Is the end of mosquitos?


Courtesy of AP

MIAMI (AP) — Federal authorities gave final approval Friday to a plan to release genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida, but none of the insects will be immediately dispatched in the state’s fight against the spread of Zika.


After considering thousands of public comments, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine concluded the proposal from biotech firm Oxitec to release its mosquitoes in an island neighborhood just north of Key West would not significantly affect the environment, according a statement from the agency.


Pokemon Go for wheelchair users


Courtesy of Techcrunch

Toronto-based B corporation Komodo OpenLab thought Pokémon Go using its Tecla product, an assistive hardware device designed to make it easier to use smartphones, tablets and users for people who might not generally be able to interact with these gadgets, including, for example, wheelchair users with spinal injuries or multiple sclerosis.

As you can see from the video above, the Tecla controller installed on the users’ wheelchairs allow control over iOS or Android devices paired via Bluetooth. A control unit switches the target device for the hardware controller between their wheelchair, and the smartphone, and it also works with single or dual switches, including those that respond to light touch and sip-and-puff switches for users with less range of motion in their hands.

The team behind Tecla first did some feasibility testing around use of their system with Go in late July, but were able to run an actual field test with the help of local Toronto Tecla users Neil and James. The result? Some freshly caught Pokémon, as you can see in the video above.

The Horrible Chemicals That Make Your Winter Gear Waterproof


Courtesy of Mother Jones

Ever since our early ancestors left the fertile sauna of Africa and headed North, we humans have been searching for ways to fend off sleet and snow and rain and cold. The Inuit once relied on seal and whale intestines to get the job done. Nowadays, we rely on waterproof synthetics.

img-thing-1These modern fabrics represent a certain kind of progress, but they also have a worrisome downside. Some of the fluorocarbon chemicals used in their manufacture are dangerous for our health, and are so stable that their residues will persist in the environment, quite literally, until the next Ice Age. What’s more, there’s no guarantee that the industry’s latest alternatives, which are marketed as safer, are much of an improvement.


Trader Joe’s Goes Cage Free


When it comes to the work we do to offer products we think fit our customers’ needs—covering a range of considerations, we continually evaluate our offerings and adjust them as warranted by sales and direct customer feedback.

With regard to eggs, we have offered a range of choices from “conventional” and “cage-free” sources (among them organic, cage-free, free-range, and fertile options; a list of egg-related terms and meanings can be found in our  Product Information FAQs).

chicken2In 2005, in response to valuable customer feedback, we made a change to have all Trader Joe’s brand eggs come only from cage-free hens.  Since then, we have seen steady increases in our sales of cage-free eggs. Currently at Trader Joe’s, 62% of the eggs we sell are cage-free.  To put that in perspective, at this time, of all the eggs sold in the U.S. (across the variety of retailers), about 11% are cage-free.

As we continue to listen to our customers, and as the supply-side of the egg business evolves to keep pace with a growing cage-free preference, we have set the following goals: to have all the eggs we sell in western states (CA, OR, WA, AZ, NM, and CO) come from cage-free suppliers by 2020 and all the eggs we sell nationally to come from cage-free suppliers by 2025. If market conditions allow us to accomplish these goals earlier, while still providing our customers outstanding value, we will do so.

Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck


Thug Kitchen started their wildly popular website to inspire people to eatsome goddamn vegetables and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Beloved byGwyneth Paltrow (‘This might be my favorite thing ever’) and with half a million Facebook fans and counting, Thug Kitchen wants to show everyone how to take charge of their plates and cook up some real f*cking food.

Thug Kitchen is available at Buy it now!

Michael Moore: 10 Things They Won’t Tell You About the Flint Water Tragedy, But I Will


Courtesy of EcoWatch / written by Michael Moore

News of the poisoned water crisis in Flint has reached a wide audience around the world. The basics are now known: the Republican governor, Rick Snyder, nullified the free elections in Flint, deposed the mayor and city council, then appointed his own man to run the city. To save money, they decided to unhook the people of Flint from their fresh water drinking source, Lake Huron, and instead, make the public drink from the toxic Flint River.

mmWhen the governor’s office discovered just how toxic the water was, they decided to keep quiet about it and covered up the extent of the damage being done to Flint’s residents, most notably the lead affecting the children, causing irreversible and permanent brain damage. Citizen activists uncovered these actions, and the governor now faces growing cries to resign or be arrested.

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The power of Essential Oils


Courtesy of Care2 – Written by Michelle Schoffro Cook

In our highly stressful modern world, people don’t take enough time to stop and smell the roses. Fortunately, science is proving that breathing in some of nature’s most enjoyable fragrances can reduce the harmful effects of stress and high blood pressure so often linked with stress.

Korean researchers determined that inhaling essential oils can help decrease high blood pressure without any detrimental side effects often associated with drugs.


The study, published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicineidentified the effects of essential oil inhalation on the 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure (blood pressure as you move around leading your normal daily routine) and salivary cortisol level. Cortisol is a stress hormone created by the adrenal glands.

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How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Eczema Treatment?


Courtesy of Natural News Blog

Eczema is a set of chronic skin conditions caused by inflammation. Atopic dermatitis (AD) is the most common type of eczema, and has been called the “itch that rashes.” Eczema can be a very stressful and frustrating condition, and can make living your daily life challenging and uncomfortable. The intense, frequent itch can cause loss of sleep and days off from work, and many children have to miss school days.

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Eczema is a chronic problem for lots of people – it’s estimated that eczema affects 35 million Americans: 1-3% of adults, and 10-20% of children. Seventy percent of cases start in children younger than 5 years old, and about 60% of infants who have eczema continue to have one or more symptoms in adulthood.