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Yes on Proposition 37 to Label Genetically Engineered Food?

October 17, 2012 // 4 Comments

Edited by: Hannah As many of you will know, YouTube has the option for many of its members to place adverts at the front of their videos, to gain a small amount of money for their work. These ads often have a small button to the right, which appears after five seconds and asks if you would like to close it. I normally have my cursor hovering over the button long before the option to close it has appeared, but the other day, I found myself watching one advert the whole way through. It was [...]

Cancer Cure in the Sunday Mirror

October 9, 2012 // 11 Comments

By: Myles Power Edited by: Hannah As some of you may know, I am from a small town in the north east of England called Middlesbrough – home of the parmo and birthplace of both the magician Paul Daniels and the world-famous explorer Captain James Cook. I recently returned there after working in Pennsylvania, and went to visit one of my grandparents, as part of catching up with all of my family members. Between the constant cups of tea and stale old biscuits, I found myself reading the [...]

Bad science in the paper “long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize”

September 23, 2012 // 27 Comments

By: Myles Power Edited by: Hannah A good friend of mine recently sent me a French paper entitled, “Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize”. The paper investigated the health effects of a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize, cultivated with Roundup weed killer on rats over 2 years. The paper came to the conclusion that rats fed on the GM maize sprayed with Roundup were much more likely to die at an earlier age, in addition to [...]

Debunking 9/11 Conspiracy Theorists Claims with Simple Google Searches

September 17, 2012 // 98 Comments

By: Myles Power Edited by: Hannah I recently got the opportunity to visit one of my favorite cities in the world – New York, New York. Even though I’ve been to The Big Apple before, I’m always flabbergasted by the buildings, the people, and the general hustle and bustle of the big city. I happened to be there on September 11th this year and took the opportunity to walk down to Ground Zero, to talk to 9/11 ‘truthers’ about the tragic events of 2001. All of the [...]

Glowing Kitties of DOOM!

June 11, 2012 // 9 Comments

By: Myles Power Edited by: Hannah In my opinion, the Internet has been one of the greatest achievements of mankind. The ability to share information and ideas instantaneously has changed they way we communicate, do business, develop relationships, conduct research and express ourselves. The Internet is not owned or controlled by any person, company or nation, allowing for material that would be censored to be released worldwide. This has led to – amongst other things – the [...]

Coalition of Environmentalists Report on Synthetic Biology

June 9, 2012 // 6 Comments

By: Myles Power Edited by: Hannah As many of you will know, I am not a big fan of David Shukman (BBC Science Editor). This dislike came from watching his biased broadcast on the BBC, in which he cast a shadow on the hard work of synthetic biologists and the subject as a whole. I later found out that at the same time, he published a related article on the BBC news website. It was just as misinformed and alarmist as the broadcast and inexcusably made a link between synthetic biology [...]

Bad Science in Prometheus

June 7, 2012 // 40 Comments

By: Myles Power Edited by: Hannah In my opinion, Prometheus (Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated prequel to Alien) was one of the most disappointing movies I have seen since the Phantom Menace. Now, I know what you are all thinking: “Myles, let’s not say anything we can’t take back”, but it’s true. Only once before have I had my hopes lifted so high, only to have them come crashing down at warp speed by a film that failed to deliver. Only once before have I ran into the [...]