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Mars in 15 years? Not without overcoming 3 big challenges

Editor's note: Zahaan Bharmal is the Head of Marketing Strategic Communications at Google and has a degree in Physics from ...
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Hunter-gatherer ‘paradise’? Stone Age settlement discovered in Israel

Israeli archaeologists have uncovered next to one of the country’s busiest roads the site of an extraordinarily well preserved prehistoric ...
Despite 2014 EU ban, neonicotinoid insecticides still found in quarter of UK honey samples

Despite 2014 EU ban, neonicotinoid insecticides still found in quarter of UK honey samples

Almost a quarter of British honey samples remain contaminated after a partial ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, new research has revealed ...
Does our genetics 'determine' how 'smart' we can become? Debate erupts in Britain

Does our genetics ‘determine’ how ‘smart’ we can become? Debate erupts in Britain

Education in England is no better than mediocre, and billions of pounds have been wasted on pointless university courses and ...
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CRISPR 2.0: Targeting incurable diseases by ‘turning up volume’ on good genes

Incurable diseases such as diabetes and muscular dystrophy could be treated in future using a new form of genetic engineering ...
With biotech law in place, will Uganda embrace GMOs to tackle hunger?

With biotech law in place, will Uganda embrace GMOs to tackle hunger?

After an afternoon drizzle, Ephraim Muhereza carefully scouts his three-acre banana plantation in Gayaza, Wakiso district, plucking male buds from ...
Migraine relief: First drug in 20 years that can prevent and cut in half length of attacks

Migraine relief: First drug in 20 years that can prevent and cut in half length of attacks

A new migraine drug that can halve the length of attacks has been hailed as “the start of real change” ...
Countering alarmist health reporting with scientific savvy

Countering alarmist health reporting with scientific savvy

Without even thinking about it, the survival instinct is for ever on, which is why, says Brunel University’s James Carney, a ...
Despite the hype, there was no 'successful' human head transplant

Despite the hype, there was no ‘successful’ human head transplant

In February 2015, Sergio Canavero appeared in this very publication claiming a live human head will be successfully transplanted onto ...
Genetics can’t determine your indigenous heritage

Genetics can’t determine your indigenous heritage

Collectively, genetics studies have shown us that the indigenous inhabitants of the Americas are descended from a group that diverged ...
Could ‘superantibiotics’ save us from rising drug resistance?

Could ‘superantibiotics’ save us from rising drug resistance?

The need for new classes of antibiotics has repeatedly been emphasised, with researchers turning to some of the most extreme environments on ...
UK backs complete EU ban of neonicotinoid insecticides, citing harm to pollinators

UK backs complete EU ban of neonicotinoid insecticides, citing harm to pollinators

The UK will back a total ban on insect-harming pesticides in fields across Europe, the environment secretary, Michael Gove, has ...
Artificial intelligence fears could lead to over-regulation

Artificial intelligence fears could lead to over-regulation

[A]s we begin to realise [artificial intelligence] opportunities, the potential risks increase: that AI will proliferate, uncontrolled and unregulated, in ...
‘Chemical surgery’ could treat diseases by fixing genetic mutations

‘Chemical surgery’ could treat diseases by fixing genetic mutations

A breakthrough in “chemical surgery” that can correct a type of genetic mutation behind a host of diseases has been ...
Google's self-learning AI starts with blank slate and 'creates knowledge itself'

Google’s self-learning AI starts with blank slate and ‘creates knowledge itself’

Google’s artificial intelligence group, DeepMind, has unveiled the latest incarnation of its Go-playing program, AlphaGo – an AI so powerful that ...
'Ecological Armageddon'? Three-quarters of flying insects in Germany vanished in 25 years, study claims

‘Ecological Armageddon’? Three-quarters of flying insects in Germany vanished in 25 years, study claims

The abundance of flying insects has plunged by three-quarters over the past 25 years, according to a new study.... Insects ...
Ben and Jerry’s announces organic dairy line in Europe, pledges 'no glyphosate traces'

Ben and Jerry’s announces organic dairy line in Europe, pledges ‘no glyphosate traces’

Ben & Jerry’s has moved to cut all glyphosate-tainted ingredients from its production chain and introduce an “organic dairy” line ...
Is society ready or willing to embrace an Artificial Intelligence deity?

Is society ready or willing to embrace an Artificial Intelligence deity?

Intranet service? Check. Autonomous motorcycle? Check. Driverless car technology? Check. Obviously the next logical project for a successful Silicon Valley ...
GMO algae—environmentally-friendly alternative to palm oil—runs into resistance

GMO algae—environmentally-friendly alternative to palm oil—runs into resistance

When green cleaning company Ecover announced the launch of a new laundry liquid containing an oil made from algae, as ...
Children receive four times as many genetic mutations from dads than moms

Children receive four times as many genetic mutations from dads than moms

Children inherit four times as many new mutations from their fathers than their mothers, according to research that suggests faults ...
UK science advisor: Agricultural pesticides important, but better regulations needed to limit environmental impacts

UK science advisor: Agricultural pesticides important, but better regulations needed to limit environmental impacts

The assumption by regulators around the world that it is safe to use pesticides at industrial scales across landscapes is ...
European Food Safety Authority report on glyphosate herbicide copied parts of Monsanto document

European Food Safety Authority report on glyphosate herbicide copied parts of Monsanto document

Glyphosate is the core ingredient in Monsanto’s $4.75bn a year RoundUp weedkiller brand and a battle over its relicensing has ...
Is 'light drinking' while pregnant really that bad?

Is ‘light drinking’ while pregnant really that bad?

Drinking in pregnancy is a fraught issue and causes much anxiety. Last year new guidance to the NHS in England ...
Alzheimer’s shock: DNA ancestry tests often tell customers more than they want to know

Alzheimer’s shock: DNA ancestry tests often tell customers more than they want to know

People who use genetic tests to trace their ancestry only to discover that they are at risk of succumbing to ...
Is sugar as addictive as hard drugs? Scientists say that's 'absurd'

Is sugar as addictive as hard drugs? Scientists say that’s ‘absurd’

An article suggesting that sugar should be considered an addictive substance, and could even be on a par with abusive ...
Billionaire Randal Kirk behind GMO salmon, apples and mosquitoes

Billionaire Randal Kirk behind GMO salmon, apples and mosquitoes

The world’s first genetically modified fish farm is a subsidiary of Intrexon, a $2.2bn company headed by Randal Kirk, a ...
Male sterility may be correctable  through stem cell treatments, if mice studies lead to human cure

Male sterility may be correctable through stem cell treatments, if mice studies lead to human cure

A common genetic cause of male infertility has been overcome in mice using a technique that creates healthy sperm in ...
Environmentalist Stewart Brand: Opposing GMOs 'the biggest mistake the environmental movement has ever made'

Environmentalist Stewart Brand: Opposing GMOs ‘the biggest mistake the environmental movement has ever made’

If we are serious about curbing climate change, what would actually help? More people in cities, lots of nuclear power ...