Of course, the smoke blows both ways. There is some evidence that e-cigarettes are an effective smoking cessation tool, though that remains a controversial claim. It's undeniable, however, that vaping instead of smoking means that you avoid inhaling all of that toxic smog that's produced when you light up a cigarette. In other words, while smoking e-cigarettes may harm you a little bit, it almost certainly harms you less than real cigarettes. … [Read more...] about Bad News: E-Cigs Alter Cells a Lot Like Tobacco Does
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When I think of yellow headlights, I think of old diesel Mercedes-Benz sedans. Citroëns. Old European-market cars with a warm little twist to their lighting design. Well, the new BMW M8 Gran Coupe is bringing yellow lights back to America, thanks to endurance racing. … [Read more...] about BMW Is Bringing Yellow Headlights Back
Monsanto, which was purchased by German drug and chemical maker Bayer for $66 billion last week, cannot use this technology in any way it sees fit. According to the terms of the new agreement, the company cannot conduct gene drives—a pending technique that would “push” a genetic characteristic through a wild population of animals, such as mosquitoes, frogs, and weeds. A flawed and ill-thought out gene drive could result in unforeseen ecological consequences, which is why the practice remains so controversial. … [Read more...] about Monsanto Just Got Access to the World’s Most Powerful Gene-Editing Tool
An important political faction of that era was the Fabian Society, which advocated social democracy through gradual reform as opposed to Marxist-style revolution, and was the precursor to the Labour Party. One of its founders was Havelock Ellis, an intellectual and social reformer who also, despite the social mores of his era, studied and wrote about human sexuality. He introduced Britain to the ideas of narcissism, autoeroticism, and wrote the first medical text on homosexuality. He was also among the first to study transgender people, whom he called “a remarkably common anomaly.” He called the practice Eonism, after the Chevalier D’Éon, a genderfluid 18th-century French spy who fought in the Seven Years’ War as a man, and infiltrated the Russian court as a woman. We’ll hear the rest of their story next week. … [Read more...] about Wikipedia proposes a toast to… toast!
Even silly or cynical things can become meaningful in this way. The beautiful and historically significant cards that Dr. Stoll owns mean more than the disposable junk we open, and many are worth exponentially more on the marketplace than the spent packs piled up in our office. But to the extent that either he or I or anyone else ever get to choose this sort of thing, I think we value them in the same way, and for some of the same reasons. Anyway, the value of a thing is not necessarily synonymous with what people are willing to pay for it. What Dr. Stoll has is worth a lot, but it is also valuable. I think that’s probably why he seemed so happy to share it. … [Read more...] about Let’s Remember Some Guys Go West: Just Some Weird Old Cards With Jewish Guys On Them
Formaldehyde is used in safely small amounts in several flu vaccines (Fluarix, FluLaval, Agriflu and Fluzone) to inactivate the virus so it cannot cause disease. It is not in other influenza vaccines (Afluria, FluMist and Fluvirin). Formaldehyde also occurs naturally in fruits and vegetables even is produced by the human body for a variety of functions, including making amino acids. The amounts of formaldehyde in these vaccines vary from 5 µg per dose (Fluarix) to 25 µg per dose (FluLaval) to 100 µg per dose (Fluzone). For reference, a pear contains about 39 to 60 mg/kg of formaldehyde (100 µg = 0.1 mg, so pears contains approximately 39,000 to 60,000 µg/kg) A typical pear weighs about 220g, or 0.22 kg. That means a single pear (0.22 kg) would contain 0.22 times the 39 to 60 mg/kg, or 8.6 to 13.2 mg (8600 to 13200 µg). (Meanwhile, a single dried shiitake mushroom contains 100-406 mg/kg of formaldehyde.) (Meanwhile, a single dried shiitake mushroom contains … [Read more...] about Setting the Record Straight: Debunking