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New report assesses VA's airborne hazards and open burn pit registry

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 11:27:00 EST

Other Means Besides a Registry Should Be Developed to Evaluate Potential Health Effects of Military Burn Pits’ Toxic Emissions on Exposed Service Members; Data From Burn Pit Registry Could Be Used for Other Purposes, Including Alerting Health Care Providers About Participants’ Concerns(image)

The Dangers Behind Fast Food Packaging

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 17:56:00 EST

We’ve all known for a long time that eating fast food is bad for you. It’s greasy, fatty, high in sodium and the calorie count is obscene. Now comes news that even the packaging that food comes in might be dangerous to your health.A new study found dangerous chemical compounds in almost half of the 400 fast food containers it tested from 27 fast food franchises. Packaging tested in this study came from the Big Four: McDonald’s, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Starbucks and Yum! Brands, Inc., which operates Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut and WingStreet.The substances in question are perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs). That’s the same stuff that once was used to make Dupont’s Teflon before it had to be removed from the market. It’s also used in carpeting, furniture, clothing and cosmetics because of its water-repellant and stain-resistant qualities. We’re exposed to it every day.(image)

Research journey to the centre of the Earth

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 09:52:00 EST

Researchers in Japan say they may be one step closer to solving the mystery at the core of the Earth.(image)

Tres Principios Exitosos de la Eco-Eficiencia

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 12:02:00 EST

Cuando se habla acerca de eco eficiencia en empresas se debe, necesariamente considerar diversos aspectos, más allá de solo los más evidentes: agua, energía, residuos. Es necesario voltear a ver el compromiso y cultura de los empleados. Si deseamos que se haga un uso responsable de los recursos al interior de la organización es vital que este mismo cuidado se tenga fuera de las actividades cotidianas de los empleados, por supuesto que analizar esto es una tarea titánica, pero quien dijo que mejorar una cultura es sencillo, a veces toma dos o tres generaciones, así que si nuestro objetivo fue reducir en un 20% la impresión en un año o en un 10% el consumo de energía en el área, es mejor que leamos este artículo y ver como lo podemos replantear, no decimos que sea imposible solo que debemos de considerar muchos más elementos y no solo los técnicos.Según la definición del Programa Ambiental de las Naciones Unidas (UNEP por sus siglas en inglés), la eco eficiencia es “la aplicación continua de una estrategia preventiva e integrada a los procesos tendiente a reducir los riesgos para los humanos y el ambiente”, se puede aplicar en sector comercial, industrial y servicios para incrementar la competitividad de las organizaciones. (image)

Artificial Intelligence Is About to Conquer Poker, But Not Without Human Help

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 08:41:00 EST

As Friday night became Saturday morning, Dong Kim sounded defeated.Kim is a high-stakes poker player who specializes in no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em. The 28-year-old Korean-American typically matches wits with other top players on high-stakes internet sites or at the big Las Vegas casinos. But this month, he’s in Pittsburgh, playing poker against an artificially intelligent machine designed by two computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon. No computer has ever beaten the top players at no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em, a particularly complex game of cards that serves as the main event at the World Series of Poker. Nearly two years ago, Kim was among the players who defeated an earlier incarnation of the AI at the same casino. But this time is different. Late Friday night, just ten days into this twenty-day contest, Kim told me that he and his fellow humans have no real chance of winning.(image)

Study refutes how fruit flies developed alcohol tolerance

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:54:00 EST

The common fruit fly, the tiny insect drawn to your beer or wine, has evolved to have an impressive tolerance for alcohol.(image)

Dutch Trains Are World's First to Run on 100% Wind Power

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:36:00 EST

The Netherlands, aka Windmill Country, is now operating 100 percent of its electric trains with wind energy.As of Jan. 1, 600,000 daily train passengers have been traveling completely carbon neutral, according to an announcement from the Netherlands’ principal passenger railway operator, NS.(image)