Sarah Rae

“Bath salts”, the deceptively named combination of drugs usually including mephedrone or methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), has been compared to everything from LSD to speed. But what are bath salts doing inside the brain that could lead a man to cannibalism? The powder can be snorted, smoked or injected. Bath salts share psychostimulant properties with cocaine and amphetemine. Based […]

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  As Saudi Arabia unveils a $100 billion plan to wean itself off fossil fuel and go solar, conservative think tanks in the U.S. are attacking energy legislation that would support development of wind farms. Of course, there is no way to tell this story without mentioning Charles and David Koch, owners of the Keystone Pipeline. […]

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Phase 2 of the Occupy movement began Tuesday, May Day, as tens of thousands middle-class protesters to take to the streets in over 100 cities across America. Organizers encouraged people to take off work so that big business will feel the real impact of losing the 99%. Several hundred protesters in Oakland, CA, were sent […]

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Melting glaciers in Antarctica and Greenland hold ancient microbes that will be released back into our environment as the ice sheets melt. Some of these bacteria and other microbes predate human existence; some have been trapped there since the last major climate change in earth history 750, 000 years ago known as the Middle Pleistocene […]

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Crabs with holes in their shells in Port Sulfur, shrimp with no eyes in Barataria Bay (pictured in this previous post), shrimp with oiled gills, fish missing eye sockets, under-developed blue crabs missing claws, and fish without covers over their gills, some with lesions, others with large pink masses hanging off their eyes and gills. Despite alarming […]

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Middle America is experiencing a “remarkable increase” in the number of 3.0+ earthquakes. In 2011 alone there 134 seismic events of this caliber, 6 times more than we ever experienced in the 20th century. The U.S. Geological Survey has finally weighed in called the earthquake spike “almost certainly manmade.” Shale gas and oil drilling called fracking […]

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With its crystal water, turquoise reefs, and swaying palm trees this beautiful archipelago is not just a Honeymoon destination, the Maldives islands are home to over 325,000 people. Just a 3 foot rise in sea level would sink the 1200 islands of the Maldives making them uninhabitable. Only 80 percent of their lands is above sea level, and the parts […]

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A new study finds that sleeping less than 6 hours or more than 8 hours a night puts a person at higher risk for various heart conditions. Sleeping too little means a higher prevalence of heart attacks, stroke, and congestive heart failure, while too much sleep is associated with angina and coronary artery disease (vasoconstriction). Over […]

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Flat solar panels have their drawbacks on cloudy days, during overcast winter months, and in areas far from the equator, but a team of researchers at MIT has found that repositioning the solar photovoltaic cells on three-dimensional surfaces could change all that. Extending solar cells upward on structures like cubes and towers resulted in energy […]

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It seems that climate change has been marginalized in the debate over the Koch Keystone XL as President Obama makes moves to fast-track construction of the pipeline from Oklahoma to the Gulf Coast. The obvious argument for this is that the construction will create jobs. There’s been a great deal of debate as to whether those […]

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