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Bioelectronic ‘nose’ can detect food spoilage by sensing the smell of death

Bioelectronic 'nose' can detect food spoilage by sensing the smell of death, cadaverine
Strong odors are an indicator that food has gone bad, but there could soon be a new way to sniff foul smells earlier on. As reported in ACS Nano, researchers have developed a bioelectronic “nose” that can specifically detect a key decay compound at low levels, enabling people to potentially take action before the stink spreads. It can detect rotting food, as well as be used to help find victims of natural disasters or crimes.

By American Chemical Society - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - Full Story

‘Stressed out’ cocoa trees could produce more flavorful chocolate

'Stressed out' cocoa trees could produce more flavorful chocolate
Most people agree that chocolate tastes great, but is there a way to make it taste even better? Perhaps, according to scientists who looked at different conditions that can put a strain on cocoa trees. Reporting in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, they say that although the agricultural method used to grow cocoa trees doesn’t matter that much, the specific weather conditions do.

By American Chemical Society - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - Full Story

Why do some people hate cilantro? (video)

WASHINGTON — Cilantro is a popular seasoning, adding flavor to tacos and noodle dishes across the globe. But to some people, it just tastes like soap. What’s going on here? Reactions explains why some people can’t help their cilantro-phobia. Hint: their repulsion has to do with genetics.

 

By American Chemical Society - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - Full Story

Paramount Transforms giant alien robots into 4K

Paramount Transforms giant alien robots into 4K
If you’re looking for a home theatre experience that’s state-of-the-art, but won’t tax the little grey cells excessively, Paramount Home Video has just the new titles for you: Transformers!

I’m usually up for suspending my disbelief when it comes to a good yarn, whether sci-fi, fantasy or whatever, but I must say the Transformers movies really, really challenge that. It isn’t just that the screenplays of the sequels I’ve seen are incoherent, but I find the whole concept of a race of giant living robots that can change into a variety of cars, trucks, aircraft and the like kind of, well, silly. But if you can get past that, like I got past it in the first movie, you’re in for a typically Michael Bay action shoot ‘em up.

Paramount is releasing four of the five Transformers movies on 4K disc, with HDR, in Canada - though a shortage of review samples led to them sending only the second and fourth outings in the profitable franchise: Revenge of the Fallen and Age of Extinction. And as much as I enjoyed the 4K versions for their excellent audio and video, I was more than ready to stop watching after sitting through this pair and grateful that I’d dodged a bullet by not having to watch the others as well.

By Jim Bray - Monday, December 11, 2017 - Full Story

Norfolk Island Pine—Living Christmas Tree

Norfolk Island Pine--Living Christmas Tree
There are 126 species of true pine plus some three dozen experts can’t make up their minds about. The Norfolk Island Pine is not one of these. In fact, botanically it is not a pine at all.

Instead it is an exceedingly popular houseplant, so much so that in Britain it is often sold under the name of ‘House Pine.’ In North America, tens of thousands are raised in Florida for the foliage plant trade. There they are named after their native home substituted towards December every year by ‘Tropical Christmas Tree.’ This is preferable since, unlike true pines, it will not tolerate cold temperatures, although its requirements are by no means tropical. Indeed, it will flourish in temperatures 21ºC days down to 13ºC at night.

By Wes Porter - Saturday, December 9, 2017 - Full Story

Why Do We Give Christmas Gifts?

Why Do We Give Christmas Gifts?
The Christmas tradition of gift-giving is tied by many to the Wise Men who gave Jesus Frankincense, Gold, and Myrrh. Frankincense was a perfume used in Jewish rituals of worship. Gold was the symbol of Kings, and myrrh was a perfume used on dead bodies.

The historical Saint Nikolaos of Myra was a fourth century Greek Bishop of Lycia. He is said to have given secret gifts of coins to those who left their shoes outside, a practice celebrated on his feast day, St. Nicholas Day on December 6 in the West and December 19 in the East. He is the model for Santa Claus. The patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, repentant thieves, children, brewers, pawnbrokers, and students, he is revered by Anglicans, Catholics, Lutherans, Orthodox, and by some Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Reformed churches.

By Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh - Saturday, December 9, 2017 - Full Story

Francis: The Our Father “Induces Temptation”

Francis: The Our Father induces Temptation
Pope Francis has said that the Lord’s Prayer should be changed, arguing that the translation used in many parts of the world, including the Italian and English versions, go against the teachings of the Church and Bible.

In the centuries-old recited prayer, followers of the Christian Faith call on God to “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

Speaking to Italian broadcasters on December 7, Francis argued this was incorrect, saying, “It is not a good translation because it speaks of a God who induces temptation.”

By David Martin - Friday, December 8, 2017 - Full Story

Christmas, the Season of Faith, Family, and Charity

Christmas, the Season of Faith, Family, and CharityChristmas was my Dad bringing home proudly a scraggly fir with sparse branches - fragrant with the smell of winter, tiny icicles hanging from the branches, miniature crystal daggers, melting on my mom’s well-scrubbed parquet floor. I never knew nor asked how he could afford it from his $70 a month salary that barely covered the communist subsidized rent, utilities, and food. No matter how bare the branches of my Christmas tree were, it was magical to me.

We decorated it together with homemade paper baskets filled with hard candy, raisins, and small butter cookies, crepe paper garlands, small pretzels, an orange wrapped in fine tissue paper coming all the way from Israel, a few apples dangling from a string, and 12 red and green 3-inch candles clipped carefully away from overhanging branches that could catch on fire.

Mom’s hand-stitched table cloth made a convenient tree skirt. Two metal bars forged by hand helped Dad nail the tree to the floor at the foot of the couch where I slept in the living room that doubled as my bedroom.

By Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh - Friday, December 8, 2017 - Full Story

December 7: Sixteen Days to Die!

December 7: Sixteen Days to Die!
The Imperial Japanese Navy attacked the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, near Honolulu, Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941 at 7:48 a.m. Hawaiian time. The surprise attack lasted two hours–two hours that “will live in infamy.” The base was attacked by 353 fighter planes, bombers, and torpedo planes in two waves that were launched from six aircraft carriers. Eight U.S. Navy battleships were damaged and four were sunk and 188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed; 2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 others were wounded. All battleships except the USS Arizona were later raised, and six were returned to service and went on to fight in the war.
 
Within seven hours, the Japanese Navy made coordinated attacks on Guam, Philippines, Wake Island, Malaya, Singapore, etc. The world was burning as the light of freedom flickered all over the globe.

By Dr. Don Boys - Friday, December 8, 2017 - Full Story

Conquer Yourself First

Conquer Yourself First
Many lessons my boyhood best friend and mentor Jaybird taught me seemed foolish at the time, but along with me they matured, and now serve as guideposts in my life. One of those lessons was about kindness.

Jaybird believed that no act of kindness, however small, is wasted. Even so, the old black man sometimes displayed a less-than-kindly nature when the actions of others angered him, but if I was close by he did his best to respond in a civil manner.

On one occasion, when he reacted to a neighbor’s offending remark with a mere shrug of the shoulders and a smile, I commented that I would have reacted in a manner similar to the offender’s.

By Jimmy Reed - Thursday, December 7, 2017 - Full Story

K-12: The Schools You Deserve

K-12: The  Schools You Deserve
Thomas Jefferson declared: “The government you elect is the government you deserve.” Wouldn’t the same go for a school system? If you select it, you must deserve it.

Plato said an early version of what would later be attributed to Edmund Burke: “The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” Albert Einstein put it this way: “The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it.”

In education, we have a startling amount of tolerating and encouraging.

By Bruce Deitrick Price - Thursday, December 7, 2017 - Full Story

Russia booted from the Winter Olympics because of their ‘extensive’ doping program

Russia booted from the Winter Olympics because of their 'extensive' doping program
I’m a huge winter sports junkie.  I love skiing and snowboarding, played hockey growing up, spent winters snowmobiling as a kid, and still get excited every time the first snow hits our house.  Needless to say, the Winter Olympics are a big deal around here. Despite NBC’s terrible coverage, every four years they run on a nigh-endless loop in the man cave.

So, I must admit I’m a little bummed out to learn that Russia has been banned from this February’s games.

Oh sure, they cheat and they deserve their punishment. Like Harvey Weinstein’s groping, the Russian doping program has been a well-known Olympic fixture since the height of the Soviet era.  But they were the bad guys.  And somehow, despite their drugs, their insatiable medal-lust, and the pressure placed on their athletes by their communist overlords, we still managed to eke out victories like this…

By Robert Laurie - Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - Full Story

Communion to Adulterers Promulgated as “Authentic Magisterium”

Communion to Adulterers Promulgated as Authentic Magisterium
If papal clarification was ever needed on the long-debated issue of the intended meaning of Amoris Laetitia chapter VIII, such clarification has now been provided for the Church at large.

Last week, Acta Apostolicae Sedis (AAS)—the Vatican’s organ for promulgating the Official Acts of the Apostolic See—published Pope Francis’ October 2016 letter to the bishops of Buenos Aires in which he praised their episcopal guidelines allowing divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion in some cases while living in a state of objective mortal sin.

Concerning these guidelines that allow “the possibility of access to the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist” in “complex circumstances” where “limitations that lessen the responsibility and guilt” permit adulterous couples to continue in adultery, the pope said in his letter:

By David Martin - Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - Full Story

AN APPETITE FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON

AN APPETITE FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON
“Strange to see how a good dinner and feasting reconciles everybody” observed Samuel Pepys in his famous diary.

But before indulging in festive activities (or working off earlier ones) there are still a few chores remaining outside. Pull the last persistent weeds from flower beds and borders and cut back any remaining perennials other than ornamental grasses and euphorbias. Prune any dead, dying or diseased growth off shrubs and small trees. Clean bird baths and feeders with a light solution of bleach. If squirrels are a problem raiding feeders, treat the seed with cayenne or chilli pepper powder. Rake any last leaves into the composter. Move empty clay and concrete planters into the garage or shed to prevent wet surfaces flaking and cracking in the cold.

By Wes Porter - Saturday, December 2, 2017 - Full Story

Questions We’re Often Asked: Mulch Ado

Questions We're Often Asked: Mulch Ado
“To mulch or not to mulch, aye, that is the rub,” might have quoth the Bard had he experienced climate change. A few decades ago, northern gardeners could count on snow cover to protect perennials from frost damage during winter months. Indeed, many discovered that they could successfully overwinter plants that further south succumbed without such protection. “This news is old enough, yet it is every day’s news,” really did write William Shakespeare.

Nothing is permanent, things change as gardeners are forced to admit. As Ogden Nash lamented:

By Wes Porter - Thursday, November 30, 2017 - Full Story

First lady Melania Trump shows how the White House is decorated this Christmas.

By News on the Net - Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - Full Story

The Most Perfect Christmas Gift

The Most Perfect Christmas GiftStanding at the post office window, I placed the tattered Bible in a box, but before sealing it, I lay my hand on the little black book … and remembered.

The book and I have always been together. Periodically, when its spine and pages separate, when handling has marred the cover’s gold lettering, I mail it to a bindery.

By Jimmy Reed - Monday, November 27, 2017 - Full Story

A Millennial job interview

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By News on the Net - Sunday, November 26, 2017 - Full Story

Watch: Wine “legs” and minibot motors

Watch: Wine
As any wine enthusiast knows, the “legs” that run down a glass after a gentle swirl of vino can yield clues about alcohol content. Interestingly, the physical phenomenon that helps create these legs can be harnessed to propel tiny motors to carry out tasks on the surface of water. Scientists demonstrate the motors in a report in ACS’ journal Langmuir.

By American Chemical Society - Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - Full Story

Advocates of Abortion, Euthanasia, Invited to Speak at the Vatican

Advocates of Abortion, Euthanasia, Invited to Speak at the Vatican
Since 2013, many Catholics have been in denial about Rome’s collusion with abortionists, despite the fact that notorious abortion advocates like Paul Ehrlich and Jeffrey Sachs have repeatedly been invited to speak at the Vatican.

Once again, several advocates of abortion and euthanasia were given a platform to voice their views at a two-day “end of life” conference co-hosted by the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life on November 16-17. The conference was conjointly organized by the World Medical Association, which supposedly opposes euthanasia, the German Medical Association, and the Pontifical Academy for Life, but it unfortunately provided a forum for the enemies of life to advance their agenda.

By David Martin - Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - Full Story