Science & Health

Science & Health
7:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Tulane Researchers Using BP Grant To Develop Less-Toxic Dispersant

A C-130 Hercules from the Air Force Reserve Command's 910th Airlift Wing drops an oil-dispersing chemical into the Gulf of Mexico May 5, 2010, as part of the Deepwater Horizon response effort.
Technical Sergeant Adrian Cadiz US Air Force

Researchers at Tulane University are working on designing a less toxic oil dispersant than the Corexit used on the BP spill in 2010. The goal is using ingredients now approved for human consumption.

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Green Minute
3:56 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Why Hybrid Cars Are Winning the Eco-Friendly Fight

hybrid engines+small batteries=winning combination

Shopping for a car can be a real headache, especially for the eco-conscious consumer. Is electric really best? How about a hybrid? What if I just buy a used gasoline-powered car? The answer is…it depends. On a lot.

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Health
4:14 am
Sat June 22, 2013

Political Fight Jeopardizes Medicaid In Mississippi

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, a Republican, opposes Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Originally published on Sat June 22, 2013 6:11 pm

Medicaid and controversy seem inseparable in many states lately. For the most part, the wrangling is about a new wrinkle in Medicaid — the expansion of the health program for the poor and disabled under Obamacare.

Mississippi, though, is raising the stakes. Democrats and Republicans in the state are in a fight, and the outcome could threaten the very existence of the entire Medicaid program there.

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Green Minute
12:55 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Buying In Bulk? There's An App For That

Buying in bulk saves you money, but not always time... It's hard to tear yourself away from those bins!
flickr.com

With the cost of makin’ groceries steadily increasing every day, maybe it’s time for us to revisit buying in bulk.

I’m not suggesting that we all run out to the big box warehouse store for 20 dozen eggs and some snow tires, but rather hit up your local farmer’s markets, food co-ops and grocery stores for beans, rice, pastas, olive oil, maple syrup, honey, flours, soaps, nuts, granolas and even tofu. To find the best local selection, there’s a free app simply called Bulk.  

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Green Minute
2:44 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

Styrofoam: Everyone's Enemy

The view from a Styrofoam landfill... it's not pretty.

People who say that nothing lasts forever are dead wrong when it comes to Styrofoam.

Styrofoam (or polystyrene, as the men in white coats call it) is a petroleum based product that will likely outlast us all — and that’s not a good thing. Environmentally it's non-recyclable, and refuses to break down, even when exposed to light. Combine that with the fact that Styrofoam is lightweight and floats, and you’ve got massive quantities accumulating along coasts and waterways around the world, which makes it a health hazard for marine life.

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Green Minute
5:41 pm
Sun June 2, 2013

Junk Food Is Bad For You, And Junk Mail Is Bad For The Environment

Junk mail: more harmful than you think

Got too much junk in your trunk? Don't think pants size, think all that unsolicited bulk mail that clogs your box each day. And if you think a little junk can’t hurt, we seriously have a badonkadunk of a problem. Here’s junk mail by the numbers:

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Green Minute
12:29 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Tips On DIY Cosmetics For Easy, Healthy Beauty

An eco-friendly homemade body product
nist6dh (flickr.com)

You’ve likely heard the expression “beauty is only skin deep”, but with the estimated 11,000 unique chemical ingredients we are exposed to through our personal care products every single day, the results go way deeper than that. 

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Green Minute
6:25 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Deet-Free Ways To Ward Off Bugs

Dr. Bronner's Castille soap.

The thunderstorms are rolling through, the humidity’s rising, and we all know what’s next… bugs. Ones that bite, ones that sting, ones that just gross you out. Nonetheless, they all have one thing in common: they will do whatever they can to get up in your home and all over you and your precious skin. But, as The Green Project reminded us this week, the simple solution isn't always the best solution.

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Green Minute
5:55 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

When Dreams Become Reality: Glass Recycling Comes to New Orleans

A lot of New Orleanians will tell you that the glass is half empty when it comes to glass recycling in this city. The question that drives everyone to drink is always ‘when is glass recycling coming?!’

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Green Minute
3:12 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Genetically Modified Organisms Split Genes, and Opinions

Fact: two-thirds of the processed foods sold in the U.S. contain ingredients from GMOs… but what exactly is a GMO?

GMO stands for "genetically modified organism", and is the result of a lab process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. These foreign genes come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals and even humans — seriously. 

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