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__roo (86767) writes "Americans get riled up about creationists and climate change deniers, but lap up the quasi-religious snake oil at Whole Foods. It’s all pseudoscience—so why are some kinds of pseudoscience more equal than others? That's the question the author of this article tackles: "From the probiotics aisle to the vaguely ridiculous Organic Integrity outreach effort... Whole Foods has all the ingredients necessary to give Richard Dawkins nightmares." He points out his local Whole Foods' "predominantly liberal clientele that skews academic" shop at a place where a significant portion of the product being sold is based on simple pseudoscience. So, why do many of us perceive Whole Foods and the Creation Museum so differently?" Link to Original Source top
Study shows aging C-123 cargo planes are still contaminated with Agent Orange
__roo (86767) writes "Herbicides used in Vietnam in the 1970s still pose a threat to servicemen, according to a study published Friday. The U.S. Air Force and Department of Veteran Affairs denied benefits to sick veterans, taking the position that any dioxin or other components of Agent Orange contaminating its fleet of C-123 cargo planes would have been "dried residues" and unlikely to pose meaningful exposure risks. According to the lead researcher, "The VA, whether out of ignorance or malice, has denied the entire existence of this entire branch of science. They have this preposterous idea that somehow there is this other kind of state of matter — a dried residue that is completely inert." To show that such exposures happened, her research team had to be 'very clever.'" Link to Original Source top
Google+ deletes WNBA champion team page, says "start over"
__roo (86767) writes "The New York Timesreports that the Occupy Wall Street movement has inspired hundreds of Facebook pages, Twitter posts, and Meetup events, and that "blog posts and photographs from all over the country are popping up on the WeArethe99Percent blog on Tumblr from people who see themselves as victims of not just a sagging economy but also economic injustice." What do Slashdotters think? Do you relate to the 99% stories? Do they make you angry—either at the system, or at the posters? If it's at the posters, is it rational or a just-world effect?" Link to Original Source top
MPEG LA investigated for attack on free VP8 format
__roo writes "The Wall Street Journal is reporting that ustice Department is investigating whether MPEG LA, a group representing some top technology firms, is unfairly trying to smother VP8, a free rival technology for delivering online video that is backed by Google." Link to Original Source top
Top recruiters call Columbia and MIT "second-tier"
__roo (86767) writes "In a bizarre case of "life imitates the Simpsons," New York City officials introduced a population of opossums into Brooklyn parks and under the boardwalk at Coney Island, apparently convinced that the opossums would eat all of the rats in the borough and then conveniently die of starvation. ("City brought possums in to take care of rats," read Community Board 15 notes from a 2007 Brooklyn forum meeting where the effort was discussed.) Several years later, the opossums have not only failed to eliminate the rat epidemic from New York City, but they have thrived, turning into a sharp-toothed, foul-odored epidemic of their own." Link to Original Source top
__roo (86767) writes "The Washington Post reports that Kellogg recalled 28 million boxes of Froot Loops, Apple Jacks, Corn Pops and Honey Smacks after dozens of consumers reported a strange taste and odor, and some complained of nausea and diarrhea after eating it. U.S. regulators suspect the chemical 2-methylnaphthalene is the cause, but neither the Food and Drug Administration nor the Environmental Protection Agency have basic scientific health and safety data it — "even though the EPA has been seeking that information from the chemical industry for 16 years." The chemical, along with thousands of others commonly used in industry, is specifically exempted from the Toxic Substances Control Act." Link to Original Source top
__roo (86767) writes "According to North Korea's official "news" agency, a drink produced by North Korea's Moranbong Carbonated Fruit Juice Joint Venture Company, can cure aging and all disease. "It, with effects of both preventive and curative treatment, helps improve mental and retentive faculties by multiplying brain cells. It also protects skin from wrinkles and black spots and prevents such geriatric diseases as cerebral hemorrhage, myocardium and brain infarction by removing acid effete matters in time." It also has no side-effects." Link to Original Source top
__roo (86767) writes "American researchers think they have found the answer to the question of why overhearing cell phone chats are annoying. According to scientists at Cornell University, when only half of the conversation is overheard, it drains more attention and concentration than when overhearing two people talking. According to one researcher, "We have less control to move away our attention from half a conversation (or halfalogue) than when listening to a dialogue. Since halfalogues really are more distracting and you can't tune them out, this could explain why people are irritated." Their study will be published in the journal Psychological Science." Link to Original Source top
__roo writes "According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal Studios won a four-studio bidding war to pick up the movie rights to the 1979 video game Asteroids. The article points out that "[a]s opposed to today's games, there is no story line or fancy world-building mythology, so the studio would be creating a plot from scratch," and that they're giving the same treatment to Battleship and Candyland." Link to Original Source top
__roo writes "NASA posted images and movies from the Swift satellite and Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, which captured frequent blasts from stellar remnant SGR J1550-5418, which is 30,000 light-years away. 'The high-energy fireworks arise from a rare type of neutron star known as a soft-gamma-ray repeater. Such objects unpredictably send out a series of X-ray and gamma-ray flares... Using data from Swift's X-ray telescope, Jules Halpern at Columbia University captured the first "light echoes" ever seen from a soft-gamma-ray repeater. Images acquired when the latest flaring episode began show what appear to be expanding halos around the source.'" top
Andrew Stellman writes "NASA astronomers held a press conference announcing that a new ultraviolet mosaic from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows a speeding star named Mira that's leaving an enormous trail of "seeds" for new solar systems. Mira is traveling faster than a speeding bullet, and has a tail that's 13 light-years long and over 30,000 years old. The website has images and a replay of the teleconference." Link to Original Source