C's Blog – January 2009 Archive (23)

TSA lends its eyes to Bowl Sunday "Behavior Detection Officers"

By Thomas Frank, USA TODAY



Authorities at Super Bowl XLIII will be looking for more than just drunken fans. They'll be watching spectators' body language, facial expressions and demeanor to find suspicious people.



For the first time Sunday, federal behavior-detection officers will team with local police to use a controversial technique on people heading to a major event, the… Continue

Added by C on January 30, 2009 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Researchers report that exposure to perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) may reduce women’s fertility

Researchers at the UCLA School of Public Health have found the first evidence that perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) – chemicals that are widely used in everyday items such as food packaging, pesticides, clothing, upholstery, carpets and personal care products – may be associated with infertility in women.



The study published online in Europe’s leading reproductive medicine journal… Continue

Added by C on January 30, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Residents on notice of upcoming police "military" training

NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Police Department is warning residents not to panic if they see helicopters flying around the city after dark.





The department will be hosting military training in and around the city between Jan. 27 and Feb. 8.



The training includes the use of military helicopters flying after dark throughout the city.



Police say they want residents of New Orleans and outlying areas to know it's a training event. The activities, authorities… Continue

Added by C on January 29, 2009 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

EU to table options for global climate deal

Published: Monday 26 January 2009



The EU will present proposals on Wednesday (28 January) for an international agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol on climate change. The bloc is calling for a increase in global investment to 175 billion euro per year by 2020, more than half of which must be spent in developing countries.



Background:

Next December in… Continue

Added by C on January 26, 2009 at 8:17pm — No Comments

The new weapons of genetic engineering

Over the last few years biotech laboratories and industry have developed two new techniques – artificial minichromosomes and transformed organelles – which, the industry claims, will allow it to overcome the problems it has faced until now with GMOs, especially their low efficiency and genetic contamination. But basic biology and maths indicate that, contrary to what the industry claims, the new technology will not prevent genetic contamination in plants. In fact, as the two technologies… Continue

Added by C on January 26, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

FRC Condemns President Obama's $441 Million Bailout of International Abortions

Washington, D.C. - On the day after millions of Americans solemnly marked the 36th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision that has led to the loss of an estimated 50 million lives, President Barack Obama took unilateral steps to expand abortion at taxpayers' expense.



In one of his first official acts as President of the United States, President Barack Obama rescinded the "Mexico City Policy." This policy prohibits taxpayer funds from going to foreign… Continue

Added by C on January 24, 2009 at 6:22pm — 3 Comments

Death Sentences in Chinese Milk Scandal

A Chinese court condemned two men to death Thursday and handed a life term to a former dairy boss in the first sentences in a contaminated milk scandal that ignited public anger and accusations of cover-ups. (Jan.… Continue

Added by C on January 24, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Animal Biotechnology: Science Based Concerns

Food Safety Concerns



SCOPE AND GOAL



This chapter identifies potential food safety concerns for meat or animal products derived from animal biotechnology. The species considered include beef and dairy cattle, sheep, goats, poultry, swine, rabbits, and a wide array of finfishes and shellfishes.



The scope of this chapter encompasses: (1) non-genetically engineered animals that are… Continue

Added by C on January 23, 2009 at 9:53pm — No Comments

UMDNJ Researcher Awarded $3 Million NIH Grant to Study Effects of Fluoride

NEWARK - A researcher specializing in pharmacogenetics at UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School has been awarded a grant for more than $3 million to determine the effects of the mineral fluoride on dental and bone health in children.



Water fluoridation has emerged as one of the top public health achievements in the 20th century, reducing the incidence of dental caries (tooth decay) and its associated suffering. It has saved over $25 billion in… Continue

Added by C on January 23, 2009 at 5:59pm — No Comments

President Obama 'orders Pakistan drone attacks'

Tim Reid in Washington



Missiles fired from suspected US drones killed at least 15 people inside Pakistan today, the first such strikes since Barack Obama became president and a clear sign that the controversial military policy begun by George W Bush has not changed.



Security officials said the strikes, which saw up to five missiles slam into houses in separate villages, killed seven "foreigners" - a term that usually means al-Qaeda - but locals also said that three… Continue

Added by C on January 23, 2009 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

First Study to Test Real-World Effects of Stun Gun Use Raises Questions about Safety

The rate of sudden deaths increased six-fold in the first year that California law enforcement agencies deployed the use of stun guns, according to a UCSF study. Findings also showed a two-fold increase in the rate of firearm-related deaths during the same time period.



The most widely used brand of stun gun is the Taser, and the team surveyed for outcomes related… Continue

Added by C on January 23, 2009 at 12:52pm — No Comments

Petition to President Obama to Support Mandatory Labeling of GM Foods

Dear President Obama,



We represent the 9 out of 10 Americans who enthusiastically support your campaign promise to require the mandatory labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods. In the spirit of governing smarter, we want to be clear about our comprehensive labeling expectations, so they are not diluted by lobbyists for corporate interests.



SPECIFICITY: “Derived By,” “Fed,” or “Injected”



All foods in which any single ingredient is intentionally or… Continue

Added by C on January 23, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Sen. James Inhofe says he's winning the war over global warming

On the Bill Bennett's radio show today, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) said that climate change deniers have prevailed in the battle over global warming and that the idea of global warming is a conspiracy that began at the United Nations.



Listen here:…





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Added by C on January 22, 2009 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

"Another" Scientist issues genetic food warning

The only way consumers can protect their families and avoid potentially harmful so-called Frankenfoods is to buy directly from the grower, says a leading plant scientist.



"The important thing in local communities is know the producer," Arpad Pusztai told a crowd of about 30 people gathered to hear him speak about genetically modified food at the Niagara Artists' Centre on St. Paul Street in St. Catharines Saturday… Continue

Added by C on January 22, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Give an Hour

Give an Hour is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), founded in September 2005 by Dr. Barbara V. Romberg, a psychologist in the Washington, D.C., area. The organizations mission is to develop national networks of volunteers capable of responding to both… Continue

Added by C on January 21, 2009 at 4:31pm — 1 Comment

Unconscious Exposure to Advertisements

Madison Avenue Magic: Study Reveals Positive Effects of Unconscious Exposure to Advertisements

Findings could help marketers optimize advertising for the human mind



Fads have been a staple of American pop culture for decades, from spandex in the 1980s to skinny jeans today. But while going from fad to flop may seem like the result of fickle consumers, a new study suggests that this is exactly what should be expected for a… Continue

Added by C on January 21, 2009 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

The National Children’s Study

January 13, 2009



National Children’s Study Begins Recruiting Volunteers



The National Institutes of Health announced today that the National Children’s Study will begin recruiting volunteers to take part in its comprehensive study of how genes and the environment interact to affect children’s health. At a briefing, NIH officials announced that the first phase of recruitment for the study will begin in Duplin County, North Carolina, and Queens, New York.



The study… Continue

Added by C on January 17, 2009 at 1:01pm — No Comments

High-Tech Solutions Ease Inaugural Challenges

The Regional Integrated Transportation Information System (RITIS) is currently operational in the Washington D.C. area.



Real-time Transportation System Visualization





I spoke with Mr. Lee Tune about future infrastructure and applications.

He told me the software and how it was designed is compatible with the red light and crime camera systems now in most major… Continue

Added by C on January 16, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Wash Your Hands for a Healthy State: Hygiene Propaganda in the Soviet Union

The Body Soviet: Propaganda,

Hygiene and the Revolutionary State

by Tricia Starks




FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – By making the personal political, hygienists in the early days of the Soviet Union attempted to improve public health dramatically and played a key role in the establishment of the Soviet state. In The Body Soviet: Propaganda, Hygiene and the Revolutionary State, historian Tricia Starks examines the extensive collections… Continue

Added by C on January 14, 2009 at 9:56pm — No Comments

Brain May Be Wired for Social Conformity

Study says 'error-monitoring' signals keep us from being too different from others



Your brain may be wired to go along with popular opinion in social situations, a new study suggests.



Scans done with functional magnetic resonance imaging showed that people whose opinion differed with that of a group of people experienced a neuronal response in the brain's rostral cingulate zone (RCZ) and nucleus accumbens (NAc) -- areas that seem… Continue

Added by C on January 14, 2009 at 2:41pm — 1 Comment

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