Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Bisphenol A

In other animated-poison-container "news," there's this piece covering a recent discussion of BPA.

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Also: oh God, actual reasoned and nuanced discussion of a complex scientific topic. Thank you, authors, for being willing to say that this is a still-developing issue without a clear answer. Never leave me, Scientific American.

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@area@twitter Nonbiased nonsensationalist scientific reporting FTW.


@fondue with cheddar Sing to me your sweet logic, o sirens.


@area@twitter To give credit where it's due, SA republished most of that story from Environmental Health News which is a small-ish outfit that syndicates to bigger folks. But your other points are spot on, this is a very good article!


@Emby Ahhh, so I see! Thank you- good call.


I was going through Budget Bytes for dinner ideas the other day and the first comment on one of the recipes was literally "This recipe will kill you because of the BPA in the can liners."


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@anachronistique Right? Everything can kill you in large amounts.


@fondue with cheddar plus the fact that the fatality rate for being human is 100%

RK Fire

@bocadelperro What? But I was going to live forever, or die trying!


And while all the other journalists at AAAS were covering BPA and other important things, I decided to be an iconoclast and write about hyrax piss.


@Emby As a fellow science journalist, I salute your '2-meter pile of pee' quote and your story-finding ability. Always go for the urine.


@TheBelleWitch Haha thanks! Now I'm curious whether I know you... pretty small community.


@Emby That was both informative and funny. Win!


@Emby Nope! (Yeah, I googled your byline.) I'm sure we've worked with some of the same people ... I interned at ScienceNow once. I am kinda wary about dropping too much of my Hairpin anonymity, but I'm a UC Santa Cruz grad and the outlet I work for is based in New York (where I am not), so I don't know as many people in the DC science writing community.


@TheBelleWitch Ah, cool! I know several former Slugs. You're good people. I was in the Hopkins program several years ago.

Googling my byline is kind of tricky, actually. There are a lot of other people with my name, several of them fellow writers. But as far as I know, I'm the only science writer with it. But suffice it to say if you just googled it outright, you don't get to me until many pages in. One of them is a writer for the Simpsons and another is a multi-million-dollar hedge fund manager or something like that, so it'll be a while before I can compete with them in google ranking.


@Emby Ha! I did sift a little and added "science writer" to be sure. If I'm ever in your area for work I'll have to drop you an email. We can have a mini-Hairpin meetup and figure out where our social Venn diagrams overlap.


@TheBelleWitch Done!


damn that is good!@n

Sensory Homoncula

my "U-shaped response curve" let me show you them. A normal response curve should start out low [where the dose/response are zero] and them get higher as the dose increases.

With a U-shaped response curve, the body is incredibly responsive to a near-zero amount of the substance. This is the left arm of the "U." The body grows LESS responsive when the dose increases. Of course, when given gallons of the stuff, the response increases, which is the second arm of the "U"
“We’re seeing effects in animals at very, very low concentrations and also seeing associations in a large number of epidemiological studies. We know we’re seeing activity at the picogram level.” -Linda Birnbaum, NIEHS Zoeller also notes that the toxicological modeling is not designed to examine effects of chronic, low-dose exposure to an endocrine-disrupting chemical like BPA.


Seriously? Well, I'll be watching this starting from now. - James Stuckey

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