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  • EPA proposes regulating mercury from coal plants

    03/16/2011 12:23:37 PM PDT · by thackney · 78 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 16, 2011 | Matthew Tresaugue
    Federal environmental regulators proposed new rules today for mercury and other toxic air pollution from coal-fired power plants — a move that could cost industry billions of dollars while preventing thousands of premature deaths a year. The new standards, which the Environmental Protection Agency issued under court order, would require many older power plants to install scrubbers and other pieces of costly equipment to reduce emissions of the pollutants. The EPA estimates the cost of compliance would be more than $10 billion a year for utilities and other operators of power plants but would bring $140 billion in annual health...
  • Expert Warns of Health Risks Associated With New Light Bulb Technology

    03/10/2011 1:55:01 PM PST · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    CNSNews ^ | March 10, 2011 | Dan Joseph
    ( – A lighting expert who has overseen lighting projects including the Statue of Liberty and the Petronas Towers, expressed concerns on Capitol Hill Thursday about the safety of certain types of new light bulbs. Speaking before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Howard M. Branston spoke out in favor of the "Better Use of Light Bulbs Act" – a measure which would overturn elements of a 2007 law mandating that traditional incandescent light bulbs be phased out over the next few years. In his testimony, Branston claimed that parts of the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act...
  • LANL gets machine to crush bulbs (fluorescent bulbs-dispose of as hazardous waste)

    03/08/2011 10:51:38 AM PST · by CedarDave · 8 replies
    KRQE TV 13, Albuquerque ^ | March 7, 2011 | AP
    LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) - Los Alamos National Laboratory is increasing its use of a machine to crush fluorescent bulbs. The machine known as the Bulb Eater attaches to the top of a 55-gallon drum and works like a large food processor. Fluorescent bulbs contain small amounts of mercury vapor. That means they must be labeled, boxed and disposed of as a type of hazardous waste.
  • Night Sky Query

    01/30/2011 12:40:30 PM PST · by Cletus.D.Yokel · 46 replies
    Another stinkin vanity from Cletus | Star Date 2799.33 | Duh...
    Okay, you FR sky watchers, what is the very bright planet I see each morning as I make my way into the city of Chicago? It is in the SE sky. Just asking and yes, I've checked Uranus...
  • Expert Warns Of Danger In Broken CFL Bulbs

    01/13/2011 9:14:34 PM PST · by george76 · 61 replies
    KYW Newsradio ^ | January 13, 2011 | Michelle Durham,
    As incandescent bulbs are phased out across America in favor of energy-saving compact fluorescents (CFL), a Philadelphia environment expert is warning of a potential danger in the bulbs — especially if they are accidentally broken... you need to take special precautions if a CFL bulb breaks. “Open up the windows,” Prof. Ryan advises. “Leave the room for 15 to 20 minutes and let the room air out. There will be a little bit of mercury that will vaporize. Mercury is a toxin and you don’t want to breathe it in... He says if a bulb breaks you should also turn...
  • Move to Undo Protections from Mercury Pollution

    01/11/2011 10:46:30 AM PST · by EBH · 6 replies
    House Republicans have announced a Congressional Review Act resolution that seeks to undo EPA rules to control toxic emissions from cement plants. The rules would reduce cement plants’ emissions of mercury and other toxic substances by more than 90%. EPA scientists have estimated the rules would prevent up to 2,500 premature deaths and thousands of heart and respiratory incidents and save billions of dollars in health costs each year. “Without these important EPA rules, our families will continue to be exposed to mercury and other toxic pollution from the Lafarge plant in Ravena, New York,” said Susan Falzon, with Friends...
  • How fluorescent bulbs ZOTs Spammers;

    01/07/2011 7:37:08 AM PST · by freedomfox · 42 replies
    The Zotted ^ | 01-06-2011 | Kevin Pezzi, ZOT
    Fluorescent and compact fluorescent bulbs can reduce intelligence, impair mood, and otherwise damage your life by releasing mercury, a highly neurotoxic chemical. Why, then, did congressional dimbulbs vote to ban incandescent light bulbs, forcing us to substitute fluorescent ones?
  • CA: State to phase out energy-sucking light bulbs

    12/20/2010 11:29:07 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies · 4+ views
    California Watch ^ | 12/20/10 | Susanne Rust
    Say goodbye to your 100-watt incandescent light bulbs. On Jan. 1, it’ll become increasingly challenging to find one on a store shelf in California. That’s because the state has ordered a phaseout of the high energy-consuming light bulb. The state is pressing to have the old incandescents replaced with newer, more efficient bulbs, such as compact fluorescents, halogens and light-emitting diode light bulbs, or LEDs. And beginning in 2012, 100-watt incandescents will be off the shelves completely. As is typical, California is getting a jump-start on a trend that will begin nationwide in a few years. Three years ago, the...
  • Queer Results: Mercury in Diet Turns Birds Gay

    12/18/2010 1:58:38 PM PST · by indcons · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Open Magazine ^ | 21-27 Dec 2010 | TCA Sharad Raghavan
    If the birdlife on earth didn’t have enough to worry about, like dwindling habitats, air pollution and the hostile ecosystem of cities, they now have the added perplexity of going gay. A study conducted by researchers from the University of Florida and Peradeniya University in Sri Lanka found that relatively low doses of methylmercury in the diet of male ibises resulted in their pairing up with each other, snubbing the females, to the extent of building nests together (in other words, moving in together). Methylmercury has been seeping into groundwater from industries for ages now.
  • Upton flips a switch on CFL bulbs--Feeling heat, lawmaker sees light on incandescents

    12/06/2010 6:42:56 PM PST · by jazusamo · 82 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 6, 2010 | Stephan Dinan
    Three years after he led the charge to require consumers to ditch their comfortable old incandescent lights in favor of those twisty CFL bulbs, Rep. Fred Upton now wants to be the man to help undo that law as the next chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. That about-face is not unique among lawmakers looking to atone for stances they've taken over the past decade as they seek to gain top posts in a decidedly more conservative Republican Congress, but his reversal underscores how intent the GOP is on proving it has broken with past practices. "We have...
  • Mercury serves up a nuclear surprise - The discovery of a new type of fission turns a...

    12/04/2010 10:40:33 AM PST · by neverdem · 31 replies
    Nature News ^ | 1 December 2010 | Eugenie Samuel Reich
    The discovery of a new type of fission turns a tenet of nuclear theory on its head. The observation of an unexpected nuclear reaction by an unstable isotope of the element mercury has thrown up a rare puzzle. The enigma is helping theorists to tackle one of the trickiest problems in physics: developing a more complete model of the atomic nucleus. Nuclear fission, the process in which a nucleus heavier than that of iron breaks into pieces, is generally observed to be symmetric, with the resulting fragments being roughly equal in size. Although instances of asymmetric fission are known, they...
  • 2011 Automotive Hot List: The Departed... (Discontinued car brand/marques)

    10/02/2010 8:21:28 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 10/2/10 | Road and Track staff
    If there’s one constant in this world, it’s this: We live in a world of constant flux. In the automotive world, however, we’ve all grown accustomed to seeing the same group of manufacturers introduce new models each year. You know the names. But for the 2011 model year—thanks largely to the huge economic downturn that began in late 2008—four well-known American nameplates have gone the way of the Edsel, so to speak...
  • Not such a bright idea.

    09/29/2010 5:25:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies
    Fresh Ink (GOPUSA) ^ | September 29, 2010 | Kay Daly
    When the government regulates how much water a toilet can flush, or what kind of lightbulbs you can put in your table lamps at home, the Constitution looks pretty small in the rear view mirror. Exactly where in the Constitution does it say that it is the government's business how much water my toilet is flushing or what kind of lightbulb illuminates my household? But the busybodies in the environmental movement have folks convinced of a lot of things that just aren't so. Remember the campaign that passed the lightbulb bill? The holier-than-thou greenies told us that if we only...
  • How many congressmen does it take to screw in a light bulb? (MERCURY may kill your children)

    09/23/2010 11:58:18 AM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 72 replies
    Daly Caller ^ | 09/23/10 | Alexis Levinson
    If not disposed of properly, CFL light bulbs, which Congress is pushing as a preferable and energy efficient alternative to incandescent bulbs, may poison you, contaminate your food and water supply, destroy the environment and kill your children. If light bulbs were regulated like cigarettes, this is what it might say on the side of the box of “environmentally friendly” bulbs that you just picked up at Target. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 banned almost all use of incandescent bulbs (the normal looking ones that pop up over cartoon characters’ heads in moments of brilliance) by 2014....
  • Thomas Edison, You're Under Arrest

    09/10/2010 5:59:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 10, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Eco-Extremism: A light bulb factory closes in Virginia as mandated fluorescents are made in China. It's now a crime to make or ship for sale 75-watt incandescent bulbs in the European Union. Welcome to green hell. Thomas Alva Edison was a genius credited with the invention of many things — the phonograph, the motion picture, the incandescent light bulb, global warming. That last credit was given by those who rank light bulbs right up there with the internal combustion engine as ravagers of the planet. The General Electric light bulb factory in Winchester, Va., closed this month, a victim, along...
  • 1961 - Women weren't allowed to rent cars or fly jets or serve as police officers. ????

    07/01/2010 12:18:16 PM PDT · by Liberty Ship · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Stone. At a time when women weren’t allowed to rent a car, play professional sports, fly jets, or serve as police officers, 13 strong women pilots sought the impossible: to be part of the Mercury 13 astronaut program in 1961. Non-Fiction. Lexile n/a.
  • Adieu, Mercury. Which brand’s next? (Ford shutting down Mercury after 71 years)

    06/03/2010 6:31:08 AM PDT · by AAABEST · 48 replies · 945+ views
    MSNBC Online ^ | Paul A. Eisenstein
    Analysts say there are too many brands chasing too few buyers Mercury has come to that big garage in the sky, and there's a convoy behind it of what could be more disappearing brands. After 71 years, the Mercury brand will vanish from the market with little more than a whimper, by the end of the year. The brainchild of automotive pioneer Edsel Ford, Mercury had become little more than an afterthought on the automotive sales charts in recent years, a costly and irrelevant distraction that company officials, after years of debate, finally decided to do away with. The move...
  • Ford to End Mercury Brand This Year, Expand Lincoln

    06/02/2010 5:42:28 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 29 replies · 662+ views
    businessweek ^ | June 02, 2010 | Keith Naughton
    Ford Motor Co., after selling its European brands, said it will discontinue its 71-year-old Mercury brand by the end of the year and expand its Lincoln lineup with a new small car. Ford’s board voted today to cease production of all four of Mercury’s models in the fourth quarter, Mark Fields, the automaker’s president of the Americas, told reporters. Ford will send letters to 1,712 Mercury dealers this week offering them buyouts and giving some the chance to merge the Lincoln half of their franchise with Ford showrooms, he said.
  • Ford considering fate of Mercury brand

    05/28/2010 6:53:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies · 413+ views
    Real Clear Markets ^ | 05/28/2010 | Dee-Ann Durbin
    Mercury could soon be the latest Detroit car brand to disappear. Ford Motor Co. is assessing the future of Mercury, although a final decision on whether to kill the brand hasn't yet been made, a person familiar with the company's deliberations said Thursday. The person asked not to be named because the process is ongoing. During a trip to Washington to meet with lawmakers, Ford CEO Alan Mulally declined to discuss Mercury, saying the company has nothing new to announce. He added that Ford is continually reviewing all its brands. Several Lincoln-Mercury dealers contacted Thursday evening said they hadn't heard...
  • Ford Said to Plan End of Forgotten Mercury After Seven Decades

    05/27/2010 1:10:15 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 81 replies · 1,471+ views ^ | 5-27-2010 | By Keith Naughton
    Ford Motor Co. is preparing to wind down the Mercury line, created in 1939 by Edsel Ford, after sales plunged 74 percent since 2000, said two people familiar with the plan. The automaker’s top executives are preparing a proposal to kill Mercury to be presented to directors in July, said the people, who asked not to be indentified revealing internal discussions. Mercury, losing two of four models next year, will be starved of products and promotion, the people said. Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally emphasized the automaker’s namesake brand as he revived the only major U.S. automaker to avoid bankruptcy....
  • New federal rule targets harmful mercury emissions

    04/30/2010 9:23:24 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies · 356+ views
    breitbart ^ | 4/30/10 | MATTHEW DALY
    WASHINGTON (AP) - New federal rules are in the works to limit the amount of mercury and other harmful pollutants released from boilers and solid waste incinerators. A proposal Friday by the Environmental Protection Agency targets mercury emissions from about 200,000 industrial boilers, heaters and solid waste incinerators. Mercury can damage the brain and nervous system, especially in fetuses and children.
  • Studies aim to resolve confusion over mercury risks from fish

    04/25/2010 5:06:06 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies · 720+ views
    Science News ^ | April 21st, 2010 | Janet Raloff
    Research identifies riskier fish and ways to limit potentially harmful exposures The way it boosts neural development in babies and protects the hearts and minds of adults, fish could be considered a health food. Yet the methylmercury pollution that taints fish worldwide can erase these advantages and even trigger profound mental and cardiovascular harm. Several new papers now suggest strategies by which American diners can negotiate the mercury minefield to tap dietary benefits in fish. Their authors also call for reform of federal guidelines that can confuse consumers on mercury risks from fish. Mercury is a global pollutant. Some comes...

    04/23/2010 10:46:21 PM PDT · by TheSentry · 74 replies · 1,879+ views
    Kansas City Television, KCTV-5 ^ | April 22, 2010 | staff
    12:36 PM-CDT-April 22, 2010 Kansas City, Missouri "The EPA told the school mercury, even the size of a pencil lead, could render half of..."
  • SUNSET PLANETS [Mercury and much brighter Venus now visible in west just after sunset]

    03/31/2010 9:00:20 AM PDT · by ETL · 27 replies · 981+ views ^ | March 31, 2010
    SUNSET PLANETS: The Solar System's innermost planets are about to put on a beautiful show. This week, Mercury is emerging from the glare of the sun and making a beeline for Venus. By week's end the two planets will be just 3o apart, a bright and eye-catching pair. Keep an eye on the sunset!
  • The CCF Challenge (Will food and science reporters take the bait?)

    12/08/2009 7:57:32 PM PST · by Still Thinking · 4 replies · 233+ views
    Consumer ^ | December 7, 2009
    If you swallow the scary stories anti-food activists are constantly pushing to the media, you might be worrying about trace amounts of mercury in the fish you eat. But new research shows that levels of mercury in fish might be irrelevant after all. Since 2006 when we published “The Flip Side of Mercury,” we've been saying that selenium levels in seafood might actually be canceling out the negative effects of mercury, in an all-natural conspiracy to make fish the “brain food” your mom always said it was. (Selenium is a key antioxidant that helps guard against heart disease and boosts...
  • Childhood: New Research on Autism and Mercury

    10/28/2009 12:17:23 AM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 891+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 26, 2009 | RONI CARYN RABIN
    Many parents worry about a possible link between autism and mercury exposure. But most research dismisses those fears as groundless, and a new study says autistic children actually have lower blood levels of mercury than children who are developing normally. Mercury levels were closely related to fish intake, the study found, and children with autism and related disorders tend to be picky eaters who avoid fish. After researchers adjusted for the lower fish consumption of autistic children, they found no differences between their mercury levels and those in other children. Irva Hertz-Picciotto, a professor of public health sciences at the...
  • North Korea Fingered Again in Hacking 'Revelations'

    10/18/2009 5:41:31 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 408+ views ^ | 18 October 2009 at 15:17 | Tim Stevens
    SNIPPET: "After the 4 July DDoS attacks, wrongly attributed to North Korea, it’s wise to treat reports of DPRK security hacks with some caution. Nevertheless, The Korea Times reports the following: Classified Info on Dangerous Chemicals Hacked Hackers stole classified information on dangerous chemicals in their raid on the South Korean army computer network in what was believed to be an attack by North Korea, Yonhap News Agency reported Saturday, quoting government officials." SNIPPET: "The Sydney Morning Herald adds more information: A North Korea cyber warfare unit hacked into a South Korean military command earlier this year and stole some...
  • Government to get special swine flu vaccine

    10/19/2009 9:04:10 AM PDT · by Jewbacca · 35 replies · 1,448+ views
    The Local (Germany's News in English) ^ | October 19, 2009 | Editor
    Just a week after it emerged that the German armed forces was getting a different kind of A/H1N1 vaccine to the general population, Der Spiegel magazine reports that the government will also get special treatment. The general population will be offered the GlaxoSmithKline vaccine, called Pandemrix, which contains a new booster element, or adjuvant, as well as a preservative containing mercury. Controversy has grown around the rapid licensing of the GSK vaccine – and a similar one being made by Novartis. Critics said not enough testing had been conducted before European licensing authorities rushed an approval. Chancellor Angela Merkel, her...
  • Mercury Flyby

    10/01/2009 11:32:25 AM PDT · by The Comedian · 6 replies · 846+ views ^ | Oct.1, 2009 | Spaceweather
    NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft is receding from Mercury after a Sept 29th flyby that put smiles on the faces of mission scientists. MESSENGER is beaming back images of thousands of square miles of previously unseen terrain, including this cheerful crater: The arc-shaped depression in the crater's floor is a "pit crater." A few of these have been seen on Mercury, and they are probably volcanic in nature. Pit craters may have formed when subsurface magma drained away and left a roof area unsupported, leading to collapse and the formation of the pit. In this example, the southern area of the pit...
  • America's Dim Bulbs

    09/10/2009 5:57:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies · 1,826+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 10, 2009
    Energy Savings: Europe's ban on the incandescent light bulb began phasing in this month, and the U.S. will soon follow. Is Thomas Edison to blame for global warming? And why are we exporting green jobs?When the warm-mongers assemble in Copenhagen this December to hammer out a successor to the failed Kyoto Protocol, no doubt their work to save the earth from the carbon dioxide that gives it life will take place under the eerie light thrown off by compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) mandated by the European Union to fight climate change. The bulbs are more expensive, costing up to...
  • Magnetic Message from Mercury (spacecraft data validates creation-based predictions)

    08/27/2009 10:11:05 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 96 replies · 1,928+ views
    CMI ^ | Russell Humphreys, Ph.D.
    A NASA spacecraft is again testing a creationist theory about the magnetic fields of planets. On 14 January 2008, the Messenger spacecraft, made by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory for NASA, flew by Mercury, the innermost planet of the solar system, in the first of several close encounters before it finally settles into a steady orbit around Mercury in 2011.[1] As it passed, its ‘magnetometer’ made quick measurements of Mercury’s magnetic field and transmitted them successfully back to Earth. Probably it will take the Messenger team several months to process the magnetic data accurately. I’m looking forward to...
  • How To Kiss Your Job Goodbye

    09/01/2009 4:21:34 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 8 replies · 734+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | August 31, 2009 | Bradley Harrington
    There is no such thing as ‘a right to a job’—there is only the right of free trade, that is: a man’s right to take a job if another man chooses to hire him.” —Ayn Rand, “Man’s Rights,” 1963— If you want to understand the most common reason for unemployment in America—the real unemployment rate of which is now well into the double digits—you need only look as far as Washington, D.C., home of the federal government, for the answer: bureaucratic intervention in the economy in the form of minimum wage laws, “public works” projects, “stimulus” programs and the regulation...
  • GM pulls out of mercury plans (No Longer Its Problem...)

    08/31/2009 10:37:24 PM PDT · by AKSurprise · 22 replies · 982+ views ^ | 08/11/09 |
    "General Motors has quit working with a partnership that collects toxic parts from scrapped cars, jeopardising an effort to prevent mercury pollution just as hundreds of thousands of clunkers are headed to recyclers. Participants in the environmental programme told The Associated Press the timing of GM's departure could hurt their work. The government's "cash-for-clunkers" programme will lead to trade-in and recycling of an estimated 750 000 vehicles, some of which contain mercury switches. GM says it's a new company, formed with substantial government aid in the wake of bankruptcy protection, and is not a member of the partnership because it...
  • The real story behind Mercury Marine's labor collapse

    08/24/2009 3:31:33 PM PDT · by 50cal Smokepole · 164 replies · 5,021+ views ^ | August 24, 2009 11:40 AM | Steve Jagler
    The question is being asked at dinner tables and water coolers throughout Wisconsin: Why would those union workers at Mercury Marine's Fond du Lac plant vote against the company's last contract proposal? Why, indeed. At first glance, the consensus rejection by members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) Local 1947 on Sunday makes no sense. The company had flat-out threatened to leave Wisconsin for Stillwater, Okla., unless the Fond du Lac workers bent over and took substantial cuts in pay and benefits. So, why would the Fondy workers cut their own throats? Isn't a job with...
  • AP NewsBreak: GM pulls out of mercury partnership

    08/10/2009 4:59:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies · 753+ views
    breitbart ^ | 8/10/09 | KEN THOMAS
    WASHINGTON (AP) - General Motors has quit working with a partnership that collects toxic parts from scrapped automobiles, jeopardizing an effort to prevent mercury pollution just as hundreds of thousands of clunkers are headed to recyclers. Participants in the environmental program told The Associated Press the timing of GM's departure could hurt their work. The government's "cash-for-clunkers" program will lead to trade-in and recycling of an estimated 750,000 vehicles, some of which contain mercury switches.
  • Neighboring planet could hit Earth...eventually! We're doomed!!!

    06/10/2009 12:47:43 PM PDT · by avalonmistmoon · 66 replies · 1,290+ views ^ | 06/10/2009 | jeanna Bryner
    A collision of Earth with Mercury, Mars or Venus possible in distant future.
  • What is The Tuna?

    06/01/2009 3:52:18 PM PDT · by the invisib1e hand · 87 replies · 3,181+ views
    self ^ | 06/01/09 | self
  • 'Green' lightbulbs poison workers

    05/09/2009 4:30:22 PM PDT · by television is just wrong · 20 replies · 1,338+ views
    WHEN British consumers are compelled to buy energy-efficient lightbulbs from 2012, they will save up to 5m tons of carbon dioxide a year from being pumped into the atmosphere. In China, however, a heavy environmental price is being paid for the production of “green” lightbulbs in cost-cutting factories. Large numbers of Chinese workers have been poisoned by mercury, which forms part of the compact fluorescent lightbulbs. A surge in foreign demand, set off by a European Union directive making these bulbs compulsory within three years, has also led to the reopening of mercury mines that have ruined the environment. Doctors,...
  • Mercury Astronauts

    04/16/2009 7:16:28 PM PDT · by airvet · 40 replies · 1,385+ views
    Bucks County Intelligenser ^ | 3/23/09 | Richard Pietras
    Science Museum to feature Astronaut Scott Carpenter.
  • FDA Urged to Step Up Regulation of Supplements: Adverse events are largely underreported.

    04/05/2009 7:26:39 AM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies · 1,360+ views
    Family Practice News ^ | 15 March 2009 | MICHELE G. SULLIVAN
    The days when the dietary supplements industry is allowed to regulate itself may be numbered following release of a federal report addressing growing concerns about dietary supplement industry. The report, issued this month by the Government Accountability Office, calls on the Food and Drug Administration to expand adverse event reporting and increase its efforts to educate the public about the safety, efficacy, and labeling of these products. The GAO investigation into supplement safety was made at the request of Congress. According to the 77-page report, the FDA should be tracking all levels of adverse events related to the use of...
  • Mercury contaminates high fructose corn syrup

    03/05/2009 7:09:04 PM PST · by neverdem · 33 replies · 1,306+ views
    Statesville R&L ^ | February 19, 2009 | Julie Whittington
    High fructose corn syrup is not as sweet as it may seem, as recent research and new publications have reported this past week. Products containing the sweetener, which I have encouraged consumers to avoid in prior articles, were recently tested for mercury contamination. Yes, that's right — mercury. Apparently, the high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is made by a process through which contamination with mercury can occur. The caustic soda that removes the corn starch from the kernel has been done for decades by mercury-grade caustic soda. Unfortunately, the mercury can end up in the HFCS. While most processing plants...
  • US calls for treaty on mercury reduction

    02/16/2009 12:30:14 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 440+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/16/09 | Tom Maliti - ap
    NAIROBI, Kenya – The new U.S. government abruptly reversed years of Bush administration policy Monday by calling for a legally binding international treaty to reduce mercury pollution, which a senior American diplomat called the most important chemical problem in the world today. Some 6,000 tons of mercury enter the environment each year, about a third generated by power stations and coal fires. Much settles into the oceans where it enters the food chain and is concentrated in predatory fish like tuna. Children and fetuses are particularly vulnerable to poisoning by the toxic metal, which can cause birth defects, brain damage...
  • Study Finds High-Fructose Corn Syrup Contains Mercury

    01/28/2009 8:01:36 AM PST · by BGHater · 51 replies · 1,040+ views
    HealthDay News ^ | 26 Jan 2009 | HealthDay News
    Almost half of tested samples of commercial high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) contained mercury, which was also found in nearly a third of 55 popular brand-name food and beverage products where HFCS is the first- or second-highest labeled ingredient, according to two new U.S. studies. HFCS has replaced sugar as the sweetener in many beverages and foods such as breads, cereals, breakfast bars, lunch meats, yogurts, soups and condiments. On average, Americans consume about 12 teaspoons per day of HFCS, but teens and other high consumers can take in 80 percent more HFCS than average. "Mercury is toxic in all its...
  • Lights go out as Britain bids farewell to the traditional bulb despite health fears about eco-bulbs

    01/06/2009 7:39:23 AM PST · by BGHater · 33 replies · 1,021+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 06 Jan 2009 | David Derbyshire
    Throughout war, disaster and recession, it has kept Britain illuminated for more than 120 years. But the traditional incandescent lightbulb is finally being switched off for the last time. Retailers have stopped replenishing stocks of conventional 100watt bulbs and will have run out within weeks. The voluntary withdrawal – part of a Government campaign to force people into buying low-energy fluorescent bulbs – follows the scrapping of the 150w bulb last year. The move has angered medical charities who say the low-energy alternatives can trigger a host of ailments, including migraines, epilepsy and skin rashes. The lightbulb revolution was first...
  • Moon and Venus Travel Towards Mercury and Jupiter (Happy New Year!)

    12/31/2008 5:03:37 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 21 replies · 887+ views
    My House/Sky and Telesope ^ | 12/31/2008 | Dallas59
  • Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs Not Worth Cost and Trouble

    12/15/2008 12:06:52 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 148 replies · 5,549+ views
    RightSideNews ^ | 12/13/08 | National Center of Policy Analysis
    NCPA: Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs Not Worth Cost and Trouble Report Says Government Should Not Force CFLs on Consumers DALLAS (Dec. 10, 2008) - Although touted by many as the smart energy choice, compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs are not suitable for many common uses and should not be required by the government, according to a new report by the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA). The Environmental Protection Agency states that CFLs will reduce energy use and will last longer than standard bulbs. However, NCPA Senior Fellow and report co-author Sterling Burnett argues: "For many uses, compact fluorescent bulbs...
  • Ganymede Age Threatened by Magnetism (moon does not fit old-age view of our solar system)

    12/05/2008 8:38:59 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 40 replies · 1,304+ views
    CEH ^ | December 2, 2008
    The biggest moon in the solar system is Ganymede, the third large moon out from Jupiter. Larger than Mercury, Ganymede has a heterogeneous surface of dark and light areas (picture), grooved terrain, abrupt changes of landforms, and bright splashes where impacts have scarred its icy surface (gallery). What goes on inside, though, is more surprising: it has an intrinsic magnetic field. Researchers could only make it last for the assumed age of the solar system by appealing to “special conditions” that are not necessarily compatible with theories of its formation...
  • Bush to sign U.S. mercury export ban

    09/30/2008 11:17:31 AM PDT · by pissant · 24 replies · 4,903+ views
    UPI ^ | 9/30/08 | staff
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. mercury exports to developing countries will be banned under a measure expected to be signed by President George Bush, backers say. Under the measure, which was passed by the U.S. Congress with bipartisan support, exports from the United States' mercury stockpile would be banned starting in 2013 and users will be required to store the toxic heavy metal permanently rather than shipping unused mercury overseas, The Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday. The bill's chief was sponsor Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, who introduced the bill after the Tribune published a series...
  • The Amazing Rusting Aluminum (WWII commandos may have sabotaged Nazi planes with this trick)

    08/26/2008 11:54:33 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 33 replies · 599+ views | Popular Science ^ | 10/1/04 | Theodore Gray
  • Flyby of Mercury Answers Some Old Questions

    07/07/2008 9:37:56 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 135+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 8, 2008 | KENNETH CHANG
    Mercury, the smallest planet, bakes in the heat of the Sun, but it has water in some form. It has volcanoes. It appears to have an active magnetic field generated by a molten iron core. And it has shrunk more than scientists thought. Those are some of the findings gleaned from the flyby of NASA’s Messenger spacecraft in January, the first close-up look since Mariner 10 flew by three times in the 1970s. “After five months of analysis, we’ve got some fascinating new results, and some of them have resolved debates that are more than 30 years old that go...