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July 24, 2014 at 4:07pm
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Ingredients of All-Natural Fruits | James Kennedy →

If you’re a follower of Michael Pollan’s rule “if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it”, then you’d better avoid cherries, since they’re full of “phenylacetaldehyde”, “octadecatrienoic acid”, “(e)-2,6-nonanedienal”, and more. Watch out for other fruits and vegetables, too: most have at least as many (if not more) chemicals in them!

July 23, 2014 at 9:31pm
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This is America, as these people never tire of reminding us. And that means I have a legal right to use birth control, and it also means I have a legal right to my privacy when it comes to my health care, and THAT means I don’t have to justify a damned thing to anyone. I don’t need a note from my doctor to the world explaining why MY reason for using birth control is justifiable. It’s ALL justifiable. Birth control is safe and legal and NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS.

— I Take Birth Control Because I’m A Slutty Slut Who Sluts So Hard. You?

July 17, 2014 at 8:45pm
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Science Magazine Puts Transgender Women on Cover, Without Their Heads →

Surprising clusterfuck from Science this week, starting with an ill-conceived cover, followed by a faux-apology from the Editor-In-Chief, then the Careers Editor decides to double-down on it all.

July 15, 2014 at 12:21pm
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Hey kids, want to make a difference in the world? Study computer science, go to work improving voice recognition, save lives. (via Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal)

Hey kids, want to make a difference in the world? Study computer science, go to work improving voice recognition, save lives. (via Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal)

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There are some interesting mathematical ways to model this, but weirdly enough, the people with CS degrees conducting whiteboard interviews never seem to be too interested. Go figure.

— Sarah Mei » Programming Is Not Math

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iTerm2 can speak directly to tmux and display its virtual windows as native windows or tabs, making tmux much easier to navigate.

— iTerm2 - Mac OS Terminal Replacement. Oh, this sounds very promising. I have an even worse case of tabitis in the terminal than I do in web browsers. Perhaps this will alleviate my symptoms?

July 11, 2014 at 9:55am
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From McDonald's To Organic Valley, You're Probably Eating Wood Pulp : The Salt : NPR →

And that’s a good thing.

July 10, 2014 at 4:38pm
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Regulatory changes are in order–in fact, they’re long overdue–but they should be in the direction of making regulation more scientific and risk-based—rather than creating even more regulatory oversight focused on a bogus pseudo-category.

— A Faustian Bargain On Labeling Genetically Engineered Food

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Old ways help modern maize to defend itself -- ScienceDaily →

The researchers found that many varieties of modern maize have lost their ability to produce a chemical called E-β-caryophyllene. This chemical is normally produced by traditional ancestors of modern maize roots when the plant is under attack from invading corn rootworms. The chemical attracts ‘friendly’ nematode worms from the surrounding soil which, in turn, kill the corn rootworm larvae within a few days.

July 8, 2014 at 8:59pm
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When working with other programmers I often feel a lot like Bruno Gianelli: “sometimes I have difficulty talking to people who don’t know The West Wing.”


July 5, 2014 at 3:22pm
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the impact of one e-reader equals roughly 40 to 50 books

— Op-Chart - How Green Is My iPad? - Wow, I expected the environmental impact of an iPad to be much worse. It turns out e-books are not only more convenient than paper books, they’re also more environmentally friendly (if you’re a reader).

July 4, 2014 at 2:00pm
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The widespread assumption among many environmentalists that agriculture is chewing up more and more habitat at a faster rate each year is simply not correct.

— The Breakthrough Institute - Can We Grow More Food on Less Land?. The beginning of a great trend, but we still use far too much land for agriculture. Our agricultural practices must become much more intensive, not less.

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Science coverage does not simply lie in reflecting a wide range of views but depends on the varying degree of prominence such views should be given.

— BBC staff told to stop inviting cranks on to science programmes - Telegraph

July 2, 2014 at 5:17pm
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BPA Is A-OK, Says FDA - Forbes →

Your move, chemophobes.

June 29, 2014 at 5:01pm
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Yes I used “natural” and “chemical” right next to each other, take that chemophobes.

— Agave: And Then There was Tequila … and Dermatitis | Nature’s Poisons