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!
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.
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.
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.
the impact of one e-reader equals roughly 40 to 50 books
— Op-Chart - How Green Is My iPad? - NYTimes.com. 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).