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Interviews: The Hampton Creek Team Answers Your Questions

Vegan Cyclist Re:Cholesterol (43 comments)

FYI, if an oil is certified organic, hexane won't have been used, nor any other chemical. It will be, as you described, oils from plants that are crushed and/or ground. This includes soy, canola, and other oils that one might normally want to avoid.


Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency

Vegan Cyclist Isn't this just increased suface density? (188 comments)

Please correct me if i'm wrong, but isn't this an increase in the surface area of the solar cell..? Sure, some kind of pitting is going to be more effective at capturing rays (as one reader pointed out, sizing it for the red light of the sun) than a totally flat surface, assuming surface space is a factor in solar collection.. I imagine those minuscule pits would actually greatly increase the surface area of a disc.

2 days ago

Interviews: Ask the Hampton Creek Team About the Science and Future of Food

Vegan Cyclist Let's Move Beyond Health.. (143 comments)

Besides human health, why might we want to consider eliminating superfluous eggs from mayo and other foods? How much land is consumed by livestock in the US and globally? To satisfy the 'back yard' and 'free range' crowd, how much MORE space would be needed in order to supply the world's demand for eggs in these flavours? What sort of demand on resources do eggs and animal products consume, especially in comparison to plant foods? What is their estimated contribution to climate change? Can you compare the resource consumption of a jar of Just Mayo and Hellmann's Mayonnaise? (How much energy consumed, space usage, emissions, etc..) Same with your egg replacement, and equivalent amount of eggs?

Full disclosure - i'm already well aware of these things, and would implore readers interested in these matters to check out a blog post i wrote covering how much land livestock already consume...you will very likely be surprised: http://blog.thevictoriavegan.com/2014/10/humane-meat-its-not-humane-for-nature.html

3 days ago

Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

Vegan Cyclist "r" (186 comments)

Doing my rock'n'roll duty for the title.

about two weeks ago

UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

Vegan Cyclist Re:Obviously. (695 comments)

This would be a very good topic for a documentary...any idea if there's already one on this? Or any articles you could recommend? Thanks for sharing!

about a month ago

Chemists Grow Soil Fungus On Cheerios, Discover New Antifungal Compounds

Vegan Cyclist What about when Cheerios are inside us? (77 comments)

Wondering if these same compounds, inside us after eating, would also enable fungal growth, leading to potential illness..? (Or superpowers? ;)

about a month and a half ago

35,000 Walrus Come Ashore In Alaska

Vegan Cyclist But WWF still advocates for huning polar bears. (292 comments)

They're not concerned about helping bears and other animals, they're concerned about making money. How can they honestly be concerned for bears when it's climate change, but not see how trophy hunting worsens the situation (where they supported Canada along with Green Peace of all groups in opposing the CITES proposal to ban the trade of polar bears, which was backed by many more groups, along with the US and Russia[in an unusual mutual agreement])? This group is such a fraud..

The U.S. and Russia, with the support of groups such as Humane Society International, the Natural Resources Defence Council and the International Fund for Animal Welfare, had argued that allowing Canada to continue trading in the bears was contributing to more hunting at a time when their sea ice habitat is shrinking because of climate change. The Russians added that the Canadian trade makes it easier for poachers in Russia by allowing them to disguise their kills as legal bears from Canada.

But Canada — along with Greenpeace, the World Wildlife Fund, influential scientific bodies and other NGOs — said the Canadian hunt is sustainable and that the real threat to the bears is from climate change, not trade.

Although the world sided with Canada this time, Derocher notes support is slipping.

From http://www.macleans.ca/news/inuit-scientists-say-defeat-on-polar-bear-trade-ban-not-final/

about 2 months ago

Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

Vegan Cyclist Not surprising..they're literally disease farms. (122 comments)

Keeping animal captive and housed together is literally begging for worse and worse strains of diseases. Hoof and mouth, avian flu, mad cow.. Then we get stuff like e. coli from veggies, which isn't even from the plant: it's from the manure it's covered in. Adding antibiotics only accelerates the process. Yeehaw.

about 2 months ago

Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon

Vegan Cyclist Re:Salmon (147 comments)

Or what about the original dam builders, beavers? They also 'destroy' a lot of habitat, which actually becomes very valuable wetlands... Not saying what we're doing is ideal, and our scale is usually much larger, but flooding is hardly a new experience for ecosystems..

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

Vegan Cyclist Re:Trolls == Necessary Evil (382 comments)

Exactly - when you take away the trolls, whomever remaining is most 'troll-like' will then become the troll..the bigger question is 'can we really eliminate trolls', and 'what amount of trolling is tolerable'?

about 3 months ago

Interviews: James Cameron and John Bruno Answer Your Questions

Vegan Cyclist Oh my..! (24 comments)

"Yeah, you've got to picture that you're on a ship at sea, and sometimes at a high sea state. You're picking up a 12-ton load, which becomes a wrecking ball if it gets out of control. It's stabilized by a bunch of tag lines going to wenches and so on."

about 4 months ago

Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

Vegan Cyclist Re:The Million Dollar Question (172 comments)

You are as surprised as i was - it came as a shock to me that it was one of the least DRM'd readers out there!

about 4 months ago

Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

Vegan Cyclist Re:The Million Dollar Question (172 comments)

Not sure now, but a few years ago the Sony reader had less restrictions than most (if that's what you're implying) - since it was able to read multiple formats, and no DRM requirements, i made it my choice, and we have 3 of them (different generations) in the house now. Will miss future iterations!

about 4 months ago

Animal Behaviour Specialists Map Out the Social Networks of Cows

Vegan Cyclist A vegan perspective.. (66 comments)

"It should help biologists more accurately model how disease spreads through herds of cattle and therefore better understand how to tackle epidemics."

For me, it would be 'it should give people second thought on what we're doing to our fellow earthlings'.

about 4 months ago

Study: Whales Are Ecosystem "Engineers"

Vegan Cyclist More common than you'd think! (64 comments)

Here's a really incredible video on wolves, and their positive influence on Yellowstone National Park - doubtless we'll find that species have a much larger influence and impact that we assume, which makes sense that these systems all took millions of years to develop..it's not a haphazard configuration, most species depend on a number of others. Even in our bodies, look at the bacteria that inhabit us, and the influences we're finding they have on us....


about 5 months ago

CDC: 1 In 10 Adult Deaths In US Caused By Excessive Drinking

Vegan Cyclist Re:No Such Thing (454 comments)

Sure there is - for example, you can prevent death from being in an airplane crash by never boarding a plane. That risk is eliminated, not "delayed or accelerated". Smoking-related diseases can be prevented by not smoking, and avoiding exposure to smoke. In the same manner alcohol-related deaths can be prevented by not consuming alcohol.

about 5 months ago

Mad Cow Disease Blamed For Patient's Death In Texas

Vegan Cyclist Re:Some further detail (132 comments)

That's a pretty rude and awful joke..

Exposure to TSE/CJD is really a very big threat for medical facilities - it's hard to clean off surgical items, and so contamination can happen very quickly if it's not suspected..combine that with the fact they're not 100% certain how TSE/CJD spreads, and if it can spread from more than brain and spinal fluids..

In the name of sensitivity and good taste, why not try looking this sort of thing up before saying something both ignorant, and potentially hurtful?

about 6 months ago

Even In the Wild Mice Run In Wheels

Vegan Cyclist Re:I can relate: exercise prevents moodiness (122 comments)

Interesting thought...but am i an addict, or is this a state i should be experiencing regularly? (IE: being active?)

In my youth, i was prone to mood swings, and more extreme emotional states..people now often comment on how level-headed i am...maybe it's because i wasn't burning the calories and being as active as i should have been.

about 6 months ago



New Mad Cow Disease Form Shows up in Two Swiss Co

Vegan Cyclist Vegan Cyclist writes  |  about 3 years ago

Vegan Cyclist (1650427) writes "From the article:

An international team of researchers identified two Swiss cows with a new form of mad-cow disease.

Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), more commonly known as mad cow disease, is caused by prion proteins that become tangled up and cause brain damage decades after infection. Humans can become infected by the prion proteins and develop Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a neurodegenerative disease, first reported in 1996. Since then, health experts have identified 217 patients from 11 countries with the disease.

Previously, scientists had uncovered three prion variants, but when the current team examined the prions of the two cows, they found a fourth unknown variant."

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