Monthly Archives: June 2012

Hazardous Cross-Pollination of Genetically Modified Food

When I first came across the topic of genetically modified food, I instantly imagined oversized vegetables on a crusade to wipe out world hunger. After exploring the subject of genetically modified harvest in greater depth, it became clear that this … Continue reading

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Scientists now growing second chances

Human embryonic stem cells are a topic of research that is far more held back in this country than it should be. They hold so much potential for new ground-breaking treatments in medicine, so many cures for otherwise crippling conditions … Continue reading

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A Quantum Misunderstanding

  Quantum mechanics is undoubtedly mind bogglingly confusing. I think it’s safe to say that no one without a degree in physics understands quantum mechanics, and even then some people still can’t get their heads around it.   The media … Continue reading

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Geoengineering: A Risky Business

    The climate change debate has been surging for over twenty years now, with politicians skipping around the issue and mass media in a constant frenzy around the debate. However, this message is not here to convince you that … Continue reading

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The Anthropocene: The Inconvenient Truth of Man’s Dominion over Nature

Global change is happening in more ways than you think, especially in climate change science. Humanity has made enormous progress since our hunter-gatherer times. Recently, this ‘progress’ has been procuring particular academic interest in environmental science. The developing phenomenon known … Continue reading

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Nanoparticles in Sunscreens: small science, BIG risk

Applying sunscreen is a way of ensuring that we protect ourselves from skin cancer and premature ageing. Such a simple act is now becoming dangerous, as many sunscreen manufacturers are including nanoparticles, smaller versions of the chemicals normally used, which … Continue reading

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Candy Coated Killers

My best friend’s an addict. Her brain has learnt to recognise this substance as a reward when things go right and a comfort when things go wrong.  Her anticipation causes a biochemical reaction causing her to feel weak with cravings.  … Continue reading

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Vaccines save lives

I stumbled across this article the other day and it just made my blood boil. As a quick overview, Bond and Nolan explore the community perceptions of child vaccinations. They identify that despite the overwhelming evidence in favour of vaccinations, … Continue reading

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Declaring War on the “Warrior Gene”

Particularly when science uses ‘hot sauce’ to oversimplify culturally, legally, socially and politically sensitive genetics Apparently, the historical fascination with attempting to explain human behaviour through genetics is still contemporary practice. Since the gene monoamine oxidase A (MAOA), controversially named … Continue reading

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