Company Claims That Brain Transplants Could Bring Back the Dead by 2045


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There are a lot of outrageous claims being made within the halls of neuroscience and artificial intelligence. Whether exaggerations, wishful thinking, the dreams of the egocentric and megalomaniacal to be immortal, or just drumming up funding for a never-ending round of “scientific investigation,” the year 2045 seems to always be cited as a target date.

Ray Kurzweil popularized the notion of The Singularity – the threshold when computing power would match or exceed the human brain and human biological systems – in his 2006 book The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology.  In that book, and subsequent articles, he theorized that 2045 would be the far end of when we could expect full integration of human and machine that would create immortality.

So far there have been indications that we are indeed proceeding in this direction. Beyond the gadgets we all use to augment our intelligence, each day seems to offer a new medical development that reads more like science fiction than reality. Just the other day there was an article in The Seattle Times that a new type of flexible brain implant could enable the paralyzed to walk again. We have robotic prostheses, humanoid robots, artificial human skin, and a range of nanotechnology applications used in medicine and the military that are quickly redefining life and nature itself. In fact, it’s been proclaimed by scientists that the era of cyborgs has begun.

Here are just a few of the articles that have sounded outlandish to those unfamiliar with the advancements being made which put into context what some factions of science are reaching for … by 2045.

While immortality is often laughed off as manifestly impossible and/or never to be desired, the quest for immortality has been with the human race since its inception; anyone who maintains their health or has a medical procedure in order to extend their own life, or those whose faith incorporates a “life everlasting” engages in this pursuit. Now that recent advances make it a near-term likelihood, however, the ethical debates are ramping up.

A new artificial intelligence company called HUMAI is pursuing two avenues to usher in immortality: cryonics, which is the science of deep-freezing the brain to preserve it for transplant into another living vessel; and the even more radical notion of extracting a still-living brain and putting it into a robotic body before the brain can die naturally.

From their website:

We want to transplant your brain into an elegantly designed bionic body called Humai.

Your Humai will use a brain-computer interface to communicate with the sensory organs and limbs of your bionic body.

Artificial intelligence will be integrated into synthetic organs, so they can operate independently. Sensor technology will allow you to feel the essence of human experience.

As your brain matures, genetic engineering will help fight the aging process, while advancements in nanotechnology will offer extensive tissue repair and regeneration, including the repair of individual brain cells, one molecule at a time.

Nothing stated above is not already a success in the laboratory, or being worked on extensively under multi-billion dollar government projects like the US BRAIN Initiative, or the European Human Brain Project.

The “problem” of immortality actually might not be how to get there, but what happens after. Aside from the complications of redefining consciousness, religion, and philosophy, there are some practical matters to consider.

For example, Dr. Rebecca Roache and her research team at Oxford apparently seek to correct the inadequacies of criminal sentencing applied to the most heinous acts. Dr. Roache penned an article titled,“Enhanced punishment: can technology make life sentences longer?”  This “ethicist” goes on to argue for the wonderful opportunities immortality could provide for making the condemned suffer eternally right here on planet Earth … seriously. This at least should illustrate why there needs to be open debate taking place as rapidly as possible for what type of world awaits us if immortality is truly on the horizon.

Whether or not immortality is ever finally achieved, it should be evident that there are people at the highest levels of influence and power who are preparing for the strong possibility that it will happen soon. Are you?

Double hand transplant for Four-Year Old Zion


At the age of two, Zion Harvey, lost both his hands and feet to a deadly infection called sepsis. He had prosthetics attached to his legs so he could walk, but his arms ended in stumps. Zion learnt to function very well, teaching himself to eat, grip stuff and play video games, but he longed for more. The first question the doctor asked him was why he wanted hands. Zion replied that he wanted to hang from the monkey bars.

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Sepsis had lead to multi-organ failure in Zion’s body, and he had had a kidney transplant with donation from his mom. Immunosuppressants had been prescribed to him so his body would not reject the new kidney. The fact that he was already on immuno-suppressants made him the ideal candidate to undergo this surgery.
Zion was placed on the transplant list in April, and within three months, he had a match. This was the first miracle in a series more to come. A team of 40 surgeons took part in a ten hour surgery to unite Zion’s arms with two new hands. First step was to connect the bones of both the segments, followed by the veins to establish a blood flow. Then the muscles and nerves were joined.
This whole surgery is incredible challenging, but what added to the magnitude of that was that it was a little human. Everything was reduced to a microscale, and the movements had to be excruciatingly precise.

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“The issue with children is they have areas of bone called growth plates,” says Dr. Levin. “We had had to be very careful when we attached the donor hands to Zion that we did not violate or injure the growth plates because we want his hands to grow and lengthen.”
Two weeks after the surgery, the bandages on Zion’s new hands were removed. And their grip was tested with success. Even though Zion has a long way to go with therapy sessions and a lifetime of medicines, he is going to be just fine.

Microsoft wants to get into your car


After missing out on the smartphone revolution a decade ago, Microsoft intends to not miss the next big thing.

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Besides investing in things like augmented reality and Windows 10 on all of your devices, the company is working with dozens of auto makers to bring its software and services to more cars, the company announced in a Tuesday blog post.

Microsoft says it’s partnering with Volvo, Nissan, and IAV — which supplies components and parts for major car companies like Toyota, General Motors, Ford, Volkswagen, BMW, and others — to make their cars more intelligent and “connected.”

“People expect their car’s computing power to match its horsepower,” Microsoft’s VP of business development Peggy Johnson wrote in the post, adding that automakers are “choosing Microsoft because we uniquely deliver end-to-end solutions from the cloud, to the device, to predictive analytics, and do so in a way that allows all our partners to innovate on top of their existing systems.”

Microsoft struck a few special deals: Volvo will integrate Microsoft’s fitness band and line of Windows 10-powered smartphones to interact with its vehicles, Harman will integrate Skype and Office 365 to add more productivity tools to the company’s line of car infotainment systems, and Nissan’s Leaf and Infiniti cars will have its in-car systems powered by Microsoft Azure.

But perhaps the biggest deal here is that IAV, which works with countless major auto companies across the world. The company will work with Microsoft to (emphasis ours) “stream Windows 10 via a mobile device directly to a car’s dashboard, giving drivers access to Windows 10 features and apps such as Cortana, Skype for Business, Calendar, Outlook and Groove music while the vehicle is in autonomous driving mode or parked.”

It’s interesting that Microsoft goes so far to mention that it will work with self-driving cars. Microsoft even says it will use Cortana’s data to analyze the car’s surroundings “to improve safety by anticipating and mitigating potential vehicle and pedestrian accidents.”

It’s not surprising to see Microsoft invest more into connected cars: many of the company’s Silicon Valley rivals are also getting into the game, as Google is working with Ford on driverless car technology, as are Uber and TeslaGM and Lyft, etc. Right now, it looks like the big car companies are working more with tech companies to make their cars safer, more independent and more efficient, so it’s a smart move on behalf of Microsoft to work with so many different companies in so many different ways. If anything, it’s insurance that the next big thing in ground transportation (self-driving cars) won’t happen without Microsoft.

The Deficiency of this Vitamin Causes Migraines. Here is How to fix it


Migraines are really bad. They are horrible. You can’t do anything when a migraine is in full force.

You would do anything to get pass them. You can’t deal with them anymore. The pain became immune on the pills you take.

There could be a solution to this.

Have you ever heard that your headaches could be a result of vitamin deficiency?

Yep, if you have Vitamin B deficiency there are higher chances your headache won’t stop.

Studies show how Vitamin B deficiency leads to the higher occurrence of migraines. It comes slowly and it takes time to be developed. The symptoms come really slow and you often say it’s nothing.

Like this study here that comes from Harvard.

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All these symptoms often result with a headache. This means that taking pills for a headache was wrong all the time. Even though they work, periodically.

Another study tested 52 people who regularly get migraines. It showed that people who were given vitamin supplements noticed a migraine reduction.

The others who were given placebos did not notice reductions at all.

For this study, Professor Griffiths said:

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Migraines are not just a common pain in your head. There are other symptoms, too. Some of them include nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to sound and light, anxiety, etc.

If Vitamin B deficiency is what causes your migraines, you need to keep that vitamin B level up at all cost.

You can do that by taking supplements or foods rich with this vitamin.

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Here is a list of foods you need to consume:

  •      Broccoli
  •      Spinach
  •      Asparagus
  •      Fresh and Dried Fruit
  •      Vegetables
  •      Liver
  •      Chicken
  •      Peanuts
  •      Potatoes
  •      Milk
  •      Fish
  •      Rice

If you don’t suffer from migraines, you probably know someone who is. Share this with them. They could finally find the cure.

Andromeda galaxy scanned with high-energy X-ray vision


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NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscope Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, has imaged a swath of the Andromeda galaxy — the nearest large galaxy to our own Milky Way galaxy. 

NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, has captured the best high-energy X-ray view yet of a portion of our nearest large, neighboring galaxy, Andromeda. The space mission has observed 40 “X-ray binaries”—intense sources of X-rays comprised of a black hole or neutron star that feeds off a stellar companion.

The results will ultimately help researchers better understand the role of X-ray binaries in the evolution of our universe. According to astronomers, these energetic objects may play a critical role in heating the intergalactic bath of gas in which the very first galaxies formed.

“Andromeda is the only large spiral galaxy where we can see individual X-ray binaries and study them in detail in an environment like our own,” said Daniel Wik of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, who presented the results at the 227th meeting of American Astronomical Society in Kissimmee, Florida. “We can then use this information to deduce what’s going on in more distant galaxies, which are harder to see.”

Andromeda, also known as M31, can be thought of as the big sister to our own Milky Way galaxy. Both galaxies are spiral in shape, but Andromeda is slightly larger than the Milky Way in size. Lying 2.5 million light-years away, Andromeda is relatively nearby in cosmic terms. It can even be seen by the naked eye in dark, clear skies.

Other space missions, such as NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, have obtained crisper images of Andromeda at lower X-ray energies than the high-energy X-rays detected by NuSTAR. The combination of Chandra and NuSTAR provides astronomers with a powerful tool for narrowing in on the nature of the X-ray binaries in spiral galaxies.

In X-ray binaries, one member is always a dead star or remnant formed from the explosion of what was once a star much more massive than the sun. Depending on the mass and other properties of the original giant star, the explosion may produce either a black hole or neutron star. Under the right circumstances, material from the companion star can “spill over” its outermost edges and then be caught by the gravity of the black hole or neutron star. As the material falls in, it is heated to blazingly high temperatures, releasing a huge amount of X-rays.

With NuSTAR’s new view of a swath of Andromeda, Wik and colleagues are working on identifying the fraction of X-ray binaries harboring black holes versus neutron stars. That research will help them understand the population as a whole.

“We have come to realize in the past few years that it is likely the lower-mass remnants of normal stellar evolution, the black holes and neutron stars, may play a crucial role in heating of the intergalactic gas at very early times in the universe, around the cosmic dawn,” said Ann Hornschemeier of NASA Goddard, the principal investigator of the NuSTAR Andromeda studies.

“Observations of local populations of stellar-mass-sized and with NuSTAR allow us to figure out just how much power is coming out from these systems.”

The new research also reveals how Andromeda may differ from our Milky Way. Fiona Harrison, the principal investigator of the NuSTAR mission, added, “Studying the extreme stellar populations in Andromeda tells us about how its history of forming stars may be different than in our neighborhood.”

Harrison will be presenting the 2015 Rossi Prize lecture at the AAS meeting. The prize, awarded by the AAS’s High-Energy Astrophysics Division, honors physicist Bruno Rossi, an authority on cosmic-ray physics and a pioneer in the field of X-ray astronomy.

These Light Bulbs Cause Anxiety, Migraines, and Even Cancer. If You Have Them, Do THIS Immediately!


The new energy efficient light bulbs – called compact fluorescent lights (CFL) – are a danger to the public. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), emergency procedures must be followed in the event a light bulb breaks, due to the vapours it will release. But, according to new research, that may be the least of our worries.

Energy Efficient Light Bulbs Can Cause:

  • Dizziness
  • Cluster headaches
  • Migraines
  • Seizures
  • Fatigue
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Anxiety

Energy Efficient Bulbs Cause Anxiety, Migraines, and Even Cancer. Reasons to Go Back To Incandescent Bulbs

 

1. Energy saving bulbs contain mercury. Mercury is a potent neurotoxin that is especially dangerous to children and pregnant women. It is especially toxic to the brain, the nervous system, the liver and the kidneys. It can also damage the cardiovascular, immune and reproductive systems. It can lead lead to tremors, anxiety, insomnia, memory loss, headaches, cancer and Alzheimer’s.

2. Energy saving bulbs can cause cancer.

A new study performed by by Peter Braun at Berlin Germany’s Alab Laboratory found these light bulbs contain poisonous carcinogens that could cause cancer:

Phenol, a mildly acidic toxic white crystalline solid, obtained from coal tar and used in chemical manufacture.

Naphthalene, a volatile white crystalline compound, produced by the distillation of coal tar, used in mothballs and as a raw material for chemical manufacture.

Styrene, an unsaturated liquid hydrocarbon, obtained as a petroleum byproduct.

3. Energy saving light bulbs emit a lot of UV rays.

Energy saving lamps emit UV-B and traces of UV-C radiation. It is generally recognized that UV-radiation is harmful for the skin (can lead to skin cancer) and the eyes.  The radiation from these bulbs directly attacks the immune system, and furthermore damages the skin tissues enough to prevent the proper formation of vitamin D-3.

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So despite the energy and cost savings, these light bulbs pose serious health risks and you may want to change back to regular incandescent bulbs. But be careful while doing so. If one happens to break, the dangers are so severe that the Environmental Protection Agency has laid out a very detailed protocol to deal with the mercury and cancer-causing chemicals, which you can read below:

The Official E.P.A. Broken Bulb Clean-up Procedure

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the following emergency procedure should be followed in the event of a bulb breakage, due to the poison gas that is released.

Before Cleanup

  • Have people and pets leave the room.
  • Air out the room for 5-10 minutes by opening a window or door to the outdoor environment.
  • Shut off the central forced air heating/air-conditioning system, if you have one.

Collect materials needed to clean up broken bulb:

  • Stiff paper or cardboard
  • Sticky tape
  • Damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes (for hard surfaces)
  • A glass jar with a metal lid or a sealable plastic bag.

During Cleanup

  • DO NOT VACUUM. Vacuuming is not recommended unless broken glass remains after all other cleanup steps have been taken. Vacuuming could spread mercury-containing powder or mercury vapor.
  • Be thorough in collecting broken glass and visible powder. Scoop up glass fragments and powder using stiff paper or cardboard. Use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small glass fragments and powder. Place the used tape in the glass jar or plastic bag. See the detailed cleanup instructions for more information, and for differences in cleaning up hard surfaces versus carpeting or rugs.
  • Place cleanup materials in a sealable container.

After Cleanup

  • Promptly place all bulb debris and cleanup materials, including vacuum cleaner bags, outdoors in a trash container or protected area until materials can be disposed of. Avoid leaving any bulb fragments or cleanup materials indoors.
  • Next, check with your local government about disposal requirements in your area, because some localities require fluorescent bulbs (broken or unbroken) be taken to a local recycling center. If there is no such requirement in your area, you can dispose of the materials with your household trash.
  • If practical, continue to air out the room where the bulb was broken and leave the heating/air conditioning system shut off for several hours.

The Hypos inflatable pillow hoodie lets you sleep anytime, anywhere


The inflatable hoodie lets you nap anytime, anywhere
Shhhh….

Admit it. If you didn’t need money and stuff, you’d probably never get out of bed.

But, you’ve got bills to pay, so you drag your weary self to work every day.

And they really don’t make it very easy to grab naps on the go – all those cold, hard surfaces and bright strip lighting.

Fortunately, someone has come up with a solution and stuck it on Kickstarter.

Introducing the Hypnos Hoodie: the world’s best sleep hoodie.

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At first glance, it looks just like any regular hoodie, in black, cream, charcoal grey, and a nice grey marl.

But, nestled inside the hood is a beautiful surprise – a balloon that can be quickly inflated by blowing into a valve whenever sleep calls.

As they say, you are only ever THREE SECONDS away from sleep.

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Like this guy, who was supposed to be studying but then sleep happened.

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Now, for just $49 (£33), you can sleep anytime, anywhere. Including on empty prison-style buses apparently.

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Just wake us up in March.

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Find out how you can get the Hypnos sleep hoodie here

New Stick-On Device Could Monitor Heart Problems


An ultrathin and stretchable device that sticks to your skin like a sticker could one day be used to monitor your heart rate, according to a new report.

The researchers who designed the device say it could be used by patients who need to have their heart rates monitored continuously, such as those who suffer from heart problems like arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythms), or who have a greater risk of a heart attack.

Moreover, the device could be useful for people who are have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, because it could measure how fast the heart goes back to its resting rate after exercise, which is an important indicator of cardiovascular health, the researchers said.

The researchers are planning to make the device commercially available, but they estimate it will take several years to do this, said study author Dae-Hyeong Kim of the Institute for Basic Science in Seoul, Korea. However, in the near term, the device’s technology can be used to modify or improve existing health-monitoring devices, Kim told Live Science. [10 Technologies That Will Transform Your Life]

In the past few years, researchers have developed watches and bands that can monitor people’s heart rate, but these devices are often rigid and uncomfortable, the researchers said. Moreover, these devices don’t conform to the skin closely enough, which may hinder the accurate detection of a person’s heart rate, the researchers said.

In contrast, the new device is very thin and stretchable, and therefore conforms to the skin more closely, allowing for the heart rate to be detected with greater accuracy.

The new device can also store heart rate data obtained during exercise stress tests, the researchers said. (In an exercise stress test, a person exercises on a treadmill or an exercise bike while their heart activity is being monitored.)

To make the device, the researchers used a stretchable silicone membrane that contains closely packed gold nanoparticles, which boost the device’s capacity for long-term memory storage, the researchers said. The device also contains electrocardiogram (ECG) sensors and amplifiers that monitor a user’s heart rate while staying in close contact with the skin.

To attach the device onto a user’s skin, the device is first transferred onto a piece of transparent, stretchable material, and then placed on the skin. With the type of substrate material that is currently being used — thin silicone rubber — the device can stay on the human skin for several days, Kim said.

But if the researchers were to modify the tackiness and thickness of the material, the device could be reused multiple times and stay on the skin for about a week, Kim said.

The brain can be trained to regulate negative emotions, study reports


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A simple, computer-training task can change the brain’s wiring to regulate emotional reactions, according to a recent study published in NeuroImage by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers.

“These findings are the first to demonstrate that non-emotional training that improves the ability to ignore irrelevant information can result in reduced reactions to emotional events and alter brain connections,” says Dr. Noga Cohen. Cohen conducted the study as part of her Ph.D. research at BGU’s Cognitive Neuropsychology Lab under the supervision of Prof. Avishai Henik of the Department of Psychology. “These changes were accompanied by strengthened neural connections between involved in inhibiting .”

The researchers hope to examine the impact of this non-emotional training on individuals who are depressed or anxious. It may also be helpful for those at high risk of developing high blood pressure reactions to emotional information.

“Such future directions carry important potential clinical implications for a large percentage of the population,” the researchers explain. “This cognitive training can be easily employed with different populations, such as children, elderly adults, and individuals with neurological or psychiatric disorders.”

In the study, the brains of 26 healthy volunteers were monitored before and after multiple computerized training sessions using imaging (fMRI). During the training, participants were required to identify whether a target arrow points to the right or to the left, while ignoring the direction of arrows on either side of it. The researchers conducted a “resting-state fMRI scan” to assess connections between brain regions during no specific task and later during an emotional reactivity task in which they had to ignore negative pictures used to study emotion.

“As expected, participants who completed the more intense version of the training (but not the other participants) showed reduced activation in their amygdala – a brain region involved in negative emotions, including sadness and anxiety. In addition, the intense training resulted in increased connectivity between participants’ amygdala and a region in the frontal cortex shown to be involved in emotion regulation,” said Dr. Cohen, who collaborated with Dr. Hadas Okon-Singer from the University of Haifa and the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Germany.

“It is our hope that the current work would lead to further testing and potentially the development of effective intervention for individuals suffering from maladaptive emotional behavior,” Dr. Cohen says. “While acknowledging the limitations of this study, which was based on a relatively small number of healthy participants and focused on short-term effects of the training, this may prove effective for individuals suffering from emotion dysregulation.”

Bottled water found to contain over 24,000 chemicals, including endocrine disruptors


Widespread consumer demand for plastic products that are free of the hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) has led to some significant positive changes in the way that food, beverage and water containers are manufactured. But a new study out of Germany has found that thousands of other potentially harmful chemicals are still leeching from plastic products into food and beverages, including an endocrine-disrupting chemical (EDC) known as di(2-ethylhexyl) fumarate, or DEHF, that is completely unregulated.

Martin Wagner and his colleague, Jorg Oehlmann, from the Goethe University Frankfurt, in conjunction with a team of researchers from the German Federal Institute of Hydrology, learned this after conducting tests on 18 different bottled water products to look for the presence of EDCs. Using an advanced combination of bioassay work and high-resolution mass spectrometry, the team identified some 24,520 different chemicals present in the tested water.

But of major concern, and the apparent underpinning of the study’s findings, was DEHF, a plasticizer chemical that is used to make plastic bottles more flexible. According to reports, DEHF was clearly identified in the tested water as the most consistent and obvious culprit causing anti-estrogenic activity. Despite trace amounts of more than 24,000 other potentially damaging chemicals, DEHF stood out as the only possible EDC capable of inducing this particular observed activity, a highly concerning observation.

The study’s published abstract explains that 13 of the 18 bottled water products tested exhibited “significant” anti-estrogenic activity, while 16 of the 18 samples were found to inhibit the body’s androgen receptors by an astounding 90 percent. Additionally, the other 24,520 chemical traces besides DEHF were also identified as exhibiting antagonistic activity, which means that they, too, are detrimental to the body’s hormonal system.
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Many thousands of endocrine-disrupting chemicals used in plastic production prove material unsafe

But DEHF is apparently not alone in causing significant damage to the endocrine system, as the team was unable to identify this chemical as being specifically anti-androgenic. What this suggests is that there is some other chemical, or chemical combination, being leeched into bottled water that is interfering with the body’s chemical signaling system, which is, of course, responsible for hormone production and use within the body.

“We confirmed the identity and biological activity of DEHF and additional isomers of dioctyl fumarate and maleate using authentic standards,” report the researchers. “Since DEHF is anti-estrogenic but not anti-androgenic we conclude that additional, yet unidentified EDCs must contribute to the antagonistic effect of bottled water.”

So while these specific findings concerning DEHF are groundbreaking, the overall conclusion to be drawn from this research is that far more study is needed to determine the types of chemicals that are being leeched from plastic into our food and water, not to mention the extent of this leeching. And since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the rest of the three-letter government agencies will surely never get around to conducting this important research, independent science will simply have to take up the charge.

“This work is a ‘tour de force’ in identification of endocrine disruptors in packaged materials,” says Bruce Blumberg from the University of California, Irvine, as quoted by Chemistry World. This type of analysis, he adds, “will be very important for our future understanding of what chemicals we are routinely exposed to and which of these pose hazards of being endocrine disruptors.”

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