Friday Pearls

Friday Pearls

Fracking: Sometimes a Great Notion Fails

Thursday, August 23, 2018

The economy of nature is not money, it is life.  ~Vandana Shiva, PhD     According to a research article just published in Science Advances, the growth in unconventional gas production involving hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is suggested by many to transform the energy landscape: reduce energy prices, decrease conventional air pollution by displacing coal in electricity generation, disrupt international energy trading arrangements, and increase the prospects for energy self-sufficiency for the United States.

Alternative Fuel Science & Incentives

Friday, August 17, 2018

Given the link between our addiction to driving and driving fast, suburban lifestyles, and scientifically proven air-quality damaging, high-emission cars, cities of all sizes in this country and their environmentally concerned citizens are now encouraging the re-creation of easy-to-use public transportation, driving slower, increased ride sharing, safe human-powered and appropriate electric-powered bicycle lanes, walking paths and trails, and alternative fuels to address public and planetary health, as well as the ever-growing obesity pandemic.

Ocular Surface Mucins

Friday, August 10, 2018

Mucins are glycoproteins expressed by epithelial tissues of mucosal surfaces. Mucins are classified as either secretory or membrane spanning, and the ocular epithelium contain both types. Since the mid-1990s, a large number of mucin (MUC) genes have been identified: MUC1, MUC2, MUC4, MUC5A, MUC5B, MUC7MUC13, MUC15, MUC16 and MUC17.

On Andrew Wheeler and the EPA: Cautious, but Hopeful

Friday, July 27, 2018

Even small children are smart enough to get it: the environment, clean air and water matters where public health is concerned. According to Kathleen Rest, PhD, the executive director of the Union of Concerned Scientists, "Families and communities country-wide clearly value a clean environment and rely on strong science-based public standards to provide the protection they need, expect, and deserve."

Walking Science and Creativity

Friday, July 20, 2018

One of the best ways to improve any creative process is to study those who have mastered their craft. We frequently turn to a favorite newsletter writer, Gregory Ciotti, for process answers, since the output of creative geniuses is frequently intimidating, even thought relating to how creative geniuses conduct their lives is often surprisingly easy.

On Safe Drinking Water

Friday, July 13, 2018

Who ever thought our country would ever be thought of as a place where you can't drink the water?  ​The Safe Drinking Water ACT (SDWA) is the federal law that protects public drinking water supplies throughout the nation. ​The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ​is given the task of setting standards for drinking water quality and with its partners is required to implement various technical and financial programs to ensure drinking water safety.

The Health Benefits of Protecting Public Park Land

Friday, June 08, 2018

Forest bathing in public parks and forests is wildly popular in Japan and becoming popular in this country. In the early 1990s, the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries coined the term Shinrin-yoku, which translates roughly as "forest bathing," the practice of taking a leisurely walk in a public or private forest for health benefits.

Digital Lifestyles and Ocular Health

Friday, June 01, 2018

Unfortunately, way too many people, including those who actively take steps to protect their eyes, are still unaware that today's digital lifestyle increases ocular health risk through excessive exposure to blue light.Blue Light Blue light is emitted from a multitude of sources including sunlight, digital devices (e.g. computers, laptops, sma...

Planet or Plastic? A Pressing Question

Friday, June 01, 2018

Biosyntrx went strawless last September to help protect the oceans, and we found it easy. We are now even more passionately committed to the sustainability of life on a healthy planet. We are not just anti plastic straw, we are anti all single-use plastics.

You Don't Have to See the Ocean to Protect the Ocean

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Biosyntrx went ​​strawless​​​ ​last September to help protect the oceans and we found it easy and are now...

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