Tiny Parasite May Contribute to Declines in Honey Bee Colonies by Infecting Larvae

Biologists at UC San Diego have discovered that a tiny single-celled parasite may have a greater-than expected impact on honey bee colonies, which have been undergoing mysterious declines worldwide for the past decade. In this week’s issue of the journal PLOS ONE, the scientists report that a microsporidian calledNosema ceranae, which has been known to infect adult Asiatic and European honey bees, …

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The rise of Big Breast Milk: A boon for healthy babies or exploitative of low-income mothers?

I witnessed the power of breast milk — as a magic health elixir and apparent social lubricant — earlier this month when my friend, while playing with her young son, was approached by a stranger and asked if she was breast-feeding. It went something like this: “Hey, this is a crazy question, but are you breastfeeding?” “I am.” “Can I …

Vitamin D

Recommendation for vitamin D intake was miscalculated, is far too low, experts say 7000 IU/day

Summary: Researchers are challenging the intake of vitamin D recommended by the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine saying their Recommended Dietary Allowance for vitamin D underestimates the need by a factor of ten. Researchers at UC San Diego and Creighton University have challenged the intake of vitamin D recommended by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Institute of …

Geoengineering

Prominent U.S. Scientist Sounds The Alarm On Geoengineering

J. Marvin Herndon, Ph.D is a scientist of considerable notoriety. An interdisciplinary scientist, Dr. Herndon earned his BA degree in physics from the University of California, San Diego in 1970 and his Ph.D in nuclear chemistry from Texas A&M University in 1974. Holding Post-Doctoral qualifications in Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry, Herndon has been profiled in Current Biography and in 2003 was hailed as the “maverick geophysicist” by The Washington Post. Dr. Herndon contacted …