Three short links

  • Some scientists poured plaster into an anthill. Take a look at the first picture on this page for the results. Pretty cool.
  • Nutrasweet won’t give you brain cancer, after all. Or, at least, it won’t until the next survey comes out.
  • And cell phones didn’t kill the honeybees.
  • Update: OK, so I completely misread the aspartame story.  It does claim to prove the cancer link. But here’s the response to the study from the FDA disputing it.  Furthermore, the FDA asked for complete details on the study, but the Italian agency that did the original study hasn’t forked them over.  So much for the scientific process including the ability to replicate studies.  Yet the FDA has already identified shortcomings in the survey, even based on the incomplete data.  So drink up!

 
 
 

3 Responses to “Three short links”

  1. Phil Foxx
    26. April 2007 at 21:34

    Um, Augie?

    “A second study conducted by the European Ramazzini Foundation (ERF) confirms the carcinogenicity of aspartame.”

    “These data demonstrated for the first time that aspartame is a carcinogenic agent, inducing various types of malignant tumors in rats, even at dose levels currently considered acceptable for humans.”

    That seems to me that it can give you cancer, the exact opposite of what your link says.

    ::thinks of all the diet soda he drinks::

    Uh-oh.

  2. Augie De Blieck Jr.
    27. April 2007 at 07:54

    Phil – The headline at the site I read the story on originally was very poorly phrased. So, yeah, I completely misunderstood the story. But I’ve found the FDA’s response to it already and will post it next. Thanks for drawing that to my attention.

    Back to Diet Pepsi for me!

  3. Phil Foxx
    27. April 2007 at 10:09

    Diet Pepsi will do, but I’m a Diet Mountain Dew fan, myself. Although I have been known to quaff a Diet Sunkist on occasion.

    Actually, what I need to buy again is the Minute Maid Light products. Some of those are way too tasty to be diet drinks. Too bad the store I normally shop at dropped them a while back.

    Anyway, back to the FDA — I’m not surprised that they poked holes in the study. Still, I should watch my intake. I’ve cut back to about 2 cans a day on a good day, but today feels like it’ll be one of those 3-or-more kinds of Fridays. I’ve also heard that cutting out the soda helps lose weight, and I need all the help I can get until my knee is feeling good enough to start walking/biking again.