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Submission + - Nanosensors could help reduce laboratory animal te (gizmag.com)

cylonlover writes: Animal testing is an area that elicits strong feelings on both sides of the argument for and against the practice. Supporters like the British Royal Society argue that virtually every medical breakthrough of the 20th century involved the use of animals in some way, while opponents say that it is not only cruel, but actually impedes medical progress by using misleading animal models. Whatever side of the argument researchers fall on, most would likely use an alternative to animal testing if it existed. And an alternative that reduces the need for animal testing is just what Fraunhofer researchers hope their new sensor nanoparticles will be.

Submission + - FDA backtracks on antibiotic-resistant bacteria (nrdc.org)

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "The FDA recognized, 35 years ago, that feeding animals low-doses of certain antibiotics used in human medicine — namely, penicillin and tetracyclines — could promote antibiotic-resistant bacteria capable of infecting people who eat meat, and proposed to withdraw approval for the use of those antibiotics in animal feed. Instead of acting upon the proposal, the FDA has now withdrawn it. Although admitting that it continues to have “concerns” about the safety of the use of antibiotics in animal feed, the FDA says that it will just continue to rely on "voluntary self-policing" by the industry, the same "method" which hasn’t worked out too well during the past 35 years, as antibiotic use in livestock and antibiotic resistance have continued to rise throughout the entire period."

Submission + - What was the beginning of #OccupyWallStreet ? (blogspot.com) 3

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "What do you think was the beginning of Occupy Wall Street? For me, it was December 10, 2010, the day of the 8 1/2-hour filibuster delivered by Senator Bernie Sanders. On that day he laid out, in exquisite detail the fraudulent nature of 'Reagonomics" aka "Trickledown theory" aka "Supply side economics" aka "Voodoo economics" (the last term having been coined by George H. W. Bush in the 1980 Republican primary campaign). Although the mainstream media, President Obama, and former President Clinton did all they could to divert public attention from the filibuster, Senator Sanders's speech was the number one trending topic on Twitter throughout the world the entire day (I should know, I was glued to the computer screen watching it throughout the day, breaking away occasionally to see if it was still the number one topic worldwide on Twitter... and it was). Senator Sanders showed how income inequality had increased geometrically under Reaganomics, and how the same policies had led, decades earlier, to the 1929 stock market crash, and the Great Depression which followed it."

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