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  • Police mistook hibiscus plants for marijuana, arrested Buffalo Township couple, suit claims

    11/17/2017 4:18:37 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 67 replies
    Trib Live ^ | November 16, 2017 | MATTHEW MEDSGER
    A Buffalo Township couple is suing the township police and the Nationwide Insurance Co. after, their lawsuit says, hibiscus plants growing in their backyard were mistaken for marijuana plants. In a lawsuit, Edward Cramer, 69, and his wife, Audrey Cramer, 66, claim that Buffalo Township police handcuffed them both and made them sit in the back of a police car for hours last month as police ransacked their house looking for marijuana. But rather than running a pot-growing operation, the Cramers say they grow flowering hibiscus in their backyard. The Cramers were not charged. They filed a civil lawsuit Thursday...
  • Study Finds Mushrooms May Have ‘Fountain Of Youth’ Benefits

    11/13/2017 10:47:00 AM PST · by Red Badger · 56 replies ^ | 11/13/2017 | by Daniel Steingold
    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Mushrooms may make our favorite pizza and pasta dishes taste delightfully better, but it turns out they may help keep our brains and hearts younger too. A new study finds that some of our favorite toadstools may have high concentrations of antioxidants with anti-aging benefits. Researchers at Penn State analyzed the chemical composition of a wide variety of types of mushrooms, finding that many contained high levels of ergothioneine and glutathione, both of which are important antioxidants. “What we found is that, without a doubt, mushrooms are highest dietary source of these two antioxidants taken together,...
  • Remember The Change

    11/04/2017 8:56:12 PM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 36 replies
    A Clock | 11/04/2017 | blueunicorn6
    The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer and you know what that means. The electrical bills are going up.'s time to fool around with resetting your clocks. Unless, of course, you are rich and have some of those clocks that are tuned to the time channel which is right between the oldies channel and public radio. Heave help you if you're trying to set your clock by public radio. You'll be back in the 70s or something. The worst clock to reset is the one in the pickup. You have to turn on the lights...
  • Australia's famed Uluru outback monolith to be closed to climbers

    11/04/2017 11:49:45 AM PDT · by Eddie01 · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11-1-2107 | Zalika Rizmal
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia’s world-famous Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock, will be closed to climbers from 2019, its management board said on Wednesday, ending a decades-long campaign by Aborigines to protect their sacred monolith in the Northern Territory. A board of eight traditional owners and four government officials voted unanimously to close the rock to climbers, a spokesperson told Reuters. [snip]
  • Farmers urged to bury their underpants to improve quality of their beef

    11/03/2017 5:31:44 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 31 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 11/2/17 | Sarah Knapton
    Burying a pair of underpants in a field may not seem the obvious starting point for the perfect roast, but farmers are being urged to dig deep for tastier meat. The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) claim interring a pair of cotton smalls in a pasture can reveal vital information about soil fertility. According to the experts, sterile and lifeless soil will keep underwear intact, but organically thriving soil will eat away at the briefs, leaving nothing but the elastic waistband.
  • PRANK! Kids React to Getting Vegetables for Halloween

    11/02/2017 7:46:19 PM PDT · by Califreak · 48 replies
    Migardener ^ | 10/31/17 | Migardener
    Gardening guru passes out veggies on Halloween.
  • Pepper X Claims to Be the New 'World's Hottest Chili'

    11/02/2017 7:00:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    Food & Wine ^ | Mike Pomranz
    The breeder behind the Carolina Reaper has a new, potentially record-breaking chili: Pepper X.During the Cold War, the nuclear arms race led to talk about having enough weapons to "destroy the world multiple times over." This idea is purposely absurdist—intended hint at the larger point that, in some cases, more isn't actually more, it's just excess. With that in mind, a man who goes by the name of Smokin' Ed Currie has claimed to have bred the world's hottest pepper, which—at 3.18 million Scoville heat units—would best the Dragon's Breath, a pepper that only just made its case for the...
  • Humans love dogs more than other people: study

    11/01/2017 7:24:27 AM PDT · by familyop · 73 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 31, 2017 | David K. Li
    Humans love dogs more than their fellow man. Two major studies showed that mankind has more empathy for pooches in dire circumstances than suffering people, according to a report in the Times of London. A UK medical research charity staged two phony donation campaigns – one with a dog and the other featuring a man. Of course, the pooch drew more contributions. “Would you give pounds 5 to save Harrison from a slow, painful death?” the separate ads said, featuring a canine and human “Harrison.” Then a Northeastern University study showed that only a baby human could compete with man’s...
  • Lowdown on the cluckers

    10/30/2017 7:05:29 AM PDT · by SandRat · 19 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Elizabeth Cowan
    The ups and downs of country living can be challenging and entertaining. You can get down and dirty, mucking around with chicken poop cleanup and other related fun. Or, you can be a country squire, enjoy the shelled emissions of said chickens without actual direct contact. This writer shuns interaction with the chickens, proclaiming herself a country squire. What she did not count on, but should have, was her filter-free, sassy daughter’s comment. “Mother, a country squire is a male landowner or a gentleman who escorts a woman.” “Well then, I’m the lady of the manor,” her mother huffed. “In...
  • Just In Time For Thanksgiving Dinner: Traceable Turkeys

    10/25/2017 1:45:42 PM PDT · by bgill · 30 replies ^ | Oct. 25, 2017 | AP
    Turkey buyers in select Texas markets will be able to either text or enter on the Honeysuckle White website the code found on the tag on the packaged bird to find out where it was raised and get information about the farm's location, view farm photos and read the farmer's message. "What traceability does is just allow us to connect with the consumer," Glaser said. "And I think over time there has been a disconnect. People have kind of lost where their food comes from and this is a way to re-establish that line of communication."
  • ‘CRISPR’ Bacon? Scientists Create Low-Fat Pigs [China]

    10/24/2017 1:24:17 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies
    CBS - Pittsburgh ^ | 10/24/2017 | Staff
    For people who love bacon but hate everything it does to their diet, scientists in China may have created a way to have your pig and eat it too. A team of researchers have genetically altered pigs to carry nearly 24 percent less body fat. Using the CRISPR-Cas 9 gene editing technique, the team reportedly modified a group of pigs which gave birth to much leaner piglets. The experiment, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), is looking to make pigs less susceptible to the cold. Scientists noted that modern pigs, especially younger ones, lack the ability...
  • food: Weapon of Mass Destruction

    10/17/2017 4:50:39 AM PDT · by fella · 7 replies Food: Weapon of Mass Destruction
  • Superhot 'Dragon's Breath' Chili Pepper Can Kill. Here's How

    10/10/2017 7:20:51 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 65 replies ^ | May 19, 2017 03:21pm ET | By Laura Geggel, Senior Writer
    Death by chili pepper may not be a common way to die, but it's certainly a possibility for unlucky souls adventurous enough to try Dragon's Breath, the new hottest pepper in town. Mike Smith, the owner of Tom Smith's Plants in the United Kingdom, developed the record-breaking pepper with researchers at the University of Nottingham. He doesn't recommend the pepper for eating, however, because it may be the last thing a person ever tastes. So how exactly do hot peppers, such as Dragon's Breath, maim or kill those who try to eat them? Let's start with the pepper's spicy stats:...
  • Japan scientists grow drugs in chicken eggs

    10/09/2017 11:38:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 5 replies ^ | October 9, 2017 | Staff via AFP
    The scientists now have three hens whose eggs containing the drug "interferon beta", with the birds laying eggs almost daily, the report said +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Japanese researchers have genetically engineered hens whose eggs contain drugs that can fight serious diseases including cancer, in a bid to dramatically reduce the cost of treatment, a report said Monday. If the scientists are able to safely produce "interferon beta", a type of protein used to treat illnesses including multiple sclerosis and hepatitis, by rearing the hens, the price of the drug—currently up to 100,000 yen ($888) for a few microgrammes—could fall significantly, said the...
  • We’re Eating More Cheese Than Ever. How To Do It Better

    10/04/2017 1:07:48 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 43 replies ^ | Oct. 4, 2017 1:00 p.m. ET | By Tia Keenan
    A radical new guide to the ever-widening world of cheese takes an accessible approach: Begin with what you love Up to now, cheese guides have tended to focus more on where and how cheese is made than on how best to enjoy it. Meanwhile, according to the USDA, Americans’ annual consumption of natural (as opposed to processed) cheese increased from 19.3 to 29.47 pounds per capita between 1995 and 2015, and the range of cheeses to choose from has become downright daunting. The time has come for “The Book of Cheese: The Essential Guide To Discovering Cheeses You’ll Love,” published...
  • Official White House Christmas tree selected from Shawano County (WI)

    10/04/2017 8:56:07 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 15 replies
    FOX WSAW TV ^ | September 25, 2017 | Maria Szatkowski
    SHAWANO COUNTY, WI (WSAW) -- A Wisconsin family Christmas tree business will be meeting the First Lady this November, when they present the White House with this year's Christmas tree. Diane and Jim Chapman, and their son David, of Silent Night Evergreens will be presenting the White House with this year's Christmas tree. On Monday, two White House officials came to pick out the special tree that starts the holiday season. "Today truly marks the first day of Christmas for us at the White House. Truly a remarkable tree and going to be a beautiful addition to holidays at the...
  • Can California Solve Pot’s Pesticide Problem?

    09/30/2017 7:44:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    Monterey Herald ^ | 09/26/17 | Lisa M. Krieger
    California cannabis consumers will soon have two choices: clean, legal and pricey — or dirty, illicit and cheap. Think Whole Foods vs. El Chapo. The big difference will be the amount of pesticides in your weed. That’s because starting Jan. 2, when California’s vast legal marijuana market opens, all cannabis must be tested — and most chemicals will be banned. Much of California’s cannabis is tainted, including the “medicinal” stuff. But soon state-sanctioned weed may become the greenest in the nation. But here’s the catch: Most growers — particularly the get-rich-quick newbies and industrial-scale Big Weed wannabes — aren’t ready...
  • We’ve Grossly Underestimated How Much Cow Farts Are Contributing to Global Warming

    09/29/2017 2:59:25 PM PDT · by upchuck · 71 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | Sep 29, 2017 | George Dvorsky
    A new NASA-sponsored study shows that global methane emissions produced by livestock are 11 percent higher than estimates made last decade. Because methane is a particularly nasty greenhouse gas, the new finding means it’s going to be even tougher to combat climate change than we realized. We’ve known for quite some time that greenhouse gases produced by cattle, sheep, and pigs are a significant contributor to global warming, but the new research, published in Carbon Balance and Management, shows it’s worse than we thought. Revised figures of methane produced by livestock in 2011 were 11 percent higher than estimates made...
  • Monster-sized goldfish are taking over an Alberta city that now has to cull them by the thousands

    09/28/2017 7:01:51 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 100 replies
    National Post ^ | 09-27-2017 | Staff
    Leah Kongsrude, St. Albert's environment director, says she's seen captured goldfish up to 30 centimetres in length, compared to ones sold by pet stores that measure only about two centimetres ST. ALBERT, Alta. — Workers have dipped nets and a naturally occurring chemical into a storm water retention pond near Edmonton in a bid to kill thousands of unwanted goldfish that have made the water body home. Officials say the aquatic invaders are the result of goldfish reproducing after people released their unwanted pets into the wild or flushed them down the toilet. Leah Kongsrude, St. Albert’s environment director, says...
  • Australian farmers are using human waste as fertilizer. And it's working.

    09/27/2017 5:59:22 AM PDT · by bgill · 53 replies
    Circa ^ | Sept. 27, 2017 | Julia Boccagno
    The bio-solids have become particularly important this year. According to Australia's Bureau of Meteorology, Australia experienced its hottest winter on record. That, coupled with frequent frosts, have made it difficult for farmers to grow their crops. But the sewage sludge is more than a simple fertilizer. It's also good for the environment. That's because plant operators are able to make use of an often-ignored waste product. "We beneficially reuse 100 percent of the bio solids that we generate every year, so that's about 180,000 tons of solid matter," said Gavin Landers of Sydney Water.