31. October 2014 21:21
Science and the supernatural are not often linked but this week I ventured into the deep dark shadows of scientific literature on a Halloween quest. On my journey my clothes were covered in cobwebs and my lungs filled with dust from ancient books. My search was not in vain. I discovered the hidden side of genetics where vampires, witches and werewolves are rampant. Read on, only if you dare!
Many children will be dressing up as the popular comic mutant, Wol... [More]
29. October 2014 23:28
Yesterday, in an extraordinary move, the EEOC filed a petition for a temporary injunction against Honeywell International, Inc. in the U.S. District Court of Minnesota. The reason? Honeywell’s implementation of biometric testing for employees and their spouses as a part of its medical insurance program. According to the EEOC petition, if employees or their spouses fail to participate in biometric testing, they will lose Honeywell’s contribution to their HS... [More]
28. October 2014 21:41
Colorado and Oregon could soon become the first states in the nation to pass ballot initiatives mandating the labeling of food products containing genetically modified organisms. Earlier this year, Vermont became the first state to approve GMO labeling through the legislative process, but the decision is now being challenged in the courts.
Numerous items are already sold in grocery stores containing genetically modified corn and soy, but companies are currently not required to inform ... [More]
28. October 2014 21:39
Governments meeting at the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity have committed to step up actions to achieve, by the end of the decade, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets agreed four years ago, and contribute to the sustainable development agenda.
A key outcome was the agreement by Governments on the financial resources to support achievement of the Strategic Plan. Responding to the call initiated at COP-10 in Nagoya, governm... [More]
27. October 2014 23:14
Science is to corporate science as Hyperion to a satyr, writes Ralph Nader. And there is no better example of this than Monsanto's realm of GMOs, biocides, super-aggressive lawyers and tame regulators - brilliantly exposed in this new book of essays, edited by Sheldon Krimsky and Jeremy Gruber.
Corporate CEOs are always strategizing in their quest for greater revenues and profits.
Often these strategies - and their resulting, insidious successes - have shaped our elections, our gover... [More]
24. October 2014 22:19
For the last two years, a Milwaukee woman says she’s been terrified, knowing the man who attacked her has been roaming the streets of Milwaukee.
“I was sleeping in the bed with my momma for almost 7 months after this happened,” she told FOX6 in an exclusive interview.
She says a man forced her into a car and held a knife to her neck while he raped her.
“Literally my life flashed before my eyes.”
After the assault, she was able to get a partial license ... [More]
24. October 2014 22:17
India's top court on Wednesday said DNA tests on a child can be ordered to prove the infidelity of its mother, which rights groups say will set a dangerous precedent in the country.
Activists and some political leaders warned this week that the judgment violates the privacy of women and children, and could harm the reputation of hundreds of innocent women. They also said they were concerned it would increase harassment of women.
"On the face of it, a DNA test would seem to be an easy... [More]
24. October 2014 22:05
This article is a response to "Climate sceptics exploit double standards of eco-warriors", by Fred Pearce, which claims that Greenpeace cherry-picks data in its campaign against genetically modified crops.
Our decision to oppose genetically modified crops is about a lot more than the science behind the technology, says Greenpeace chief scientist Doug Parr
Fred Pearce makes the accusation that we at Greenpeace undermine our own case by supporting the "science" on climate change but no... [More]
23. October 2014 22:56
David Bronner, CEO of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, presides over a company with famously wacky product labels. Sample sentence, from the 18-in-1 Hemp PEPPERMINT soap bottle: "Each swallow works hard to be perfect pilot-provider-teacher-lover-mate, no half-true hate!" But Bronner himself, grandson of the founder (the one with the elaborate prose style), has emerged as a serious, though fun-loving, activist, particularly around pesticides and genetically modified crops.
But apparently, Br... [More]
23. October 2014 00:41
Government science advisers have defended their decision to exclude a controversial “three-parent baby” technique from their working definition of genetic modification, and have denied that it was to avoid being accused of supporting the creation of genetically modified babies.
The Government has said it is about to change the law to allow doctors to create IVF embryos from three people as a result of combining the mitochondrial genes from a donor egg with the two ... [More]