Archive for April 2, 2017

Sorry, but these pollinating robots can’t replace bees! They’re cool, but it’s easier and cheaper to save the ones we’ve got!!

Posted in 2017 with tags , , , , on April 2, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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In 2007, chemist Eijiro Miyako created a thick, viscous, sticky gel that could conduct electricity. He hoped that it could be used in batteries or actuators, but the gel didn’t perform as well as he hoped, so he shoved it in a drawer and forgot about it.

Years later during a lab cleanup, Miyako found the gel, and decided to try a new experiment with it, attaching the gel to fibers, and then attaching that long-lasting sticky gel to an off-the-shelf drone—and crashing it into some flowers.

The result is a large robotic pollinator described in the journal Chem. In addition to putting together the remote-controlled pollinating drone, Miyako and colleagues also tested the gel on ants, and found that ants with a small coating of the gel attracted more pollen than ants without.

Miyako’s experiment was inspired by the plight of pollinators like bees around the globe, many of which are currently imperiled by a wide variety of factors.

Dave Goulson, a biologist who specializes in the study of bumblebees, says that a combination of factors are leading to the declining health of bee populations worldwide. “The poor bees are short of food, poisoned by pesticides and infected with foreign diseases. There are a few other minor things as well, but you stick all that together and it’s hardly surprising that they’re not doing so great,” Goulson says.

The electrically-charged nature of the gel makes it an ideal candidate for mimicking the way pollen interacts with bees.

Bees tend to have a positive charge while flowers and their pollen tend to have a negative charge. Opposites attract in nature, with pollen practically flying onto the bee as it approaches. The charged gel serves a similar purpose, capturing the pollen and transporting it to the next flower.

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Source: Sorry, but these pollinating robots can’t replace bees | Popular Science

What you didn’t know about iodine, but could save your life

Posted in 2017 with tags , , , , , , on April 2, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

 

Unfortunately, due to today’s environmental pollutants, iodine deficiency has become a worldwide epidemic. It’s common knowledge that pollutants cause cancer, but what many don’t know is that these pollutants cause a deficiency that can make us sick. Iodized salt–supposedly a solution to iodine deficiency– provides a false sense of security. The government RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) of Iodine for adults is a paltry 150 mcg. (micrograms).

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  Noted medical doctor Guy Abraham, MD said, “RDA doses of iodine are ineffective in preventing oxidative DNA damage and have no anti-cancer effect in the body.” Did you know that doctors once considered iodine to be one of the most beneficial medicines on the planet? Iodine is utilized by every cell in the human body and a lack of iodine can make it difficult to properly detoxify the body; create thyroid dysfunction and promote cancer cell growth.

With rising concerns of radiation exposure from the Fukushima nuclear power plant explosion, many have turned to iodine to prevent the absorption of radiation. This comes on the heels of a new study that shows the radioactive plume will reach the U.S. by this year.

A study conducted by the University of New South Wales showed that the plume of radioactive cesium-137 released by the Fukushima disaster in 2011 could begin flowing into U.S. coastal waters starting in early 2014 and peak in 2016. Breathing in radioiodine, which is released from nuclear power plants, could hurt your thyroid gland, or even cause thyroid cancer later on.

You could breathe in the radioiodine or eat food that has some radioiodine in it. When you take an iodine (KI) pill, it protects your thyroid gland from being harmed and prevents it from absorbing the radioidine.

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SOURCE: http://blog.letstalkhealth.com/2015/11/iodine-save-life/

An exclusive look at Jeff Bezos’s plan to set up Amazon-like delivery for ‘future human settlement’ of the moon!

Posted in 2017, Galaxy with tags , , , on April 2, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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More than four decades after the last man walked on the lunar surface, several upstart space entrepreneurs are looking to capitalize on NASA’s renewed interest in returning to the moon, offering a variety of proposals with the ultimate goal of establishing a lasting human presence there.

The commercial sector’s interest comes as many anticipate support from the Trump administration, which is eager for a first-term triumph to rally the nation the way the Apollo flights did in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The latest to offer a proposal is Jeffrey P. Bezos, whose space company Blue Origin has been circulating a seven-page white paper to NASA leadership and President Trump’s transition team about the company’s interest in developing a lunar spacecraft with a lander that would touch down near a crater at the south pole where there is water and nearly continuous sunlight for solar energy. The memo urges the space agency to back an Amazon-like shipment service for the moon that would deliver gear for experiments, cargo and habitats by mid-2020, helping to enable “future human settlement” of the moon. (Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, owns The Washington Post.)

“It is time for America to return to the Moon — this time to stay,” Bezos said in response to emailed questions from The Post. “A permanently inhabited lunar settlement is a difficult and worthy objective. I sense a lot of people are excited about this.”

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Source: An exclusive look at Jeff Bezos’s plan to set up Amazon-like delivery for ‘future human settlement’ of the moon – The Washington Post

Are Toxic Chemicals Turning Boys Into Girls? Male births have been in decline for decades, while researchers say developmental genital damage from chemical exposure can become hereditable.

Posted in 2017 with tags , , , , , , on April 2, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Endocrine Disruptors Sabotage the Male Fetus

In the dark warmth of the womb, a miracle unfolds silently and inexorably. An unrecognizable glom of cells begins to take shape according to a master plan laid down eons ago. The tiny mass that will soon form a priceless treasure burgeons into human form with fingers, toes, and a minuscule nose. It is female, and only nature can read the instructions that determine whether the being remains female or transforms into a male.

The evolution of this minute universe parallels that of our immeasurable one, a big bang followed by unceasing organization of shape and form using the impetus of that force. Whether our boundless universe has proceeded according to plan may be a theoretic issue. Whether this tiny universe follows its own plan is a chemical one.

Where are the Boys?

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Source: Are Toxic Chemicals Turning Boys Into Girls? | GreenMedInfo | Blog

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