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Have you heard about the movement to put a women's face on an American money note? After the government began allowing citizens to enter suggestions, our colleague from UC Davis began this campaign to have Barbara McClintock be nominated. Please read the reasons in this link and support this if you agree that a women - a women scientist! - should be that face on the new $10 bill. http://www.barbaraonthebill.com/top-10-reasons/

Are you busy around 9:15am (starting around 9:15 or 9:30 am) on Wednesday morning? Catch Candace Bever on Capitol Public Radio talk about how they are using alpacas to make tools to detect harmful chemicals. You can stream this live over the internet by clicking on the Listen Live link on the top right side of this page: http://www.capradio.org/news/insight

A daily, in-depth interview program providing context and background to the issues that face our region.
capradio.org
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What does a taco, an alpaca, and science have in common? They will all be at the World or Wonders Science Museum in Lodi this Wednesday night at 6pm! Come hear Candace talk about her work using alpaca antibodies, while eating a taco....

LIVE from Lodi, it’s SCIENCE NIGHT!Every first Wednesday @ 6pm SCIENCE NIGHT LIVE is an engaging science experience within a casual atmosphere for the curious minds in our community! Come join the conversation with a local scientist, participate in hands-on activities, socialize with other scienc…
wowsciencemuseum.org

So.. we use alpaca (camelid) antibodies for other reasons, but here is just another reason llama antibodies are pretty neat!

Llamas spit, kick, bite … and may help scientists develop a cure for AIDS. According to recent research, llamas have a secret weapon that might just be the answer to treating the HIV infections that would otherwise lead to AIDS.
alnmag.com

Yay! We can reduce our exposure to harmful chemicals, if they aren't even put in household products from the start!

For decades, regulators have been playing a dangerous game of toxic whack-a-mole.
thehill.com

What else can your cell phone do? We have developed a tool that uses the cell phone's energy to power a device that can detect harmful flame retardant chemicals! Read about it here:
http://tools.niehs.nih.gov/…/researchbriefs/currentissue.cfm

A team of researchers with the Spanish Council for Scientific Research has found small amounts of cyclic volatile methylsiloxanes in soil and plant samples and also in krill and phytoplankton specimens, all taken from various sites in Antarctica. In their paper published in Environmental Science and…
phys.org
A unique study of frozen ice cores from the Tibetan Himalayas has shown that international agreements on phasing out the use of toxic persistent organic pollutants are working.
phys.org
Pollution from coal-fired power plants can be hazardous to the health of those living nearby.
scientificamerican.com
Scientists have identified a cellular button that the controversial herbicide atrazine presses to promote tumor development.
sciencenews.org
Controversial PBDEs have started to disappear in bay sediment and wildlife after industry phaseouts and government bans
scientificamerican.com

Policy can influence the amount of harmful chemicals that get into the environment!

Controversial PBDEs have started to disappear in bay sediment and wildlife after industry phaseouts and government bans
scientificamerican.com

BPA-free does not mean chemical-free.

The chemical, BPS, is found in many products that bear the “BPA-free” label.
washingtonpost.com
A national study links cadmium to cells aging too soon
scientificamerican.com
A new study suggests pharmaceuticals and chemicals from personal care products end up in swimming pools, possibly interacting with chlorine to produce disinfection byproducts with unknown properties and health effects. Researchers detected DEET, the active ingredient in insect repellants; caffeine;…
sciencedaily.com

Work from our Program has helped to identify these cautions.

Many plastics labeled "BPA-Free" may not be as safe as you thought. The chemicals used to replace BPA might be just as –or even more—harmful.
ceh.org