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Links 1 through 10 of 87 by Charlie Schick tagged society

"During the upcoming holidays, many events will involve traditional foods, such as turkey at Thanksgiving and Christmas. That microorganisms can spoil any of these foods, and thereby the entire party, is well known, but perhaps less obvious is the fact that microbiological processes are involved in the production of nearly all types of food. ... As made clear by the recent Position statement on food security and safety ... microbiologists can have a pivotal role in this important field. The position statement outlines nine research themes through which microbiologists can participate in food safety and security, including the investigation of microorganisms that cause food poisoning or kill crops and livestock, as well as research into the ways in which microorganisms can improve food production."

Interesting overview of the impact of microorganisms in food production and safety.

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"The Microbial Home Probe consists of a domestic ecosystem that challenges conventional design solutions to energy, cleaning, food preservation, lighting, human waste and healthy lifestyle."

Very cool. And mentions of a Post Electronic Age, too.

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"More and more marketers are looking to tap into data to determine a value on a person. Tools like Klout, PeerIndex, and Avenue Empire are developing their businesses around your influence. We think there is a crucial data set they all are missing. We will take a look at how genotyping can tell more about predisposition to being influential, and how this data may hold the key to the future of marketing, advertising, and lowering the cost of health care in the the near future."

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"To avoid throwing talent on the scrap heap and to boost prospects, a new type of scientific post for researchers is needed" Hm. Not so sure. Just one piece in the twisted world of research.

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"Philip Ball asks whether scientists are addicted to using imagery at the cost of misleading the public and themselves."

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"The changes our technology is bringing are challenging our conceptual frameworks for understanding those changes, including the psychological standpoint Turkle takes as secure."

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"Oonincx says that based on these results, insects do seem to put more of their food into growing plump and less into polluting the atmosphere than do traditional livestock. "The species I've looked at so far suggest that insects could be a more environmentally friendly alternative," he says."

But what about bacteria and yeast?

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Nice article on happiness and consumption. [and of course, the gratuitous Apple reference]

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