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The Baloney Detection Kit

The Baloney Detection Kit

Carl Sagan was a pioneering astronomer at Cornell University and a uniquely talented science communicator, probably best known for the original Cosmos television series which he co-wrote and first presented in 1980. He was also a wonderful writer who shared with readers the joys of discovering and understanding how the world and universe around us […]

Future could be bright for diversified ag on Maui

Future could be bright for diversified ag on Maui

Agriculture in Hawaii has changed dramatically over the last four decades. This year will see the final harvest from Hawaii’s largest farm and last sugar plantation, Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company on Maui. The planned transition from 36,000 acres of sugarcane to diversified crop and animal production, if successful, would be the biggest change in […]

Sense about Chemicals

Sense about Chemicals

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hold hearings next week in Honolulu on three cases related to attempts by Kauai, Maui and Hawaii counties to further regulate or ban farming with genetically engineered crops. The ordinance from Kauai and the initiative from Maui were as much about the fear of pesticides as they […]

The Natural Pesticides in Plants

The Natural Pesticides in Plants

Being immobile and mostly lacking in physical armor to ward off threats, plants – including our food crops – have evolved some serious chemical warfare to fight back against all manner of hungry microbes, insects and animals. Over their 500 million year evolution, plants have accumulated an impressive array of natural pesticides which share similar […]

Potential for GE Mosquitoes to Help Preserve Hawaii’s Native Birds

Potential for GE Mosquitoes to Help Preserve Hawaii’s Native Birds

The potential for genetically engineered mosquitoes to help control diseases has highlighted efforts targeted at Dengue fever and the Zika virus, transmitted to humans. This new report discusses the potential for controlling avian malaria transmitted to Hawaii’s native birds to help prevent their extinction. The application of modern genetic techniques should definitely be examined for […]

Natural GMOs here, there and everywhere

Natural GMOs here, there and everywhere

Besides our DNA being the result of billions of years of modification of our ancestral lineage, we also have ‘foreign’ DNA that came from insertion through horizontal gene transfer (HGT).  And so do a lot of other animals and creatures. A couple of years ago, the finding that a quarter of the cow genome came […]

Facts about Pesticides on Kauai – Good and Boring

Facts about Pesticides on Kauai – Good and Boring

The joint fact finding group looking for evidence of harmful effects from pesticides used by large farms on Kauai gave a presentation in Lihue on Monday evening, which drew a sparse-to-moderate attendance and was a very mild affair. Perhaps this was because the facts had already been published in their draft report, and the finding […]