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    Replacing just 20 percent of the world’s beef consumption with microbial protein alternatives could cut deforestation in half over the next three decades, according to a recent analysis. Nearly 83 percent of farmland now is used for livestock and for crops to feed them. However, only 18 percent of the calories that are consumed by humans are from meat and dairy products. The study, published in the journal Nature, found that a 56 percent reduction in deforestation resulted in just one-fifth of beef being replaced with microbial protein. This happened in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa and proves that microbial protein might be a solution. However, even with the land that the microbial protein was saving, there was still significant deforestation happening because of the production of other destructive crops like palm oil and cocoa. Source: Vox/Youtube We’ve known this for a while and study after study continues to prove that reducing the amount of livestock in the world would help curb deforestation, global warming emissions, and climate change. By reducing beef consumption by 20 percent, we could...
    “Enough with the racism, serve your customers” is the theme Consumers’ Research is using to call out woke financial services company American Express during its annual shareholder meeting Tuesday, running an ad highlighting discrimination against white employees. Pointing out that the company has been investigated by the federal government, “caught processing a Soviet-era politician’s dirty money,” and “paid hundreds of billions in fines for deceiving customers,” the ad charges that “rather than clean up their act, American Express has gone woke.” “Employees say people are promoted and told to offer lower premiums based on race,” the narrator of the ad says, and then quotes a Fox Business article that states, “American Express engages in ‘reverse discrimination’ against white people.” Watch:  It also points out the company has pushed critical race theory training on its employees and told them that “capitalism is racist.” The ad, called “UnAmerican Express,” is set to air in New York. As the group has pointed out, American Express CEO Stephen Squeri has been pushing for diversity, inclusion, and equity initiatives, saying its “‘Anti-Racism Initiative’ designed to have...
    “Research is the discovery of things that others do not. So it is by definition a form of competition. You have to take it “, Said Antoine PetitIn World, On February 14, he was re-appointed chairman of the CNRS. Except for triggering a long list of negative effects of competition, not everyone agrees, the development of individuality, barriers to cooperation, secret culture, wasting time and money. To compete … “There are always many opinions on this subject, but some informative ones”, Recalled Pierre Azoulay, professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Therefore, the interest in a work to be reviewed by colleagues will be renewed at the beginning of the year. Carolyn Stein and Ryan Hill received their PhDs from Stanford and MIT at Brigham Young University, respectively. Demonstration for the first time Negative effect of this competition: It gives low quality results … “We often hear people talk about this relationship between competition and negative effects, but it’s event-based, so we’d love to see what the data can say.”Caroline Stein in brief. Their method is brilliant....
    Stephen Dunn/Getty Images HBO has responded to Jerry West after the NBA legend demanded a legal retraction of his portrayal in Winning Time. “HBO has a long history of producing compelling content drawn from actual facts and events that are fictionalized in part for dramatic purposes. Winning Time is not a documentary and has not been presented as such,” read the statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “However, the series and its depictions are based on extensive factual research and reliable sourcing, and HBO stands resolutely behind our talented creators and cast who have brought a dramatization of this epic chapter in basketball history to the screen.” The statement comes after West declared his depiction in the series as an often intoxicated hothead “a deliberately false characterization.” West and his attorneys went as far as to pen a lengthy legal letter to the series’ executive producer Adam McKay, as well as to HBO and its parent company Warner Bros.-Discovery, writing that the Winning Time “caused great distress to Jerry and his family.” West’s letter demanded a legal retraction from HBO, accusing...
    New research has revealed just how desirable plant-based products have become amongst consumers in an annual report. Research from the Plant-Based Products Council revealed high favorability when it came to plant-based products made from renewable materials. The report also showed that consumers favored companies that also sold plant-based products. The report conducted with 1,054 adults showed that more than 4 in 10 consumers are committed to using plant-based products in their daily life. It also revealed that 57% of consumers are already using plant-based products at least once a week. This new research revealed that a startling percentage of 89% of consumers are interested and very likely to support companies that sell plant-based products. This reveals just how motivated consumers are to pick out plant-based options over non-plant-based options. Jessica Bowman, Executive Director of the Plant-Based Products Council, said, “We’re excited by the results of this year’s consumer research study, as it underscores the public’s desire for increased innovation and expansion of plant-based products. “PBPC and our members are eager to educate consumers on the many benefits...
    Kenya Airways says it plans to stop transporting monkeys on behalf of a Mauritius-based primate farm after a recent such shipment suffered an escape of four cynomolgus macaques while in transit in Pennsylvania to a U.S.-based laboratory that uses the animals as subjects of science experiments, Africanews reported Monday. Africanews based much of its January 31 report on an original article published by the PhillyVoice on January 28, which itself cited a letter to the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) written by Kenya Airways Chairman Michael Joseph as its information source. Joseph told PETA it plans “to end the transport of all wild animals and will stop shipping macaques” when its contract with a primate farm in Mauritius terminates at the end of February. PETA reached out to Joseph after a Kenya Airways-facilitated macaque shipment was the subject of a traffic accident on January 21, resulting in four of the 100 monkeys escaping into a Pennsylvania community. This picture taken on May 23, 2020 shows a laboratory baby monkey reacting in its cage in the...
    ROME (AP) — Pope Francis denounced fake news about COVID-19 and vaccines Friday, blasting the “distortion of reality based on fear” but also urging that people who believe such lies are helped to understand true scientific facts. Francis met with Catholic journalists who have formed a fact-checking network to try to combat misinformation about the pandemic. Francis has frequently called for responsible journalism that searches for the truth and respects individuals, and his meeting with the “Catholic fact-checking” media consortium furthered that message. “We can hardly fail to see that these days, in addition to the pandemic, an ‘infodemic’ is spreading: a distortion of reality based on fear, which in our global society leads to an explosion of commentary on falsified if not invented news,” Francis said. He said access to accurate information, based on scientific data, is a human right that must be especially guaranteed for those who are less equipped to separate out the morass of misinformation and commentary masquerading as fact that is available online. At the same time, Francis asked for a merciful, missionary approach...
    LANSING, Mich (AP) — The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation donated $25 million to Michigan State University to expand public health in Flint, Michigan, it was announced on Wednesday. The grant will bolster MSU’s public health program in Flint, adding 18 tenure-track faculty members, along with other support, University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. said at a media conference. Officials at the event said focus areas for research by the faculty will include mental health, addiction and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, among other public health topics. The announcement came as Flint still heals from a water crisis that started in 2014 when the city’s water supply was switched to the Flint River without properly treating the pipes to avoid lead contamination. In the last decade, even before the water crisis, Mott had given MSU $12 million to expand and relocate its public health program from East Lansing to Flint, in addition to granting $7.7 million to renovate the former The Flint Journal building to be the new home of the program. Shortly after the ribbon was cut on the building,...
    Death is very likely the single best invention of Life,' Steve Jobs once observed. 'It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.' There are many who would beg to disagree with the co-founder of Apple, who died in 2011 — not least his peers in Silicon Valley.  For it is they who are leading a charge towards a new frontier in medicine that will revolutionise our 'healthspans' — the number of years of good health we can expect to enjoy — and push back the worst effects of ageing. The announcement this week that a new anti-ageing company, Altos Labs, which is based in the U.S. and UK, has been established to 'hack' the ageing process has reignited interest in the science of rejuvenation, an obsession that has spanned continents and the ages. A new anti-ageing company, Altos Labs, which is based in the U.S. and UK, has been established to 'hack' the ageing process has reignited interest in the science of rejuvenation And the answer lies not in the mythical elixir...
                 Live from Music Row Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed The Beacon Center’s Jason Edmonds to the newsmakers line to discuss the mechanics of a student-based budgeting program in the state of Tennessee. Leahy: We’re joined on the line right now by our good friend Jason Edmonds at The Beacon Center. A beacon of liberty and clear thought here in Tennessee. Jason, welcome to The Tennessee Star Report. Edmonds: Thank you for having me. Leahy: Well, it’s a new year. Now, remember, unlike Joe Biden, we know that this is 2022, not 2020. I don’t know if you saw that in his clip last night? Biden said 2020 will be a good year. (Laughter) Wake up, Mr. Biden. Anyways, what is the agenda for The Beacon Center in 2022? Edmonds: Yes, we have a handful of things. And we’ve definitely released a lot of research in the last couple of months that...
    (CNN)It's that time of year again. Champagne bottles have been popped, balls have dropped, and now your friends, family and colleagues are starting to ask, "What's your New Year's resolution?" Some people love the tradition of setting a goal each January 1. Others argue it's a waste of time since most resolutions fail by mid-March. But there is actually a logic to jumping on the New Year's resolution bandwagon despite the grim numbers. My collaborators and I have shown that on new beginnings — dates like New Year's, your birthday and even Mondays — you're extra motivated to tackle your goals because you feel like you can turn the page on past failures. Maybe you meant to quit smoking, get fit or start going to bed at a reasonable hour last year and didn't. A fresh start like New Year's lets you relegate those missteps to a past chapter and tell yourself "that was the old me, but the new me will be different." The holidays can be overwhelming. Follow these self-care tips to relieve stressIt might sound delusional,...
    According to research from 2018, a turkey Christmas dinner in the United Kingdom has double the greenhouse gas emissions of a vegan nut roast. The research was conducted by the Humane Society International UK and a Harvard University research fellow. The traditional Christmas dinner of a turkey roast, meat stuffing, meat gravy, roast potatoes in goose fat and pigs in blankets emits 23.5kg of carbon dioxide. This is the same amount as driving 78.5 miles in a standard UK car. Alternatively, the same vegan Christmas dinner, including a nut roast, roast potatoes in vegetable oil, vegan pigs in blankets, vegetarian stuffing and gravy emits 9.5kg of equivalent carbon dioxide. This is about 31 miles of driving. 85% of the United Kingdom choosing a plant-based Christmas meal would save 131 million kg of carbon dioxide emissions. Dr. Helen Harwatt, the contributing fellow to the study, urged consumers to reduce their consumption of meat in order to hit proposed emissions reductions goals. The harmful effects of animal agriculture on the environment are well documented. The beef industry contributes to water pollution, greenhouse...
    ANNA MONEYMAKER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images The Atlantic’s David Zweig took aim Thursday at the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that all children over two wear masks in schools in order to protect against Covid-19, claiming that the study behind the policy is “very shaky science.” Zweig explained that the recommendation stems from a September 2021 Arizona study, which found that schools without mask mandates had 3.5 times more outbreaks than schools that did. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky first cited the study while a guest on CBS’s Face the Nation on September 26th and continued to cite the “3.5 times more likely” stat repeatedly while promoting the recommendation. Zweig breaks down why the CDC recommendation is controversial and falls outside of the international mainstream: Scientists generally agree that, according to the research literature, wearing masks can help protect people from the coronavirus, but the precise extent of that protection, particularly in schools, remains unknown—and it might be very small What data do exist have been interpreted into guidance in many different ways? The World Health Organization, for example,...
    Plant-based sausages, meatballs and other alternatives to meat are often excessively high in salt, according to research.  Vegan and vegetarian products are seen as having a ‘health halo’, but their salt levels breached government guidelines, a study found. More than 75 per cent of the products analysed failed to meet the Government’s salt reduction targets.  Researchers from Queen Mary University of London compared 207 plant-based meat products with 226 meat products. M&S Food Plant Kitchen No Chicken Kievs had one of the highest salt levels in the study at 1.78g per 100g, with a total salt portion of 2.49g Researchers from Queen Mary University analysed just how much salt was in vegetarian processed food They found plant-based meat to have fewer calories, total and saturated fat and more fibre than meat equivalents, the research backed by Action on Salt said.  But their salt content was significantly higher than meat in five out of six product categories.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Crisp shortage leaves couple desperately searching for sea... Mr Kipling makes exceedingly good break:...
    (CNN Business)One week ago, a consortium of 17 news outlets, including CNN, began publishing a damning series of stories -- collectively called "The Facebook Papers" -- based on thousands of pages of internal company documents. These documents are disclosures made to the Securities and Exchange Commission and provided to Congress in redacted form by Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen's legal counsel. The redacted versions were obtained by the consortium. The documents, and the stories based on them, raised concerns about the potential real-world harms from Facebook's various platforms. They also offer insight into the inner workings of the company, including its approach to misinformation and hate speech moderation, both in the US and internationally, as well as employee reactions to concerns about company decisions. The Wall Street Journal previously published a series of stories based on internal Facebook documents leaked by Haugen, which raised concerns about the impact of Instagram on teen girls, among other issues. (The consortium's work is based on many of the same documents.) Facebook has repeatedly tried to discredit Haugen and said reports on the documents mischaracterize its...
                        A watchdog organization has filed requests via the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) this week to obtain information about the U.S. government’s funding of China-based gain-of-function studies that many believe have played a role in the origin of COVID-19.  Gain-of-function (GOF) research is experimentation that enhances the severity or transmissibility of a virus or other biological agent. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) have said such work “poses biosafety and biosecurity risks [which] must be carefully managed,” though the NIH have justified funding GOF research “to help us understand the fundamental nature of human-pathogen interactions, assess the pandemic potential of emerging infectious agents and inform public health and preparedness efforts.” Empower Oversight Whistleblowers & Research (EMPOWR) sent the new FOIA inquiries to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DRTA) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to determine the extent to which these agencies have been subsidizing GOF experiments conducted at the Wuhan (China) Institute of Virology (WIV). EMPOWR is specifically...
    STOCKHOLM -- A U.S.-based economist won the Nobel prize for economics Monday for pioneering research that showed an increase in minimum wage does not lead to less hiring and immigrants do not lower pay for native-born workers, challenging commonly held ideas. Two others shared the award for creating a way to study these types of societal issues.Canadian-born David Card of the University of California, Berkeley, was awarded half of the prize for his research on how minimum wage, immigration and education affect the labor market.The other half was shared by Joshua Angrist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Dutch-born Guido Imbens from Stanford University for their framework for studying issues that can't rely on traditional scientific methods.The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the three have "completely reshaped empirical work in the economic sciences."Card looked at what happened when New Jersey raised its minimum wage from $4.25 to $5.05, using restaurants in bordering eastern Pennsylvania as the control - or comparison - group. Contrary to previous studies, he and his research partner Alan Krueger, who died in 2019, found...
    A U.S.-based economist won the Nobel prize for economics Monday for pioneering research that showed an increase in minimum wage does not lead to less hiring and immigrants do not lower pay for native-born workers, challenging commonly held ideas. Two others shared the award for creating a way to study these types of societal issues.  Canadian-born David Card of the University of California, Berkeley, was awarded one half of the prize for his research on how minimum wage, immigration and education affect the labor market, while the other half was shared by Joshua Angrist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Dutch-born Guido Imbens from Stanford University for their framework for studying issues that can’t rely on traditional scientific methods.  The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the three have "completely reshaped empirical work in the economic sciences."  This undated photo provided by Christie's auction house shows James Watson's 1962 Nobel Prize medal (Associated Press) (AP Photo/Christie's, File) CHINESE PRESIDENT INSISTS ON TAIWAN ‘REUNIFICATION,’ AVOIDS THREAT OF FORCE  "Card’s studies of core questions for society and Angrist and Imbens’...