Last year, California Gov. Gavin Newsom called for some restrictions on hydraulic fracking. This year, the state legislature responded with a plan that significantly expands the restrictions Newsom requested.  Newsom had requested a ban on hydraulic fracking and asked lawmakers to consider implementing a buffer zone restricting fracking from taking place...

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There are many types of plastic, but only a few types, such as bottles, are accepted in most curbside recycling facilities. Chemical recycling could change that.  Chemical recycling is the overarching term describing the process of turning any plastic polymer into its original monomers. When the monomers are separated, they can...

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Anti-vaxxers have done all they can to try to dissuade Americans from getting vaccinated, but it hasn’t stopped people from lining up in droves to protect themselves from COVID-19.  Nearly one in four Americans has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The United States has been vaccinating roughly...

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Millions of Americans were left without safe tap water because of an unexpected, record-breaking winter storm.  The winter storm brought ice, snow, and freezing temperatures across much of the United States with Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana suffering some of the worst damage. In Texas alone, 15 million people were without safe...

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Biodegradable products have positioned themselves as the eco-friendly packaging option that can be used, thrown out, and broken down in a landfill. That may sound nice, but in reality, many so-called biodegradable products have a dubious record when it comes to helping the planet.  The term “biodegradable” has been greenwashed into meaning...

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A new bill in California could completely end all fracking in the nation’s third-largest state by area.  The legislation, proposed by Democratic State Senators Scott Wiener and Monique Limon, will halt all new oil and gas permits by the end of the year and completely outlaw the practice of fracking by...

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David Cox, an artificial intelligence expert in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was recently a victim of identity fraud. Unlike the standard victim, his identity wasn’t used to open a new credit card or bank account. Instead, Cox’s identity was used to dupe academic publishers into approving research papers written by Chinese nationals.  Cox...

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Most Texans probably knew that the state would have to shut down when weather forecasters said an ice storm was on the way. What they didn’t expect was that a significant portion of the state’s power grid would be shut down, too. Texas’s use of wind power turned a bad storm...

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While we may be at the beginning of the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of misleading data about the virus is still continuing to spread. The latest irresponsible report came from NBC News. In a viral headline posted on February 13, NBC wrote, “Four people in Oregon who received both...

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Anti-science haters are upset by Tom Vilsack, President Joe Biden’s nominee to be agriculture secretary, because he supports farmers using genetically engineered crops.  Biden nominated Vilsack, the former governor of Iowa, to return to his post as United States Agriculture Secretary. Vilsack served as agriculture secretary under President Barack Obama. Biden...

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