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A Halliburton hydrualic fracturing (fracking) operation in the Bakken Formation, North Dakota. (Joshua Doubek/Wikimedia Commons)

Environmentally-Friendly Savior Of Oil Fracking Industry Could Be… Haliburton? New Fluids Made With Soy, Vegetables

In the environmentally sensitive Bay Area, “fracked” oil may be a dirty word, but new technology being pioneered by some environmentalists’ arch nemesis, Haliburton, could make fracking literally palatable by using fluids sourced from the food industry.

07/24/2014

StemCells Inc.

Santa Clara Whistleblower Sues Newark Stem Cell Company That Fired Him

A Santa Clara County man has filed a lawsuit claiming that a Newark-based stem cell company fired him for complaining that manufacturing practices put patients’ lives at risk.

07/18/2014

A contact lens with embedded circuitry designed to monitor glucose levels of diabetes patients. (Google)

Google Teams Up With Swiss Firm To Develop Smart Contact Lens For Diabetics, Visually Impaired

Google takes a giant step forward in bringing its smart contact lens technology to the masses by partnering with a Swiss pharmaceutical company that plans to use the lens to improve vision and monitor health conditions.

07/15/2014

A blood donation bag. (Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images)

San Francisco Supervisor Wiener Urges FDA To Drop Ban On Blood Donations From Gay, Bisexual Men

San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce a resolution at this afternoon’s Board of Supervisors meeting asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to end its ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.

07/15/2014

Restaurant Calorie Information Makes a Difference to Diners

Restaurant Calorie Information Makes A Difference To Diners

A first-of-its kind study by the Centers for Disease Control finds that six-out-of-ten diners who are aware of calorie counts take them into consideration when placing their order.

07/11/2014

A donor gives blood. (CBS)

KCBS Interview: ‘Gay Blood Drive’ Calling For End Of FDA Donation Ban Underway On Friday

Blood drives will be held across the Bay Area and country on Friday in order to pressure the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to lift the ban that prohibits gay and bisexual men from donating blood.

07/11/2014

A blood donation bag. (Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images)

‘Gay Blood Drive’ Calls For End Of FDA Donation Ban

Silicon Valley lawmakers say gay men should no longer be banned from donating blood and are calling for members of the LGBT community to join a national “Gay Blood Drive Day” later this week to get the word out.

07/07/2014

Artisan cheese makers in the Bay Area and across the country are upset after the Food and Drug Administration cracked down on wooden shelves and cheeseboards, calling them unsanitary

Bay Area Artisan Cheese Makers Stunned By FDA Crackdown On Wooden Cheeseboards

The Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on wooden shelves and cheeseboards, upsetting artisan cheese makers in the Bay Area and across the country.

06/11/2014

Sandwich

Subway Bans Azodicarbonamide, But Will Azo-Free Foods Catch On And Should They?

The latest chemical that you didn’t know you needed to avoid eating is now already removed from one fast food chain’s products, and could soon be removed from many more, although the FDA allows its use. The chemical is azodicarbonamide and Monday, Subway restaurants announced all of its bread was “azo-free.”

04/29/2014

Cow. (CBS)

FDA May Ban North Bay Brewery From Turning Used Grain Into Cow Feed

New federal regulations to make sure feed is safe for animals may have an unintended consequence. A North Bay brewery that gives its used grain to feed cows could be banned from doing so.

04/14/2014

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