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Comment When you find hoof-prints ... (Score 0) 293

As the old saying goes, when you find hoof-prints, suspect horses, not zebras. In this case, I'm sure this is more likely some plastic that found its way from Earth. How much space junk do we have floating around our planet, again? Getting excited about oil from fossilized organisms on Mars seems a bit of a stretch here.

Comment Just Politics ... (Score 1) 286

As someone living in Toronto, I'm happy to say that this probably isn't so much an issue of "silly" as it is an issue of "politics."

The issue at hand here is that the City of Toronto is essentially going bankrupt. The reason, the city asserts, is that the federal and then provincial governments have pushed expenses down all the way to the city; a good example is that cities in Ontario are now paying for social services (something the province once did). The Federal government just posted a CA$13 billion surplus, and the province has their own surplus as well; none, both have said, will go to help the City of Toronto with its near half-billion budget deficit.

Of course, the higher levels of government take a huge amount out of Toronto in taxes to subsidize the rest of the country. Torontonians are feeling a bit jaded knowing this now that there's such a huge budget shortfall for the city.

So the City of Toronto has been campaigning for both the province and federal governments to help out. The One Cent campaign was part of this, demanding more money from the higher levels of government. My guess? The demand for royalty payments from the mint is a political ploy from the federal government to slap Toronto on the wrist for, I'm guessing, rocking the boat.
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Submission + - Food Additives Linked to Hyperactivity in Children

bonoboboy writes: According to a recent British study (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGA M.20070906.whyperkids06/BNStory/specialScienceandH ealth/home), consuming certain additives is now "conclusively" linked to hyperactivity in children. Specifically, they report that consuming food colouring with the common preservative, sodium benzoate (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium_benzoate), can lead to this. They do state that this is probably not the only factor that leads to hyperactivity, but limiting these additives in the diets of children could reduce the incidence rate. Corporations who use sodium benzoate in their products have already been under fire due to the possibilities of it mixing with other substances to form benzene, a known carcinogen. Will this spur more research into how other common additives actually affect us, or will further research be squashed by "other" interests?

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