Organic food and malformations in the urinary tract (hypospadias) in newborn boys

… positioned exactly at the tip of the penis. This condition arises during fetal life, and is surgically corrected after birth. This study shows that mothers who report eating organic food within one or more of six food categories, had less than half the probability of delivering boys with hypospadiascompared with women who reported “never or seldom” eating organic food. From the data, organic vegetables emerge as the food category with the greatest impact on the result. The analyses …

U.S. forced to import corn as shoppers demand organic food : Business

By Alan Bjerga, Bloomberg News | April 15, 2015 WASHINGTON • A growing demand for organics, and the near-total reliance by U.S. farmers on genetically modified corn and soybeans, is driving a surge in imports from other nations where crops largely are free of bioengineering. Imports such as corn from Romania and soybeans from India are booming, according to an analysis of U.S. trade data released Wednesday by the Organic Trade Association and Penn State University. That shows a potential …

Which fruits, vegetables are most likely to be exposed to pesticides? – WTOP

By Sarah Beth Hensley | March 30, 2015 WASHINGTON — It’s a question many people ask themselves while shopping for produce at grocery stores: should I buy organic? Experts at Consumer Reports say that buying organic is the best choice because it is better for your health, the environment and those who grow the food. Also, there is a diminished risk for pesticides exposure. Earlier this month, Consumer Reports scientists and a Washington State University researcher analyzed data from the …

Insect-inspired eye may allow drones to navigate their environment more naturally

… To test this setup, the researchers then set the drone to negotiate a series of varying elevations of terrain and obstacles using only the visual cues provided by the optic flow sensor eye, and without resorting to measuring its velocity or altitude. To achieve this, a group of three feedback loops built into the on-board electronics used the data collected by the optic flow sensors to spatially position the robot in flight. In detail, one of these feedback mechanisms controlled the …

Greenland Ice Sheet Yielding its Secrets | Geophysics | Sci-News.com

Dec 16, 2014 by Sci-News.com Since the late 1970′s, NASA has been monitoring changes in the Greenland Ice Sheet. An analysis of seven years of surface elevation readings from the agency’s ICESat satellite and four years of laser and ice-penetrating radar data from the Operation IceBridge airborne mission provides the first comprehensive picture of how Greenland’s ice is vanishing. This image shows the change in the surface elevation of the Greenland ice sheet between 2003 and 2012; …

Huge New Holes In Siberia Have Scientists Calling For Urgent Investigation Of The Mysterious Craters

… collecting data in an effort to learn why the holes formed. The leading theory is that the holes were created by gas explosions triggered by underground heat or by rising air temperatures associated with climate change, the Siberian Times reported last December. Since scientists can’t predict when or where gas explosions will occur, it’s dangerous to study them, according to Bogoyavlensky. But he said his team is planning to launch a new expedition, and to put stations in the area to …