Commentary: More Recycling Won’t Solve Plastic Pollution

Many residents in Minot want to see citywide recycling, but before we invest big in the facilities and equipment, perhaps we should ask — what problem is it we’re trying to solve? One answer we’d expect to hear is we need to reduce the amount of plastic entering the environment. If that’s the case, then Matt Wilkins writing at Scientific American has a different proposal for dealing with the...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: There’s No Limit to Longevity, Says Study Reviving Human Lifespan Debate

How old is old? Depending on how youthful our spirit is, we’d all probably answer that question differently. But biologically speaking, there may be fewer to limits the upper reaches than we might assume. Scientific American has the article the sparks the debate on living forever — and not just figuratively.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Engulfed in Opioid Deaths, Ohio Turns to Science

A huge contributor to the opioid epidemic is the over-prescription of pain medication. In other words, a big percentage of those addicted get their start at the doctor’s office. And that fact is driving a number of research-based pain reduction techniques and technologies. The idea: if we have alternative pain treatment methods, we don’t have to risk writing the original prescription. Ohio is leading the way, this article from...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: The U.S. Is Retreating from Religion

The number of changes taking place in our culture and society are expansive and extraordinary. They’re not all good; they’re not all bad, either. But denying they’re happening would be a mistake. One change that’s certain to reshape our communities and our culture — the shift away from a citizenship who identify their religion as a primary personal influence. This article from Scientific American points to trends that are...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Commentary: We Need to Kick our Addiction to Plastic

With Minot’s recycling program recently delayed, it may be prudent to consider policy changes that hasten our arrival in the land of environmental stewardship. At least, that’s the perspective presented by Ayana Johnson writing commentary — though not specifically about Minot — at Scientific American.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Scientific American Labels Precision Farming as a Technology to Watch

We all gotta eat, the world’s population keeps on growing. And we don’t seem to be growing a lot of new land, so we’re going to have to feed the growing population with the food production areas already in use. And toward that end, precision farming is a concept that has a high ceiling. Companies that can deliver higher efficiency and yields through technology are thought to have...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: 3 Big Myths about Modern Agriculture

In a part of the world where farming is our bedrock industry, it’s important that we’re doing it in a manner that’s both efficient and sustainable. And the anecdotal evidence discovered by one researcher who traveled the world’s farms — including some in North and South Dakota — suggests there are some commonly held myths regarding the industry.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Commentary: The Struggle within the Economics of Environmental Protection

If you take a minute to read the mission and guiding principles behind The Minot Voice, you’ll notice the protecting the environment gets a special call-out. This guest blog on Scientific American provides some valuable commentary on a couple ideas intended to quantify the future economic impacts through a current market mechanism.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Commentary, News: The Politics of Hope: Donald Trump as an Entrepreneur of Identity

If you’re still among the camp wondering how Donald Trump won the presidency,this analysis was written from scientific and clinical perspective months before the election and it keys on the messages and experiences with his campaign that resonated with so many voters.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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