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Two years ago, a bill to label foods that contained genetically engineered ingredients was introduced into Congress by a Democratic representative from Oregon and a Democratic senator from California. It didn't go anywhere, and we haven't heard much about it, though since then proposed mandatory GMO labeling laws in some states have been in the news. As Nathanael Johnson wrote in Grist last year, these initiatives draw media interest, which often helps to educate consumers that are […]
I'm racing to meet a deadline, but this story in the New York Times is so dismaying I had to take a few minutes to call attention to it. The headline alone is a red flag: "Could Wearable Computers Be as Harmful as Cigarettes?" It gets worse: We have long suspected that cellphones, which give off low levels of radiation, could lead to brain tumors, cancer, disturbed blood rhythms and other health problems, if held too close to the body for extended periods. Who is "we"? The reporter, Nick […]
In 2013, a psychology professor reviewing Malcolm Gladwell's latest best-selling book was critical of the author's modus operandi: He excels at telling just-so stories and cherry-picking science to back them. That charge had been percolating for a while, but people were suddenly paying more attention to it, including science journalists. After the WSJ review triggered a larger debate on Gladwell, longtime science journalist Paul Raeburn weighed in at MIT's Science Tracker […]
In the Guardian, Mark Lynas writes about the "need to recapture the climate debate from the political extremes." Good luck with that! I'm afraid this proverbial horse has left the barn. Of course, you should still read the piece, because it's a necessary reminder of the real dynamics that shape the public discourse on climate change. As I lamented in 2013, the climate debate is overly simplistic, "often framed by those who dismiss the legitimate concerns of a warming planet and […]
There is nothing you can say about Mike Adams that is more revealing than what appears at his website, Natural News. For example, today's bolded headline: US Navy sailors "disappeared" - Fukushima radiation cover-up Among the day's "most read" articles: Companies begin planting microchips under employees' skin Yes, this would be the same Mike Adams that Dr. Oz featured on his show last year. This would be the same Mike Adams who compared Monsanto and its "collaborators" in the […]
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