Daily Archives: September 20, 2014

More Regulations Will Not Protect the Public Against Cyanobacterial Toxins

In a reply of an old story, Democrat opportunists and a liberal GOPer are pushing for state and federal regulations on algal toxins in drinking water. Though challenging, this is not a new problem and guidelines and practices to control them have been available for decades. More regulations won’t change this nor solve the problem. But it is a way to get headlines and political attention.

“State Reps. Mike Sheehy, D-Oregon, and John Patterson, D-Jefferson, on Friday introduced legislation that would set the levels and require the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to develop procedures for testing the toxin. ” click here

Uranium contamination may result in kidney toxicity

The situation on the Navajo Reservation is saddening, but it is not new. In reality, this demonstrates how such problems cannot be solved with an unsustainable federal government and an unsustainable local economy.

“At least three Yazzies have died of kidney ailments, a common result of chronic exposure to uranium. Federal environmental officials warned against drinking more. Milton learned to conserve, using an outhouse across their driveway and leaving the tank-supplied indoor plumbing to Della, because of her failing eyesight.” click here for news article

Small dams favored to solve Uttarakhand, India drinking water problems

“Expressing his preference for construction of small dams, Rawat said if small dams are built at one or two places near Saraikhet on Lakhora river of Almora, drinking water problem of many places in Kumaon and Garhwal regions can be solved.” click here

NASA Antarctica Temperature Claims Out of Sync With Reality

Seeing such discrepancies as this (click here) would cause anyone to wonder what is really going on at NASA.

If you don’t have drinking water, then you don’t have it

Droughts are nothing new. No one likes them. But the reality is if you don’t have water you don’t have it. Something will have to change. Perhaps rains will come. If not people will must migrate elsewhere.

“Government officials and community groups say hundreds of rural San Joaquin Valley residents no longer can get drinking water from their home faucets because California’s extreme drought has dried up their individual wells.” click here

Biased-Peer Review at the Royal Society

The dark side of the internet for science is that new communications technology makes it easier for “group think.” Indeed, this dynamic is now sometimes referred to as “community.” Community is a good thing. But in science a measure of independent thinking is absolutely necessary, but not always welcomed, and almost never funded. The scientific enterprise only succeeds if scientists and research groups function independently. And this will happen only if funding sources are independent as well. This is why having so much government money thrown at “climate science” has become so problematic. The small group of “climate scientists” have, with vast amounts of government funding, convinced them selves that “the science is settled.” The temptation then is to impose this view when peer-reviewing papers, resulting in a biased review. In reality, their particular view of “science” may be settled in their small group interconnected via the internet, but in reality other perspectives are equally valid meaning the science is not settled, at all.  

“…the Royal Society admitted this week, after questions from The Times, that the referees who had rejected the rebuttal were the same referees who had approved Mr Gerlach’s paper for publication.” click here

 

Human protein shown to remove E coli from drinking water

Researchers in Japan have shown that they can remove Escherichia coli from drinking water using tiny tubes made of human serum albumin. Practical application of this finding is not obvious and is yet to come.

S. Yuge, M. Akiyama and T. Komatsu. An Escherichia coli trap in human serum albumin microtubes. Chem. Commun., 2014, 50, 9640-9643. DOI: 10.1039/C4CC03632H

Graphical abstract: An Escherichia coli trap in human serum albumin microtubes

We describe the template synthesis of human serum albumin microtubes (MTs) and highlight their Escherichia coli (E. coli) trapping capability with extremely high efficiency. The E. coli was loaded into the one-dimensional pore space interior of the tubule. Similar MTs including an Fe3O4 layer also captured E. coli and were manipulated by exposure to a magnetic field.

Click here for full paper (Open Access).