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How Rice Absorbs Arsenic

Arsenic in rice originates from groundwater, soil levels, and pesticides previously applied to rice fields. In flooded rice paddies, arsenite, an inorganic more toxic form is prevalent. Rice absorbs more arsenite in flooded fields because it cannot differentiate arsenite and silicic acid. Rice likes the silicon because it strengthens the...

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A Meth Lab at the National Institute of Standards and Technology ?

On July 18, 2015, an explosion at the National Institute of Standards and Technology campus, in Gaithersburg, Md., led to an investigation of a suspected illegal methamphetamine lab on campus, a taxpayer-funded facility. A security officer was treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital. He immediately resigned from his...

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Common Herbicide 2, 4-D A Possible Carcinogen

The International Cancer Agency, from the World Health Organization, considers 2,4 D broad leaf herbicide a possible carcinogen because it causes oxidative stress. This can lead to chronic inflammation and cancer in humans. 2,4- D is the most commonly used pesticide in the world, marketed as Weed B gone, Tri...

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E.P.A. Moves to Restrict Fracking Wastewater

The E.P.A. proposed a rule to prevent sending fracking waste water to public sewage plants. Some oil and gas extraction facilities have previously sent waste water to publicly owned facilities. In fact, we are drinking it.  During fracking, millions of gallons daily of this water is sent underground. Most of...

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Respite for the Bees

U.S. beekeepers lost 42% of their honeybees from April 2014 to 2015.This is the second highest loss ever recorded. Although Congress is frustrated with the conflicting research, it has asked President Obama to release a strategy to protect our pollinators within the next 2 weeks. Although the U.S.D.A. finds no...

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Pain relief/ Free teleconference

The news this morning quoted studies of Americans using pain drugs at the cost of 600 million dollars yearly. The effect for chronic pain is temporary. The brain can go into a dependent cycle, causing more need for medication. Pain is related to inflammatory markers in the brain cells. Aromatherapy...

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Regulating Strontium in Drinking Water

Strontium is detected in 99% of U.S. drinking water. The present amounts raise concern in at least 7% of public drinking water. The Safe Drinking Water Act requires the E.P.A. to check unregulated contaminants of concern in drinking water every 5 years. The E.P.A. will make a decision about regulating...

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