08 JUN 2011 by ideonexus

 The Discover of Bisphenol A's Deleterious Effects on Embryos

In fact, an early clue to the potential risks posed by plastic was discovered entirely by accident. In August of 1998, Washington State University geneticist Patricia Hunt found herself baffled by an unexpected development in her lab. Hunt was using experiments on lab mice to explore why the eggs of older women are more likely to produce children with chromosomal abnormalities such as Down syndrome. The research was coming along well when suddenly the eggs of her control animals—the normal,...
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The story of how Patricia Hunt accidentally made this discovery.

04 MAY 2011 by ideonexus

 The Deleterious Effects of Pseudoscience

...science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or...
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Science is crucial to our civilization, but we live in a society that cannot grasp scientific issues.