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Canada To Measure Marijuana Use By Testing Sewage

In Canada, Health, International, marijuana, News, NPR, Science on April 13, 2018 at 5:47 pm


In an effort to track cannabis consumption more closely, the Canadian government has instructed Statistics Canada, Canada’s national statistical agency, to analyze sewage waste from about a quarter of Canada’s total 36 million inhabitants. In hopes to estimate how much cannabis Canadians consume, in total, through the sewage measurements. But the route from a wastewater treatment plant to that kind of calculation gets really murky really fast, such as: “The suburban users, are they peeing in the city but consuming in the suburbs?”…read the full story here.

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Meet Spinosaurus

In All Things Considered, Dinosaurs, Godzilla, National Geographic Museum, North Africa, NPR, Paleontology, Spinosaurus, T. Rex, Thomas Holtz, University of Chicago on September 12, 2014 at 3:17 am

t-rex-v-spinosaurus_mediumScientists have unearthed a dinosaur larger than the T-Rex in an area of North Africa paleontologists have dubbed “river of giants….the most dangerous place in the history of our planet.” Read the fascinating story how Spinosaurus came to be here.

Culinary Flirtation

In Chicago, Food, News, NPR on March 28, 2013 at 1:57 am

Illinois of all states is leading the push to ban lion meat, yes, lion meat. Apparently food enthusiasts are on the prowl for good lion, but at what cost to the lion population? NPR takes a look at the trend, its consequences, and how Illinois is a main player. Read the story here.

An Arizona restaurant sold lion meat burgers in 2010 in an attempt to drum up business during the World Cup soccer tournament held in South Africa.Matt York/AP/npr.org

An Arizona restaurant sold lion meat burgers in 2010 in an attempt to drum up business during the World Cup soccer tournament held in South Africa.
Matt York/AP/npr.org

“Turns out that Illinois was really the key actor in it all, both in terms of acquisition of lions, slaughter of lions and then, ultimately, the packaging of lion meat.”