Outgassing

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 01:55 Written by Albert Greenhut Tuesday, 10 March 2015 07:22

On March 1st 60 Minutes ran a report on Lumber Liquidators laminated flooring that outgasses formaldehyde at levels that exceed California Air Resources Board acceptable limits, which were adopted by congress in the Formaldehyde Standards Act of 2010 (which will take effect across the country this year). The problem is not that formaldehyde is used during production of flooring, but the levels at which it is used by factories is unacceptable and has resulted in the flooring outgassing at levels significantly higher than it should be, and this flooring is now in thousands of homes.

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Long Term Protection

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 01:52 Written by Albert Greenhut Monday, 9 March 2015 04:03

A pair of hunters recently discovered one of the few woolly rhinos, and the only calf, found in Russia. Scientists are now examining the body for any usable DNA to determine which living rhino is most closely related to the one found. This practice is not unique; other studies have worked to determine the lineage of other animals and even people.

One of the more fascinating examples of this is Otzi the Iceman, found in the Alps between Austria and Italy. Scientists have been able to make many inferences into what his life was like, because he was so well preserved, his diet, health, and cause of death. Most interestingly scientists were able to find at least 19 of his genetic relatives.

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