At the Very Least, Your Days of Eating Pacific Ocean Fish Are Over

A Lone Voice

Theheart-breaking news from Fukushima just keeps getting worse…a LOT worse…it is, quite simply, an out-of-control flow of death and destruction. TEPCO is finally admitting that radiation has been leaking to the Pacific Ocean all along. and it’s NOT over….

I find myself moving between the emotions of sorrow and anger.

It now appears that anywhere from 300 to possibly over 450 tons of contaminated water that contains radioactive iodone, cesium, and strontium-89 and 90, is flooding into the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima Daichi site everyday. To give you an idea of how bad that actually is, Japanese experts estimate Fukushima’s fallout at 20-30 times as high as as the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombings in 1945

There’s a lot you’re not being told. Oh, the information is out there, but you have to dig pretty deep to find it, and you won’t find it on the corporate-owned evening…

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Will the FDA make sure urban agriculture food is safe to eat?

Radically Rural

In Louisville, Urban Agriculture Could Satisfy Hunger for Local Food

By ERICA PETERSON
Credit Fiona Grant / WFPL
Pam Faulkner

Louisville likes local food. And according to a study that was released earlier this year, Louisvillians are willing to buy more local food than is currently available.

But when people talk about local food, they usually mean crops grown in nearby rural counties…but there’s also an untapped agricultural potential in Louisville’s urban core.

Pam Faulkner is on her knees in the middle of her garden.

“I’ve got the corn, kale, three different kinds of green beans,” she said as she pulled weeds.

She’s also got flowers, herbs, hot peppers, squash, tomatoes and cotton, to name a few. A few yards from Faulkner’s eighth of an acre, traffic whizzes by. This stretch of Seventh Street Road in Shively is home to fast food, strip clubs and flea…

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Dolphin Deaths Investigation Goes National

making my point

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graphic courtesy National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Please see our previous post :

Beachings: Are We Washed Up, Too?

As we posted on fb and twitter earlier this week, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has declared the unprecedented number of dolphin deaths in the Atlantic an “unusual mortality event”.

From NOAA

“Current bottlenose dolphin strandings are over nine times the historical average for the months of July and August for the Mid-Atlantic Region. All age classes of bottlenose dolphins are involved and strandings range from a few live animals to mostly dead animals with many very decomposed. Many dolphins have presented with lesions on their skin, mouth, joints, or lungs.”

Thankfully, someone is listening.

The Infographics that explain how bad it is:

The good news is this declaration should* help bring federal funding to help research what is happening. Don’t forget, many oceanographic INTERNS who do much…

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Elon Musk unveils his plans for the Hyperloop

TED Blog

In his TED2013 talk, Robert Gordon points out that in 1900, human beings could only travel as fast as a horse could pull them in a buggy, but by 1960, we could travel at 80% of the speed of sound, thanks to the Boeing 707. Since 1960, though, the needle on how fast we can travel hasn’t moved at all. But this could change.

[ted_talkteaser id=1695]Just now, fellow TED2013 speaker Elon Musk unveiled more details of his much-discussed blue-sky idea: the Hyperloop, a system to carry passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco, 382 miles or 615 km, in about 35 minutes — less than half the time it takes to fly between the two cities. While early rumors suggested the Hyperloop might connect Los Angeles and New York, and even New York and China, the alpha plans of the highly speculative system are focused in California, as a provocative…

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Meet the new meat: A TEDx talk to pair with the first lab-grown hamburger

TED Blog

Yesterday, the first lab-grown hamburger was cooked. And eaten! And according to The Week, it didn’t taste too bad. This lab-grown patty took two years and $325,000 to produce. And as sources revealed, the money came from Google co-founder and TED speaker Sergey Brin. (Watch his talk on Google Glass, or his talk with Larry Page on the genesis of Google.)

But the TED connection doesn’t end there. The burger is a product of Cultured Beef, a project born at Maastricht University in The Netherlands and headed by Mark Post, a specialist in tissue engineering.  At TEDxHaarlem, Post gave a talk called Meet the new meat, during which he introduced Cultured Beef to the world and explained the process behind its growth. He also discussed the future he envisions for in-vitro meat.

Here’s an excerpt from his talk, featured above:

“This hamburger contains 60 billion cells. Now, that’s a lot…

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