Sixth-Grader’s Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists
When 12-year-old Lauren Arrington heard about her sixth-grade science project, she knew she wanted to study lionfish. Growing up in Jupiter, Fla., she saw them in the ocean while snorkeling and fishing with her dad.
Her project showed that the lionfish can survive in nearly fresh water. The results blew away professional ecologists. The invasive species has no predators on the Florida coast, so if they were to migrate upstream in rivers, they could pose a threat to the ecosystem.
"Scientists were doing plenty of tests on them, but they just always assumed they were in the ocean," Lauren, now 13, tells NPR’s Kelly McEvers. "So I was like, ‘Well, hey guys, what about the river?’ "
In the beginning, she wanted to conduct her test by placing the lionfish in cages at different points in the river, but she had to simplify the project.
"It was just a small, sixth-grade project, and I really didn’t have all the tools necessary," she says. Her dad, who has a Ph.D. in fish ecology, suggested that she put the fish in tanks instead.
Lauren then put six different lionfish in six different tanks where she could watch her subjects closely. Lauren was given a strict set of rules by the science fair organizers. The most important one: Her fish could not die.
Lionfish had been found to live in water with salt levels of 20 parts per thousand. But no one knew that they could live in water salinity below that.
One of the six lionfish was her control fish, and the rest were the experimental fish. Every night for eight days, she would lower the salinity 5 parts per thousand in the experimental tanks. On the eighth day of her experiment, she found her experimental fish were living at 6 parts per thousand. She was amazed.
Her research did not stop there. Craig Layman, an ecology professor at North Carolina State University, confirmed Lauren’s results. “He credited a sixth-grader for coming up with his idea,” Lauren says ecstatically. Layman’s findings were published this year in the science journal Environmental Biology of Fishes. Lauren is mentioned in the acknowledgments.
Lauren’s father says he talks about science with her a lot. “We’re a science bunch of dorks in our family,” he tells McEvers.
Um, guys? This is cool and all, but it just ain’t so. Zack Jud discovered this back in 2011 - and Lauren’s dad was Jud’s supervisor’s best friend. Plus Lauren’s dad is a co-author of one of Jud’s papers on, guess what, lionfish! Cites: x x
ah, bummer. it’s still a good experiment, though.
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Glyphosate Detected in Deformed Piglets
In April, a Danish farmer called for a ban on glyphosate. For three years he had used non-GMO soy feed for his pig herds, but when he ran out, he ordered two tons of GM soy feed.
His herdsman immediately told the farmer of diarrhea in the piglets and lack of appetite in the sows.
He had not told the herdsman of the feed switch.
Worse, he began noticing an absurd amount of deformed piglets and reproductive problems in the sows.
Roundup is used on GMO soy shortly before it is used as pig feed.
But that’s not all - he brought 38 malformed piglets to a laboratory. In a research project by German and Egypt Veterinarian doctors using ELISA testing, differing levels of glyphosate (aka Roundup herbicide, by Monsanto) concentrations were discovered in piglets born from sows eating genetically modified soy feed.
That research became “Detection of Glyphosate in Malformed Piglets,” published in April, by open access journal Environmental & Analytical Toxicology.
All organs and tissues of the euthanized one-day old piglets contained glyphosate.
Highest concentrations of glyphosate were found in the lungs, followed by the hearts.
Lowest concentrations were found in muscle tissues.
They noticed that the rate of malformations increased to one out of every 260 piglets born of sow when feeds contained 0.87-1.13 ppm glyphosate during the first 40 days of pregnancy.
If feed soy contained 0.25 ppm glyphosate, then one of 1,432 piglets was malformed.
They postulated that glyphosate was reaching the piglets through the placenta of their dams.
They draw from a 2010 study citing glyphosate’s effects on embryonic and placental cells (in chickens), producing mitochondrial damage, necrosis and programmed cell death with doses far below those used in agricultural concentrations.
In their summary, they write:
The detection of such glyphosate concentrations in these malformed piglets could be an allusion to the cause of these congenital anomalies.
Further investigations are urgently needed to prove or exclude the role of glyphosate in malformations in piglets and other animals.
Detected deformities in piglets from the picture in the study:
Spinal deformation, ear not formed, cranial deformation, cranium hole in head, born alive piglets with short legs and one eye not developed, one was born with one large eye and an elephant trunk with bone in it (!!!), elephant tongue, female piglet with testicles, piglet born with swollen stomach has disconnected fore gut and hind gut (intestines), and one malformed with swollen belly.
…glyphosate could reach the animals through food and feed and is able to pass the placental barriers.
Further studies are warranty needed to confirm or exclude the role of glyphosate in malformation in piglets.
Check out the actual number amounts of glyphosate found in the piglet organs because they were averaged out.
But high maximum numbers were apparent in the livers, kidneys and brains too.
You might also appreciate the other studies listed in their references.
When sticking to non-GMO soy feed, the farmer reports that his herds average more piglets, less piglet diarrhea, fewer ulcers, no bloat and better milk and appetite.
Previously, he did not experience the amount of malformations that prompted him to go to the lab.
He does not blame the farmers, but the chemical companies and government agencies for not taking safety matters seriously.
He no longer minds paying extra for non-GMO feed - about $0.04 (USD) more per pound - which adds up, but better preserves his herds.
Vote Green if you’re in Scotland or England today!
MICHELLE OBAMA TEAMS WITH FRANKENFOOD PRODUCER MONSANTO TO SELL GMO TO CHILDREN
NTEB News Desk | July 25, 2014
ALL PART OF THE OBAMA AGENDA TO COLLAPSE AMERICA
“The popular agriculture company Monsanto is partnering with First Lady Michelle Obama to promote nutritional foods for kids,” reports DailyLeak.org. “According to reports from the Associated Press, Monsanto will spend $50 million over five years on a campaign to market ‘healthy’ genetically modified food to children.”
In announcing her support for Monsanto and GMOs for children, the First Lady declared “When I see a company like Monsanto launch an initiative like this, I feel more hopeful than ever before…”
“It’s not clear how a company that’s primarily known for producing seeds and herbicides for farmers is going to nudge children into eating foods the first lady thinks they should be eating,” reports EAGNews.com.
“Details of this deal have been sketchy, perhaps intentionally so. After all, the unholy alliance of Big Government and Big Business is one definition of fascism.”
THE “FINAL SOLUTION” SELLOUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE?
Michelle Obama once promoted fresh garden vegetables but never quite pushed for organics.
With this Monsanto announcement, she’s now reversed all progress on healthy foods and has teamed up with the corporation that produces corn seeds containing deadly toxins linked to massive cancer tumors in rat experiments.
The chemical sprayed on GM crops — glyphosate — is also linked to wildly destructive environmental effects as well as huge increases in human cancer.
ISIS BLOWS UP THE TOMB OF THE BIBLICAL PROPHET JONAH IN IRAQ (VIDEO)
NTEB News Desk | July 25, 2014
ISIS ARMY CONTINUES TO IMPOSE REIGN OF TERROR ON MOSUL AS IRAQ FACES MAJOR CRISES
“Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.” Jonah 1:1,2
BAGHDAD (AP) — As Iraq selected a new president, Islamic militants blew up a revered Muslim shrine in Mosul traditionally said to be the burial place of the Prophet Jonah, several residents of the city told The Associated Press.
The militants first ordered everyone out of the Mosque of the Prophet Younis, or Jonah, then blew it up, the residents said, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear for their own safety.
Several nearby houses were also damaged by the blast, they said.
The mosque was built on an archaeological site dating back to 8th century BC and is said to be the burial place of the prophet, who in stories from both the Bible and Quran is swallowed by a whale.
It was renovated in the 1990′s under Iraq’s late dictator Saddam Hussein and until the June militant blitz, remained a popular destination for religious pilgrims from around the world.
Interview with Koreen Brennan, Co-Organizer: 2014 North American Permaculture Convergence.
Harmony Park, Clarks Grove, MN, 8/29 – 31, 2014.
By Willi Paul, Planetshifter.com Magazine
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The Detroit Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a 17-year-old girl who has been missing since July 11.
This new tune from A Capella Science is the bomb. It’s a hip-hop retelling of the difficult day when mankind harnessed nuclear fission and scientific progress came face to face with war… all set to an Eminem song.
This was a fun watch. Great idea for reappropriation. And even though I’m not much into science, I enjoyed the skill and wit it takes to make something like this. As such, I started thinking about how I could do something like this with literature.