Greenhouse Project

As a partner with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, THE Greenhouse Project will also provide fresh produce to the Fairfield Community School District, which is in a partnership with four other schools that could also benefit from the food at the greenhouse.

Although there will be unavoidable complications with the timing of the readiness of the produce, the added positives that will come from the greenhouse for the schools will be great, Swinton says. Fairfield schools have even agreed to do the preparatory work for the produce, which means they will do all of the washing and refrigeration.

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Scientists creating super bird flu virus to prevent epidemic | World | News | Toronto Sun

Ultra-dangerous hubris at work in Netherlands Lab –

Steven Salzberg, a professor of medicine and biostatistics from John Hopkins School of Medicine, accused them of \”an outrageous display of chutzpah\” and says Fouchier \”is deeply confused about the possible benefits of this work\”, which Salzberg argues are marginal at best.

\”The notion of \’gain of function\’ research on pathogens is very, very dangerous,\” he told Reuters.

via Scientists creating super bird flu virus to prevent epidemic | World | News | Toronto Sun.

California police shoot, kill 13-year-old carrying replica assault weapon

California sheriff\’s officials and family members say deputies shot and killed a 13-year-old boy who was carrying a replica assault weapon.

Two Sonoma County deputies saw the boy walking with the replica weapon at about 3 p.m. local time Tuesday in Santa Rosa. Lt. Dennis O\’Leary says they repeatedly ordered him to drop what appeared to be a rifle before firing several rounds.

The boy fell to the ground. Deputies handcuffed him and began administering first aid, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. O\’Leary says deputies also found a plastic handgun in his waistband.

via California police shoot, kill 13-year-old carrying replica assault weapon.

Vichy French opposition would revoke automatic citizenship – FRANCE – IMMIGRATION – FRANCE 24

“This is anti-republican,” Socialist Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told the National Assembly, while the party’s parliamentary leader Bruno Le Roux added that the UMP was “in a mad spiral, looking to initiate a debate that will only serve to bolster the FN\”.

via French opposition would revoke automatic citizenship – FRANCE – IMMIGRATION – FRANCE 24.

IRIN Asia | Abuse, marginalization of war-affected women in Sri Lanka’s north | Sri Lanka | Conflict | Gender Issues | Human Rights

A UK-rights group has accused the Sri Lankan government of failing to address the marginalization and sexual abuse of women living in the country’s former war zones in the north and east, an allegation officials dismiss as coming from a “diaspora-led false propaganda machinery”.

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Another German company reveals its Nazi past | Germany | DW.DE | 22.10.2013

Like many other business magnates, then company chief Richard Kaselowsky sought to be close to the Nazis. Kaselowsky joined the Nazi Party (NSDAP) shortly after Adolf Hitler seized power in 1933. He made large financial donations to Heinrich Himmler, leader of the SS organization. Rudolf-August Oetker, his step-son and successor, also had no qualms about the Nazi leadership: in 1941, he volunteered to join the Waffen-SS, the armed wing of the party that also provided guards for the concentration camps.

According to the study, Dr. Oetker also employed forced laborers, though not in the main production facilities. Dr. Oetker was just one of the many German companies that sought the proximity of the Nazis, Bonn-based historian Joachim Scholtyseck says. \”During World War II, no company was really clean,\” he says. \”Everyone had to resort to slave labor when their own workers were fighting at the front.\” That even included adamant opponents of the regime like industrialist Robert Bosch.

via Another German company reveals its Nazi past | Germany | DW.DE | 22.10.2013.

Lionfish Invasion May Be Atlantic Ocean’s ‘Worst Environmental Disaster’ Ever

Lions!!!!!!! – forget the tigers and bears!

Repeating Islands

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This article by Josh Lieberman appeared in The International Science Times.

A lionfish invasion underway in the Caribbean and southeastern United States is “probably the worst environmental disaster the Atlantic will ever face.” Lionfish, which are not native to the Atlantic Ocean and have no predators there, have found the Atlantic’s pickings so rich that they’ve become obese. This ravenous lionfish appetite has a price: the species is capable of wiping out 90 percent of a reef.

The lionfish invasion is believed to have stemmed from pet owners releasing two species, Pterois volitans and Pterois miles, into Florida waters in the 1980s. DNA analysis points to a lionfish population containing at least 10 females as the start of it all. The Gulf Stream’s warm waters then spread the eggs north and south, the theory goes, resulting in explosive growth of the predator-free creature. And with female lionfish…

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Human Milk Purchased Via the Internet May Contain High Levels of Bacteria – HealthyChildren.org

The milk samples were sent to a rented mail box in Ohio, and later compared with samples of unpasteurized, donated milk obtained through a milk bank. Seventy-four percent of the Internet milk samples were colonized with high bacterial counts overall, or had at least some Gram-negative bacteria; and 64 percent of the Internet samples tested positive for staphylococcus, compared to 25 percent of the milk bank samples.  Three of the Internet samples were contaminated with Salmonella. The high overall bacterial growth and frequent contamination with disease-causing bacteria in the Internet milk reflected poor collection, storage or shipping practices, according to the study authors.

via Human Milk Purchased Via the Internet May Contain High Levels of Bacteria – HealthyChildren.org.

Cold temperatures and chilli peppers help burn fat, Japanese study says

Turn up the AC and eat chilis or how about some chilli smoothies?

Exposure to cold and consuming natural substances found in chilli peppers could help burn fat, a new Japanese study has found. Spending time in low temperatures and consumption of these capsinoids found in chilli peppers both appear to increase the number and activity of so-called brown fat cells, which burn energy, rather than store it as typical \”white\” fat cells do, said Takeshi Yoneshiro, a researcher at Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan

via Cold temperatures and chilli peppers help burn fat, Japanese study says.

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