Bee-harming pesticides in our lavender and daisies? In the same week that an international body of scientists released a comprehensive global assessment of the harms of pesticides to bees, a new report shows that these very same pesticides are found in many of our backyard plants — at levels of concern — that are meant to support pollinators.
The report shows that 51% of garden plant samples purchased at top garden retailers (Home Depot, Lowe’s and Walmart) in 18 cities in the United States and Canada contain neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides — a key driver of declining bee populations. Concerning levels of the pesticides were found in places like California’s San Francisco Bay Area and in Minnesota’s Twin Cities. In some cases, multiple neonics were found in the same plant, in the leaves, stalks or flowers.
via Your (not so) “bee-friendly” plants | Pesticide Action Network.
The chikungunya epidemic in the Caribbean is continuing to spill over into the United States, with federal and state officials reporting at least 74 cases in 23 states yesterday.
via US chikungunya cases jump to 74 in 23 states | CIDRAP.
Vintage Photos of Foreigner Women Pose in Kimono Dress – Long history of cultural appropriation. Fad, fancy, thinking its a compliment but OK to marginalize, and later intern and imprison Japanese just because they or their parents were Japanese. In the 1920’s it was walk like an Egyptian.
via vintage everyday: Vintage Photos of Foreigner Women Pose in Kimono Dress.
The World Health Organization on Wednesday announced it was changing the way it reports fatalities from the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone at the request of the government.
Previously, probable and suspected deaths from Ebola were included in the count but from now on, only laboratory confirmed cases will be reported, reducing the death toll in Sierra Leone from 58 to 34 as of Tuesday.
via RABAT, Morocco: WHO reduces Ebola death toll in Sierra Leone | Health | Macon.com.
Ian Burkhart, a 23-year-old quadriplegic from Dublin, Ohio, is the first patient to use Neurobridge, an electronic neural bypass for spinal cord injuries that reconnects the brain directly to muscles, allowing voluntary and functional control of a paralyzed limb. Burkhart is the first of a potential five participants in a clinical study.
“It’s much like a heart bypass, but instead of bypassing blood, we’re actually bypassing electrical signals,” said Chad Bouton, research leader at Battelle. “We’re taking those signals from the brain, going around the injury, and actually going directly to the muscles.”
The Neurobridge technology combines algorithms that learn and decode the user’s brain activity and a high-definition muscle stimulation sleeve that translates neural impulses from the brain and transmits new signals to the paralyzed limb. In this case, Ian’s brain signals bypass his injured spinal cord and move his hand, hence the name Neurobridge.
Burkhart, who was paralyzed four years ago during a diving accident, viewed the opportunity to participate in the six-month, FDA-approved clinical trial at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center as a chance to help others with spinal cord injuries.
via New device allows brain to bypass spinal cord, move paralyzed limbs — ScienceDaily.
A 90-year-old woman has been dragged off the street and raped.
The attack happened in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, as the woman walked to a local shop.
The victim felt a hand go over her mouth and she was hauled backwards in Spotland Road at about 6.45am yesterday, police said.
Greater Manchester police want to hear from anyone who may have seen the victim, and potentially the offender.
The pensioner is white and wore a white summer dress with a floral print, and a cardigan.
Because of the nature of the attack, the only description of the offender is that he was white.
Superintendent Alistair Mallen said: “I am sure the entire community will share our revulsion at this. The victim has been through a horrific ordeal and we are all hoping she can make a full recovery. She is now being supported by experienced officers and we are doing everything possible to reassure her that we will catch the man responsible.
“This kind of attack is, thankfully, so rare that it will naturally cause a huge amount of concern in the community.
“I now want people, including the criminal fraternity, to imagine if that had been your mum or grandma. I want to harness these feelings and use them to help the police do their job – catch this man and put him before the courts.”
via 90-year-old woman raped in Rochdale | UK news | theguardian.com.