Right now pretty much everything sucks. It can get mighty depressing, reading about COVID-19 deaths or civil unrest. So let's have some fun! A few minutes of mindless idiocy at the expense of California. Why now? Because their officials decided that my patio umbrella stand is gonna give me cancer. There's even a label to prove it. And if you act now, you'll get some really bad "artwork!"
In a lawsuit against the FDA, eight activist environmental groups are being represented by a bunch of lawyers from a group called Earth(in)justice. What do they want? To force the FDA to remove seven food chemicals from its "permitted" artificial flavor list. But there are the same chemicals that are naturally found in all kinds of foods. We use Nanogodzilla to demonstrate pure foolishness.
Jennifer Sass of the NRDC takes issue with the evil empire known as Lumber Liquidators, claiming the company plays Russian Roulette with the health and well-being of our children by selling formaldehyde-spewing laminate flooring. Unfortunately, she cites flawed methodology, delivering only an alarmist rant.
A new study in Nature used mathematical/analytical tools to show that three quarters of cancers are likely caused by environmental exposures, rather than chance or bad luck. Avoiding known causes of cancer, especially smoking, can reduce your risk significantly.
A well-written and illustrative article in the Washington Post explains a great deal about the U.N.'s International Agency for Research on Cancer, and Monsanto's herbicide glyphosate, Roundup. It should be required reading for Americans concerned about the chemical, as well as GMO food. We'll explain.
An encomium to Dr. Bruce Ames, overdue and well-deserved, in TheScientist. Dr. Ames is best known for inventing and modifying the Ames Test for mutagenicity, utilized as an indicator of a chemical s propensity for causing cancer.