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UN’s ambitious biodiversity plan puts ‘regenerative agriculture’ at the forefront

UN’s ambitious biodiversity plan puts ‘regenerative agriculture’ at the forefront

Patrick Greenfield | 
Eliminating plastic pollution, reducing pesticide use by two-thirds, halving the rate of invasive species introduction and eliminating $500bn (£360bn) of ...
Viewpoint: Misleading rhetoric fuels belief that our genetic code is a deterministic ‘instruction book’ – but it’s far more interesting than that

Viewpoint: Misleading rhetoric fuels belief that our genetic code is a deterministic ‘instruction book’ – but it’s far more interesting than that

Philip Ball | 
[G]enes aren’t quite what we thought (in fact, there’s no consensus about what they even are). Yet plenty remain happy ...
Irony of a stronger immune system: Why women are less likely to be infected with the coronavirus — yet more likely to get ‘long COVID’

Irony of a stronger immune system: Why women are less likely to be infected with the coronavirus — yet more likely to get ‘long COVID’

Mark Hutchinson, Susan Evans | 
There are many ways in which Covid-19’s effect on women may differ from its effect on men. Overall, women resist ...
Genome sequencing every British baby at birth? UK public shows cautious support for early screening program

Genome sequencing every British baby at birth? UK public shows cautious support for early screening program

Nicola Davis | 
While some genetic testing is available before birth, it is currently only offered in newborns in certain cases… But proponents ...
How the human brain resembles drug dealers in Albuquerque

How the human brain resembles drug dealers in Albuquerque

Andrew Anthony | 
David Eagleman, 50, is an American neuroscientist, bestselling author and presenter of the BBC series The Brain, as well as ...
Despite breakthroughs in understanding why we age, slowing the inevitable is proving impossible

Despite breakthroughs in understanding why we age, slowing the inevitable is proving impossible

Amelia Hill | 
Backed by governments, business, academics and investors in an industry worth $110bn (£82.5bn) – and estimated to be worth $610bn ...
‘No-kill meals’ made from lab-grown meat promise huge environmental and ethical benefits. What are the downsides?

‘No-kill meals’ made from lab-grown meat promise huge environmental and ethical benefits. What are the downsides?

Hallam Stevens | 
We have pescatarians, vegans, flexitarians, locavores and of course vegetarians. But what’s the word for those of us who make ...
‘Not designer babies’: IVF-based mitochondrial replacement therapy on cusp of Australia legalization despite Catholic opposition

‘Not designer babies’: IVF-based mitochondrial replacement therapy on cusp of Australia legalization despite Catholic opposition

Rafqa Touma | 
In Australia, about one child a week is born with a severe form of mitochondrial disease. Most young children diagnosed ...
Massive ‘dragon man’ skull found in Chinese well reveals possible new hominid family tree branch more closely related to modern humans than Neanderthals

Massive ‘dragon man’ skull found in Chinese well reveals possible new hominid family tree branch more closely related to modern humans than Neanderthals

Ian Sample | 
The discovery of a huge fossilized skull that was wrapped up and hidden in a Chinese well nearly 90 years ...
How California is teaming up with conservation groups to rescue the western monarch butterfly from extinction

How California is teaming up with conservation groups to rescue the western monarch butterfly from extinction

Erin McCormick | 
Monarch butterflies, known for their distinctive orange and black pattern, once flocked to California in the millions, spending the winter ...
Brain scans show how LSD works to unlock the brain and treat depression

Brain scans show how LSD works to unlock the brain and treat depression

Ian Sample | 
By comparing scans of the brain on LSD versus placebo… researchers found that the drug reduced the amount of energy ...
‘Humans developed complex belief systems around death’: 78,000-year old gravesite marks oldest human burial in Africa

‘Humans developed complex belief systems around death’: 78,000-year old gravesite marks oldest human burial in Africa

Ian Sample | 
Archaeologists have identified the oldest known human burial in Africa during field work that uncovered the remains of a child ...
Microplastics are overwhelming the environment. Here’s how we could mobilize bacteria to clean up our pollution mess

Microplastics are overwhelming the environment. Here’s how we could mobilize bacteria to clean up our pollution mess

Sofia Quaglia | 
Microplastics are not easily biodegradable, so they stick around for long periods of time and they also absorb and accumulate ...
Viewpoint: What’s causing an explosion in incidents of Parkinson’s disease? Do household products play a role?

Viewpoint: What’s causing an explosion in incidents of Parkinson’s disease? Do household products play a role?

Adrienne Matei | 
[Ray] Dorsey, a neurologist at the University of Rochester Medical Center and author of Ending Parkinson’s Disease, believes a Parkinson’s ...
Malaria vaccine? Burkina Faso trial shows Oxford shot is up to 77% effective

Malaria vaccine? Burkina Faso trial shows Oxford shot is up to 77% effective

Sarah Boseley | 
The hunt for a malaria vaccine has been going on the best part of a century. One, the Mosquirix vaccine ...
World’s most expensive drug: £1.79 million one-off Zolgensma treatment approved by British National Health Service to treat spinal muscular dystrophy in children

World’s most expensive drug: £1.79 million one-off Zolgensma treatment approved by British National Health Service to treat spinal muscular dystrophy in children

Phoebe Weston | 
Zolgensma, which costs £1.79m per dose, halts the progression of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), which involves loss of movement, muscle ...
'Peak meat' 2025? As plant-based proteins grow more popular, beef consumption will drop, study predicts

‘Peak meat’ 2025? As plant-based proteins grow more popular, beef consumption will drop, study predicts

Damian Carrington | 
An increasing number of people are eating meat and dairy alternatives as concern grows over health, the environmental impact of ...
Twin peak: Global twin rates at historic highs, and here’s why

Twin peak: Global twin rates at historic highs, and here’s why

Ian Sample | 
Researchers analysed records from more than 100 countries and found a substantial rise in twin birthrates since the 1980s, with ...
What does it mean to have a ‘near death’ experience?

What does it mean to have a ‘near death’ experience?

Alex Moshakis | 
Given that near-death experiences happen with limited warning, they are almost impossible to test. “We’re dealing with a very short ...
Kathleen Folbigg: Convicted serial baby killer could be exonerated as rare genetic mutations may explain her children's deaths

Kathleen Folbigg: Convicted serial baby killer could be exonerated as rare genetic mutations may explain her children’s deaths

Calla Wahlquist | 
Kathleen Folbigg is in jail for killing her children as infants between 1990 and 1999.  [Recently] her supporters released a ...
‘Quest for deliciousness’: How hunger for tasty food drove human evolution

‘Quest for deliciousness’: How hunger for tasty food drove human evolution

Donna Ferguson | 
Human evolution and exploration of the world were shaped by a hunger for tasty food – “a quest for deliciousness” ...
A complicated legacy: Reassessing Darwin‘s views on race and gender 150 years after the ‘The Descent of Man’

A complicated legacy: Reassessing Darwin‘s views on race and gender 150 years after the ‘The Descent of Man’

Adam Rutherford | 
Darwin was a liberal, and an abolitionist, perhaps influenced by his taxidermy tutor in Edinburgh, a Guyanese man called John ...
Viewpoint: Tanzania’s anti-vaxxer president is slowing COVID response and endangering lives

Viewpoint: Tanzania’s anti-vaxxer president is slowing COVID response and endangering lives

Vava Tampa | 
In politics, there are generally two ways of making decisions. The first is evidence-based, weighing the pros and cons and ...
PFAS chemicals found in many consumer products could reduce effectiveness of vaccines and other COVID treatments

PFAS chemicals found in many consumer products could reduce effectiveness of vaccines and other COVID treatments

Oliver Milman | 
Small amounts of per- and polyfluoroalkyl (or PFAS) chemicals are commonly found in the bodies of people in the US, ...
Viewpoint: Happiness isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

Viewpoint: Happiness isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

David Robson | 
Over the past 10 years, numerous studies have shown that our obsession with happiness and high personal confidence may be ...
Cave bears: Neanderthals may have survived harsh winters by hibernating

Cave bears: Neanderthals may have survived harsh winters by hibernating

Robin McKie | 
Evidence from bones found at one of the world’s most important fossil sites suggests that our hominid predecessors may have ...
Global health groups urge countries to donate COVID vaccines to humanitarian stockpiles, protecting stateless people in asylum camps

Global health groups urge countries to donate COVID vaccines to humanitarian stockpiles, protecting stateless people in asylum camps

Michael Safi | 
Public health groups are lobbying countries to commit a portion of their Covid-19 vaccine supplies to a “humanitarian buffer” that ...
Impossible Foods is on a mission: ‘Eradicate the meat and fish industries by 2035’

Impossible Foods is on a mission: ‘Eradicate the meat and fish industries by 2035’

Patrick Greenfield | 
Patrick Brown is on a mission: to eradicate the meat and fish industries by 2035. The CEO of Impossible Foods, a ...
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