Artificial intelligence is teaching robots to evolve autonomously so they can pioneer exploration on distant planets

Artificial intelligence is teaching robots to evolve autonomously so they can pioneer exploration on distant planets

It’s been suggested that an advance party of robots will be needed if humans are ever to settle on other ...
Book review: Jennifer Thompson’s ‘GM Crops and the Global Divide’ offers African perspective on biotechnology revolution

Book review: Jennifer Thompson’s ‘GM Crops and the Global Divide’ offers African perspective on biotechnology revolution

Jennifer Thomson’s excellent new book, “GM Crops and the Global Divide” (CSIRO Publishing, 2020), is a highly informed, lucid, and ...
Rural, Republican America deeply skeptical about the reality of COVID and the importance of vaccines. Here's why

Rural, Republican America deeply skeptical about the reality of COVID and the importance of vaccines. Here’s why

At 70, Linda Findley has long been active in her small town of Fort Scott, Kansas, which sits more than ...
Podcast: Media's COVID hypocrisy; Mandatory vaccines; Biodegradable plastic from GM plants

Podcast: Media’s COVID hypocrisy; Mandatory vaccines; Biodegradable plastic from GM plants

The mainstream press has viciously criticized COVID conspiracy theorists and vaccine rejection. Yet when it comes to other critical science ...
Viewpoint — ‘Selective skepticism’ and media hypocrisy: Why are liberal news sites vigilant in challenging COVID misinformation but give anti-biotechnology and chemical scare-mongers a free pass?

Viewpoint — ‘Selective skepticism’ and media hypocrisy: Why are liberal news sites vigilant in challenging COVID misinformation but give anti-biotechnology and chemical scare-mongers a free pass?

In recent months, the mainstream press has been on a crusade against COVID vaccine skepticism, tenaciously promoting science-based medicine and ...
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Would you agree to be infected with COVID for science? Intentional 'challenge' studies underway as researchers explore new vaccines and treatments

Would you agree to be infected with COVID for science? Intentional ‘challenge’ studies underway as researchers explore new vaccines and treatments

Lauren Thomas, who just turned 26, is trying to get into a clinical trial at the University of Oxford, where ...
Podcast: Should farmers embrace ‘natural’ organic chemicals to replace ‘synthetic’ inputs? Moving beyond the outdated debate

Podcast: Should farmers embrace ‘natural’ organic chemicals to replace ‘synthetic’ inputs? Moving beyond the outdated debate

As the benefits of biotechnology come to fruition, people are letting go of the dated view that we should be ...
Viewpoint: FDA’s ‘pause’ on distribution of the J&J vaccine is overly risk-averse

Viewpoint: FDA’s ‘pause’ on distribution of the J&J vaccine is overly risk-averse

Citing “an abundance of caution,” the FDA on [April 13] recommended a “pause” in the administration of Johnson & Johnson’s ...
Battling AIDS has provided valuable lessons for managing the pandemic

Battling AIDS has provided valuable lessons for managing the pandemic

World AIDS Day this year finds us still deep amid another pandemic – COVID-19. The highly infectious novel coronavirus has ...
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Our food has never been safer, so why are we so scared of it?

Why you shouldn't trust your brain ...
How do you spot a liar? (Hint: Non-verbal cues don’t matter much)

How do you spot a liar? (Hint: Non-verbal cues don’t matter much)

Police thought that 17-year-old Marty Tankleff seemed too calm after finding his mother stabbed to death and his father mortally bludgeoned ...
How the Biden Administration can accelerate prosperity by fixing agricultural-biotech regulations

How the Biden Administration can accelerate prosperity by fixing agricultural-biotech regulations

The Biden administration has a rare opportunity to accelerate agricultural innovation and spur broad and lasting economic growth by taking ...
Viewpoint: ‘War against the West’: Russia powers global vaccine rejectionist movement even as it inoculates its own citizens

Viewpoint: ‘War against the West’: Russia powers global vaccine rejectionist movement even as it inoculates its own citizens

Anyone active on social media is aware that there is a great deal of passionate but ill-founded opposition to vaccination, ...
Podcast: Nature makes 'GMO' fish; Biology and gender; Curing sickle cell with CRISPR

Podcast: Nature makes ‘GMO’ fish; Biology and gender; Curing sickle cell with CRISPR

Anti-GMO groups have long warned about the dangers of AquaBounty's genetically engineered salmon. But as it turns out, transgenic fish ...
Science vs spirituality: The case of the severed head

Science vs spirituality: The case of the severed head

There’s a ghastly severed head in St Robert’s Roman Catholic church, just down the road from me in Catforth, northern ...
International science denial: Top-5 activist groups spreading anti-GMO myths in Latin America

International science denial: Top-5 activist groups spreading anti-GMO myths in Latin America

The United States and Europe are home to some of the most influential anti-biotechnology advocacy groups in the world. They ...
Message to social media 'prophets of doom' Drs. Whistle Blower, Anti-Vaxx and Dangerfield: No, COVID vaccines aren't dangerous and are incredibly effective

Message to social media ‘prophets of doom’ Drs. Whistle Blower, Anti-Vaxx and Dangerfield: No, COVID vaccines aren’t dangerous and are incredibly effective

It’s hard to ignore the wave of anti-vaccine videos circulating on social media. Curiosity makes us click, and we watch ...
Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 6: Pesticide residues ― Something to worry about?

Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 6: Pesticide residues ― Something to worry about?

Just like anything that goes into your body, it’s the dose (the amount) that matters ...
Playing victim: People who claim grievances more likely to lie and cheat, but victim status comes with evolutionary benefits

Playing victim: People who claim grievances more likely to lie and cheat, but victim status comes with evolutionary benefits

Victimhood is defined in negative terms: “the condition of having been hurt, damaged, or made to suffer.” Yet humans have ...
Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 5: Soil health ― When synthetic pesticides are more sustainable than 'natural' organics

Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 5: Soil health ― When synthetic pesticides are more sustainable than ‘natural’ organics

Most consumers believe organic farming avoids pesticides and prioritizes the health of the environment more than conventional farming. However, this ...
Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 4: How do organic pesticides compare to synthetic pesticides?

Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 4: How do organic pesticides compare to synthetic pesticides?

Many consumers choose to buy higher-priced organic produce because they believe organic foods are not grown using pesticides and therefore ...
Podcast: If you get a COVID vaccine, you're pro-GMO; 5G conspiracies; Lab-grown humans?

Podcast: If you get a COVID vaccine, you’re pro-GMO; 5G conspiracies; Lab-grown humans?

All the approved COVID-19 vaccines were developed with the help of genetic engineering. If we rely this technology to end ...
Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 3: How dangerous is glyphosate?

Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 3: How dangerous is glyphosate?

Although pesticide toxicity and biodegradability has decreased overall during the last few decades, many consumers are still worried about pesticides ...
Should ‘race’ be abandoned as surrogate for population differences in medical research?

Should ‘race’ be abandoned as surrogate for population differences in medical research?

Race was originally introduced in US medical curricula in 1790 by Benjamin Rush, who asserted that blackness was a particular ...
Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 2: Have pesticides improved?

Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 2: Have pesticides improved?

it is important to balance risks with the benefits that pesticides provide ...
Brain fog, fatigue and depression: Solving the mystery of Long Covid and what can be done about it

Brain fog, fatigue and depression: Solving the mystery of Long Covid and what can be done about it

COVID-19 entered my home a year ago today when my 16-year-old daughter Molly first developed the tell-tale cough. By March ...

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