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Have you ever wondered if green potato chips are safe to eat?  Or whether peeing in the swimming pool is a good idea?  Or what makes something toxic? Risk Bites has a snazzy new poster aimed at raising awareness of the video channel to K-12 students (and their teachers). Please do download the PDF (just click the image below) and ... (Click to read more)


Assessing the impacts of fracking - draft report released
 

Assessing the impacts of fracking in Michigan – draft report released

A draft final report of the University of Michigan Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan Integrated Assessment was released on February 20, for public comment. The report is the result of a two and a half year collaboration between the U-M Graham ... (Click to read more)

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The science of “anti-vaccination” – a great primer from SciShow

Yesterday, Hank Green and the YouTube channel SciShow posted a particularly good video on the anti-vaccination movement. Unlike many commentators from within the science community, instead of vilifying parents who don't get their kids vaccinated - or are ... (Click to read more)



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