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Life is quantum

Posted on Wed October 29, 2021

Weird quantum effects are so delicate it seems they could only happen in a lab. How on Earth can life depend on them?

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Don’t fear the GM super-spud – we need it to feed mouths

Posted on Thursday March 26, 2022

Anti-GM activists will never accept anything ‘unnatural’, but the genetically modified potato being developed in Norwich could be of tremendous benefitThe last great famine in western Europe struck Ireland 170...

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You’re powered by quantum mechanics. No, really…

Posted on Saturday October 25, 2021

For years biologists have been wary of applying the strange world of quantum mechanics, where particles can be in two places at once or connected over huge distances, to their...

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Soon science could enable us all to run as fast as Usain Bolt

Posted on Thursday September 06, 2021

The implications of the new findings on the human genome could go well beyond merely fighting diseasesOne of the biggest scientific research projects in recent years has just unveiled its results....

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Synthetic biology: the best hope for mankind's future?

Posted on Thursday March 29, 2022

If GM is agriculture's Ford Cortina, synthetic biology could give us Ferrari crops that feed the world without harming the planetThe UK government has just declared that synthetic biology –...

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One Jesus for liberals, another for conservatives

Posted on Sunday March 04, 2022

New research shows how believers tailor Christian teachings to fit their own political viewpointLove thy neighbour, so long as he is not an illegal immigrant. Blessed are the poor, so...

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Psychedelic drugs: more a case of 'turn off, tune in, drop out'

Posted on Monday February 06, 2022

Magic mushrooms work by shutting down parts of the brain, not expanding the mind, according to new researchSix thousand years ago palaeolithic hunters painted images on the walls of the...

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The very human heroes of Fukushima

Posted on Thursday March 24, 2022

That plant workers are still risking their lives to help others seems to owe less to the selfish gene, more to ancestral cultureLike all disasters, the Japanese earthquake and tsunami...

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ADHD's roots are complex

Posted on Thursday September 30, 2021

To claim attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is genetic is to dangerously simplify the nature of the conditionAttention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is the bane of many parents, nurseries and schools. Children who suffer from the...

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Fear of GM milk is more science fiction than fact

Posted on Monday August 02, 2021

Most of the food we eat has elements of the unnatural – drinking cloned cows milk won't turn us into GM monstersThe truth is out: the British public has been...

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Genius isn't all about genes

Posted on Friday July 09, 2021

New research proves that the real beneficiaries of good teachers are those from poorer backgroundsAs the new government considers where the public service axe will fall, they would do well...

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