A study published in the Environmental Health Perspective journal reveals the FDA approved the sale of seafood tainted with petroleum.
After the worst oil spill in history occurred off the coast of Louisiana in 2010, sea life in the area became contaminated with toxic petroleum. The FDA was tasked with keeping a close eye on seafood coming from Gulf waters. Disturbingly, much of what has been caught and approved for sale by the FDA contained 10,000 times the healthy limit of petroleum contaminants. Contaminated products were approved for sale because the FDA inspection system is a severely flawed.
The FDA seafood inspection process is referred to as the “sniff test” and inspectors check the seafood for petroleum contaminants by smelling the product. This latest study however reveals that the sniff test, while effective at detecting some contaminants, fails to detect those that are odorless. Researchers found that 100% of the Gulf shrimp and fish had petroleum deposits in their digestive tracts.
The FDA has yet to comment on the latest research and has always insisted that Gulf seafood is safe. For now, seafood can eaters rest assured that somewhere, someone from the FDA has smelled your clams. You’re welcome.
“You do not have time to cry. You do not have time to feel. You basically put those feelings in a box and put them over here on a counter.”
Meet the angels of Iraq and Afghanistan: the nurses, doctors and pilots who save lives and evacuate wounded soldiers from harm’s way.
With the annual CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund Awards gala coming up in November, Vogue.com decided to launch the web series, ”The Fund”. It will take a look at the journey of the up-and-coming designers who are in the running to receive the most anticipated (and arguably most influential) prize of the night – The CDFA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award (aka any emerging designers dream). This looks like it’s going to be an amazing series. Take a look above.
BAMF of the Day: With a finish time of eight hours and 25 minutes, 100-year-old Indian-born Brit Fauja Singh completed yesterday’s Toronto Waterfront marathon to become the oldest person ever to run a full marathon.
Singh was nearly forced to quit at the 35 kilometer mark, but pushed through the pain, and eventually bested his own personal goal.
More remarkable still, Singh took up running only 20 years ago, and has been running some 16 kilometers every day since.
I guess it’s true what they say: You’re only as old as you run.
Watch Singh cross the finish line below:
23-year-old Brazilian skater Italo Fernandes Romano may not have legs, but he has something a lot of people lack: The ability to overcome his shortcomings.
The Curitiba native lost his lower limbs at 13 when he fell while playing with his friends on a moving train. Romano refused to let the accident define him, and soon proved that even as half a man he’s twice the skater many professionals are.
the house of books made entirely of antique books, mostly english literature published in the United Kingdom – by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller
Now imagine your feet were shoved into a different pair of heels five times a day, none of which fit you because who cares? Now imagine doing that every day for a month. Are you done imagining? Good. Because this is what your feet would look like. Modeling’s not the hardest job in the world, but it certainly isn’t easy.
Nervous drivers (and their equally nervous passengers) beware! You should really prepare yourselves for the sight of Storseisundet Bridge in Norway. The road connection from the mainland Romsdal peninsula to the island of Averøya in Møre og Romsdal county doesn’t look as if it actually connects as you drive towards it. In fact it looks very much as if you are in for an icy bath as you plummet off its 23 meters height.
However, you will be relieved to hear that this is simply something of an optical illusion. The bridge is built in such a way that from a certain angle, as you approach, it looks as it is more diving board than bridge. Known locally as the drunk bridge it forms part of the Atlantergavsveien or Atlantic Ocean Road in English and attracts many a curious visitor.
iPhone 5: According to one analyst, the eventual release of the iPhone 5 might be a bigger deal than expected, because it’s the last Apple product Steve Jobs was intimately involved in creating.
A source confirmed that information to CNET, saying, “This is a very large project that Steve dedicated all of his time to. He was not that involved in the 4S because his time was limited.”
The phone will reportedly deliver the “complete redesign” Apple fans were anticipating this year, along with a larger display and 4G capabilities.
It’s now expected out in June of next year, around the time of Apple’s Developer Conference.
Sad News: Giuliana Rancic, the E! News host, revealed this morning on the Today Show that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Rancic was in her third round of in-vitro fertilization when her doctor suggested a mammogram and the tumor was found. The 36-year-old said she hadn’t intended on getting a mammogram until she was 40.
The reality TV star and Fashion Police co-host, who has chronicled her attempts to get pregnant on her reality show Giulana & Bill, will have surgery this week with a month and a half of radiation therapy to follow. Rancic says the prognosis is good because the disease was found early.
She told Ann Curry on the Today Show:
I still want this baby … because this baby has saved my life. I truly feel God was looking out after me … If I had gotten pregnant later down the line, I could have been a lot sicker.
Rancic also says her husband has been “unbelievable. The best thing about Bill is, he lets me cry when I want to cry.”
She also shared a message with other women:
A lot of us think we’re invincible … but we have to start putting ourselves on the to-do list. I had a friend call me yesterday, and she said, ‘I’m so sorry, can I do anything for you?’ And I said, ‘Just call your doctor tomorrow and make an appointment. That’s what you could do for me.’ … I will be okay because I found it early.
More than 1,800 protesters have been arrested in the U.S. since Occupy Wall Street demonstrations began one month ago. New York City has by far the most arrests, with at least 948, followed by 246 in Chicago, 169 in Boston, and 46 in Phoenix. Some more stats:
Began: Sept. 17
Peak campers: 400
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Peak campers: 500
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Peak campers: 450
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Peak campers: 200
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Peak campers: 250
This isn’t a sci-fi movie set; it’s the world’s first commercial spaceport, and it was dedicated in New Mexico today.
The $209 million facility, financed by both Virgin and New Mexico, will house Virgin Galactic’s two spacecraft, mission control and what is sure to be a swanky waiting area for those preparing to liftoff.
Branson once predicted Virgin would take its first flight to space in 2007 but that goal has been pushed back. Now he expects test flights to begin next year. Soon after, the WhiteKnightTwo will begin taking the 455 people who have purchased $200,000 tickets into the sky for the most expensive 2.5 hours of their lives.
“It’s funny how fickle fame can be. One week Steve Jobs dies and his death tops the news agenda. Just over a week later, Dennis Ritchie dies and nobody — except for a few geeks — notices. And yet his work touched the lives of far more people than anything Steve Jobs ever did. In fact if you’re reading this online then the chances are that the router which connects you to the internet is running a descendant of the software that Ritchie and his colleague Ken Thompson created in 1969.
The software is an operating system called Unix and the record of how it achieved its current unacknowledged dominance is one of the great untold stories of our time. It emerged from Bell Labs — the R&D facility of AT&T, the lightly regulated monopoly that ran the US telephone network for generations.
Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson were two bright Bell programmers who had been assigned to work with MIT on the design of a complex multi-user operating systemn – Multics. In the end, the plug was pulled on the project, with the result that Bell Labs found itself with two pissed-off hackers on its books. Back in the lab, Ritchie and Thompson decided that they would just have to build the operating system themselves. So, in a fantastic burst of creativity they wrote Unics. Inevitably the ‘cs’ became ‘x’ and Unix was born.
Thus did AT&T find itself the astonished proprietor of a uniquely powerful and innovative operating system. The problem was that it couldn’t sell it, because under the Consent Decree that gave it the telephone monopoly AT&T was not allowed to be in the computer business. So the researchers in Bell Labs did what geeks do – they gave it away to their peers in university research labs.
In doing this Ritchie and Thompson unwittingly launched the academic discipline of computer science, because universities were able to give their students free yet powerful software. Geeks were free to modify and improve on this — which is what Bill Joy and his fellow students at Berkeley did when they created their own version of Unix, called BSD for Berkeley Software Distribution.
The neatest twist of all, however, involves Apple. OS X — the operating system that now powers every Apple product — is actually built on the Berkeley distribution of Unix, so if you hack into your iPhone what you’ll find is BSD 4.2. You could say, therefore, that what Apple really did was to give Unix a pretty face.”
|—||The Economic Times, “Dennis Ritchie: The Man Who Created Unix.”
Ritchie was found dead in his Berkley Heights, NJ home last week;according to the New York Times, he had been in frail health following treatment for prostate cancer and heart disease. He was 70 years old.
Sometimes a person or the people who develop game-changing software and devices become heralded around the world for their inventions, their names never to be forgotten by the masses.
Sometimes, the great work that some people do goes relatively unnoticed by those same masses, and their names are sadly forgotten, despite their achievements touching the lives of billions.