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As tools to build immunity to specific diseases, vaccinations are an important tool in the healthcare arsenal. However, vaccines are also capable of doing greater damage than the diseases they are intended to prevent. Since 1986, the US government has had to pay over $3 billion to vaccine-injured families. That year Congress established the Office […]
Evocative, a US biomaterials company, is making packaging out of mushrooms. This alternative comes from mycelium, a fungus-based mass of branched fibers, that is, in effect, the root structure of mushrooms. This new packaging material causes no harm to the environment and it will help replace Styrofoam, thus reducing solid waste by as much as […]
The ancient Buddhist practice of mindfulness meditation has made its way across the globe and to the attention of the west. Mindfulness practices are becoming quite popular, with some good science behind the hype. According to a 2011 Harvard study, the regular practice of nonjudgmental, present-moment awareness in an eight week training period dramatically increased […]
Vocativ and Colorlines report that over 1,400 federally recognized place names in the United States include racist slurs. Jennings Brown describes the Vocativ study’s methods: Using 2.2 million official location names form the US Geological Survey’s Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) in combination with the Racial Slur Database, Vocativ “tallied and mapped hundreds of places […]
In February of 2016, while corporate news media eagerly anticipated the involvement of allegedly “moderate” Syrian opposition groups in peace talks, Mnar Muhawesh of Mint Press News reported that such coverage made “little mention of who these groups really are, who’s behind them, and their agenda beyond ‘get rid of Assad.’” In fact, Muhawesh reported, […]