People of all ages and backgrounds have been swept into a frenzy over the “Tide POD Challenge.” Often described as “looking almost like candy,” these packets of highly concentrated cleaning product can cause severe reactions almost immediately, and can even be fatal if steps aren’t taken quickly to purge the product from...

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The comedian Adam Conover and his show “Adam Ruins Everything” recently tackled the slew of pseudo-scientific industries purporting to help people rid their body of “toxins.” “The fact is, toxins aren’t even a special type of chemical. It’s just become a trendy buzzword. The truth is that anything can be toxic...

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Without exaggeration, the United Nations calls clean water the “core of sustainable development,” and “critical for socio-economic development, energy and food production, healthy ecosystems, and for human survival itself.” Safe drinking water is the hallmark of a healthy society, which is why it’s so befuddling that “raw water” has become the...

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Earlier this week, Safer Chemicals Healthy Families released a report card from its Mind the Store campaign grading Amazon, Apple, and 28 other major retailers on toxic chemicals in their products. But as far as we’re concerned, the project gets an F in scientific evidence. The entire premise of the retailer ranking is to...

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Major media coverage of President Trump’s nominations to the Environmental Protection Agency is enough to make any professional scientist’s head spin. The New York Times last month criticized Dr. Nancy Beck, nominated as a senior EPA administrator, for having a different professional opinion from some of her peers at the EPA....

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In recent years, activist groups have spent millions of dollars convincing consumers that the chemicals lurking in their cosmetics pose an unreasonable risk to human health. The narrative isn’t true –as any elementary school science teacher can tell you, everything in the world is made of chemicals. And the vast majority...

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Last weekend, the New York Times published a story criticizing the ascension of Dr. Nancy Beck from Estée Lauder toxicologist to EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator. Rather than aiming criticism at specific policy proposals, the Times attacked Dr. Beck personally. In an age where discrimination against female scientists is finally coming to light,...

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Halloween is just around the corner, and proper fire safety can ensure your spooky festivities don't go up in smoke. According to the National Fire Protection Association, decorations catching fire are the primary reason for about 900 home fires each year. And as children run around neighborhoods alight with candles and...

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This week, a Bloomberg news story opened with this curious note: “If you happen to buy a cup of coffee in California and it comes with a cancer warning, don’t panic -- it’s just the law.” That law, Proposition 65, has been the bane of California businesses for over 30 years. It requires...

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Nanotechnology may still sound more fiction than science, but innovations with really (really, really) small particles are already impacting the world today. So on October 9th, the National Nanotechnology Initiative celebrates 10-9, which is the scientific notation for all things nano-sized. For an idea of how small a “nanometer” is, it’s one billionth...

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