America’s first house of Hemp
America's first house made primarily of hemp has been built. Using a product known as Hemcrete – a mix of industrial hemp, lime and water – a team of 40 volunteers, sub-contractors and designers have recently completed construction of a hemp hous [...]
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Crowdfunding success for 4th-grader solar-powered classroom bid
After looking into the pros and cons of nine methods of electricity production (including coal, geothermal, biomass, and solar), a group of 9 and 10 year-olds from Central Park School for Children in Durham, North Carolina decided that their classroo [...]
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Supreme Court Justice Sotomayer thinks same-sex marriage can perculate for 50 years like segregation
Before pointing out that “we let issues perk, and so we let racial segregation perk for 50 years from 1898 to 1954,” she asked: “If the issue is letting the states experiment (with same-sex marriage bans) and letting the society have more time [...]
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You don’t ‘own’ your own genes
Humans no longer “own” their own genes. The more than 40,000 patents on DNA molecules have allowed companies to essentially claim the entire human genome for profit, report two researchers. Their study, published March 25 in the journal Genome M [...]
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Senomyx: Fetus Will Be Used To Make Beverages
Reports of the so-called Senomyx fetus hoax have been floating around for quite some time. It has been reported as early as 2011 by CBS News and other sources. Patents taken out by Senomyx outline the process that uses kidney cells from an aborted fe [...]
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Solar power cheaper than coal: One company says it’s cracked the code
Over time I’ve grown more and more suspicious of stories about breakthrough technologies. I always think back to those heady days of EEStor, the guys who were going to make a battery that would revolutionize grid storage and electric cars alike. [...]
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Massive Louisiana sinkhole caused by oil industry just keeps on growing
A sinkhole triggered in Louisiana by the fossil fuel industry grew to 12 acres over the weekend, and it appears that hundreds of displaced nearby residents will never be able to return to their homes. [...]
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Infographic: Hackers Create An Amazing, Illegal Portrait Of The Internet
Someone hacked almost half a million devices around the world. Why? They wanted to see what the internet looked like. It wasn’t malicious. The file itself was the size of a small JPEG. It was given the absolute lowest priority. And it was set to s [...]
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Major grocers on frankenfish: ‘Hell no, we won’t sell that!’
Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Aldi, and other grocery chains that together run more than 2,000 stores across the U.S. announced this week that they would not sell AquaBounty Technologies’ AquAdvantage® Salmon, aka frankenfish, even if the Food and [...]
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Too big to prosecute: How Monsanto slipped the DOJ’s grasp
Hey so remember a few months ago when we told you about how the Department of Justice quietly slipped its Monsanto investigation into the shredder? The global GMO giant was “pleased,” activists were pissed, and we were left wondering how that wh [...]
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Don’t let the biotech industry steal your food democracy!
We regret to inform you, but late last week Congress succeeded in passing Section 735, aka the Monsanto Protection Act, in the Continuing Resolution spending bill - HR 933. Once again, Monsanto and the biotech industry have used their lobbying power [...]
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