Clean water and food largely due to Phosphorus, a dwindling resource

Fish Kill in Louisiana

In 2010, in the Bayou Chaland area of Louisiana, a massive fish kill was discovered. Scientists say it was a combination of oxygen-deprived water due to agricultural runoff, coupled with the deadly Gulf oil spill.
Photo by: P.J. Hahn, Plaquemines Parish (Source)

As much as I love food and water, I didn’t realize how much is due to phosphorus, a naturally occurring chemical compound “formed millions of years ago from old coral reefs and sedimentary deposits.” This chemical is important for our survival because “the Earth’s current geological phosphorus supplies are intensively mined to produce modern fertilizers” (Source).

And these supplies of phosphorus are getting harder to find and mine.

Population increases combined with agricultural advances puts added pressure on this essential chemical. “Today, there are a few U.S. and international phosphorus mines, but the largest deposits are located in the conflicted African country of Morocco. That makes accessing future phosphorus supplies uncertain” (Source).

While runoff from industrialized nations’ farms pollutes nearby waters, developing countries’ farmers can’t afford the skyrocketing phosphorus prices to help support their crops.

Read more on ASU News.

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Hidden Dangers in the Air we Breathe

By Julie Chao

Berkeley Lab researchers work on new building standards after discovering previously unknown indoor air pollutants.

Cooking Pic

Photo Credit: iStock

For decades, no one worried much about the air quality inside people’s homes unless there was secondhand smoke or radon present. Then scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) made the discovery that the aggregate health consequences of poor indoor air quality are as significant as those from all traffic accidents or infectious diseases in the United States. One major source of indoor pollutants in the home is cooking.

Continue reading.

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Height

1997 "Level"A 1997 exhibition called “Level” has made a recent comeback. You may have seen it around the interwebs.

This party, thrown by Hans Hemmert in Berlin, had visitors choose a suitable shoe-height in order to bring everyone to a 2 meter body height.

My interest in this has to do with the vague – but firm – statistic we’ve all heard: Taller people are more successful.

In fact, “Tall people make an average of $789 per inch per year… in large scale salary survey studies over 50 years in both the U.K. and the U.S.” said Arrianne Cohen, author of The Tall Book: A Celebration of Life from on High.

This idea has generated a lot of questions, but I don’t have the answers:

What would it be like to be the same height – as everyone? How would that affect our status in our differing cultures? Would it level the playing field, so to speak, or just make us glance at shoe-height to recognize the tallest person in the room? Are women’s high-heeled shoes trying to do this to some degree?

Hopefully we’ll all take some time to think about this.

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The body’s battle with HIV

Scientists have mapped the body’s response to HIV.

And there’s a possible vaccine in the making. It’s an antibody that some people develop during the fight with HIV.

Most times, these antibodies are developed too late to save the patient — the virus has hidden in inaccessible places by that point.

But with more work, it may be possible for scientists to recreate this antibody and give it to patients early in their diagnoses.

Read more at BBC News, article by James Gallagher.

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April Fools Day

No one can escape its wrath. Not even family, or, especially family.

This NY Times blog has brought a few pranks from around the web to one place.

Don’t goof off too much today. You have to face your coworkers tomorrow.

 

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Arab Health and MI4

Arab Health LogoArab Health 2013 was held on January 28-31 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It’s a big trade show that brings together medical companies from around the world to introduce innovative new products.

This year we were able to go! In spirit, anyway. Our logo was plastered all over the place, including the back of the Guide to U.S. Exhibitors distributed at the show. Take a look at this beauty:

esyringe at Arab Health 2013 Trade Show pic

Now, before you get mad at me for plastering advertisements all over this post, I just want to let you know that I’m really excited about this piece and had to share my excitement. Our friend over at Sars Photography made this for us. She designed the ad and took the picture.

Also, the first thing that pops into my mind when I think of Dubai is Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol. Did anyone else have that reaction?… Anyone?

Mission Impossible Dubai Pic

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