Archives for June 2015
Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have recently added a new element to the global GMO debate. “Rewilding” is defined as genetically reintroducing plant genes that have long ago been bred out of them. Take a gene or two from an ancient plant variety and meld it with more modern species of that same plant to promote natural resistance to insects, drought… This new technique offers a sort of middle ground, appeasing some fears associated with “frankenfoods”, while blurring the definition of GMOs and how we label them.
New scientific discoveries are constantly being made, allowing us to better understand the world we live in. Through the scientific method, humans are answering some of life’s great questions. Without such experimentation we wouldn’t be able to harness the power needed to supply our homes, survive once-fatal diseases such as small-pox and polio, or carry out the mass food production necessary to support the world’s population.
The Science Advisory Board study shows that women see barriers to entering scientific careers and face challenges in the workplace.
ARLINGTON, VA (June 12, 2015) — Recent global survey reveals that female scientists are more likely to be dissatisfied with salary/benefits, job availability, gender barriers, and how they feel valued as scientists than their male colleagues (within a 5% range).
We rely on the government to help protect and inform us on issues related to health, but when it comes to food and dietary regulation there is a debate about what is protective and what is invasive. For example, United States courts rejected the proposal to ban the sale of sodas in New York City, which many residents felt infringed on their rights. The regulation of alcohol, on the other hand, is widely accepted and supported around the world.
As the line separating scientific fiction and reality continues to fade, it has become apparent that manned missions to planets in our solar system are probable. One particular location, Mars (and it’s two moons, Phobos & Deimos,) is the logical first step in space colonization.
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