FROM Laurel Sutherlin
The Dark Side of Going Heart Healthy Packaged foods and cosmetics -- from corn chips and chocolate candy to lipstick and eye-liner -- all contain palm oil. It's almost impossible to avoid. It's also hard to exaggerate the damage from palm-oil production: deforestation, increased global warming, and abuses of human rights. But the palm-oil industry's growing fast — especially to replace trans fats, now being eliminated by the FDA to protect consumers from heart disease. With imports of palm oil having increased by 60% palm oil is here to stay. So, what will it take to mitigate all those destructive trade-offs?
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?