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  • Education for all

    Posted 18/02/2015 by sevans
    I almost didn't go. Day two of the AAAS conference in San Jose, CA, and still waking up at 3am in the morning with jet lag, I'd already saturated my grey matter through hours of high level discussions on everything from the future of the internet to autonomous cars, visualising chronic pain and e-cigarettes. The 5pm plenary lecture on 'The online revolution: learning without limits' was by Daphne Koller, someone I'd never heard off, and wouldn't end until 6. I'm so glad I went. Daphne Koller, i... Read more... Comments (0)
  • Pro-nuclear – or against?

    Posted 04/02/2015 by cgodfrey
    The House of Commons this week voted by 382 to 128 – a majority of 254 – to allow mitochondrial donation through a controversial amendment to the 2008 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act. The regulations, which are likely also to be approved in the House of Lords, put the UK firmly on course to become the first country in the world to allow the creation of so-called ‘three-parent babies’. The first baby with DNA from three people could be born as early as 2016. Along ... Read more... Comments (0)
  • Suffering rejection

    Posted 30/01/2015 by sevans
    Ever wondered what happens when you drop some ideas into your company’s suggestion box? Do they disappear into that waste paper mountain or are they considered carefully for their potential by the management? If they do take the time to read your thoughts – and they like what they see – do you ever hear anything in response? And if you do hear back, does it encourage further thinking or just stop the creative juices, or even redirect them to something else more personal? Well,... Read more... Comments (0)
  • Milking it

    Posted 21/01/2015 by cgodfrey
    How much for a price of milk? It’s the standard question used to sound out whether an MP is or is not ‘in touch’ with his or her constituents. At just 20 pence per litre from some retailers, however, the cost of a pint of milk now falls far short of the actual cost of production. It is a price that is simply not sustainable and is forcing farmers out of business every week, according to the UK’s Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee. In December 2014, the Nation... Read more... Comments (0)
  • Lest we forget

    Posted 10/12/2014 by sevans
    One hundred years after the outbreak of World War 1, while the ceramic poppies have been disappearing from the moat of the Tower of London, the flower that has come to symbolise the lives lost in conflict is also disappearing from the former battle fields of northern France and Belgian Flanders. Research has found that overall plant biodiversity in the region has increased during the past 100 years; but this rise in the number of plant species is not good news. The findings highlight increasing... Read more... Comments (0)
  • Power of spit

    Posted 03/12/2014 by sevans
    Outrage seems to be the general reaction surrounding the UK launch this week of a new genetic testing kit by US biotech 23andMe. For a mere £125, the firm's DNA 'spit' test kit promises to provide information on any of 100 genetic conditions – including personal predisposition to Alzheimer's, cancer, CF and Parkinson's – along with a welter of data on whether you like sprouts, how closely you may be related to the Neanderthals, if you are a fast runner – and even your ris... Read more... Comments (0)
  • Diagnostics and defence

    Posted 19/11/2014 by cgodfrey
    Keeping your enemy in the dark about your military capabilities is one of the most basic rules of modern warfare. In the continuing war on antibiotic resistance, however, there is no choice but to use antibiotics to vanquish the infections that the bacteria cause. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Climate change

    Posted 11/11/2014 by cgodfrey
    The latest figures from the European Environment Agency (EEA) show that almost all car and van manufacturers have met European carbon dioxide emission limits several years ahead of their deadlines. Read more... Comments (0)
  • A rare consensus

    Posted 11/05/2014 by cgodfrey

    It’s rare for politicians to agree on anything, as this week’s local council and European elections have once again demonstrated. And with a general election looming next year, tensions are likely to ...

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  • Mega deals return

    Posted 08/05/2014 by sevans

    Confirmation of Pfizer’s £63bn hostile bid for the UK drug firm AstraZeneca came just too late for inclusion in the May issue of C&I – which does have a story about the other UK pharma major GSK’s...

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