GE CEO: Chinese communism 'works'

Apparently still longing for cap-and-trade, General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt tells Charlie Rose, “… The one thing that actually works, state run communism a bit -– may not be your cup of tea, but their government works.” [Weekly Standard]

Magic Food: Caffeinated coffee may reduce the risk of oral cancers

“A new American Cancer Society study finds a strong inverse association between caffeinated coffee intake and oral/pharyngeal cancer mortality. The authors say people who drank more than four cups of caffeinated coffee per day were at about half the risk of death of these often fatal cancers compared to those who only occasionally or who never drank coffee.” [EurekAlert]

Conservatives can be persuaded to care more about the environment, study finds

“New research from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that [skeptic] viewpoints can be changed after all, when the messages about the need to be better stewards of the land are couched in terms of fending off threats to the “purity” and “sanctity” of Earth and our bodies.’ [UC Berkeley] Someone has apparently taken Dr. Strangelove‘s Col. Jack Ripper a little too seriously…

Shock: EPA exposes human guinea pigs to lead; Agency ignores own 'no safe' exposure determination

The EPA has exposed human test subjects to lead despite the agency’s conclusion that there is “no safe” level of exposure to the heavy metal. Continue reading Shock: EPA exposes human guinea pigs to lead; Agency ignores own 'no safe' exposure determination

Global warming threatens spaghetti, lo mein

“But if humans want to keep eating pasta, we will have to take much more aggressive action against global warming. Pasta is made from wheat, and a large, growing body of scientific studies and real-world observations suggest that wheat will be hit especially hard as temperatures rise and storms and drought intensify in the years ahead.” [Daily Beast]