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Deconstructing De-Extinction

Extinction is a tragedy. The extinction of some species we feel so hard that the names of the last individual haunt us. Martha the passenger pigeon in 1914. Benjamin the thylacine in 1936. Celia the Pyrenean ibex in 2000. Species like these, charismatic and memorable and pretty much certainly wiped out at the hands of…

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IPCC versus the NIPCC – are their reports comparable?

On Monday 31st March 2014, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the “Working Group II Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report”. The report evaluates the potential risks and benefits of climate change, and  how negative impacts can be reduced through adaptation and mitigation. The report is based on more than 12,000 peer-reviewed scientific…

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Something so Sinister as Sugar…

  Sugar and spice and all things nice, so the rhyme goes. Only, if recent headlines are to be believed, we should be replacing ‘sugar’ pronto. Sweet poison: How sugar, not cocaine, is one of the most addictive and dangerous substances Eggs Don’t Cause Heart Attacks — Sugar Does Alcohol and sugar laws needed to…

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Nim Chimpsky – Loved, Studied and Exploited

Humans have long been fascinated by the apparent similarities between themselves and chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Glimpses of human-like behaviour, from comforting their young and forming alliances to cooperative hunting and tool use, have somewhat blurred the lines for many over the decades, with often extreme consequences. Project Nim is just one example how human love and…

Female Athletes & Body Image

Female athletes are inspirational because of their strength, motivation and determination. Yet two thirds believe the public and media value the way they look over their achievement in sport.  This post on my sister blog about running: Female Athletes & Body Image looks into more detail at a recent report by BT Sport about the way female…