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Watch Your Peas

The start of a big recall or a few companies with problems? It’s hard to know, but currently one company, Pinnacle Foods Inc, has started a recall on their frozen peas due to their packaging company, National Foods Corporation, finding a problem of Listeria monocytogenes contamination in the Not-Ready-To Eat frozen peas and frozen mixed vegetables. The list of National…

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Recall on Al Rasheed Sardine

Greenland Trading Corporation of Paterson, New Jersey is recalling AI Rasheed Sardine, due to the potential of contamination on select vacuum-sealed packages of sardines with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium that can cause a life-threatening illness or death. The New York State Department of Agriculture conducted samplings and found some packages to contain the bacterium. Consumers are warned…

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Dark vs Light

With so much discussion about climate change, I decided to devise a fun and educational experiment that can show kids the difference between air temperatures on a planet taken in the open ocean and on ice caps, like the Arctic and Antarctica.  We started with a few simple tools: a large glass bowl to represent the…

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The Secrets in the Sidewalks

Need something fun to do on a rainy day in Boston? What is more fun than hunting for secret messages around the city?  Members of the Mayor’s Mural Crew, a youth group sponsored by the city of Boston, is creating sidewalk art around the city by stenciling poems with biodegradable water-repellent spray. The water-repellent seal…

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ADHD or a Rare Hidden Cancer

A new study conducted by researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found  two rare tumors, pheochromocytoma and paragangliomas, masquerading as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. The tumors secrete a substance that stimulates the central nervous system that may cause health care providers to misdiagnose and inappropriately treat patients for ADHD. The substance, catecholamines, is…

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Big Recall on Pilgrim’s Pride Chicken

    May 13, 2016 – Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., a Waco, Texas establishment, is recalling an additional 376,380 pounds of fully cooked chicken products that may have been contaminated with extraneous materials. the initial recall just a week ago was approximately 608,764 pounds of fully cooked chicken products. The chicken products were produced on 07/11/2015, 09/15/2015, and 09/16/2015 and possibly contaminated…

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Scientific Studies: Last Week with John liver on HBO

We need a healthy bit of skepticism…not all science is “good”. Maybe we should cover what makes a scientific study a good study, and start rewarding fact checking. We reward critics of books, movies, fashion…things that are subjective…but not science? Really? Oh, this doesn’t give all you climate changing deniers license to have a “healthy”…

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Recall Of Sunflower Seed Products

The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) said today it is recalling Kroger Sunflower Salad Toppers, Kroger Sunflower Kernels, and Kroger Cranberry Delight Trail Mix because a supplier indicated sunflower kernels may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which could result in severe illness to those individuals who may consume these products. No customer illnesses have been…