Uncategorized

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 way. Medicine, veterinary fields, agricultural science, and life sciences are all dominated by women, with only dentistry showing near parity at 58 percent, while in more reclusive fields such as physical sciences women are only 43 percent. At the bottom of that list, computer science is a haven…
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 are getting even more extreme. Danish Minister for Food Mogens Jensen has requested the National Food Administration to consider a total ban on foods treated with the chemical. 
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 for those products obtained through NPBTs, which carry only natural existing traits. The aim is to improve scientific progress in the European Union while protecting human and animal health and the environment. If you are an EU citizen, you can read the details here and if you like it,…
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 from a vendor) even in their homes, but there is no secret in a Rembrandt either. That doesn't mean you can do it. There is truly nothing complex about it. A pan (cezve) is filled with water and ground coffee and heated. Percolators made this more civilized a long time ago but for the real…
Previous research has suggested that certain contraceptive methods may increase women's susceptibility to HIV. A randomised trial of more than 7,800 African women found that a type of contraceptive injection (intramuscular depot medroxyprogesterone acetate - DMPA-IM) posed no substantially increased risk of HIV acquisition when compared with a copper intrauterine device (IUD) and a levonorgestrel (LNG) implant. The results of this first ever randomised trial in the area, published in The Lancet, counter 30 years of epidemiology research suggesting a potential association between some…