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Life on the Edge has been shortlisted for the

2015 Royal Society Winton Prize

for Science Books!

Fingers crossed for the awards night on 24th September.

 

 

 

 

Ecological neo-colonialism and Golden Rice.

Posted 23rd December 2014

Johnjoe McFadden Ecological  neo-colonialism continues to oppose the most beneficial GM crop, Golden Rice reaching the poor. Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) affects more than 200 million people in the world today, causing half a million children to go blind each year due and up to 2m die due to associated immunodeficiency. By moving genes that […]

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Eugenics: genetics dirty secret

Posted 20th December 2014

From Descartes to Darwin Though writers, philosophers and social scientists have been denying the existence of an essential core of humanity for the best part of a century, the debate on human nature has now entered a new phase. Modern science’s engagement with human nature can be traced back to the Enlightenment, when, as we’ve […]

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Dead cats can live again if they are quantum cats

Posted 3rd November 2014

The Austrian father of quantum mechanics, Erwin Schrödinger, famously imagined sealing a cat inside a box. The cat’s fate would be linked to the quantum world through a poison that will be released only if a single radioactive atom decays. Schrödinger pointed out that the equations of quantum mechanics insist that the atom must exist […]

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Don’t let Ebola Evolve!

Posted 27th October 2014

Life is a battle and most of the combatants are microbes. Bacteria, viruses, protozoa, nematodes and even microscopic fungi have slain nearly everyone or everything who has ever lived on this planet and have been doing so ever since the first microbes crawled out of the primeval mud billions of years ago. And they have […]

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