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Government Attacks Scientist After He Discovers Pesticide Issues

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Until fairly recently, Jonathan Lundgren enjoyed a stellar career as a government scientist. An entomologist who studies how agrichemicals affect the ecology of farm fields, he has published nearly 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals since starting at the US Department of Agricultures Agricultural Research Service laboratory in Brookings, South Dakota, in 2005. By 2012, he had won the ARSs "Outstanding Early Career Research Scientist" award, and directorship of his own lab.

But recently, things have changed. His work has "triggered an official campaign of harassment, hindrance, and retaliation" from his superiors..

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New Analysis Of Drugmaker Data Reveals Paxil Is Dangerous

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Fourteen years ago, a leading drug maker published a study showing that the antidepressant Paxil was safe and effective for teenagers. On Wednesday, a major medical journal posted a new analysis of the same data concluding that the opposite is true.

That study — featured prominently by the journal BMJ — is a clear break from scientific custom and reflects a new era in scientific publishing, some experts said, opening the way for journals to post multiple interpretations of the same experiment. It comes at a time of self-examination across science — retractions are at an all-time high; recent cases of fraud have shaken fields as diverse as anesthesia and political science; and earlier this month researchers reported that less than half of a sample of psychology papers held up.

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Mainstream Media Misleads Public On Chipotle Non-GMO Campaign

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Everybody from NPR to USA Today is reporting on fast food chain Chipotle finally making their entire menu GMO-free.

What they're not telling you is the REAL REASON Chipotle is not supporting GMO foods...

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Studies Show Pesticide Responsible For Bee Disappearances

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Thousands of scientific sleuths have been on this case for the last 15 years trying to determine why our honey bees are disappearing in such alarming numbers. “This is the biggest general threat to our food supply,” according to Kevin Hackett, the national program leader for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s bee and pollination program.

Until recently, the evidence was inconclusive on the cause of the mysterious “colony collapse disorder” (CCD) that threatens the future of beekeeping worldwide. But three new studies point an accusing finger at a culprit that many have suspected all along, a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids.

In the U.S. alone, these pesticides, produced primarily by the German chemical giant Bayer and known as “neonics” for short, coat a massive 142 million acres of corn, wheat, soy and cotton seeds. They are also a common ingredient in home gardening products.

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Antibiotic-Free Chicken Injected With Drugs Before Hatched

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Tyson Foods, the world's largest meat processor and the second largest chicken producer in the United States, has admitted that it injects its chickens with antibiotics before they hatch, but labels them as raised without antibiotics anyway. In response, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) told Tyson to stop using the antibiotic-free label. The company has sued over its right to keep using it.

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Gay Scientists Discover Christian Gene

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Gay scientists have isolated the gene they believe makes people Christian.

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"Persecution" of Christians, Take 3487

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It's happening again...someone insists that their religious beliefs trump all other forces in the universe, and if they're not accomodated, then it must be...(ominous chord) religious persecution!

Yes, a biologist is suing the famous Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for $500,000 for violating his civil rights by firing him because of his religious beliefs. The belief in question? Evolution--or rather, not. The plaintiff, Nathaniel Abraham, claims that he lost his job as a postdoctoral researcher in a biology lab shortly after he told his superior that he did not accept evolution as scientific fact.

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Study Shows Nutrisweet-Aspartame Causes Cancer In Approved Doses

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You might want to re-think how much of the common diet soft drinks, candy and other artificially-sweetened foods you consume these days. A recent, peer-reviewed study suggests the artificial sweetener causes cancer in rats at levels currently approved for humans.

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Research May Pinpoint Rare Genetic Link to Autism

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A team has just published a research article in Science magazine describing what may be the first accurate genetic mouse model of non-syndromic autism (that is, autism that is not associated with some other syndrome like Fragile X, Rett Syndrome, Tuberous Sclerosis, etc.).

That's one small step for a mouse...one giant leap for understanding autism!

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U.S. Drops to #42 In Life Expectancy

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For decades, the United States has been slipping in international rankings of life expectancy, as other countries improve health care, nutrition, and lifestyles. Countries that surpass the U.S. include Japan and most of Europe, as well as Jordan, Guam, and the Cayman Islands.

Why does your body hate America?

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