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Scientists seek to mimic how fish produce sunscreen

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 13 May 2015 06:36

Scientists from Oregon State University have discovered that fish can produce their own sunscreen, and they have copied the method used by fish for potential use in humans. 

In the study published in the journal eLife, scientists say zebrafish can produce a chemical — gadusol — that protects against UV radiation. The researchers reproduced the method that zebrafish use by expressing relevant genes in yeast. The findings open the door to production of gadusol for sunscreen and as an antioxidant in pharmaceuticals.

Young, Gifted and Black Coalition:
Reflect on Tuesday, walk out on Black Out Wednesday

Written by Young,
Gifted
and Black Coalition
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 05:12

The Young, Gifted and Black Coalition issued the following statement, in anticipation of an announcement in the investigation into Tony Robinson's death:

Out of respect for Tony Robinson’s family, Young Gifted and Black will not hold an action on May 12 after District Attorney Ismael Ozanne makes his announcement regarding whether officer Matt Kenny will be charged with the death of 19-year-old black teenager Tony Robinson. We call community members to use May 12 to remember Tony and reflect on the complex ways state violence impacts Black lives. 

The fort in St. Augustine. — PHOTO: Wikipedia

America's oldest city is slowly drowning. 

Jeb Bush: Stronger 'Christian voice' needed in the world

Written by The AP Monday, 11 May 2015 08:18

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush over the weekend condemned the Obama administration's use of "coercive federal power" to limit religious freedom as he courted Christian conservatives at a Liberty University commencement ahead of a likely presidential run.

Bush, a Catholic convert, is preparing to enter a Republican primary contest that includes competitors considered far more popular with the party's religious right. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz formally announced his presidential campaign at Liberty University last month. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist pastor, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry have all made their Christian faith a centerpiece of prospective campaigns.

Restroom research: Study examines bathroom graffiti by men, women

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 12 May 2015 08:10

A new article published in Gender, Place & Culture examines how men and women express themselves in the seemingly private and anonymous spaces of public bathrooms.

Texts or drawings in the bathroom stalls, while created in a private space and presumably during a very private moment, are meant to be public — transmitting ideas, images and even responses.

Dane County DA to announce decision in shooting by policeman

Written by TODD RICHMOND,
AP writer
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 05:02

A Dane County prosecutor said he will announce on May 12 whether charges will be filed against a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 19-year-old biracial man in Madison.

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne had promised to give the public advance notice of the announcement in the case of Madison Officer Matt Kenny, who shot 19-year-old Tony Robinson in an apartment on March 6. Ozanne issued a brief statement on the weekend saying he would make his findings public on May 12.

Witness to Michael Brown shooting arrested

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Monday, 11 May 2015 08:59

The man who was with Michael Brown when he was shot by a Ferguson police officer last summer was charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest during a new confrontation with police.

Most Chicago DUI checkpoints in minority areas

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 10 May 2015 16:35

The Chicago Police Department has set up far more roadside sobriety checkpoints in minority communities in recent years than it has in predominantly white communities, a Chicago Tribune investigation has found.

Research links Congress' low approval to decline in warm, agreeable language

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 12 May 2015 07:12

A new study links Congress' low approval ratings — record lows — to a decline in the use of warm, agreeable language in the House of Representatives.

The study, co-authored by University of British Columbia business professor Karl Aquino, found the use of prosocial words — such as "cooperate" and "contribute" – by lawmakers predicts public approval of Congress six months later.

Restaurant owner drops discount for white diners

Written by The AP Monday, 11 May 2015 11:30

A barbecue restaurant in northern Colorado has dropped a much-criticized plan to give white customers a 10 percent discount and will offer the savings to all diners.

Edgar Antillon, owner of Rubbin' Buttz BBQ and Country Cafe in Milliken, hung a sign reading "White Appreciation Day! June 11th. Because all Americans should be celebrated!!"

PETA sues U.S. wildlife service, accuses it of ‘pay-to-play’

Written by MATTHEW BARAKAT,
AP writer
Monday, 11 May 2015 08:35

An animal-rights group has sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to stop a policy it says allows trophy hunters, circus acts and others dealing with threatened species to skirt the Endangered Species Act by making token donations to conservation groups.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Alexandria by Norfolk-based People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, alleges that the wildlife service is sanctioning a massive loophole in the Endangered Species Act. The law allows exceptions in the import or export of endangered species when granting a permit aids the species’ survival. PETA says the agency is granting exceptions for applicants making donations as small as $500 to conservation groups.

Seattle mayor, kayaktivists protest oil drilling fleet

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 09 May 2015 05:00

Royal Dutch Shell wants to park two massive Arctic oil drilling rigs in Seattle's waterfront, but the petroleum giant will have to get around protesters in kayaks and a mayor determined to take on climate change.

The fast-approaching battle with so-called kayaktivists is unfolding in a city well-known for embracing environmental causes, laying bare the high-stakes feud over oil exploration in the icy waters off Alaska.