In science and environment-related news around Eugene this week, there is the The Register Guard article on how the Bureau of Land Management is making the proposal to reintroduce herbicides to Eugene to help combat. The BLM stopped using herbicides in 1984, after a court ruling in response to a lawsuit filed by Eugene’s Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides. Now, the BLM has produced the mandated environmental impact statement required for herbicide use and plan on intriducing the weed-killing chemicals in limited application. Before this plan is put to action, the BLM officials are opening the issue up to public comment. To comment: Send mail to ATTN: Vegetation EA, Michael Mascari, Bureau of Land Management, 3106 Pierce Parkway, Suite E, Springfield, OR 97477; by e-mail to OR_Eugene_Mail@blm.gov; by fax to 541-683-6981. Comment deadline is July 16. To learn more, check out the National Pesticide Information Center.
In the labs at the University of Oregon, KVAL.com describes how Dr. Hui Zong and his research team have, through a observing genetics in mice, discovered the exact location where a deadly brain cancer called malignant glioma originates in the body. Particular cells called oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs) were those which were found to display the first symptoms of this cancer when exposed to certain mutations that lead to malignant glioma. By having discovered where the cancer begins, the doctor hopes to better understand the OPCs and how they can snuff out the disease at the source. Additionally, the technology used to find the source of this specific type of cancer could possibly help in the discovery of the origins of other types of cancer as well.
The Huliq independent news source has released an article that describes how the Fukishima meltdown can be linked to the increase in baby deaths throughout cities, including Eugene, along the west coast of the United States. In a Twitter search of “Eugene Oregon”, a tweet by @oilpatchplug was in the feed, alerting others to this news development and his link brought one to a YouTube video of a woman reading the article.