Scientifically correct clouds are roiling in the atmosphere of the Smithsonian Institute. The institute’s much vaunted 2006 exhibit on warming in the Arctic was shown recently to have been altered toward a global warming-not-yet-proven view at the last hour by the Smithsonian’s director, Cristian Samper.
November 16, 2007
The brave new world medical technique of stem cell cloning was elevated to new possibilities yesterday in Oregon. Researchers at the Oregon National Primate Research Center successfully cloned monkey embryos from single monkey skin cells and also generated stem cells.
November 15, 2007
Shopping for Christmas presents for kids this year is a bit like walking through a mine field. Who knows what toys are going to be recalled next—after children have been injured by them or their health compromised? There have been two major recalls over the past few weeks. More could be on the way. And the federal department that oversees toy safety has just turned down more money from Congress to increase safety oversight. Now, the world’s biggest retailer, WalMart, has included several of the toys that were recalled in its holiday season catalog.
November 14, 2007
A quick glance at milk carton’s label let’s us know if the milk has not been made with artificial bovine hormone (rBGH). Unfortunately, milk carton labels that state the milk does not come from rBGH cows are being banned by heads of the agriculture departments in Pennsylvania (with Ohio following suit).
November 11, 2007
Is it really possible for a $5 billion settlement to be a victory for a drug company? It may seem unlikely, but analysts view Merck’s recent settlement over Vioxx as a big win. Such analysis raises serious concerns for consumers who now must fear that drug companies may be willing to place unsafe products in the marketplace and deal with the consequences later.
November 11, 2007