This video is amazing in that it is from the 90’s yet it still rings true (even more) today. It’s ALWAYS about the customer!
Genetically engineered foods have been a controversial addition to U.S. dinner plates since the mid-1990s when they began hitting U.S. dinner plates, and their status as unlabeled lab experiments has continued to spark a backlash against them ever since.
Now, the United States, Monsanto and Bayer are preparing to move forward with the next phase of the GMO experiment, as a deal worth over $125 million was signed recently to create new “longer lasting” GMO foods like wheat, strawberries and more.
That deal turned out to be just the tip of the iceberg, however, as a small company out of Canada appears ready to revolutionize the way we breed, raise, and eat fish in the United States and North America in general. Despite hundreds of thousands of signatures against the new GMO lab created fish, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sided against them, and has now officially cleared the way for GMO salmon to reach dinner plates in the United States.
GMO Salmon Could Hit Dinner Plates by Early Next Year
Last week, the United States FDA officially gave the go-ahead for the new genetically engineered salmon to be sold in the U.S., according to a report from the Anchorage Daily News.
The company, AquaBounty, created the salmon using technology that integrates a chinook salmon growth hormone gene into the genome of an Atlantic salmon, creating a new type of GMO fish that is said to grow faster than a standard Atlantic salmon.
The FDA says it’s safe to eat, but critics point out the lack of long-term safety testing and remain concerned that the fish will almost certainly escape into the wild, contaminating the gene pool of the species and potentially leading to catastrophic unseen effects within ecosystems.
Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski pushed back against the release of the GMO salmon in December 2015 out of concerns that it could hurt the region’s wild caught salmon industry.
Now, the push is on to label the new “Frankenfish” before it reaches dinner plates and grocery stores. The new GMO salmon is expected to hit store shelves by 2020, a report from USA Today said.
Severe cases of stress and anxiety can be difficult to deal with and may even require medication. Unfortunately, prescription medicines are not only expensive, but they also cause a wide variety of side effects. Magnesium, an important dietary mineral, has been called the “original chill pill” because of its ability to lift mood and improve anxiety. Because of its effects, it is now being considered as a natural aid for stress management.
Magnesium performs many roles in the body. In fact, it takes part in over 600 different metabolic functions. Despite this, it is the second most common nutritional deficiency in the world, occurring even in developed countries.
A deficiency in magnesium has been linked to an increased incidence of depression and anxiety. As proof of this, researchers sometimes induces depression in mice by depriving them of magnesium. The mineral is crucial to preventing and treating depression, thanks to several specific functions:
It increases the levels of GABA
Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a neurotransmitter, a chemical that the nervous system uses to communicate with its components, as well as other parts of the body. Neurotransmitters are related to specific functions and bodily phenomena. As it happens, GABA is crucial to relaxation.
Magnesium binds with GABA molecules and stimulates GABA receptors in the brain. As an inhibitory neurotransmitter, GABA is able to put the brain’s functions on hold, enabling the mind and body to relax and rest.
Low levels of GABA are associated with a variety of symptoms, including confusion, sleeplessness, and stress-related disorders. These include generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks, and even irritable bowel syndrome.
We should all be automating our image compression.
Image optimization should be automated. It’s easy to forget, best practices change, and content that doesn’t go through a build pipeline can easily slip. To automate: Use imagemin or libvips for your build process. Many alternatives exist.
Most CDNs (e.g. Akamai) and third-party solutions like Cloudinary, imgix, Fastly’s Image Optimizer, Instart Logic’s SmartVision or ImageOptim API offer comprehensive automated image optimization solutions.
The amount of time you’ll spend reading blog posts and tweaking your configuration is greater than the monthly fee for a service (Cloudinary has a freetier). If you don’t want to outsource this work for cost or latency concerns, the open-source options above are solid. Projects like Imageflow or Thumbor enable self-hosted alternatives.
Everyone should be compressing their images efficiently.
More specifically: run your JPEGs through MozJPEG (
q=80 or lower is fine for web content) and consider Progressive JPEG support, PNGs through pngquant and SVGs through SVGO. Explicitly strip out metadata (
--strip for pngquant) to avoid bloat. Instead of crazy huge animated GIFs, deliver H.264 videos (or WebM for Chrome, Firefox and Opera)! If you can’t at least use Giflossy. If you can spare the extra CPU cycles, need higher-than-web-average quality and are okay with slow encode times: try Guetzli.
Researchers at UC San Francisco announced this week that age-damaged skin in older adultsmay be contributing to a wide range of chronic, age-related conditions that include heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
Here’s what the dermatological researchers said they learned from their work with the San Francisco Veterans Administration Health System: As aging skin begins to break down, the immune system releases small proteins known as cytokines to signal that there’s inflammation in damaged areas of the skin. These tiny inflammatory cytokines can leak into the body’s circulation system, and if there are enough of them, they trigger body-wide inflammation. That triggers so called “inflamm-aging” among older adults.
“The inflammation must come from an organ big enough that very minor inflammation can affect the whole body. Skin is a good candidate for this because of its size,” Dr. Mao-Qiang Man, the study’s senior author. “Once we get old, we have dermatological symptoms like itchiness, dryness and changes in acidity. It could be that the skin has very minor inflammation, and because it’s such a large organ, it elevates circulating cytokine levels.”
Scientists have long questioned why there were so many inflammatory cytokines in the circulation system of older adults. Young people do not typically have as many. There are theories that they come from the lungs or from digestive system, Man said, but UCSF dermatologists felt certain that the culprit was the skin.
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Envision a place where awe-inspiring landscapes are combined with a rich culture that appreciates the positive aspects of both the Latin and European way of life. A place where gourmet dining is at a fraction of what it costs in Paris, New York or London. Include the epicenter of South American snow sports, Cerro Catedral, playing backdrop to lively surrounding communities. Add an expansive protected park that is accentuated with manicured trails meandering through bamboo forests and 300-year-old Lenga trees, giving access to manned huts situated at the base of glaciated mountains. Where crystal clear rivers are stocked with an abundance of fish…these waterways flowing into numerous turquoise-blue lakes that offer the details needed to be considered by many as some of the best views in the world. This mesmerizing beauty is intensified with giant condors – boasting ten-foot wingspans – putting on a show as they play with the changing wind currents.
Welcome to Bariloche, Argentina located in the Lakes District of Patagonia. A sprawling township of 120,000 full-time residents, this jewel nestled in the northerly region of the true “Last Frontier on Earth” is not only awe-inspiring because of its beauty, but also for what it offers to those that call it home.
10 things to do in Bariloche Patagonia
Cerro Campanario viewpoint
Looking to get an overview before starting your adventure? Then there’s no place better to take it all in than atop Cerro Campanario. Towering over the valley at 1,049 meters, the viewing platforms can be accessed by hike or chairlift. Once you’re at the top, you can enjoy a 360-degree view.
2. Refugio Frey trek
For more astonishing views, the Refugio Frey trek in the Nahuel Huapi National Park is a must. Although the route is challenging, the landscape makes it all worth it – the giant granite pinnacles, orange boulders, and crystal clear lakes are truly out-of-this-world.
Steak is the Argentinian national dish – and Bariloche is a great place to sample Argentine steak or churrasco.There are several Argentinian barbeques, or parrilla, around town. Some of the best reviewed include Alto El Fuego and La Parrilla de Julián, which is one of the few restaurants open on a Sunday.
Last August, Abdelrhman Mohamed found himself hiking deep into the wilderness of Yellowstone National Park.
Unlike thousands of tourists who trek to admire the park’s iconic geysers and hot springs every year, the WSU graduate student was traveling with a team of scientists to hunt for life within them.
After a strenuous seven mile walk through scenic, isolated paths in the Heart Lake Geyser Basin area, the team found four pristine pools of hot water. They carefully left a few electrodes inserted into the edge of the water, hoping to coax little‑known creatures out of hiding — bacteria that can eat and breathe electricity.
After 32 days, the team returned to the hot springs to collect the submerged electrodes. Working under the supervision of Haluk Beyenal, Paul Hohenschuh Distinguished Professor in the Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, Mohamed and postdoctoral researcher Phuc Ha analyzed the electrodes.
Voila! They had succeeded in capturing their prey — heat‑loving bacteria that “breathe” electricity through the solid carbon surface of the electrodes.
Dr. Alan Green’s patients travel from around the country to his tiny practice in Queens, N.Y., lured by the prospect of longer lives.
Over the past two years, more than 200 patients have flocked to see Green after learning that two drugs he prescribes could possibly stave off aging. One 95-year-old was so intent on keeping her appointment that she asked her son to drive her from Maryland after a snowstorm had closed the schools.
Green is among a small but growing number of doctors who prescribe drugs “off-label” for their possible anti-aging effects. Metformin is typically prescribed for diabetes, and rapamycin prevents organ rejection after a transplant, but doctors can prescribe drugs off-label for other purposes — in this case, for “aging.”
Rapamycin’s anti-aging effects on animals and metformin’s on people with diabetes have encouraged Green and his patients to experiment with them as anti-aging remedies, even though there’s little evidence healthy people could benefit.
“Many of [my patients] have Ph.D.s,” said Green, who is 76 and has taken the drugs for three years. “They have read the research and think it’s worth a try.”
In fact, it’s easier for patients to experiment with the drugs — either legally off-label or illegally from a foreign supplier — than it is for researchers to launch clinical trials that would demonstrate they work in humans.
Melatonin and General Aging
Melatonin, a hormone primarily secreted by the pineal gland in the brain, is also produced in skin and hair cells. Melatonin is more than just the “sleep hormone” — it regulates the circadian rhythm, which affects many metabolic and endocrine processes.
Melatonin, and the circadian rhythm more generally, plays a role in staving off aging. Melatonin levels decline as we age, and correspondingly circadian rhythms become less regular. Mice with mutations damaging their circadian rhythm have accelerated-aging syndromes, with obesity, diabetes, muscle loss, and shortened lifespans. Supplementing melatonin in rodents (or administering extracts from the pineal gland, or grafts from fetal pineal glands) has been found to extend lifespan, prolong fertility, reduce cancer incidence, reduce obesity and insulin resistance, and improve neurological recovery from brain injury. Melatonin and compounds that act along the same pathway have potential as aging-preventative drugs.
Melatonin administration also improves skin resistance to damage (such as from UV rays) and increases hair growth.
Melatonin and Skin
In both in-vitro skin culture experiments and human studies, administering melatonin prior to exposure to UV radiation increases cell survival and reduces oxidative damage. Topical melatonin applied to skin 15 minutes prior to exposure to UV radiation completely prevented skin redness (erythema) in a small randomized double-blind study of human subjects.
How to Optimize Your Melatonin Levels
Two common environmental “noise” factors that can make sleep elusive are light pollution and temperature. The following suggestions can improve your sleep hygiene and help you optimize your melatonin production. For a comprehensive sleep guide, please see my article 33 Secret’s to a Good Night’s Sleep.
- Avoid watching TV or using your computer in the evening, at least an hour or so before going to bed. These devices emit blue light, which tricks your brain into thinking it’s still daytime. Normally your brain starts secreting melatonin between 9 and 10 pm, and these devices emit light that may stifle that process.
- Make sure you get BRIGHT sun exposure regularly. Your pineal gland produces melatonin roughly in approximation to the contrast of bright sun exposure in the day and complete darkness at night. If you are in darkness all day long, it can’t appreciate he difference and will not optimize your melatonin production.
- Sleep in complete darkness, or as close to it as possible. Even the slightest bit of light in your bedroom can disrupt your biological clock and your pineal gland’s melatonin production. Even the tiniest glow from your clock radio could be interfering with your sleep, so cover your radio up at night or get rid of it altogether. Move all electrical devices at least three feet away from your bed. You may want to cover your windows with drapes or blackout shades.
- Install a low-wattage yellow, orange or red light bulb if you need a source of light for navigation at night. Light in these bandwidths does not shut down melatonin production in the way that white and blue bandwidth light does. Salt lamps are handy for this purpose.
- Keep the temperature in your bedroom no higher than 70 degrees F. Many people keep their homes too warm (particularly their upstairs bedrooms). Studies show that the optimal room temperature for sleep is between 60 to 68 degrees.
- Take a hot bath 90 to 120 minutes before bedtime. This increases your core body temperature, and when you get out of the bath it abruptly drops, signaling your body that you are ready to sleep.
- Avoid using loud alarm clocks. Being jolted awake each morning can be very stressful. If you are regularly getting enough sleep, you might not even need an alarm.
- Get some sun in the morning, if possible. Your circadian system needs bright light to reset itself. Ten to 15 minutes of morning sunlight will send a strong message to your internal clock that day has arrived, making it less likely to be confused by weaker light signals during the night. More sunlight exposure is required as you age.
- Be mindful of electromagnetic fields in your bedroom. EMFs can disrupt your pineal gland and its melatonin production, and may have other negative biological effects as well. A gauss meter is required if you want to measure EMF levels in various areas of your home.