Cultures Magazine Launch Event - MWV84

submitted by: MicrobeWorld

Watch highlights from the Cultures Magazine Launch Event held on January 23, 2014 at American Society for Microbiology headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Cultures is a free, online, open-source publication available for viewing at www.asm.org/cultures.

Ecomindedness: Benefits of Urban SPIN Farming in the San Diego Community of North Park

submitted by: dylanjsack
The goal of this study is to show how urban small-plot intensive (SPIN) farming produces value in the San Diego community of North Park from the perspective of the community members involved, and the perspective of those who operate The Nectary, a local SPIN farm collective. Value is defined in terms of social and communal benefits, development of a land ethic, and in terms of economic viability. This is a participatory ethnographic study of three homeowners who are members of the...
Authors: Dylan Sack

West Virginia chemical spill studied by environmental engineers

submitted by: nsf
A chemical spill near Charleston, West Virginia prompted officials to advise about 15 percent of the state's residents to not use the water. In the aftermath, a West Virginia University environmental engineer and her team rushed to the site to collect samples by the Elk River for further analysis. For more information visit: http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=130304&org=NSF&from=news

Science Behind the News: Tornadoes

submitted by: nsf

Tornadoes are violent, twisting columns of air with wind speeds over 100 miles per hour that can tear communities apart. Josh Wurman, an atmospheric scientist, explains that tornadoes develop in a special type of thunderstorm called a supercell, but that there are still mysteries to unravel.

Provided by the National Science Foundation & NBC Learn

Science Behind the News: Allergies

submitted by: nsf

Seasonal Allergies affect more than 40 million Americans each year. Plant biologist Dr. Kristina Stinson of Harvard University explains how allergies affect the body, and why warmer weather could lead to longer, more severe allergy seasons. "Science Behind the News" is produced in partnership with NBC Learn.

Provided by the National Science Foundation & NBC Learn

Association between prenatal polychlorinated biphenyl exposure and obesity development at ages 5 and 7y: a prospective cohort study of 656 children from the Faroe Islands

submitted by: jltp@mac.com
Abstract Background: Chemicals with endocrine-disrupting abilities may act as obesogens and interfere with the body's natural weight-control mechanisms, especially if exposure occurs during prenatal life. Objective: We examined the association between prenatal exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and p,p?-dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (DDE) and subsequent obesity at 5 and 7 y of age. Design: From 1997 to 2000, 656 pregnant Faroese women were recruited. PCB and DDE were...
Authors: Jeanett L Tang-Péronard, Berit L Heitmann, Helle R Andersen, Ulrike Steuerwald, Philippe Grandjean, Pál Weihe, Tina K Jensen