Kendra Pierre-Louis

The Electronic Bucket Brigade

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When a building caught fire in colonial America, fire trucks equipped with high pressure water did not arrive to dampen the flames because they had yet to be invented. But fires still needed to be quenched. Consequently, these early Americans borrowed a practice dating back to the time of the Roman Emperor Nero. Full Article »

The Rise of Medicinal Honey

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While honey has been used as a natural remedy for millennia, its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties are increasingly embraced by conventional medicine, especially in light of recent studies suggesting honey can fight antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. Kendra Pierre-Louis reports at Motherboard.

China’s Forest Protection Efforts Taking Root

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Contrary to previous reports, China’s efforts at protecting its forests appear to have been successful.  Kendra Pierre-Louis reports at NOVA Next.

The Fruit That Won’t Yield

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The straw-yellow dust is a nutritional juggernaut, rich in potassium (three times more than in the fresh plant), fiber, vitamin B6, and magnesium. In the 1980s Indian scientists even found that it cured ulcers. And yet, for over a century, scientists have tried, and mostly failed to get people to eat the dried, powdered fruit. Even body builders who routinely torture their taste buds with various concoctions won’t touch the stuff: Americans prefer their bananas fresh or not at all. Full Article »

800 Trillion Plastic Microbeads Go Down Drains Every Day

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A a team of scientists recently went on record in calling for a public a ban of the use of microbeads in personal care products. Microbeads, small bits of plastic added to personal care products to increase their exfoliation capabilities, frequently slip down bathroom drains, through municipal waste treatment facilities, and out to the rivers, streams, and waterways where they become not just ocean litter but persistent pollutants. Read more at NOVA Next.

800 Trillion Plastic Microbeads Go Down Drains Every Day

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800 Trillion Plastic Microbeads Go Down Drains Every Day

From Nova Next, by Kendra Pierre-Louis, ’16

“Scrub away the stank,” promises a television commercial for a popular brand of men’s body wash after flashing a montage of questionable behaviors that would challenge even the most industrial cleaners. However, this cleanser doesn’t just send your dignity down the drain, it also sends microbeads, the tiny bits of plastic that are in myriad personal care products.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/earth/800-trillion-plastic-microbeads-go-down-drains-every-day/

Climate Change’s Paradox: Rising Sea Levels Trigger a Retreat

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Even as climate change causes sea levels to rise, inundating coastlines, new research suggests it will also cause a periodic drop in sea levels in the tropical southwestern Pacific. Full Article »