Tagged: contamination

Six ways to improve water quality in New Zealand’s lakes and rivers - Guest Work

Guest Author May 02, 2018

Troy Baisden, University of Waikato This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Two years ago, New Zealanders were shocked when contaminated drinking water sickened more than 5,000 people in the small town of Havelock North, with a population of 14,000. A government inquiry found that sheep faeces were the … Read More

Microplastics causing big problems for iconic ocean giants - News

Jean Balchin Feb 06, 2018

According to a new analysis for the journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution, microplastics in our oceans are posing a significant risk to filter-feeding marine animals like manta rays and whale sharks. Microplastics are small plastic pieces less than five millimetres long . If you’ve ever bought a shower scrub, or exfoliator, you’ve probably heard of microbeads too. Microbeads are a type of … Read More

Raw Water? Ew! - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Jan 09, 2018

‘Raw water’ – the latest foolish fad to hit people’s screens, pockets, & in some instances I’d guess their toilet paper expenditure as well. I first heard of this particular litre of woo when I read an article in the New York Times with the headline: Unfiltered Fervor: the rush to get off the water grid. Apparently getting ‘off … Read More

Shopping trolleys and superbugs: an FAQ - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Oct 03, 2016

A story about a baby catching a life-threatening infection from a shopping trolley has made the headlines. So what was this life threatening infection, and was the trolley really to blame? This story originally appeared in the DailyMail Australia which saw Vivienne Wardrop’s Facebook post warning other parents about shopping trolley hygiene. Her 10 month old son is currently recovering from … Read More

Fluoridation: emotionally misrepresenting contamination - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott May 05, 2014

Another attempt by me to put the issue of contamination of fluoridation chemicals into proper context. This time I am using data placed on-line by Sapphire Eyes Productions. They produced an emotional anti-fluoridation film “Fire Water“ which relies heavily on the argument … Continue reading → … Read More

Fluoridation: putting chemical contamination in context - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 22, 2014

Anti-fluoridation activists often claim fluoridating chemicals used for water treatment are contaminated with heavy metals and radionuclides. I have written about this before in Fluoridation – are we dumping toxic metals into our water supplies?, Water treatment chemicals – why pick on fluoride? and Hamilton – the water is the problem, not the fluoride!  The issue was also discussed in my exchange with … … Continue reading … Read More

Fonterra’s bad cream – FAQ - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 14, 2014

The reputation of NZ’s dairy giant Fonterra is taking another bashing with the announcement* of a voluntary recall of 8,700 bottles of cream** after tests indicated they may be contaminated with the food-poisoning bacterium Escherichia coli. So what is E. coli, how did it get in the cream and should we all be panicking? 1. What is … Read More

Fonterra scare: the other side of Botox - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 04, 2013

Fonterra is currently in the midst of its third scare in as many years, with news that over 30 tonnes of whey powder concentrate manufactured at the Hautapu plant in Waikato has been contaminated with the soil bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The contamination happened back in May 2012, caused by a faulty pipe, and there … Read More

Fireflies, luuurve and NASA - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Feb 15, 2012

In this newest animated video from fellow Sciblogger Siouxsie Wiles (Infectious Thoughts) explains how fireflies* use bioluminescence to find love (or the firefly equivalent), and, well, food. And it then goes on to explain how the chemical reaction used to produce that light, can be exploited to help us test for bacterial presence.  In your [...] … Read More

Faster Than a Speeding Antibiotic… - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Oct 24, 2009

I see once again the “superbug” is in the news, with poor old North Shore Hospital attempting to control an outbreak by splitting up their wards. Having worked in such an environment, I know exactly how frustrating that can be for nursing staff. Reverse barrier nursing (gloves, gowns, caps and overshoes to protect the nurse [...] … Read More