Monday links

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Animal Science

Researching estrogens in cow’s milk – Morning Ag Clips
In experiments on mice, even at concentrations 100 times higher than milk from pregnant cows, blood hormone levels and reproductive organs were unaffected by dietary estrogens, report investigators in the Journal of Dairy Science.

Radar tracking reveals the ‘life stories’ of bumblebees as they forage for food – Science Daily
Scientists have tracked the flight paths of a group of bumblebees throughout their entire lives to find out how they explore their environment and search for food.

Food Safety

Largest food facilities must meet preventive rule by Sept. 16 – Food Safety News
“It’s a lot to take in — like drinking from a fire hose.” That’s how Donna Garren, regulatory affairs and technical specialist with the American Frozen Food Institute, describes the challenge that food facilities are grappling with as they move toward the deadline for compliance with the Food and Drug Administration’s preventive controls rule for human food.

Organic Food Fights Back Against ‘Non-GMO’ Rival – NPR
The official organic rules, while they prohibit the use of genetic engineering, do not require organic food companies to test their ingredients for the presence of GMOs.

Agriculture

Drought conditions stress crops and farmers – Sentinel Source
Blueberries, blackberries, fall spinach and hay: Local crops are suffering this summer, and farmers along with them.

Watch a sunflower dance in the sun: Now scientists know how it’s done – Boston Globe
Published in the journal Science this past week, researchers say they’ve found sunflowers, like animals, have a circadian rhythm — an internal clock that can be set to the external world.

Toxicology

Brazil Olympic team’s number of drug-test samples questioned – CNN
­Brazil’s Olympic team gave about a third as many samples as normally expected in the crucial month before the games began, CNN can reveal — an “unacceptable practice” according to the world anti-doping watchdog.

Offbeat

How to Say No (without Feeling Guilty) – Scientific American
It’s one of the smallest, shortest words in the English language, but one of the hardest to say. Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen, PhD, offers seven ways to say no (and maybe not even feel guilty!)

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