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Indigenous people hunted bison using fire – and clever manipulation of the landscape

Posted July 27, 2018 by Anonymous

They managed, controlled, and harvested large herds of bison, centuries before the first Europeans appeared on the scene.

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Does sunscreen damage freshwater lake ecosystems?

Posted July 27, 2018 by Anonymous

Sunscreen not only damages coral reefs but fresh water lakes too.

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Scientists want a ‘fin-ale’ to Shark Week shows that hurt sharks

Posted July 27, 2018 by Anonymous

Shark week programming is filled with fear-mongering and misinformation, and the public opinion it generates ends up hurting the animals it’s supposed to be celebrating.

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Greenhouse gases will make fish smell worse as the oceans acidify

Posted July 27, 2018 by Anonymous

Higher carbon dioxide concentrations in the ocean inhibit fishes ability to smell prey, predators, and each other.

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An astronomer turns the motions of our Milky Way galaxy into sweet music

Posted July 27, 2018 by Anonymous

Decades of radio-telescope observations are converted into a three minute jazz tune.

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Piloting a drone with ‘body english’ beats joysticks hands down

Posted July 27, 2018 by Anonymous

For most, the method is easier and faster to learn than joystick control

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Oh rats! Seabird-eating rodents are hurting coral reefs near tropical islands

Posted July 27, 2018 by Anonymous

Rats are decimating bird populations on tropical islands, but coral reefs need bird guano to be healthy.

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What’s inside my makeup bag (cruelty-free)

Posted July 27, 2018 by Angela (Oh She Glows)

I recently did a poll on my Insta Stories to see if you would be interested in a “what’s inside my makeup bag” post, and 95% of you said “heck yes!!!”, so here it is! Putting this post together has also been a good way of filling the lack of recipe creation lately. I’m currently […]

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Trump Administration to Halt Clean Car Standards, Revoke California’s Right to Regulate

Posted July 24, 2018 by Ben Jervey

Read time: 7 mins

The Trump administration will announce plans this week to revoke California’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions for automobiles, according to inside sources quoted by Bloomberg.

This directly contradicts comments made by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) air chief, William Wehrum, who said in January that the agency had “no interest whatsoever in withdrawing CA‘s authority to regulate.”

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Cherry Buttermilk Breakfast Cake

Posted July 23, 2018 by Anonymous

This Cherry Buttermilk Breakfast Cake is a delicious and tender vanilla cake made with fresh and flavourful BC Cherries! Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by BC Tree Fruits. I have been compensated monetarily for my time and recipe creation.  This recipe, all pictures and words are my own. Cherries are the best.  It’s cherry season!  Every year as summer approaches I look forward to all the BC cherries filling up our grocery stores and markets.  These dark and luscious cherries start to appear usually around the third week in June, and sometimes you can find the late ripening varieties well into […]

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Mapped: Whistleblower Accuses Nine Organisations of Colluding over Hard Brexit

Posted July 23, 2018 by Anonymous

Read time: 6 mins

55 Tufton Street network

Nine right-wing organisations including think tanks pushing disinformation about climate change have been accused of mounting a coordinated campaign to push for a hard Brexit, according to court documents.

Whistleblower Shahmir Sanni, formerly of youth campaign group BeLeave, claims that think tanks and campaign groups held regular meeting at 55 Tufton Street — an office close to Westminster and home to the climate science denial group the Global Warming Policy Foundation — to “agree on a single set of right-wing talking points” and “securing more exposure to the public”.

Some of the topics discussed allegedly included “new policy announcement by the Labour Party, developments in the Brexit negotiations, or any other political news story”.

The accusations were made in documents from an employment tribunal setting out Sanni’s case  against pressure group the TaxPayers’ Alliance, which he has accused of unfair dismissal after he spoke out about illegal behaviour at Vote Leave, the official pro-Brexit campaign group.

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The Obesity Society Weighs In On Soda Taxes To……Double Checks Notes……Caution Against Them

Posted July 23, 2018 by Yoni Freedhoff

The Obesity Society (TOS), who in their own words is,

“the leading scientific membership organization advancing the science-based understanding of the causes, consequences, prevention and treatment of obesity in order to improve the lives of those affected.”

has finally weighed in on soda taxes.

In their formal press release, The Obesity Society Calls for More Research on Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax (and reminder, it costs money to issue press releases), TOS called into question the benefits of soda taxes stating,

“Countries across the globe have generated headlines recently over their efforts to tax sugar, tobacco and alcohol products. Even though tobacco and alcohol taxation has helped to reduce consumption and save lives, these beneficial effects have not yet been proven for taxing sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs).”

They go on to quote TOS President-elect Steven Heymsfield as stating that they may not help with obesity,

“Although taxing SSBs might generate revenue that can be used to promote other healthy food items, the net outcome may not necessarily decrease overweight and obesity rates in the United States or worldwide”

And finally they suggest that soda taxes may confer health risks, with a quote from TOS’ Vice-president Lee Kaplan,

I believe that we have a primary responsibility to carefully dissect what we know about the effects of taxing SSBs on obesity from its other potential health benefits and risks, and to promote additional research where necessary to clarify areas of debate and identify new opportunities for progress.

It’s a bizarre press release.

It is either ignorant, or purposefully disingenuous, of Heymsfield and TOS to frame soda taxes as if they hinge on obesity and put forward the straw man that a singular intervention is unlikely to have a remarkable impact on global weights. Complex problems tend not to have simple, singular solutions – it’s the, “but that single sandbag won’t stop the flood” argument, and truly, it’s breathtakingly dense, especially in that reducing the excessive consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is desirable for people at any weight and is the explicit aim of the tax with a secondary aim of raising funds to support other public health initiatives.

Regarding potential health risks of soda taxes and the need for more research before considering, the data is quite clear (which is why the soda industry is fighting so vigorously against them), sugar-sweetened beverage taxes decrease sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and increase healthier beverage consumption while providing the greatest potential health benefits to low income consumers.

It’s also worth noting that TOS’ suggestion that we need to wait for more data before acting runs counter to the recommendations of:

  • The World Health Organization
  • The American Heart Association
  • The American Medical Association
  • The Canadian Medical Association
  • The Australian Medical Association
  • The American Cancer Society
  • The American Public Health Association
  • The Cancer Action Network
  • The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
  • The National Association of County and City Health Officials
  • The National Association of Local Boards of Health
  • The Heart and Stroke Foundation
  • Diabetes Canada

and many, many, more.

How TOS and its executives serving the soda industry as merchants of doubts versus a truly global initiative to reduce the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages helps push TOS’ mission,

to promote innovative research, effective and accessible care, and public health initiatives that will reduce the personal and societal burden of obesity

is lost on me.

As to why TOS is taking a stance so directly in line of the one being pushed hard by the sugar-sweetened beverage industry itself is anybody’s guess, though it’s worth pointing out that TOS has had a very close relationship with the food industry, including Coca-Cola who used to fund their travel grants, and PepsiCo and Dr. Pepper to who TOS’ food industry outreach committee reached out directly following its inception (leading me to publicly resign my membership in TOS) at roughly the same time they released their new “Guidelines for Accepting Funds from External Sources” position paper (removed from TOS’ website but still available here) refuses to allow even the consideration of funding as a source of bias and,

expressly eliminates all forms of evaluation or judgment of the funding source

Suffice to say, I have yet to regret my decision to resign my membership in The Obesity Society, and I can’t help but wonder whether this press release and stance will be the last straw for others.

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Who Needs Science Advice Anyway? Governments, for One

Posted July 21, 2018 by guest

Read time: 6 mins

Molly Shoichet, former chief scientist of Ontario
By Jim Woodgett, University of Toronto

There has been much consternation within the Ontario research community since Premier Doug Ford summarily dismissed the province’s first chief scientist, Molly Shoichet, after she’d been in the job for only six months.

The new government, elected on a populist wave in June, quickly fired the esteemed scientist — widely lauded for her biomedical engineering expertise and skill at communicating science — only a few days after being sworn in. Yet the new government has promised to appoint a replacement.

The move raises the question: What is the role of a “chief scientist” within government?

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Saturday Stories: #ShareAStoryInOneTweet, Hospital Food, And Dangerous Bullshit

Posted July 21, 2018 by Yoni Freedhoff

Lisa Rosenbaum, in NEJM, covers the viral medical hashtag #ShareAStoryInOneTweet (and cites my tweet in it as well).

Kate Washington, in Eater, on why hospital food is so awful.

Jen Gunter, in her blog, on dangerous bullshit, and why you should never consider GOOP, or Dr Mark Hyman, to be a credible voice

[And if you don’t follow me on Twitter or Facebook, had a great time chatting with the lovely ladies from The Social about multiple ways you might foster a healthier path in under 5 minutes (and sorry Americans, I believe it’s geoblocked so if you want to watch, you’ll need to use a Canadian VPN server)]

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2018 Summer Survey Results

Posted July 20, 2018 by Liberal Party of Canada

At the start of this summer, we asked you to complete our 2018 Summer Check-in Survey… and WOW! There was an incredible response and we couldn’t wait to share the results with you!

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The Big Apple Loses to Big Oil as Judge Dismisses Climate Liability Suit

Posted July 20, 2018 by guest

Read time: 4 mins

Flooded MTA train in New York after Hurricane Sandy

A federal judge ruled on Thursday in favor of a motion by five big oil companies to dismiss a lawsuit brought against them by New York City, which demanded they pay the costs of adapting the city’s infrastructure to climate changeThe New York Times reported.

The ruling comes nearly a month after a federal judge in San Francisco dismissed a similar case brought by the cities of Oakland and San Francisco.

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A bread recipe from 14,000 years ago: wild oats, barley, wheat and roots.

Posted July 20, 2018 by Anonymous

Prehistoric people made bread from wild grains they gathered way before the dawn of agriculture

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Your car might be trying to kill you by lulling you with sleep-inducing vibrations

Posted July 20, 2018 by Anonymous

Australian scientists discover that normal vibrations that come up through your car seat can synchronize with your brain waves and make you sleepy – but it might be possible to stop them.

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The science behind ‘Ant-man’ – Did they really just put ‘quantum’ in front of everything?

Posted July 20, 2018 by Anonymous

The science advisor for the two ‘Ant-Man’ films tries to make sure there’s just a flavour of real science in the story.

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Migrating geese are losing the race north – and their chicks are paying the price

Posted July 20, 2018 by Anonymous

Geese usually follow spring north – tracking the “green wave”. But as the arctic warms faster, they’re exhausting themselves trying to keep up with the warming climate.

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Diving a kilometre down and not getting ‘the bends’ – how dolphins do it

Posted July 20, 2018 by Anonymous

Dolphins are able to manipulate their lung compression and control gas exchange with their blood to avoid dangerous nitrogen bubbles forming as they decompress

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New moons of Jupiter came from a demolition derby, and it’s not over yet

Posted July 20, 2018 by Anonymous

Astronomers have found 12 new moons, some of them orbiting backwards, and many showing signs of having been smashed into in the past.

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The reason why most animals are symmetrical has to do with their locomotion

Posted July 20, 2018 by Anonymous

Our Quirks question of the week looks at why our right sides mirrors our left

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Ethnic triumphalism

Posted July 20, 2018 by Anonymous

A grim future scenario: Canada’s new government, headed by someone not entirely unlike Andrew Scheer, establishes our country as a white, Anglo-Saxon, Christian ethnostate. White Christians around the world have an automatic right to immigrate. French loses its official language…

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Justin Trudeau delivers remarks to supporters in Aurora

Posted July 19, 2018 by Liberal Party of Canada

Ottawa, ON – Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, will deliver remarks to supporters at a Liberal fundraising event in Aurora on July 20, 2018. The Liberal Party of Canada has committed to the strongest standards in federal politics for openness and transparency, and is challenging other parties to do the same. […]

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From The Journal Of Well-Intentioned Facepalms: St. Catherines’ City Council Bans Vending of Bottled Water, Keeps Bottled Soda

Posted July 19, 2018 by Yoni Freedhoff

So St. Catherine’s City Council, presumably in a bid to be environmentally conscious, has banned the sale of bottled water in city facilities.

As to what will replace the water, and what will still be on sale?

Actual soda, diet-soda, flat vitamin fortified soda (juice), and sugar sweetened water (sport drinks and flavoured waters).

So no decrease in plastic bottle sales, and all at the expense of the healthiest beverage they’d previously been selling.

And this isn’t a one-off apparently. According to the article written about St. Catherines’ decision, similar water bottle bans exist in Niagara Falls, London, Burlington and Toronto.

Reminds me of a guest post here from a few years ago that spoke to the short-sighted war on bottled water which somehow manages to forget, sugar water also comes in bottles, and it’s a lot worse for your health.

[Thanks to Mandy Robb Kasper for sending my way]

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20+ Summer BBQ Food Ideas!

Posted July 18, 2018 by Anonymous

This is a  delicious collection of 20 Summer BBQ Food Ideas!  Everything from drinks to salads to appetizers to great burgers!  Enjoy! One of the best things about summer is all the food!  There’s just something so great about cooking and eating in the great outdoors.  Burgers, salads, summery desserts and refreshing drinks…the best.  So because I love all the summer food so much, I put together a round up of some delicious recipes that you can make for your next BBQ.  I hope this list will help make your BBQ menu planning just a little easier! 20+ Summer BBQ Food […]

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📅 World Emoji Day

Posted July 17, 2018 by Liberal Party of Canada

July 17 is World Emoji Day. Think you can figure out the meaning behind these LPC emoji phrases below? Click on the “reveal” button to find out once you have made your guess!

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Does When You Eat Affect Your Circadian Rhythm, Metabolism, Appetite, Physical Activity, And More? A “Big Breakfast” Study Aims To Explore.

Posted July 16, 2018 by Yoni Freedhoff
By AminOwn work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

The fight over “breakfast” among diet gurus and social media warriors is so tiresome.

Firstly it’s tiresome because “breakfast” means different things to different people, and yet conclusions about the utility of the meal as a whole are regularly made despite the fact that a bowl of Froot Loops is likely to have a very different impact on fullness than a couple of eggs and a piece of toast.

Secondly it’s tiresome because what works for one person, may well not work for another, and no doubt when it comes to weight and dietary control, for some, breakfast will be crucial, while for others, it’ll be inconsequential, and others still, potentially problematic.

In my clinical experience, though clearly coloured by my own confirmation biases, a protein rich breakfast with minimal liquid calories benefits more people than not, and whether that applies to you is easily tested on your own.

With all that out of the way, I wanted to talk a bit about an upcoming study coming out of the UK. The Big Breakfast Study: Chrono‐nutrition influence on energy expenditure and bodyweight aims to explore the impact of breakfast by way of a randomized controlled trial comparing morning-loaded vs. evening-loaded weight loss diets on people with excess weight, and where all components of energy intake and energy expenditure will be monitored throughout.

That researchers’ hypothesis is that breakfast will make a positive difference, and their thinking is that part of the reason why may be the effect of breakfast on circadian rhythm, which in turn effects changes to metabolism, hormonal and metabolite regulation, appetite, ingestive behaviour, and physical activity.

The researchers second study, the Mealtime Study, which over 10 weeks, will compare front loaded morning calorie dieting with bottom loaded end of day calorie dieting in a crossover design where all food will be provided to participants.

And finally their third study will be looking at 5 hour “phase shifts“, analogous perhaps to what shift workers regularly experience (and who have been shown to have higher rates of obesity), and the shifts’ impact on “the patterns of energy expenditure, metabolism and gastric empty-ing and related endocrine pathways

Very much looking forward to these studies’ results, but that said, I won’t be holding out hope that their findings will stop people from extrapolating their personal breakfast biases as applicable, without exception, to everyone, when the fact remains, different strokes will work for different folks.

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Incredible dandelions could hold the key to growing plants on the oil sands

Posted July 13, 2018 by Anonymous

Fungus treated plants can turn hydrocarbons in oil sands’ tailings into CO2 and water.

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Night shifts put your brain and gut clocks out of whack

Posted July 13, 2018 by Anonymous

Clocks in the digestive system have a ‘mind of their own’

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Freshly detected ‘ghost particle’ offers a new way to observe the universe

Posted July 13, 2018 by Anonymous

Detection of a neutrino from ‘the most violent astrophysical processes’ gives scientists a new way to understand the cosmos

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Parrot’s unique brain structure explains why they’re so smart

Posted July 13, 2018 by Anonymous

Parrot smarty-pants challenge ‘bird brain’ insult

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Why do predatory dinosaurs have eyes on the sides of their head?

Posted July 13, 2018 by Anonymous

Most meat-eating dinosaurs had limited depth perception because their eyes were on the sides of their heads, but not all, including T-Rex.

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Lab-made hybrid embryos could save the northern white rhino from extinction

Posted July 13, 2018 by Anonymous

Scientists create first ever hybrid white-rhino embryo to prevent species extinction

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Humans can judge a person’s strength from their aggressive roars

Posted July 13, 2018 by Anonymous

Men and women differ at estimating each other’s strength from vocalizations, scientists find

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Smoky Jackfruit “Chicken” Salad

Posted July 12, 2018 by Angela (Oh She Glows)

Can you believe we’re more than halfway through the year? I sure can’t. When it hit me that we were 6 months into 2018, I did a bit of a mental check-in on how things have been going so far this year—it’s definitely had its ups and downs. My challenges this year have been mainly […]

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My Tiny Home

Posted July 11, 2018 by Anonymous

three moves in three years hasn’t been fun but along with the stress is the opportunity to create a life that resonates to find a home that is a closer reflection of the person you are becoming i’ve…

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