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| | June 22, 2018
Pressure is growing on direct-to-consumer genealogy and genetic testing companies to be more transparent about their privacy policies, after the arrest of the notorious Golden State Killer using publicly available data from one of the websites. In a letter sent this week — and shared with STAT — Reps. Dave Loebsack of...
Every patient is unique, and the art of medicine is the component of the practice that addresses such uniqueness with compassion and care. Will artificial intelligence (AI) change all of that? … Artificial intelligence ... involves data analytics coupled with the ability to predict outcomes and decision-making capabilities for the...
| | June 22, 2018
Once upon a time, shortly after the age of bloodletting, people thought that facts could change minds. It may seem laughable now, but many used to believe they could simply provide evidence that fire is hot, that the Earth is round, or that humans are causing climate change, and others...
Members of the House Appropriations Committee are threatening to withhold funding for the International Agency for Cancer Research (IARC), whose methods have been under fire recently not only from Congress, but also in the courts. IARC is a member of the World Health Organization, which receives some funding from U.S....
[One] DNA test found that my family’s dog, Teddy, is part pit bull, which comes as no surprise. Many rescue pooches have pit bull roots. The test also says Teddy is to a great extent of Saint Bernard stock, which maybe you can see if you really squint, but which,...
[There is one form of] special pleading that is gaining some currency, and that’s basically carving out an exception to the requirement for rigorous science for “traditional medicine,” be it Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), aboriginal medicine, or folk medicine practiced around the world. … This is the basic narrative...
| | June 22, 2018
One of the great purported boons of GMOs is that they allow farmers to use fewer pesticides, some of which are known to be harmful to humans or other species. Bt corn, cotton, and soybeans have been engineered to express insect-killing proteins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis, and they have indeed been successful...
Input-intensive crop monocultures and industrial-scale feedlots must be consigned to the past in order to put global food systems onto sustainable footing, according to the world’s foremost experts on food security, agro-ecosystems and nutrition. The solution is to diversify agriculture and reorient it around ecological practices, whether the starting point...
| June 22, 2018
The savannah scrubland where Chief João Ponce once hunted deer and wild boar in Brazil has given way to neat rows of soy and corn that a tractor sprays with herbicide. In the next field, silver grain silos shimmer in the hot sun. Ponce is head of the Uirapuru indigenous...
| | June 22, 2018
Earlier this year, [Boston Dynamics founder Marc] Raibert said the company planned to start selling its SpotMini robot dogs in 2019, and onstage this week, he said the company plans to produce about 100 of the robots by the end of this year. The goal is to begin mass production at the...

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Viewpoint: Friends of the Earth ignores organic pesticides harmful to bees

Viewpoint: Friends of the Earth ignores organic pesticides harmful to bees

Friends of the Earth Canada is calling on Ontario Minister of the Environment Chris Ballard to investigate the sale of ...
Not just pesticides: Honeybee health impacted by habitat loss, nutrition, pathogens and more

Not just pesticides: Honeybee health impacted by habitat loss, nutrition, pathogens and more

Around 2006, beekeepers and scientists started talking about something called colony collapse disorder. CCD at that time was a new phenomenon; suddenly whole hives of ...
Honeybee population isn't ‘crashing’ and seed pesticides are not driving health problems—and here’s why

Honeybee population isn’t ‘crashing’ and seed pesticides are not driving health problems—and here’s why

In recent years, articles on honeybees have often started with a sentence like this: “Populations of honeybees have crashed in ...
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Neonicotinoids, glyphosate may impact honeybees’ ability to taste and learn, ‘field realistic’ lab study claims

Hive-bound young honey bees (Apis mellifera) are being poisoned by insecticide and weed killer gathered by their foraging hive mates, ...
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Field study finds no negative impact on bees from neonicotinoid insecticide

In the last decade, the use of neonicotinoid insecticides increased significantly in the agricultural landscape and meanwhile considered a risk ...
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Scientists challenge Center for Biological Diversity report claiming monarch butterflies threatened by dicamba herbicide

Dicamba drifts. Apparently, more than expected by a lot of farmers, agriculture officials and manufacturers. But does that mean, as ...
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Viewpoint: Population declines are a greater crisis than extinctions

Forget extinctions. Population decline is a much greater crisis. ... We watch for extinctions like those with the thought that, ...
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Woman’s death blamed on bee-sting acupuncture promoted by Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop

A 55-year-old Spanish woman has died following repeated exposures to an acupuncture method that uses live, stinging bees instead of ...
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Bee-friendly pesticides? Protein discovery could lead to less toxic neonicotinoid insecticides

[S]tudies have shown that not all the compounds are equally toxic to [honeybees], suggesting that there might be variation in ...
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European Commission faces increasing political pressure to back neonicotinoid insecticides ban to protect bees

EU lawmakers have urged the European Commission to convince member states to back its proposal to ban neonicotinoids and avoid ...
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Did the EPA and Monsanto conspire to hide glyphosate’s health risks?

A recent op-ed in the Sacramento Bee repeated the debunked conspiracy theory that Monsanto manipulated the EPA to hide evidence ...
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Neonicotinoid insecticide levels ‘well below’ those toxic to aquatic life in Canada, research shows

A study into the presence of neonicotinoids in Canadian waterways suggests a ban or restriction of neonicotinoid seed treatments is ...
Viewpoint: California judge blocks spraying of citrus-killing Asian psyllid, courting disaster

Viewpoint: California judge blocks spraying of citrus-killing Asian psyllid, courting disaster

“Judge Orders California Agriculture Officials to Cease Pesticide Use" ... The judge’s decision is so scary because he just indefinitely ...
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Bad weather, habitat destruction and pesticides are main threats to monarch butterflies

The number of monarch butterflies that overwintered in forests in Mexico fell for a second straight year, experts say. Monday's ...
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Viewpoint: Field studies suggest bee health issues not linked to neonicotinoid insecticides

According to the European Union Food Safety Authority, most uses of neonicotinoids represent a risk to wild bees and honeybees ...
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Will Australia ban neonicotinoid insecticides despite no evidence of bee declines on the continent?

European farmers are facing a total ban on a common group of pesticides after a report confirms they harm bees, ...
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California almond industry may face challenges as ‘backup bee’ project developed as alternative to honeybee crop pollination cancelled

The almond industry contributes an estimated $21 billion annually to California’s economy and it is completely dependent on honeybees for ...
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European farm groups defend neonicotinoids as environmental NGOs calls for total ban to protect bees

[Editor's note: On Feb. 28, the European Food Safety Authority issued a report concluding that neonicotinoid insecticides pose risks to ...
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Neonicotinoid insecticides pose risks to wild bees and honeybees, European Food Safety Authority says

The world’s most widely used insecticides pose a serious danger to both honeybees and wild bees, according to a major ...
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Viewpoint: Bans on neonicotinoid insecticides may not actually help bees

Public pressure is growing in Australia to ban the sale of pesticides called neonicotinoids because of their harmful effects on bees. The ...
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Canadian beekeepers sue Bayer and Syngenta, blame neonicotinoid manufacturers for bee deaths

A Quebec class-action lawsuit against two producers of neonicotinoids — commonly used insecticides that have been linked to a declining population of honeybees — ...
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Neonicotinoid, fipronil insecticides largely ineffective as pests develop resistance, study says

A new study raises questions about the effectiveness of the two most popular types of agricultural pesticides, noting overreliance on ...
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Farmers, environmental advocacy groups disagree on neonicotinoids’ impact on bees

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group is among the organizations lobbying the Environmental Protection Agency to ban the pesticides, known ...
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Backup pollinators: California almond, fruit producers hope blue orchard bees can reinforce honeybees

The need for a backup bee has become critical, particularly in almond orchards. Almonds are California’s second-largest crop, injecting an ...
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Viewpoint: Total ban on ‘bee-harming’ neonicotinoid insecticides is not the best path forward

Calls to ban ‘bee-harming pesticides’ heightened last year following the release of new field studies on the effects of neonicotinoids, ...
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Farmers in Quebec, Canada will now have to get permission to use neonicotinoid insecticides on crops

Quebec is introducing new restrictions on pesticides considered harmful to honeybees. Under the changes, farmers will have to get permission from a certified ...
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Do trace levels of neonicotinoid insecticides found in waterways threaten aquatic life?

A recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey detected neonicotinoid pesticides in 10 Great Lakes tributaries throughout the year, although the levels ...
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Managed honey bees can harm wild pollinator species

There is widespread concern about the global decline in pollinators and the associated loss of pollination services. This concern is ...

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