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March 29, 2015

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3:28 AM | Ground Water Recharge and Forestry
Hal Berton has an article on one of the actions post Hazel/Oso Landslide that has taken place: seattletimes.state-tackles-steep-challenges-to-step-up-logging-oversight. Below are a couple of DEM images of the bench areas above the Town of Concrete that were mentioned in the article. There have been some slides around the perimeters of these terraces.I was up on a valley side terrace in a different valley this week. Nice level ground for logging operations with a stand of third growth […]

March 28, 2015

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6:53 PM | Eating mechanically tenderized beef could make you sick
Before you bite into your next steak, consider this unappetizing fact: It may have been punctured all over before it made its way to your plate, contaminating the inside of the meat with bacteria that can make you sick. As … Continue reading →

March 27, 2015

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9:38 AM | Obesity and cancer – three things the Government should do
It's not just about lifestyle choices - the government should play a role in combating obesity - which is linked to several types of cancer

March 26, 2015

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10:00 PM | Unintended Consequences: When Environmental “Goods” Turn Bad
After a hectic start to 2015, I finally managed to slow down the pace. A few days ago, I attempted to catch up on some overdue readings—my way to keep in the loop. Among the many documents piling up on my computer desktop was this short podcast from TNOC: “Closing the Sustainability and Equity Gap: … Continue reading Unintended Consequences: When Environmental “Goods” Turn Bad →
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8:54 PM | UK supermarkets block efforts to tackle Campylobacter
Government can’t do much to hold food producers accountable, but consumers can. That’s why microbial food safety should be marketed at retail, so consumers can vote with their dollars (or pounds). The UK Food Standards Agency has declared that supermarkets … Continue reading →
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9:00 AM | Cancer drugs: ‘one size doesn’t fit all’ – Laura’s story
Cancer Campaigns Ambassadors, Laura Ashurst, shares why she campaigns for the Government to make effective drugs available for all patients who need them.
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1:55 AM | UAE: Food safety violators to face stiff fine and jail
The Federal National Council (FNC) on Tuesday approved a draft law on food safety with minor amendments, with suggested jail terms of up to two years and fines ranging from Dh100,000 to Dh2 million for flouting food safety rules. The … Continue reading →

March 25, 2015

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2:10 PM | ESA Announces 2015 Graduate Student Policy Award Recipients
Graduate students from University of Illinois at Chicag […]
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11:55 AM | “Talking Dogs and Galileian Blogs” at Vanderbilt, Thursday 3/26/15
I mentioned last week that I’m giving a talk at Vanderbilt tomorrow, but as they went to the trouble of writing a press release, the least I can do is share it: It’s clear that this year’s Forman lecturer at Vanderbilt University, Chad Orzel, will talk about physics to almost anyone. After all, two of…

March 22, 2015

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3:08 PM | Montgomery and Wartman: Invest in Landslide Mapping
How to Make Landslides Less Deadly (Montgomery and Wartman in NY Times)Alas they were word limited - but point out the need for a modest investment in developing landslide maps.

March 19, 2015

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10:30 PM | Engaging the Public on Global Health
In the wake of Ebola, Sara Gorman (@saragorm) discusses the need to keep the general public engaged and informed on global health issues. A simple Google AdWords search of Ebola keyword searches in the past twelve months in the U.S. … Continue reading »The post Engaging the Public on Global Health appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.
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4:00 PM | Lessons from Britain’s Urban Nature Movement
A review of Nature in Towns and Cities. By David Goode. William Collins, New Naturalist Library. 2014. ISBN: 9780007242405. ISBN 10: 0007242409. 417 pages. The newest title in The New Naturalist Library, Nature in Towns and Cities by Dr. David Goode, is true to the series’ dual goals of “recapturing the enquiring spirit of the … Continue reading Lessons from Britain’s Urban Nature Movement →
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2:50 PM | Why not today? Can China up food safety if 2022 Olympics held in Beijing?
If China wants to up its food safety, white mice as food tasters is not the way to do it. But an article in Shanghai Daily states that as a candidate for 2022 Winter Olympic Games, Beijing is eager to … Continue reading →

March 18, 2015

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8:36 PM | ESA Policy News March 18: House reviews NSF budget request, FWS bans four constrictor snakes, ESA comments on EPA biomass memo
Here are some highlights from the latest ESA Policy New […]
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6:40 PM | Analysis for Salmonella of all imported beef products sampled for Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC)
This notice provides instructions for import inspection personnel to follow when collecting samples for Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157:H7 and other Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) that will also be analyzed for Salmonella. Raw beef samples, including import MT08 and … Continue reading →
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3:42 AM | 4 of the most commonly recalled foods (and how to buy them safely)
We talked to former professor of food safety, Douglas Powell, about the safest ways to eat the things we love. Baked Goods The Concern: While it’s been more than 10 years since the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act … Continue reading →

March 17, 2015

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9:39 PM | Vibrio in Tampa and New Zealand
The opportunistic pathogen Vibrio vulnificus occurs naturally in estuarine habitats and is readily cultured from water and oysters under warm conditions but infrequently at ambient conditions of <15°C. The presence of V. vulnificus in other habitats, such as sediments and … Continue reading →
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6:28 PM | 13 things that shaped our campaign for standardised cigarette packaging
After last week's success, we look back on the ups and downs of our campaign to see plain, standardised packaging for tobacco introduced in the UK.
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12:31 PM | Gender equality in science: it takes a village
SUMMARY: Late last year, a metastudy was published showing that, since 2000, things are improving for women working in most STEM-based fields, although there are some notable exceptions The scarcity of women in the ranks of working scientists has been in the news for a discouragingly long time. But research that tries to understand the reasons is filled contradictions, mainly because these studies were conducted at different times and on different science, technology, engineering and […]
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12:31 PM | Gender equality in science: it takes a village
SUMMARY: Late last year, a metastudy was published showing that, since 2000, things are improving for women working in most STEM-based fields, although there are some notable exceptions The scarcity of women in the ranks of working scientists has been in the news for a discouragingly long time. But research that tries to understand the reasons is filled contradictions, mainly because these studies were conducted at different times and on different science, technology, engineering and […]

Ceci S.J., S. Kahn & W. M. Williams (2014). Women in Academic Science: A Changing Landscape, Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 15 (3) 75-141. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1529100614541236

Smith K., Fiona M. Watt & Susan L. Solomon (2015). Seven Actionable Strategies for Advancing Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine, Cell Stem Cell, 16 (3) 221-224. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.stem.2015.02.012

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11:45 AM | Assessing the research potential of access to clinical trial data
Access to the data generated by clinical trials is key to realising the full benefits of trials of new health interventions, and a valuable opportunity to generate new insights. There has been much recent discussion of how to maximise the impact of sharing of data from clinical trials, and with our track record of encouraging […]

March 16, 2015

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11:59 PM | It’s the season, not the farm, silly (and the poop): E. coli and leafy greens in US
Small- and medium-size farms in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States use varied agricultural practices to produce leafy greens during spring and fall, but the impact of preharvest practices on food safety risk remains unclear. To assess farm-level risk … Continue reading →
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10:17 PM | Paperwork: Costco Canada’s fish import licence suspended by CFIA
Canada’s food safety watchdog has suspended Costco Canada’s fish import licence. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the retail giant is not reliably following food safety controls on a consistent basis. The agency says Costco is in violation of federal … Continue reading →

March 12, 2015

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12:01 PM | Women in Science – Supporting and developing great talent
“Be bold”, “be confident” and “be yourself” – just some of the positive advice that came out of the Wellcome Trust’s Women in Science event last week. Co-hosted with Aberdeen Asset Management, the event brought together current and future leaders from science, media, finance and industry to share their experiences, explore existing challenges, and propose […]
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11:37 AM | City, state assumed the other was inspecting hospital kitchens in Illinois
After looking through inspection reports for 12 Chicago hospitals, the 2 Investigators found critical food violations. Even worse, they uncovered a bureaucratic problem that left some hospital kitchens with no oversight at all. The city thought state government was inspecting the kitchens, … Continue reading →
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2:35 AM | Even Better than Gold: The Value of Protected Areas
The implementation of protected areas (PAs) is considered the backbone strategy of efforts towards the conservation of biodiversity and natural . . .

March 11, 2015

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8:20 PM | How The Sugar Industry Continues To Subvert Public Health Policies
A recent analysis of nearly 320 internal sugar industry documents from 1959 to 1971 shows how the industry sought to influence the setting of U.S. research priorities during that time. Disturbingly, it's a strategy that continues to this very day. Read more...
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9:00 AM | National No Smoking Day: Gower’s story
It's National No Smoking Day, so we talked to one of our Campaign Ambassador's, Gower Tan, about what motivated him to quit.

March 10, 2015

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10:04 PM | Roadkill is his only red meat
In its continuing quest for food porn, NPR quotes Jeff Potter as saying, “Last autumn, my brother phones on his way home from the grocery: ‘I was driving to the store and there wasn’t a deer in the road, but … Continue reading →
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6:03 PM | Sweetening their own deal
Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (@CSPI), comments on a research article appearing in PLOS Medicine this week that describes the sugar industry’s continuing efforts to subvert public health policies. Forty or … Continue reading »The post Sweetening their own deal appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.
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