Monsanto trial on decades of hiding the cancer-causing dangers of its popular Roundup herbicide products to start next month

On 18 June, Johnson will become the first person to take the global seed and chemical company to trial on allegations that it has spent decades hiding the cancer-causing dangers of its popular Roundup herbicide products – and his case has just received a major boost. Last week Judge Curtis Karnow issued an order clearing the way for jurors to consider not just scientific …

The Human Project, as the bioengineering of people, cities, streets and curbs converges, where do we locate the public sphere and data?

The Guardian, Smart cities need thick data, not big data, By Adrian Smith, Professor of Technology and Society at the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex, Wed 18 Apr 2018   Talking about noise in Plaça del Sol Photograph: Making Sense Residents living around Plaça del Sol joke that theirs is the only square where, despite the name, rain is preferable. …

California Bans Climate-Warming HFCs in New Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration, including Slurpee machines, frozen yogurt dispensers and grocery store refrigerator cases

California now prohibits the use of HFCs, a potent greenhouse gas, in new refrigeration and cooling systems, including Slurpee machines, frozen yogurt dispensers and grocery store refrigerator cases. The California Air Resources Board has banned the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in new cooling equipment. The climate-warming chemicals are between 1,000 and 3,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide. The decision …

Glyphosate clouds contaminating even more distant fields now, and all popular beer and wine brands tested

By Zen Honeycutt, March 2018 The past few years have revealed some disturbing news for the alcohol industry. In 2015, CBS news broke the announcement of a lawsuit against 31 brands of wines for high levels of inorganic arsenic. In 2016, beer testing in Germany also revealed residues of glyphosate in every single sample tested, even independent beers. Moms Across America released test …

Researchers create a protein ‘mat’ that can soak up pollution

Science Daily – March 2018  In a breakthrough that could lead to a new class of materials with functions found only in living systems, scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have figured out a way to keep certain proteins active outside of the cell. The researchers used this technology to create mats that can soak up and trap chemical …