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Twitter: perhaps a comment on society?

Twitter's website says that it's 'a service for friends, family, and co-workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?' The video on the website (twitter.com) gives the example of a lady finding out about the daily...

Alan White   Posted: 16 February 2009   3 comments

Keywords: Science & Technology, Worldviews & Culture,

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Attenborough on Darwin

'Above all Darwin has shown us that we are not apart from the natural world - we do not have dominion over it. We are subject to its laws and processes as are all the other animals on earth to which indeed we are related.'So concluded Sir David Attenborough in the BBC's 'Charles Darwin and the Tree of...

John Hayward   Posted: 3 February 2009   5 comments

Keywords: Christianity & Religion, Science & Technology,

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21st-Century Eugenics

Last Wednesday, Professor Simon Baron-Cohen of the Autism Research Centre called for a national debate about the consequences of screening for autism spectrum disorder in the womb. Then on Friday came the news that the first baby in the UK tested before conception for a genetic form of breast cancer...

Megan Best   Posted: 12 January 2009   No comments

Keywords: Health, Science & Technology,

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Creationism Confusion

Despite coverage on four pages of today's Times (two paragraphs on the front page, the leader on p.2, the whole of p.3, and opinion piece opposite the letters), I was left wondering what it was that the Royal Society's Director of Education, Professor Michael Reiss, had in fact said about creationism.

John Hayward   Posted: 12 September 2008   7 comments

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Prince Charles on GM

At least a couple of people have asked me what I think of the latest assertions by Prince Charles, who has warned that genetically modified crops pose "the biggest environmental disaster of all time."For a well argued response, I recommend Why Prince Charles is right – and wrong on GM in the New...

John Hayward   Posted: 14 August 2008   No comments

Keywords: Science & Technology, The Environment,

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Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill

A couple of people have written to ask me what I make of the votes over the past couple of days on the controversial Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill. Given what I have written previously (see Of Mice and Men and Hybrid Embryo Research Breakthrough), it will come as no surprise that I find the...

John Hayward   Posted: 21 May 2008   2 comments

Keywords: Government & Foreign Affairs, Science & Technology,

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GM solution to world food crisis

Spiralling food prices around the world have sparked riots in several countries, including Egypt and Haiti, where several people have been killed, and have necessitated emergency action by the World Bank, who have warned that hundreds of thousands of people are at risk of starvation and 100 million people...

John Hayward   Posted: 17 April 2008   5 comments

Keywords: Finance & the Economy, Government & Foreign Affairs, Science & Technology,

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Hybrid Embryo Research Breakthrough

Last night we learned that, even though Parliament has not yet approved the creation of human-animal hybrid embryos, scientists at Newcastle University have created the first cow-human embryos. Concluding that this was not some sick April Fool's joke (the traditional noon deadline had already passed),...

John Hayward   Posted: 2 April 2008   1 comment

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Of Mice and Men

"Respect for the religious beliefs of those who have fundamental concerns means we will have a free vote on the three new ethical issues on which the House has not previously taken a view: on whether admixed embryos are permitted within strict constraints; on the question of permitting 'saviour...

John Hayward   Posted: 26 March 2008   1 comment

Keywords: Health, Science & Technology, Sex & Families,

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