Saturday, February 28, 2009

Where Are Molds Found?

Where Are Molds Found?
Molds are found in virtually every environment and can be detected, both indoors and outdoors, year round. Mold growth is encouraged by warm and humid conditions. Outdoors, they can be found in shady, damp areas or places where leaves or other vegetation are decomposing. Indoors, they can be found where humidity levels are high.

Molds form spores which, when dry, float through the air and find suitable conditions where they can start the growth cycle again. via USDA

Are Molds Only on the Surface of Food?

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Are Molds Only on the Surface of Food?
No, you only see part of the mold on the surface of food -- gray fur on forgotten bologna, fuzzy green dots on bread, white dust on Cheddar, coin-size velvety circles on fruits, and furry growth on the surface of jellies. When a food shows heavy mold growth, “root” threads have invaded it deeply. In dangerous molds, poisonous substances are often contained in and around these threads. In some cases, toxins may have spread throughout the food.

via USDA

Are Some Molds Dangerous?

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Are Some Molds Dangerous?

Yes, some molds cause allergic reactions and respiratory problems. And a few molds, in the right conditions, produce “mycotoxins,” poisonous substances that can make you sick. via USDA

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Friday, February 27, 2009

What Are Molds?

What Are Molds?

Molds are microscopic fungi that live on plant or animal matter. No one knows how many species of fungi exist, but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps 300,000 or more. Most are filamentous (threadlike) organisms and the production of spores is characteristic of fungi in general. These spores can be transported by air, water, or insects.

Unlike bacteria that are one-celled, molds are made of many cells and can sometimes be seen with the naked eye. Under a microscope, they look like skinny mushrooms. In many molds, the body consists of:
root threads that invade the food it lives on,
a stalk rising above the food, and
spores that form at the ends of the stalks.

The spores give mold the color you see. When airborne, the spores spread the mold from place to place like dandelion seeds blowing across a meadow.

Molds have branches and roots that are like very thin threads. The roots may be difficult to see when the mold is growing on food and may be very deep in the food. Foods that are moldy may also have invisible bacteria growing along with the mold.

via USDA

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Mold Commercial

MOLD in our bodies

The health effects of indoor mold exposure

This segment outlines the 3 levels of health effects of mold exposure.

Experts featured on the series:

Barbara Sue Bolin -- Aerotech Laboratories
Janice Jones -- Aerotech Laboratories
Industrial hygienists
Daniel Bridge PhD CIH -- Rimkus Consulting, TX
Geoffrey Clark -- PE Service, TX
Stuart Salot PhD CIH -- CTL Environmental Services, CA
Richard Krentz CIH -- Sterling & Associates, CA
Kyle Dotson CIH, CSP, PE -- Dotson Group, TX
Remediation experts
Bob Krell -- IAQ Technologies, NY
John Lausevic -- PGCC, CA,
Tom Sandoval -- Marcor Environmental, CA

Dr. Eckert Johanning -- NY
Vince Torres -- University of Texas, TX
Bruce Ferguson -- EnviroLogix, ME
Kathy Lauckner -- University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
Vincent Miller PhD -- Aerotech Laboratories
David C. Straus, Ph.D. -- Texas Tech University

Non-profit Organizations

Indoor Environmental Standards Organization- David Fetveit

Tom Allen -- Aerotech Laboratories
Conchita Miller PhD -- Aerotech Laboratories
Wendy Aber -- Aerotech Laboratories
Darren Huff -- Aerotech Laboratories (Precision Analytical Division)
Charlie Wiles -- American Indoor Air Quality Council
Russell Nassof -- Environomics, AZ
Franco Seif -- Clark Seif Clark, CA
Richard Scarborough -- Environmental Inspections & Solutions, CA
Steve Showalter -- Building Specs, MD
Richard Shaughnessy PhD -- University of Tulsa, OK
Senator Ortiz, CA
Senator Fraser, TX
Senator Jackson, TX
Steve Henning -- Wood, Smith Henning & Berman, CA
Ed Cross -- Law Office of Edward H Cross & Associates, CA

Copyright © 2008 True-Film Incorporated
Shown for demo purposes only.

This video clearly presents a very conservative unbiased scientific view of scientific community's views on the health effects of mold in indoor environments.

Some feel the effects are worse, some don't think mold is dangerous at all. This video represents the general consensus opinion of those who are qualified in the subject.

Health problems from mold



Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Zoom - Moldy Soup

Research video for new project.

time lapse - decaying strawberries

Research video for new project.

Rotting Apple

Research video for new project.

Time lapse tea cup

Research video for new project.

Mold Growth on Muffin (time lapse)

Research video for new project.

Nutrition & Diets : Is It Safe to Eat Mold?

Research video for new project.

what happens when you leave mc donalds food out for 10 weeks

Research video for new project.

Pushing Frontiers - Science at Los Alamos

Research video for new project.

Workshop Safety - Chemistry Laboratory

Research video for new project.

HazMat Challenge 2008

Research video for new project.

Hazardous Materials Labels

Research video for new project.

DOT HAZMAT Safety Training

Research video for new project.

Corporate Safety Training HAZMAT Courses Onsite Instruction

Research video for new project.

Contamination Assessment Training Video

Research video for new project.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Taaa Daaa

Finishing School, 2009

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan visits Google's Mountain View, CA, headquarters to discuss his book, "In Defense of Food." This talk took place on March 4, 2008, as part of the Authors@Google series.