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Stupidity about cancer and meat

There’s a story in the WashPost today about how spicy marinades decrease the heterocyclic amine (HCA) content in grilled meat. They think you should care because HCAs are likely carcinogens. There are many things about this that get my back up so lets make a list: 1) Nobody knows how much cancer HCAs may be…

Terry Box wrote an piece in the WP the other day about how despite the melting glaciers and rising gas prices, he’s not giving up his muscle cars. Terry, I have to admit that I love cars. I always have and always will. The thrill of a powerful car or truck can get your adrenaline…

A reader (thanks Jen) alerted me to this article on Forbes, The FDA’s Black Box. The basics of the article are that the FDA can’t say anything about drug approvals or non-approvals (or anything else relating to a drug for that matter) if it deals with information that the drug company submitted, since that information…

Read some background on PFOA and Teflon here. A couple of years ago DuPont and other perfluorochemical industries were dismissing evidence of PFOA-caused cancer in rats, saying it was due to peroxisome proliferation in rats, which some argue isn’t relevant to humans. However, PFOA may have other mechanisms of action (disrupting thyroid hormones, gap junctions,…

And our divided country will produce the worst of both worlds. The LA city council has passed a resolution that bans fast food restaurants in poor neighborhoods (via Slate – worth moseying over for). This is so paternalistic it’s disgusting. Do poor people make bad food choices? Yes. Should we thus deprive them of choosing…

Let’s just put it in a hole CO2 sequestration has been going forward but only approved as research class wells. The EPA is proposing regulations on how to do it full scale and correctly. This is necessary because the CO2 may have nasty impurities, can move around, is corrosive with water, and is a weak…

Oops! In case you didn’t know, the Boulder, CO site of the National Institute of Sandards and Technology (NIST) had an accidental spill of plutonium-239 on June 9 and the initial actions taken would have an industrial hygenist pulling her hair out (read more at C&EN). Basically, a guest researcher* cracked a bottle, didn’t realize…

Every party needs a pooper, that’s why Scienceblogs invited me. Enemy? Really? Yes, it can be. Read on; It doesn’t have to be. A commentary in Nature Nanotechnology discusses the European Environment Agency report, Late Lessons from Early Warnings. The basic idea is to make recommendations so that nanotech can grow with the idea that…

How to lose respect and relevance in three easy (dance) steps Can this really be happening? Congress in public group therapy with Richard ‘cartoon of myself’ Simmons? Crawl back into your protective bubble and weep my friends, becasue it really happened. Do they know they have 14% approval rating? Obesity is a problem, and Congress’…

A couple of readers have asked bout the NYTimes article about sunscreens so I thought I’d weigh in. 80 lbs. Okay, with the lame humor over, let’s get to the particulars. The most common question has been 1) What do I think is best/do I agree with the NYTimes? 3Answer: the advice they gave stunk.…