Category: Environment

Fracking Chemicals Linked to Birth Defects, Infertility

A controversial oil and natural gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, uses many chemicals that can disrupt the body’s hormones, according to new research accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society’s journal Endocrinology. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals, or EDCs, are substances that can interfere with…

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Sucralose’s (Splenda) Harms Vastly Underestimated: Baking Releases Dioxin

by Sayer Ji A new, in-depth review on the synthetic sweetener sucralose (marketed as Splenda), published in the journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, is destined to overturn widely held misconceptions about the purported safety of this ubiquitous artificial sweetener. Found in tens of thousands…

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Diesel exhaust stops honeybees from finding the flowers they want to forage

Natural Blaze Exposure to common air pollutants found in diesel exhaust pollution can affect the ability of honeybees to recognise floral odours, new University of Southampton research shows. Honeybees use floral odours to help locate, identify and recognise the flowers from which they forage. The…

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Scientists Recycle Plastic Bags Into Graphene

University of Adelaide researchers have developed a process for turning waste plastic bags into a high-tech nanomaterial. The innovative nanotechnology uses non-biodegradable plastic grocery bags to make ‘carbon nanotube membranes’ – highly sophisticated and expensive materials with a variety of potential advanced applications including filtration,…

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