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基因改造: 孟山都公司的Roundup改變兩棲動物的身體形態

Monsanto’s Roundup Altering the Physical Shape of Amphibians

Mike Barrett
Activist Post

Monsanto’s Roundup, which is the most popular herbicide used today, has been found to ignite morphological changes in amphibians.
The research, conducted using tadpoles, found that environmentally relevant concentrations of Roundup are enough to cause two species of amphibians to actually change shape. This is the first research to show that herbicides can have such an effect on animals.

Setting up outdoor tanks closely resembling the environment of natural wetlands, study researcher Rick Relyea, University of Pittsburgh professor of biological sciences in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and director of Pitt’s Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology, added 3 tadpoles to each tank and exposed them to a range of Roundup concentrations over a 3 week period. The cages also contained large predators, which naturally cause changes in tadpole morphology. These natural changes include a larger tail, due to chemical emissions.

While it wasn’t surprising to see morphological changes take part due to the naturally emitted chemicals from predators, it was rather shocking to find out that Roundup had the same effects — causing the tails of the tadpoles to grow in size.

What’s more, the combination of the naturally emitted chemicals and Roundup caused the tadpoles’ tails to grow twice as large.


DevilsHole 150x150 Amazing video of Devil’s Hole seiche rocked by earthquake in Oaxaca, Mexico

2012: Amazing video of Devil’s Hole seiche rocked by earthquake in Oaxaca, Mexico

Watch never-captured footage of a seismic wave rocking the whole pool at Nevada’s famed Devils Hole.
A fortunate National Park Service biologist and a Scientific American reporter were standing at a deep natural pool in Death Valley when it began to be dramatically rocked by the underground tsunami, resulted from seismic waves emanating from a 7.4-magnitude earthquake, 12 miles deep, near the Mexican state of Oaxaca, 2,000 miles distant. Violent oscillations decimated the small breeding area of the endangered species of pupfish that live nowhere else on earth but in these hot water.

全球食品業逐漸將 BPA 從包裝移除

為了順應消費趨勢及新的政府規範,主要食品業者開始宣佈去除產品包裝中干擾荷爾蒙的化學物質 BPA (酚甲烷、雙酚 A) 的計畫。
美國有九成的人檢測出體內含有 BPA,這種化學物質已經陸續被指出和癌症、心臟病、不孕症、性無能及甚至精神發育遲緩有關,從手機殼、運動用品到商店收據都可以發現它的蹤跡,最令人擔心的是嬰兒奶瓶、水瓶及食品包裝也都含有這種成分。
BPA 等塑化劑是用來製造安全帽、牙齒填充物、鏡片及食品包裝等各種用品的塑料成分,研究已經顯示這種成分會干擾內分泌並影響免疫系統及抵抗疾病的能力,同時阻擾人體荷爾蒙的自然訊號。
在最近的調查中詢問了 26 家主要食品業者對於這種化學成分採取的政策,幾乎一半的業者表示計畫從產品中移除 (去年只有 23% 的業者這樣表示)。由於尋找替代方案需要時間,不含 BPA 的產品並不會馬上遍佈市面;但是政府監管機構規範 BPA 的意圖逐漸增溫,業者看來應該儘速採取行動。
目前,加拿大已經將 BPA 列為有毒化學物質,美國許多州政府也已經禁止嬰兒用品使用這種成分。雖然歐洲食品安全局表示它是安全的,許多歐洲國家依然禁用。


(有片)遠古外星人: 達文西的陰謀論

da vinci code 150x150 Ancient Aliens   The Da Vinci ConspiracyAncient Aliens – The Da Vinci Conspiracy

Leonardo da Vinci (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519), was an Italian Renaissance polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer whose genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal.
Leonardo da Vinci is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived.
His mind and personality seem to us superhuman, the man himself mysterious and remote.
However, that while there is much speculation about Leonardo, his vision of the world is essentially logical rather than mysterious, and that the empirical methods he employed were unusual for his time.
Leonardo da Vinci’s masterful paintings and sketches are examined in search of a possible connection to alien technology.