Category Archives: new technologies

Lichen on Mars? The Potential for a Green Future on a Red Planet

It’s hard to believe that in 15 years or less, we, as humans, could be able to consider ourselves an interplanetary species. Several companies are currently competing to put people on Mars by the 2020’s. Alas, recent debate has arisen … Continue reading

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“Sleeping Beauty” Awakens New Possibilities in Genetic Modification

Development of a technique used on pig zygotes (unborn pigs) has led to making the crazy possibilities of genetic modification an actual possibility. ‘Sleeping Beauty’ has now opened the door of modelling human genes and diseases, as well as preventing … Continue reading

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Mutants should share the Genetic Research.

Genetic research is a field that is shrouded with misconceptions and emotion. From cloning and mutants, to designer babies, there is a lot that can be done with genetics and that’s not only scary, but unnerving. On the other hand … Continue reading

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The Hulk of all Biofuels: How Marine Algae could save the World

What do the Hulk and marine algae have in common? You may think this is a set up for an excruciatingly bad joke but you would be wrong, these two things actually have more in common that you might think. … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Moving Away from a Simpson’s Understanding of Nuclear Power

After having read the research on nuclear waste storage by Lubna Hamdan, John Walton and Aruro Woocay, I have come away with a better understanding of the safety of this contentious part of nuclear energy production.  It is absolutely vital … Continue reading

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