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October Astronomy: Use This Month's Two Eclipses to Learn a Little About the Moon's Movements

October Astronomy: Use This Month's Two Eclipses to Learn a Little About the Moon's Movements

Tuesday, September 30, 2014  |  Robert Victor

This month’s highlights include a total lunar eclipse in the predawn hours of Wednesday, Oct. 8, and a partial solar eclipse on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 23. Read more about these eclipses here.

The two eclipses make October a good month to follow the moon through an entire cycle of phases and observe ...

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Worrisome Waters: When the Rains Come, Some East Valley Communities Get Flooded—and There's No Help Coming

Worrisome Waters: When the Rains Come, Some East Valley Communities Get Flooded—and There's No Help Coming

Monday, September 29, 2014  |  Brittny Mejia

While a storm-water master plan exists for some undeveloped areas of Coachella Valley, residents will continue to suffer from the consequences of inadequate storm-water infrastructure for years to come, due to a lack of funding

Portions of the east valley learned this lesson the hard way on Monday, S...

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A Handicapped System: Local Small Businesses Say Unscrupulous Attorneys Are Profiting From the Americans With Disabilities Act—at Their Expense

A Handicapped System: Local Small Businesses Say Unscrupulous Attorneys Are Profiting From the Americans With Disabilities Act—at Their Expense

Tuesday, September 23, 2014  |  Brian Blueskye

The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 is landmark legislation that prevents discrimination on the basis of disability and requires public accommodations for the disabled.

However, the act includes loopholes and flaws, as is the case with many good laws.

In most states, the Americans With Disabil...

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Astronomy: Get Ready for Two October Eclipses!

Astronomy: Get Ready for Two October Eclipses!

Friday, September 19, 2014  |  Robert Victor

There are two eclipses in October 2014!

The first is a total lunar eclipse, in the predawn hours of Wednesday, Oct. 8 . You’ll want to set your alarm when you turn in for the night on Tuesday.

Here are the times for the various stages of the Oct. 8 lunar eclipse for the Pacific time zone, with the moon’...

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An Endangered Act: Conservationists Say Obama's Interior Department Is Watering Down the ESA

An Endangered Act: Conservationists Say Obama's Interior Department Is Watering Down the ESA

Monday, September 15, 2014  |  Judith Lewis Mernit

The cactus ferruginous pygmy owl lives in the desert scrub and mesquite woodlands of central and southern Arizona, Texas and Mexico. It is a small bird with swaths of cream-colored feathers, measuring about 7 inches long and weighing a little more than 2 ounces. It eats insects, rodents and lizards,...

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A Bear of a Revelation: What Diabetic Grizzlies Can Tell Us About Human Obesity

A Bear of a Revelation: What Diabetic Grizzlies Can Tell Us About Human Obesity

Friday, September 12, 2014  |  Wyatt Orme

Most researchers studying grizzly bears are from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or university ecology departments, not biotechnology companies.

Still, Kevin Corbit, a senior scientist at the Southern California-based biotech firm Amgen, spends his days in a lab in Pullman, Wash., analyzing bear b...

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Monday, 29 October 2012 13:21

The Media on Prop 37: Six Articles to Enlighten

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Unless you’ve been living under rock (and if you’ve been living under a rock, well, you’re probably not reading this brand-new local-news website), you know that Proposition 37 is Big News, both here in the Coachella Valley and around the country.

In summary: Prop 37, on the Nov. 6 ballot, would require that any food using genetically engineered ingredients be labeled as such (save meats, dairy products and booze). Proponents say that consumers have a right to know what they’re putting in their bodies; opponents say that such labels are unnecessary and would cause unneeded concern, since many scientists say genetically engineered foods are perfectly safe.

We at the Independent believe that more information is always better, so we think Prop 37 has more pluses and minuses. But there are minuses.

For your enlightenment and/or entertainment (and/or horrification), are some links to some links to Prop 37 stories, from news sources around the country, that cover those pluses and minuses.

This is a helpful Q&A if you’re just confused as heck, and you want the basics.

This piece points out that the American Association for the Advancement of Science—the folks behind Science magazine—thinks that labeling would "mislead and falsely alarm consumers."

This interesting, but flawed (see the intro editor’s note and the comments) points out how some science is hinting that there could be dangers lurking in genetically engineered eats.

Populist Jim Hightower, who’s a big fan of Prop 37, points out how some organic-food companies—who like Prop 37—have been exposing the fact that they’ve been bought out big food companies—who are decidedly against Prop 37.

This is a nice, recent primer on how much dough is being spent on the campaign, and by whom.

This article, despite some serious hyperbole, discusses some of the legal issues regarding the proposition.

So, there you go … a little light reading on an important topic.

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