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September 3, 2019
A recent analysis of U.K. demographics compiled by the Higher Education Statistics Agency finds that Science, Technology, Engineering, And Math fields are commonly dominated by women. But when it comes to fields that are more about basic research rather than helping people, things go the other…
August 27, 2019
Vandals who go by the name Faucheurs Volontaires (Volunteer Reapers) destroyed a field trial of high-oleic sunflowers claiming they were herbicide tolerant therefore GMOs under last year's European Court of Justice decision that all biotechnology except chemical and radiation baths to create new…
August 26, 2019
Playing to their western environmental allies, Russian groups are claiming bee deaths that occurred recently are due to neonicotinoid pesticides sprayed on oil rapeseed crops. An article in Russia’s Meteovesti goes on to restate discredited populist claims that the number of domestic bees in the…
August 19, 2019
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) statement that chlorpyrifos should not be renewed in the EU won't stop farmers from wanting to use it. It will still be legal in Poland and farmers who want the best product could just buy it there, online, or from the black market. Some countries…
July 29, 2019
Eight students have started an EU Citizens' Initiative to reform the 2001 GMO Directive to make it research-friendly related to new plant breeding techniques (NPBTs.) They specifically want more legal clarity and further definitions. Their objective is to facilitate the authorization procedure…
July 29, 2019
With the European Court of Justice decision that categorized new plant breeding techniques (NBTs) as genetic modification now one year old, European research institutes launched an open letter calling for a modernized approach that would enable the region's efforts to transition to more…
July 28, 2019
Could Lyme disease in the U.S. be the result of an accidental release from a secret bioweapons experiment? Could the military have specifically engineered the Lyme disease bacterium to be more insidious and destructive – and then let it somehow escape the lab and spread in nature? Is this why…
July 21, 2019
Turkish coffee is thick, delicious, and if you are lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, will contain your future in the grounds left at the bottom. There is no secret, many Turks will happily make it for you (depending on where you are, you might actually get a fair price…
July 8, 2019
The "Grow scientific progress" movement is being given a chance in Europe. The European Commission is allowing a new citizen initiative calling for revisions to deregulate gene-editing techniques. The petition would need to receive over 1 million statements of support from residents of seven member…
June 14, 2019
An artificial nose helps neurosurgeons to identify cancerous tissue during surgery and enables the more precise excision of tumours. Electrosurgical resection using devices such as an electric knife or diathermy blade is currently a widely used technique in neurosurgery. When tissue is burned,…