nominal fee. We must protect Michigan's precious water sources now, and for future generations.

Jul 12 10:53

Why Are Public Officials Protecting GMO and the Pesticides Industry? Digging Down into the Cesspool of Corruption

It is based on a cesspool of corruption that is most probably responsible for more death and disease than the combined efforts of the tobacco companies ever were. It is sheer criminality that hides behind corporate public relations, media misrepresentations and the subversion of respectable-sounding agencies which masquerade as public institutions.

The ‘agrochemicals-agritech industry’ should not be regarded as some kind of faceless concept because that lets individuals off the hook. It is run by identifiable individuals who sell health-and environment-damaging products,co-opt scientists, control public institutions and ensure farmers are kept on a chemical treadmill. From CEOs and scientists to public officials and media/PR spin doctors, specific individuals can be identified and at some stage should be hauled into court for what amounts to ‘crimes against humanity’.

Jul 12 10:19

Earth Alerts Beta

Jul 12 10:05

In India, National Academy Of Agricultural Sciences Ditches Science For Spin In Push For GM Mustard

The case surrounding the approval of genetically modified (GM) mustard in India is coming to a head on the back of the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) recommending approval. The final decision now rests with Harsh Vardhan, minister of the environment. As India’s first commercial GM food crop, the concern is that it is in effect a Trojan horse crop and an unlawful attempt to impose GM food crops on the country. At present, the only GM crop planted in India is cotton.

Jul 12 09:48

No One Would Buy My Photos, So Here They Are For Free: Mosul 2017

My name is Kainoa Little, and I am a Shoreline, Washington-based conflict photographer. I was in Mosul in April and May 2017, documenting Iraqi forces as they fought Islamic State militants to liberate the city.

I tried and failed to find newspapers and wire services who would purchase my photos. But the soldiers had fed me and given me a seat in their Humvees, and the refugees had tolerated my presence on some of the worst days of their lives. They very rightly expected that I would tell their story.

The worst uncertainty for me as a freelancer in conflict isn’t that I won’t be able to pay my rent; it’s that no one will see the story, and then I will have failed to give a voice to the voiceless. So I have tried to share them where I can, and hopefully people can imagine some of the human tragedy and triumph playing out in Mosul.

Jul 12 09:46

UN: Yemen unlikely to get cholera vaccine as first planned

U.N. officials said Tuesday that plans to ship as many as 1 million doses of cholera vaccine to Yemen are likely to be shelved over security, access and logistical challenges, even as the deadly caseload continues to balloon in parts of the war-torn country.

The U.N. aid coordination agency said Yemen's suspected cholera caseload has surged past 313,000 and caused over 1,700 deaths, making it the world's largest outbreak. War has crippled Yemen's health system, depleted access to safe drinking water and put millions on the brink of famine.

Citing such complexities, spokesman Christian Lindmeier of the World Health Organization said that shipping vaccines "has to make sense," and that they could be re-routed to places that "might need them more urgently," such as some African countries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How "convenient" for the Saudis, that no cholera vaccine will get to Yemen, in spite of over 300,000 cases!

I have to wonder if this was what Saudi's Prince Salman "bought" with his 66 million dollar contribution last month to UN agencies, understanding, very clearly, that there was no way for this vaccine to get delivered, due to the fighting here.

Saudi Prince Salman contributes $66 million for anti-cholera campaign in Yemen

Jul 12 09:24

Magic mushrooms contain a key ingredient that could provide a safe and effective way of chasing the blues

Magic mushrooms could be the wonder cure for depression, if new research is to be believed.

Full to the brim of psilocybin, the drug is proving to be an effective and safe way of combating the blues, experts claim.

Despite being considered a favourite of rave-loving teenagers, evidence is pointing to its therapeutical benefits.

The compound, responsible for the high, may offer more promise to patients than often useless antidepressants.

Jul 12 09:23

China teleports photon to SPACE in breakthrough that paves the way for ultra secure 'quantum internet'

Physicists in China have revealed the details on their ground-breaking experiment to achieve ‘ultra-long-distance quantum teleportation,’ which could pave the way for a global quantum internet.

In a major breakthrough, the team established the first ground-to-satellite quantum network, which allowed them to transmit a photon from an entangled pair up to 870 miles (1,400 kilometers).

Entangled photons theoretically maintain their link across any distance, and have potential to revolutionize secure communications – but, scientists have previously only managed to maintain the bond for about 62 miles (100 km).

Jul 12 09:16

A 75,000-mile-wide HOLE has appeared on the sun – and experts warn it could knock out communications satellites and cause blackouts on Earth

A huge spot has appeared on the sun that could send dangerous solar flares down to Earth.

The sunspot, dubbed AR2665, is 74,560 miles (120,000 kilometres) wide – big enough to be seen from Earth.

Experts have warned that the spot is large enough to produce 'M-class' solar flares, which can cause radio blackouts on Earth, knock out communications satellites and create radiation storms.

Jul 12 08:38

GLOBALISM & PESTICIDES ARE BEHIND MASSIVE HONEYBEE DIE-OFF, BAYER STUDY CONFIRMS

Despite Big Agriculture claiming for years that their pesticides only kill pests, a report published in late June in the Journal Science proved what many people have suspected for years: the type of pesticides that Bayer pioneered, known as neonicotinoids, are responsible for diminishing numbers of honeybees.

“Two studies, conducted on different crops and on two continents … find that bees near corn crops are exposed to neonicotinoids for 3 to 4 months via nontarget pollen, resulting in decreased survival and immune responses, especially when co-exposed to a commonly used agrochemical fungicide.” the report said.

The studies even found neonicotinoid residue inside of hives where no chemicals had been used nearby. The study also noted that the presence of these insecticide residues was correlated with fewer queen bees in the hives and fewer egg cells in solitary bees nests.

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Now, we know.

Jul 12 08:19

The Most Unusual (And Significant?) Solar Eclipse In U.S. History Will Happen Next Month On August 21

August 21st is the date of “the Great American Eclipse”, and the hype around it is already starting to reach a fever pitch. It is being called “the Great American Eclipse” because this will be the first total solar eclipse ever that is only visible in the United States. In other words, since the United States became a nation there has never been a total eclipse that was only visible here and nowhere else. And this will be the first total solar eclipse to cross from the west coast to the east coast in 99 years. So for those that love astronomy, this is bigger than the Super Bowl.

Jul 12 07:54

Clinton & the killer blood

In the mid-1980s, as contaminated blood flowed from Arkansas inmates to other countries, then-Governor W.J. Clinton sat on his hands despite evidence of severe mismanagement in his prison system and its medical operations. . .

Some of the killer blood ended up in Canada where it contributed to the deaths of an unknown number of blood and plasma recipients. An estimated 2,000 Canadian recipients of blood and related products got the AIDS virus between 1980 and 1985. At least 60,000 Canadians were infected with the hepatitis C virus between 1980 and 1990. Arkansas was one of the few sources of bad blood during this period. . .

Jul 12 07:28

Magnesium to make depression drugs obsolete? New science finds magnesium safer, more affordable and more effective than SSRIs

In the blocked and randomized crossover trial of 126 adults using outpatient primary care clinics, participants with mild to moderate depression were studied over the course of 12 weeks. Some participants were given 248 milligrams of magnesium each day for the course of six weeks followed by six weeks without it, whereas those in the control group received no treatment for six weeks followed by six weeks of magnesium. All participants were given biweekly assessments of their depression symptoms.

Those who took the elemental magnesium chloride noted clinically significant improvements in anxiety symptoms and measures of depression. On the Patient Health Questionnaire 9, which asks patients nine questions to diagnose and then classify depression, participants scored six points lower on average during their time taking magnesium.

Best of all, they experienced these improvements after just two weeks of taking the magnesium.

Jul 12 07:10

Science SHOCK: Chlorine in swimming pools transforms sunscreen into cancer-causing toxic chemical right on your skin

Researchers from Lomonosov Moscow State University have discovered that the world’s most popular active sunscreen ingredient, avobenzone, breaks down into something far more sinister in chlorinated water. Two of the chemicals it produces upon mixing with the water, phenols and acetyl benzenes, are of particular concern because of their toxicity. This reaction takes place on your wet skin when the sunscreen reacts to UV radiation and chlorinated water, and the chemicals have been linked to problems like immune system damage, infertility, and cancer.

In swimming pools that use copper salts to make the water look blue, this reaction is even worse. In that case, the sunscreen can break down into bromoform, a substance that has been linked to nervous system disorders, liver problems, and kidney problems.

In addition to sunscreen, avobenzone is often used in moisturizers, creams and lipsticks that offer SPF.

Jul 12 06:55

Crohn's and colitis: Inflammatory bowel disease could be linked to THIS medication

A study by researchers at the University of Chicago Medicine shows that when mice given antibiotics in late pregnancy were more likely to have offspring which developed an inflammatory condition resembling inflammatory bowel disease.

Experts found the antibiotic treatment also caused lasting changes in the gut microbiome of mothers that were passed on to their offspring.

While their offspring developed disease, adult mice given antibiotics did not see an increase in IBD.

This suggests that the timing of antibiotic exposure is crucial, especially during the early developmental period after birth when the immune system is undergoing maturation.

“The newborn mice inherited a very altered, skewed population of microbes,” said Eugene B. Chang, Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago and senior author of the study.

Jul 11 16:54

In India, National Academy Of Agricultural Sciences Ditches Science For Spin In Push For GM Mustard

The case surrounding the approval of genetically modified (GM) mustard in India is coming to a head on the back of the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) recommending approval. The final decision now rests with Harsh Vardhan, minister of the environment. As India’s first commercial GM food crop, the concern is that it is in effect a Trojan horse crop and an unlawful attempt to impose GM food crops on the country. At present, the only GM crop planted in India is cotton.

Jul 11 16:36

Cancer now more common than getting married or having a first baby

Analysis by Macmillan Cancer Support shows there were 361,216 cancers diagnosed in 2014 in the UK, the most recent figures available, compared to 289,841 marriages.

New cancer cases are also as common as graduating from university, and more common than a woman having her first baby.

There were 271,050 babies born to first-time mothers in England and Wales in 2015, compared to 319,011 new cases of cancer.

The data also showed that, over the last decade, more than 1.2 million people have been diagnosed with cancer under the age of 65.

This includes 343,000 people in the UK who were diagnosed with cancer in their 20s, 30s or 40s between 2006 and 2015.

Jul 11 16:17

Chemotherapy found to SPREAD cancer throughout the body, warn scientists

Due to the devastating effects on the entire body and the immune system, and an extremely low success rate, three of every four doctors and scientists would refuse chemotherapy, according to polls taken by the McGill Cancer Center. Additionally, an estimated 97 percent of cancers don’t respond to chemotherapy, yet it remains the go-to treatment for nearly every cancer type.

Think about it. When your body is fighting cancer, the last thing it needs is more cancer-inducing, immune suppressing chemicals, right?

Jul 11 15:32

The Chart that Could Undo the US Healthcare System

This chart looks remarkably similar to a chart that tracks the growth of the administrative class in higher education. And that’s no accident.

Jul 11 14:58

Anti-Vaxxers Are Steering the US Health Care Debate…

America Has Had Enough of BIG PHARMA…

And the Anti-Vaccine Movement Intends to Shut Them down Completely…

Opinion by “Deplorable” Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

Jul 11 14:32

Largest Montana health insurer plans another big rate hike

Next year’s rate hikes proposed by the three health insurance companies in Montana that offer individual plans through the Affordable Care Act show just how uncertain they are about the federal law’s future.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana is proposing a 23 percent average rate increase next year for its nearly 32,000 enrollees in the individual market.

Jul 11 13:39

Robots Set To Divide British Society, Report Warns

The rise of robots taking over jobs threatens to further undermine social mobility in Britain by hitting poorer workers the hardest, according to new research.

The report, commissioned by the Sutton Trust, a charity focused on social mobility, warns that 15 million jobs in the UK could disappear due to automation in the next two decades.

Jul 11 11:53

Senate Democrats seek new allies in effort to scuttle Obamacare overhaul: Republican governors

Senate Democrats have identified potential new allies in their effort to scuttle the current health-care proposal: Republican governors, particularly those who helped expand Medicaid in their states under the Affordable Care Act.

Sen. Thomas R. Carper (Del.), who is leading the effort with the support of fellow Democrats, called “a couple dozen” senators and governors from both parties over the recess, he said in an interview, to say “this is a good time for us to hit the pause button in the Senate, and step back and have some good heart-to-heart conversations” about how to revise the 2010 law.

Carper said the fact that the National Governors Association is holding its summer meeting in Providence, R.I., later this week could give governors a chance to weigh in on the debate.

Jul 11 10:18

Nevada marijuana supply running low, state of emergency declared, governor says

I never thought I would live to see the day a Governor declares an emergency over lack of weed. They must have elected one of the Freak Brothers as governor. I like this guy!

Nevada state officials declared a state of emergency after stores that sell recreational marijuana reported that their supply is running out just less than two weeks after the drug went on sale legally.

Gov. Brian Sandoval, R-Nev., issued the state of emergency on Friday, which will allow state officials to decide on new rules that could ease the shortage of marijuana, according to Fox 13 Now.

Jul 11 09:44

Peering into the eye of the storm: Nasa's Juno probe flies over Jupiter's 10,000 mile-wide 'Great Red Spot' for the first time

This morning, Nasa's Juno spacecraft made its closest approach yet to the biggest storm in the universe - Jupiter's 'Great Red Spot.'

The probe, which has been monitoring Jupiter's surface for just over a year, passed about 5,600 miles (9,000 kilometres) above the Great Red Spot at 02:55 BST (21:55 EDT last night).

While images will take a few days to be sent back to Earth, experts predict that the views of the storm will be breathtaking.

Jul 11 08:45

Obamacare Death Spiral: At Least 2 Million Adults Ditch Coverage In 2017 Amid Soaring Premiums

As Democrats continue to defend an obviously failed Obamacare system, the effects of soaring rates and collapsing coverage options seem to be taking a toll on the number of people actually buying health insurance these days. According to the "Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index," the percentage of uninsured adults in the U.S. bottomed out at 10.9% in Q4 2016 but has since increased to 11.7% in just the first two quarters of 2017.

Jul 11 08:13

New Study Warns of the Dangers of Multiple Vaccinations

Time and time again, VacTruth has published heartbreaking stories involving infants who have received multiple vaccinations in one visit. Many of these infants have suffered irreversible brain injuries or death as a result.

Currently, an infant as young as eight weeks of age can receive up to ten doses of vaccinations in one visit, and in one particular case, a child received thirteen doses, which, sadly, led to his death. [1]

Until recently, there have been very few studies for parents to examine outlining the facts surrounding the dangers of multiple vaccinations. However, this is about to change.

Jul 11 07:30

Nikki Haley’s Latest Ravings

Her ravings at the UN and in other public remarks make her appear unhinged.

She’s a diplomatic embarrassment to the office she holds, part of Washington’s lunatic fringe. She contradicts Trump and Tillerson, an unrestrained reckless loose cannon.

Her Sunday remarks on CBS News’ Face the Nation were beginning-to-end bald-faced lies combined with unacceptable threats.

Haley: “…Russia…meddle(d) in the (US) elections…Trump wanted to make sure that President Putin was aware that he was acknowledging it, that he knew it.”

Fact: No meddling occurred. Trump, Putin and Haley know it. Russia’s president clearly explained it in Hamburg and earlier.

Fact: Trump tries having things both ways - at times denying Russian hacking, other times suggesting it occurred.

Jul 11 07:26

California Health Care Fight May Show Democratic Party Future In Trump Era

As many Democrats enthusiastically promoted single-payer to Golden State voters, the party indeed engineered a complete takeover of the state’s government, giving them unprecedented legislative supermajority power to enact the legislation — even over a governor’s veto. Yet, as health care industry money flooded into the coffers of the Democratic Party’s candidates for California office, Brown has turned negative about the idea, and late last month, California Democratic Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon halted a single-payer bill in its tracks, preventing it from being voted on by his Democratic supermajority before the legislature’s self-imposed July 14th deadline.

Jul 11 07:07

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Jul 10 18:15

Scientists revive an extinct virus using off-the-shelf DNA

It's no longer far-fetched to synthesize a basic organism. However, a team of researchers has taken that work one step further. They recently reconstituted and reanimated an extinct virus, horsepox, using DNA they'd ordered via mail. The team stitched together multiple gene fragments (each with about 30,000 base pairs) into the complete 212,000-pair horsepox genome and inserted it into cells already infected with a different pox, bringing the inanimate virus to life.

Jul 10 15:18

Drinking Coffee Could Lead to a Longer Life: Study

By Zen Vuong

Here’s another reason to start the day with a cup of joe: Scientists have found that people who drink coffee appear to live longer.

Drinking coffee was associated with a lower risk of death due to heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and respiratory and kidney disease for African-Americans, Japanese-Americans, Latinos and whites...

Jul 10 14:04

Artificially Intelligent Painters Invent New Styles Of Art

Painters like Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso transformed art by inventing new styles such as impressionism and cubism. Could a machine do the same? Perhaps, now that the public has given the thumbs up to unconventional images created by an artificial intelligence.

Jul 10 11:44

‘No Coko Loko’: Schumer Calls On FDA To Crackdown On ‘Snortable Chocolate’

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is calling on the FDA to clampdown on a new type of “snortable chocolate,” warning that the cacao powder substance is being marketed like a drug.

The New York Democrat wrote to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Saturday, calling for a crackdown on inhalable food products like Coko Loko, according to AP.

Jul 10 11:14

When Will Co-Opted Figures And Board Members Of Companies Like Monsanto And Bayer Be Hauled Into Court?

The public is being poisoned, disease rates are spiralling, waterways are contaminated, soil is being degraded, insects, birds, invertebrates and plant diversity are in dramatic decline. Humanity and the planet are being poisoned for profit.

We are experiencing an assault on life by the agrotoxins industry, which is in fact contributing to a sixth mass extinction. Armed with a harmful chemical cocktail of highly profitable agrotoxins, ranging from disease-causing glyphosate to bee-killing neonicotinoid insecticides, biocide manufactures are waging biological and chemical warfare on us all under the guise that they are serving humanity by helping to feed the world.

Jul 10 09:58

VIDEO: THIS GENETICALLY-MODIFIED CYBORG DRAGONFLY IS THE TINIEST DRONE

This technology is both amazing and terrifying—it’s not hard to imagine this kind of genetic modification used on higher-up species to creepy effect, and the idea of regular-looking insects acting as spies is a little nerve-wracking.

Jul 10 08:54

VP PENCE VOWS RETURN TO THE MOON, BOOTS ON MARS DURING KSC VISIT

Vice President Mike Pence, during a whirlwind visit to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, vowed that America would fortify our leadership in space under the Trump Administration with impressive goals by forcefully stating that “our nation will return to the moon, and we will put American boots on the face of Mars.”

Jul 10 08:51

Yemen cholera cases pass 300,000 as outbreak spirals - ICRC

A cholera outbreak in war-torn Yemen is thought to have infected 300,000 people in the past 10 weeks, the International Committee of the Red Cross says.

The situation has continued to "spiral out of control", with about 7,000 new cases every day, the ICRC warned.

More than 1,700 associated deaths have been reported, according to the UN.

Jul 10 08:32

YOU WANT A PICTURE OF THE FUTURE? SCIENCE FICTION HAS ARRIVED

We have arrived, way ahead of schedule, into the dystopian future dreamed up by such science fiction writers as George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Margaret Atwood and Philip K. Dick.

Much like Orwell’s Big Brother in 1984, the government and its corporate spies now watch our every move.

Much like Huxley’s A Brave New World, we are churning out a society of watchers who “have their liberties taken away from them, but … rather enjoy it, because they are distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing.”

Much like Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, the populace is now taught to “know their place and their duties, to understand that they have no real rights but will be protected up to a point if they conform, and to think so poorly of themselves that they will accept their assigned fate and not rebel or run away.”

Jul 10 08:30

IS TRUMP’S INVESTIGATION OF VACCINE-DANGERS DEAD?

Trump has made two key appointments in the area of childhood vaccination. The first was Scott Gottlieb, the director of the FDA. What does Gottlieb have to say?

From fiercepharma.com: “…antivaccine activists were disappointed with Trump’s appointment for FDA head, Scott Gottlieb, who has said any theories of a link between vaccines and autism have been ‘thoroughly debunked’.”

Trump’s second key appointment has now been revealed. Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald takes over as the head of the CDC.

Jul 10 08:27

Genetically Modified Bread Given Green Light by Vatican

By Julian Rose

In what will surely to be considered a highly controversial statement, Vatican cardinal Robert Sarah has stated that Catholic priests can use genetically modified bread during the Eucharist – but not ‘gluten-free’ bread.

In an article in the Guardian online Sarah is quoted as saying that guidance was needed now that Eucharist bread can be found in supermarkets and even over the Internet...

Jul 10 06:02

A 21-Year-Old Man Has A Baby, And Doctors Say ‘Womb Transplants For Men’ Will Soon Be Possible

Do you think that men should be having babies? Years ago I remember being told that someday we would see these sorts of headlines, but such a thing seemed so impossible to me at the time.

Jul 10 05:09

Temps Reach 110 Degrees as California Residents Suffer a Summer Power Outage

Because 112-degree weather wasn't awful enough, this weekend, 140,000 resident of Southern California lost power in the midst of the historic heat wave that is currently baking the western US.

Jul 09 08:30

Ready for Juno's historical manoueuvre? NASA spacecraft's closest encounter with Jupiter's Great Red Spot tomorrow!

Ever since its smooth transit from Earth into its destined orbit around Jupiter, NASA's Juno spacecraft has been beaming back some amazing data on the planet as well as giving space enthusiasts spectacular visual treats from time to time.

With many turning points marking its one-year-long journey in Jupiter's orbit, Juno is all set to make another important manoeuvre on July 10, 2017.

Jul 09 08:19

Mike Pence under fire from Twitter users for touching space equipment; NASA says 'It's OK'

US Vice President Mike Pence got a first-hand look at the public-private partnerships at America's multi-user spaceport on Thursday, July 6, during a visit to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Pence commenced his visit at Shuttle Landing Facility, the former space shuttle landing strip now leased and operated by Space Florida.

Jul 08 18:12

ALL newborns will be given a hepatitis B jab after health watchdog says 96% of cases are among immigrants

All babies are to be vaccinated against a deadly cancer-causing virus which experts fear is becoming increasingly common due to immigration.

They will be inoculated against hepatitis B, which can trigger liver cancer, in a new jab that will also protect against five other diseases.

Every baby born from August 1 will receive doses of the ‘Hexa’ jab at four, eight and 16 weeks.

Historically, infection rates of the blood-borne virus have been so low in Britain that it has not been a major issue. But there is now serious concern that the number of cases is rising, due largely to immigration from developing countries.

Jul 08 17:49

Smartphones making children borderline autistic, warns expert

Young children today are less able to read human emotions than pupils four decades ago, an expert has said

Jul 08 15:57

BREAKTHROUGH science study confirms that omega-3 oils halt cancer tumors

A study out of Aberdeen University found that eating foods like salmon, chia seeds and walnuts can increase your chances of surviving colorectal cancer. It is the omega-3 fatty acids found in these foods that stop the spread of deadly tumors throughout your body. After eating these foods, molecules are released that target and attack cancer cells.

To reach these conclusions, the scientists measured the enzymes created when 650 colorectal cancer patients ate foods containing omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. The results were then compared to the people’s chances of survival. Those who had the highest proportion of the omega-3 metabolizing enzymes in proportion to the omega-6 metabolizing enzymes had the best chances of surviving and their tumors spread the least.

Jul 08 15:31

This battery-free cellphone sucks power out of thin air

Researchers from the University of Washington have developed the very first battery-free phone. Its sound quality is pretty shitty, but imagine not having to charge your phone because it harvests light and radio waves from your surroundings. Sweet.

Jul 08 14:02

Is Trump’s investigation of vaccine-dangers dead?

Trump has made two key appointments in the area of childhood vaccination. The first was Scott Gottlieb, the director of the FDA. What does Gottlieb have to say?

Jul 08 10:01

Italy set to relax its controversial child vaccine law

The Italian Senate has proposed a more relaxed version of a controversial law on vaccines for school children, with fewer vaccinations considered compulsory and reduced penalties for those who don't comply.

The number of compulsory vaccinations will be reduced from 12 to ten, while financial penalties against parents who fail to vaccinate their children will be significantly reduced.

Jul 07 21:10

Walmart Is Selling a $299 Cannabis Rosin Press. So We Bought One

As thousands of YouTube videos illustrate, the process of extracting rosin at home can be messy and inefficient. That’s why the good folks at Walmart—yes, that Walmart—want to spare cannabis lovers from using hair straighteners and other ad hoc tools.

Alongside its virtual aisles of firearms and Febreze, the world’s largest retailer just added a rosin press. It doesn’t seem too shy about it, either. On its website (the press is only available online) Walmart describes the Rosineer RNR-MV1 as a “dab machine.”

Jul 07 17:03

One In Two Chance Of Cancer In Canada As GMO Products Flood Food Supply

It’s been a familiar retort for the last decade, that correlation does not equal causation. That may be true but it is also true that correlation is irrelevant or that it has no bearing to causation. Most reasonable people could agree that when it comes to health and human life, potential dangers should…

Jul 07 15:46

This Silicon Valley Company Wants To ‘Make Better Humans’ Through Biohacking

Michael Brandt has all the resume highlights that tech entrepreneurs dream of: Stanford grad, ex-Google employee and an Andreessen Horowitz backing for his startup.

Jul 07 15:28

EPA Faces Lawsuit From 4 States & DC For Keeping Hazardous Pesticide On Market

A coalition of states have jumped aboard a lawsuit against Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt for not banning a purportedly dangerous chemical that can affect the development of a child’s brain.

Jul 07 14:19

America’s First Free-Roaming Genetically Engineered Insects Are Coming to New York

Diamondback moths may be a mere half-inch in length, but their voracious appetite for Brussels sprouts, kale and cauliflower make them a major pain for farmers. This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved a potential solution: moths genetically engineered to contain a special gene that makes them gradually die off. A field trial slated to take place in a small area of upstate New York will become the first wild release of an insect modified using genetic engineering in the US.

Jul 07 13:49

Is California Setting Up Precedent For The 5G Wireless Takeover?

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Many people are concerned—seriously, too—about a bill introduced into the California State Legislature dealing with the placement of 5G Wireless towers on poles every so many feet.

“SB 649 is a bill that would eliminate local governments’ planning authority over wireless facilities on publicly-owned streets and properties, allowing the wireless industry to install 5G cell towers on every other power pole on your street,” according to Josh Hart at Stop Smart Meters.org...

Jul 07 12:41

Imagine a Food Garden That You Only Have To Plant Once in Your Life-Time, That Takes up Very Little Space

Imagine a food garden that you only have to plant once in your life-time, that takes up very little space, that will provide food for you and your family for the next 30 years; that can grow five times more food per square foot than traditional or commercial gardening;

Jul 07 09:44

When Will Co-Opted Figures And Board Members Of Companies Like Monsanto And Bayer Be Hauled Into Court?

The public is being poisoned, disease rates are spiralling, waterways are contaminated, soil is being degraded, insects, birds, invertebrates and plant diversity are in dramatic decline. Humanity and the planet are being poisoned for profit.

Jul 07 09:34

Russian Satellite Will Launch In Two Weeks, Will Be The Brightest Star In Sky

The satellite is small, roughly the size of a loaf of bread and in the form of a CubeSat. It will be launched on a Soyuz 2.1v vehicle on Friday, July 14, from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, as a secondary payload. The project, led by Moscow State Mechanical Engineering University (MAMI), raised more than $30,000 on Russian crowdfunding website Boomstarter.

Once in orbit, about 600 kilometers (370 miles) high, the satellite is designed to unfurl a giant pyramid-shaped solar reflector. The goal is for this satellite to shine brighter than any other star in the night sky. To do this, its reflector made of Mylar will span 16 square meters (170 square feet) and is apparently 20 times thinner than human hair. The mission is also acting as a technology demonstration, to test how to brake satellites in orbit and de-orbit them.

Jul 07 07:27

Broccoli sprouts found to have significant impact in the treatment of type 2 diabetes

In a randomized and placebo-controlled study that was published in Science Translational Medicine, a complex in broccoli known as sulforaphane was found to be beneficial to obese patients with poorly regulated type 2 diabetes. The researchers looked at 97 obese patients over the course of 12 weeks. The subjects who were given concentrated broccoli sprout noted a significant drop in fasting blood glucose levels compared to those who were given a placebo.

In fact, the researchers found that sulforaphane could prevent the development of glucose intolerance in addition to lowering blood glucose levels just as much as metformin. They saw a drop in glucose of around 10 percent, which is enough to decrease complications in the kidneys, blood and eyes, and the compound did not lead to any gastrointestinal problems like metformin, nor did it have any other side effects.

Jul 07 07:07

Oral sex is causing the spread of untreatable 'SUPER gonorrhoea', World Health Organisation warns

Experts said that incurable gonorrhoea has started to spread after becoming resistant to antibiotics, which has been partly caused by oral sex and a decline in condom use.

The sexually transmitted bacteria can live at the back of the throat and, because of this, has been evolve immunity to antibiotics used to treat common throat infections.

Jul 07 03:41

Why Eating Meat in America Is Like Going on a Trip to the Drug Store

Most of the meat Americans eat is banned in other industrialized countries.

Jul 06 20:02

NASA's Cassini captures breathtaking close view of Saturn's little moon, Epimetheus!

The US space agency NASA has released a close view of Saturn's little moon, Epimetheus.
The image was captured by NASA's Cassini Spacecraft narrow-angle camera on February 21, 2017 and it is one of the highest resolution ever taken that shows a surface covered in craters.
According to NASA, Epimetheus is too small for its gravity to hold onto an atmosphere. It is also too small to be geologically active.

Jul 06 16:40

SHOCK CLAIM: Temp Adjustments Account For ‘Nearly All Warming’…

A new study found adjustments made to global surface temperature readings by scientists in recent years “are totally inconsistent with published and credible U.S. and other temperature data.”

Jul 06 16:29

Which completely screwed up healthcare bill do you want?

What I’m pointing out in this article is an ongoing devastation that sits at the bottom of any conventional health plan. All discussions about which national insurance scheme is right for you ignores that devastation.

Jul 06 15:44

When Will Co-Opted Figures And Board Members Of Companies Like Monsanto And Bayer Be Hauled Into Court?

The public is being poisoned, disease rates are spiralling, waterways are contaminated, soil is being degraded, insects, birds, invertebrates and plant diversity are in dramatic decline. Humanity and the planet are being poisoned for profit.

We are experiencing an assault on life by the agrotoxins industry, which is in fact contributing to a sixth mass extinction. Armed with a harmful chemical cocktail of highly profitable agrotoxins, ranging from disease-causing glyphosate to bee-killing neonicotinoid insecticides, biocide manufactures are waging biological and chemical warfare on us all under the guise that they are serving humanity by helping to feed the world.

Jul 06 13:54

Major New Study Shows Pesticide Risk To Honey Bees

Scientists have found for the first time that neonicotinoid pesticides can harm honey bees in the real world.

The major new study from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) found that pesticides called neonicotinoids can cause harm to bees, a development that is likely to increase calls for a ban of the chemicals across Europe.

Jul 06 13:42

Did John Wayne die of cancer caused by a radioactive movie set?

I'm horrified to have to report this, John, but your girlfriend's claim is only slightly exaggerated. Of the 220 persons who worked on The Conqueror on location in Utah in 1955, 91 had contracted cancer as of the early 1980s and 46 died of it, including stars John Wayne, Susan Hayward, and Agnes Moorehead, and director Dick Powell. Experts say under ordinary circumstances only 30 people out of a group of that size should have gotten cancer. The cause? No one can say for sure, but many attribute the cancers to radioactive fallout from U.S. atom bomb tests in nearby Nevada. The whole ghastly story is told in The Hollywood Hall of Shame by Harry and Michael Medved. But let's start at the beginning.

Jul 06 11:29

Your Grandparents’ Experiences Can Affect Your Genes

By April McCarthy

Studies of human populations suggest that our health and longevity could be affected by the diets and experiences of our grandparents. For example, studies of a small community in northern Sweden where detailed historical records were kept found correlations between food availability for one generation and the mortality rate for that generation’s grandchildren.

But the exact nature of these effects and how they are transmitted across generations remain unclear. In Susan Strome’s lab at UC Santa Cruz, research on a tiny roundworm called C. elegans is helping to solve this puzzle...

Jul 06 10:00

Is cannabis the cure-all for migraines? Scientists think so

New research further validates the efficacy of cannabis in the alleviation of migraine symptoms. Researchers have found that a combination of tetrahydrocannabinol-cannabidiol (THC-CBD) was effective in reducing the severity and number of cluster headaches and migraines compared to prescription medicine. In fact, the THC-CBD treatment was able to reduce acute pain brought on by migraines by 43.5 percent.

Jul 06 09:34

Over-the-counter lipoic acid may slow the progression of multiple sclerosis, study finds

In a pilot study, researchers found that taking a high dose of lipoic acid every day for two years reduced whole brain atrophy by 68 percent compared with a placebo.

Jul 06 09:20

Chemotherapy could cause cancer to SPREAD and grow back even more aggressive, new study claims

Chemotherapy could cause cancer to spread and become more deadly, new research claims.

The treatment is often regarded as the first option for breast cancer patients to shrink tumors and even blitz the disease altogether.

However, scientists at New York's Albert Einstein College of Medicine have found evidence that this is only a short-term solution.

Their research suggests that, while shrinking the tumors, chemotherapy simultaneously opens a gateway for tumors to spread into the blood system, making it easier to grow back stronger.

Jul 06 08:45

First robotic kidney transplant performed in Maharashtra

Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre here performed the first robotic kidney transplant surgery on a man suffering from renal failure, a hospital spokesperson said on Tuesday.
Leena, 55, the wife of patient C.N. Murlidharan, donated one of her kidneys to enable him to live a normal life. The 59-year-old, who was on dialysis for the past 18 months, is now on the path of recovery after the surgery last Sunday.

Jul 06 08:37

Montana earthquake

An earthquake strong enough to rouse sleeping residents more than 30 miles (48 kilometers) from its epicenter struck western Montana early Thursday.

A magnitude 5.8 earthquake hit at 12:30 a.m. about 6 miles (9.7 kilometers) southeast of Lincoln, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A magnitude 4.9 quake rattled the same general area about five minutes later.

The USGS noted seven other quakes ranging from magnitude 3.5 to 4.4 over the next hour. Two others followed, with the most recent being a 3.6 quake at 7:15 a.m.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The epicenters of these quakes are about 150 miles northwest of Yellowstone, but the area where the recent swarm of tiny quakes sits right on the line from the Montana epicenter to the Yellowstone caldera.

Jul 06 07:53

Amish Farmer Found Guilty of Mislabeling Products Not Approved by FDA – Faces Up to 48 Years in Prison

A jury found Kentucky Amish farmer Sam Girod guilty last week of breaking FDA laws in mislabeling his home-made herbal salve product. His sentencing hearing will be on June 16 at 10am, and he reportedly faces up to 48 years in prison.

The Honorable Danny C. Reeves
United States District Judge
US District Court
101 Barr Street
Lexington, KY 40507

See our original coverage of this story by Sally Oh of the KY Free Press here:

Jul 06 07:44

M 6.5 - 3km NNE of Masarayao, Philippines

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No tsunami threat here.

Jul 06 06:39

The secret to living past 100 can be found in this remote Chinese village

When Dr. John Day first heard about a remote Chinese village where the residents — despite having few modern amenities — suffered virtually none of the diseases associated with getting old, he was rightfully skeptical.
“They don’t have doctors, medications or hospitals, yet the villagers live these remarkably healthy lives,” Day tells The Post. “It challenged everything I thought about aging.”

Jul 05 20:15

Astronomers detect large quantity of methanol around Saturn's moon Enceladus

Using a ground-based telescope, astronomers have detected large quantities of methanol around Saturn moon Enceladus - a finding that may have implications in the search for alien life.
Enceladus`s plumes are thought to originate in water escaping from a subsurface ocean through cracks in the moon`s icy surface. Eventually these plumes feed into Saturn`s second-outermost ring, the E-ring.

Jul 05 15:49

CONGRESS GOES AFTER KRATOM, ATTEMPTS TO EXPAND DRUG WAR

In Congress, a new bill entitled Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues Act of 2017, aka SITSA, was introduced to both the Senate and the House.

Not surprisingly, a major sponsor of the bill is Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) long known for her hatred of human rights. And Senator Charles E. Grassley.

In an emailed statement, Feinstein said:

This bill provides federal law enforcement with new tools to ensure those peddling dangerous drugs, which can be lethal, are brought to justice.
Feinstein is sponsoring her chamber’s version of the bill which has moved on to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Feinstein is the top-ranking democrat on this committee and Grassley is its chair.

Jul 05 15:46

Major New Study Shows Pesticide Risk To Honey Bees

Scientists have found for the first time that neonicotinoid pesticides can harm honey bees in the real world.

The major new study from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) found that pesticides called neonicotinoids can cause harm to bees, a development that is likely to increase calls for a ban of the chemicals across Europe.

Jul 05 15:42

Chemotherapy may spread cancer and trigger more aggressive tumours, warn scientists 

Chemotherapy could allow cancer to spread, and trigger more aggressive tumours, a new study suggests.

Researchers in the US studied the impact of drugs on patients with breast cancer and found medication increases the chance of cancer cells migrating to other parts of the body, where they are almost always lethal.

Around 55,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Britain every year and 11,000 will die from their illness.

Many are given chemotherapy before surgery, but the new research suggests that, although it shrinks tumours in the short term, it could trigger the spread of cancer cells around the body.

It is thought the toxic medication switches on a repair mechanism in the body which ultimately allows tumours to grow back stronger. It also increases the number of ‘doorways’ on blood vessels which allow cancer to spread throughout the body.

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Cancer patients, and the people who love them, have known about this for quite some time; yet, doctors keep silent about what the nasty effects of chemo can ultimately be.

Additionally, there are very few doctors who understand the relationship between nutrition and wellness, and are able to suggest complementary supplementation to keep their patients' systems healthier.

Jul 05 15:40

Antibacterial soaps found USELESS at killing germs and cause harmful mutations (while posing a health risk to pregnant women and babies)

Antibacterial soaps containing triclosan, triclocarban, and 19 other bactericides are useless for killing germs because these chemicals cause infectious bacteria to take on new traits so they can survive and dominate their environment. On top of all this, experts warn that these chemicals are disrupting the hormones of pregnant women and are harming babies at crucial development stages.

Jul 05 15:32

Raising Robots: Can Morals Be Taught To AI Through Parenting Skills?

It is a dimwitted fantasy to treat Artificial Intelligence and robots as sentient human beings, when they are not, nor can they ever be. Yet, as Japanese men are having sex with silicon dolls, others are trying to teach morals to robots using ‘parenting skills.’ ? TN Editor

Intelligent machines, long promised and never delivered, are finally on the horizon. Sufficiently intelligent robots will be able to operate autonomously from human control. They will be able to make genuine choices. And if a robot can make choices, there is a real question about whether it will make moral choices. But what is moral for a robot? Is this the same as what’s moral for a human?

Jul 05 15:20

Chemotherapy may spread cancer and trigger more aggressive tumours, warn scientists

Chemotherapy could allow cancer to spread, and trigger more aggressive tumours, a new study suggests. Researchers in the US studied the impact of drugs on patients with breast cancer and found medication increases the chance of cancer cells migrating to other parts of the body, where they are almost always lethal.

Jul 05 14:53

Submerged SUPER-VOLCANO at favourite Brit holiday destination alarms scientists

Volcanologists are warning over the destructive power of the Phlegraean Fields, also known as Campi Flegrei, near to Naples, Italy, as it is showing signs of erupting.

The huge volcano - technically an eight-mile wide caldera - which is mostly underwater in the Bay of Naples, is bigger than the nearby Mt Vesuvius – which is responsible for one of the deadliest eruptions in human history when it obliterated the nearby Pompeii in 79AD.

The ancient volcano last erupted in 1538 although it was only minor, lasting for eight days.

However, its formation some 39,000 years ago saw lava and rocks thrown hundreds of kilometres away in what was the most violent eruption in the past 200,000 years in Europe.

Jul 05 14:32

The mystery of the methanol 'burp' on Enceladus: Researchers baffled by detection of chemical around Saturn moon that could hold life

It is one of the best hopes of finding alien life - and now the mystery of Enceladus has deepened.

Researchers unexpectedly found the organic molecule methanol around it in groundbreaking research.

Researchers say the discovery suggests that material spewed from Enceladus undertakes a 'complex chemical journey' once vented into space.

Jul 05 10:43

Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN): “Wonder Drug”!

Op-Ed by Neenah Payne

Low Dose Naltrexone has been used since the 1980s for over 200 diseases including Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn’s disease, HIV/AIDS, and a wide variety of cancers. Yet, most doctors still don’t know about LDN since it is inexpensive and not promoted by drug companies. Low Dose Naltrexone works by strengthening the immune system and is non-toxic...

Jul 05 08:57

An END to long lists of side effects on drug ads? FDA considers scrapping warning summaries amid concerns that TV viewers don't listen to them

Have you experienced fatigue as a side effect of reading lists of side effects in drug commercials? The Food and Drug Administration may have the cure for you: abolish the warnings altogether.
Health officials have proposed a study to assess whether consumers are actually reading the warnings on adverts.

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I can assure you that Claire and I certainly read and listen to the warnings. I think this has more to do with boosting pharmaceutical sales than concern about viewer fatigue!

Jul 05 08:37

UK, Netherlands: wrong sperm, three parents, ultimate agenda

And now we have this emerging scandal in the Netherlands: A sperm bank owner in Rotterdam, Jan Karbat, who died two months ago, is being accused of secretly fathering dozens of children. According to 23 families, Karbat switched sperm samples and substituted his own for the donors’.

As grisly as these scandals and practices are, they are mere covers for a much deeper agenda: making conception, pregnancy, and birth AN INCREASINGLY SYNTHETIC PROCESS.

Jul 05 07:35

US vows it will 'never accept a nuclear North Korea' after new missile test

They already have nukes Rex. Trump,dissing China by tweet isn't going over well either.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson vowed Tuesday that the U.S. would "never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea" while U.S. and South Korean forces held joint ballistic missile drills after the Communist nation successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Jul 05 06:51

One thought equivalent to less than a single proton in mass

Fraction required to equal one Katie Hopkins column still unknown

Jul 04 15:06

Don’t Criticize What You Can’t Understand (About The Science Of Vaccine Neurotoxicity)

A Collection of Recent Journal Articles Solidifying the Connections Between America’s Over-Vaccination Agenda and the Epidemics of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Chronic Autoimmune Disorders In an obscure interview back in 1956, the entertainer Elvis Presley was quoted as saying: “Don’t criticize what you don’t…

Jul 04 14:53

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Jul 04 13:09

Racial Disparity In US Infant Mortality Increasing – Study

The gap between black and white infant mortality rates is growing wider after a decade of shrinking, a new study has found.

Jul 04 12:30

Second Sight: Russian Docs Install First Bionic Eye Implant in Blind Patient

For the first time in the history of Russian surgery, a retinal prosthesis was implanted in a patient with complete sight loss, giving him the opportunity to see the world again in a month.

On June 30, scientists and doctors from the Research and Clinical Center of Otorhinolaryngology at the Federal Biomedical Agency of Russia successfully completed a surgery process to implant a bionic eye, connecting it to the nervous system of a 59-year-old patient from Chelyabinsk who completely lost his sight due to a progressive disease.

"This is the first operation, and in the nearest future, we plan to conduct another similar surgery. We are currently selecting a patient for the second implantation; this complex multi-stage selection will be completed in about a month," Igor Tikhomirov, a representative of the "Art, Science and Sport" fund supporting such operations told Sputnik.

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Congrats to the US engineers who created this, and to the Russian doctors who performed the surgery; prayers that this man's vision is restored, and that such surgeries continue to be successful (and affordable for patients) in the future.

Jul 04 10:38

SMART PHONES MAKING PEOPLE DUMB? Shocking Affects on The Human Brain

It's been 10 years since the first iPhone was sold in stores — and the millions of people who now own one likely won't dispute that having the internet, social media and countless apps at their fingertips can sometimes be a distraction.

Jul 04 10:34

What Are the Best Cannabis Strains for Pain?

Personally recommend Blackberry Kush and Afghan landrace Mazar I Sharif.

One of the most common applications for medical marijuana is pain, whether it's inflammation, headaches, neuropathic pain, muscle soreness, spinal injury, fibromyalgia, or cramps. Patients have seen varying degrees of success with cannabis in treating various pain-related ailments, depending on the type of pain, the intensity, and the individual's own physiology.

Jul 04 10:28

Court Delivers Trump’s EPA A Defeat Right Before Independence Day

A federal court has overturned the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) stay on the implementation of regulations on methane emissions for new oil and natural gas drilling wells.

Federal judges gave environmentalists a legal win Monday by preventing the Trump administration from staying an Obama-era global warming rule while the EPA considers repealing it altogether.

The court ruled that the “EPA’s decision to impose a stay, in other words, was ‘arbitrary, capricious,'” because “it was thus not ‘impracticable’ for industry groups to have raised such objections during the notice and comment period.”

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