Category: Science

 Mott’s is Being Sued for Toxic Pesticides in their ‘Natural’ Applesauce

To push for greater safety and clarity for consumers, a national environmental health organization is now suing Mott’s for false and misleading labeling of their products. Mott’s tags a number of its applesauce products with “All Natural Ingredients” and “Natural” labels. However, residue from the pesticide acetamiprid has been found in their sauce — and acetamiprid is not natural. It is a neonicotinoid insecticide that has been linked to harming the development of unborn babies and children’s brains. Neonics have also been singled out as contributing to the alarming  decline in the honeybee population. According to Jay Feldman, executive director of Beyond Pesticides, “People are looking for food products that are healthy for...

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These 5 Innovations may be Our Best Weapons Against Deadly Drought

According to UNESCO, 663 million people worldwide do not have access to potable water. Fortunately, scientists across the globe are developing ways to remedy and prevent droughts. The effort is a race against global warming, which increases droughts as water bodies evaporate. Also, extreme weather conditions like flooding threaten our ability to keep the water supply clean. The good news is that scientists have developed some impressive drought-fighting weapons: 1. Pulling Water From Air Scientists at MIT have invented a new “miracle box” that pulls water from low-humidity air. The prototype is a box made of material that looks like fine sand....

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Around the World, Renewable Energy is Taking Over

The way to stop global warming is to eliminate the use of fossil fuels and to embrace sustainable energy. Thankfully, many countries are converting their energy to solar, wind, hydroelectric, geothermal, and other clean energies. As this trend continues we can halt the damage that greenhouse gas emissions are causing. Further, we may be able to reverse global warming with carbon capture methods that converts CO2 into stone or baking soda. An interesting clean energy success story occurred last year in Germany. Customers were briefly paid to use energy because renewable sources produced more energy than the country needed. Countries suffering...

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Damaged Great Barrier Reef has ‘Zero Prospect of Recovery’

For the first time on record, the Great Barrier Reef has suffered two consecutive years of mass coral bleaching. These events decimate the chance for long-term recovery, according to experts. In 2016, scientists recorded the largest coral die-off at the Great Barrier Reef on record. They found that 80% of coral in the northern portion of the reef had been severely bleached, and overall over one-fifth of the reef was dead. This year the reef suffered another mass bleaching event. “It takes at least a decade for a full recovery of even the fastest growing corals, so mass bleaching events...

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William Shatner Goes Solar to Save the Planet

William Shatner, best known for his role as Captain Kirk in the famous Star Trek series, will be collaborating with Solar Alliance Energy, Inc. (SAEI) to promote the benefits of solar energy through the campaign, ‘Join the Alliance—Save Money, Save the World’. First on the agenda: SAEI will install a solar system in Shatner’s Los Angeles home to help promote and galvanize public awareness on the importance of solar energy. “The benefits of solar energy are significant and I am pleased to work with Solar Alliance on this public awareness campaign. I am committed to creating a better world...

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Study: Your Cat Likes You More than You Think

This month, students from Oregon State and Monmouth Universities conducted a study on cats’ behavioral reactions to certain stimuli, and concluded that our feline friends prefer human interaction over meals. Surprised? You’re probably not alone. For those of us who are familiar with the self-centered reputation of cats—seeming to only want our attention on their terms, perhaps when they want to eat, be pampered, or play—the results from this study may be jaw dropping. The team of researchers indicated that “it is still common belief that cats are not especially sociable or trainable. This disconnect may be due, in part,...

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Rotating Homes Are Taking Solar Power To The Next Level

Solar power’s sustainability is a gift from nature. It’s clean, and harnesses energy at no cost once the panels are installed. How can solar power be improved? By equipping houses to rotate and follow the sun, thus collecting energy all day long. A Portuguese company called Casas em Movimento (Houses in Motion) has designed rotating solar-powered houses that follow the sun. The rotation concept was inspired by the way sunflowers move with the sun from east to west during daylight, and back to the east overnight. Manuel Vieira Lopes is the founder of Casas em Movimento; his ultimate vision is of...

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