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Over and over, I've read comments on the internet (obviously, my first mistake) that there is no scientific consensus about GMOs, or genetically modified organisms (generally crops or food), and ...
by SkepticalRaptor
Comment Count 286 comments on Wed May 20, 2015 at 01:53 PM PDT with 25 Recommends
I wrote previously about the rumors that scientists were using a new biotech tool, the CRISPR/Cas9 nuclease system, to genetically engineer human embryos. Nature News broke the story today that ...
by raoul78
Comment Count 17 comments on Thu Apr 23, 2015 at 08:25 AM PDT with 5 Recommends
There were two related stories that popped up in my twitter feed today about GMO potatoes; the stories intrigued me primarily because they once again call into question what it means to be a ...
by raoul78
Comment Count 55 comments on Wed Apr 22, 2015 at 02:55 AM PDT with 18 Recommends
Science Deniers come in all stripes. Some are right-wing, some are left-wing. Some are anti-government, some are anti-corporate. But if you look closely at all of the anti-science fringe, everyone ...
by Lenny Flank
Comment Count 114 comments on Wed Apr 22, 2015 at 12:00 PM PDT with 28 Recommends
Over the past few days, my twitter account has been filled with calls for a moratorium on the genetic editing of the human germ line, that is, any cell that will eventually give rise to either a ...
by raoul78
Comment Count 123 comments on Fri Mar 13, 2015 at 01:51 PM PDT with 60 Recommends
Even in 2015, the public doesn't trust scientists , according to Mark Lynas of the Cornell Alliance for Science. His article appeared in the Washington Post a couple weeks back, and the author isn't ...
by Steve Masover
Comment Count 439 comments on Tue Feb 17, 2015 at 08:25 AM PST with 80 Recommends
From my perspective as a trained scientist, skeptic and observer of political debates, there are four scientific issues that have wandered into the realm of political debate: evolution, climate ...
by SkepticalRaptor
Comment Count 209 comments on Mon Nov 24, 2014 at 04:55 PM PST with 26 Recommends
I have unsubscribed to all Daily Kos emails and have no intention of visiting this site again. I made and account specifically and only to write this post, and after that I will almost certainly ...
by JSHV
Comment Count 68 comments on Thu Aug 07, 2014 at 08:57 AM PDT with 22 Recommends
Neil deGrasse Tyson , probably the most popular astrophysicist, if not scientist, of this generation, replaced  Carl Sagan as the spokesman of all things science ...
by SkepticalRaptor
Comment Count 1268 comments on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 04:00 PM PDT with 248 Recommends
The science deniers of the world, whether they deny evolution, global warming, vaccines, or GMO safety, spend their time inventing pseudoscience to support their beliefs and claims. As I wrote a few ...
by SkepticalRaptor
Comment Count 89 comments on Tue May 13, 2014 at 12:01 PM PDT with 17 Recommends
(Excerpted from 'History Through Horror: The Classical Eugenics Movement and Homo Sapiens 1900' published December 2013 by Jonathan Mozzochi. Full version available from Mozzochi.wordpress.com.) ...
by Mozzochi
Comment Count 4 comments on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 03:36 PM PST with 2 Recommends
In October of 2005, Rich Karlgaard, publisher of Forbes magazine, wrote a piece called Talent Wars . In it he recalls flying on a Delta Shuttle flight with Bill Gates when he had asked him, “What ...
by Bud Meyers
Comment Count 24 comments on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 10:01 AM PDT with 2 Recommends
Today I received an email from Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) which is against any form of amnesty (I also get newsletters from the Tea Party). ALIPAC is against the current ...
by Bud Meyers
Comment Count 1 comments on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 10:07 AM PDT with 4 Recommends
“It is the whole business of a university teacher to induce people to think,” noted geneticist J.B.S. Haldane, so in 1923 he gave a talk to the Heretics of Cambridge which has kept people ...
by MadScientist
Comment Count 2 comments on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 04:49 PM PDT with 13 Recommends
Earlier this week CBS News reported on a herd of roping cattle near Austin, Texas that had been gassed - to death for 15 of 18 members of the herd - by hydrogen cyanide [HCN] , by the grass in their ...
by Joieau
Comment Count 113 comments on Thu Jun 28, 2012 at 07:41 AM PDT with 150 Recommends
Imagine you were subjected to medical experimentation during which doctors drilled holes in your skull and dumped in pig brains to replace your own. It really happened to Jim Finn and Pighead. My ...
by terryhallinan
Comment Count 5 comments on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 08:32 PM PDT with 4 Recommends
These past few days I've been reading Nature's Operating Instructions: The True Biotechnologies , a series ...
by Steve Masover
Comment Count 3 comments on Mon Oct 24, 2011 at 09:42 AM PDT with 11 Recommends
From the MIT Lincoln Laboratory : MIT Lincoln Laboratory researchers develop a ...
by Occulus
Comment Count 68 comments on Sun Aug 07, 2011 at 09:26 PM PDT with 28 Recommends
Bolivia is set to pass the world's first laws granting all nature equal rights to humans. The Law of Mother Earth, now agreed by politicians and grassroots social groups, redefines the country's ...
by CA TreeHugger
Comment Count 10 comments on Mon Apr 11, 2011 at 02:34 AM PDT with 24 Recommends
Ah, the Fox News question mark, which absolves the author of actually adhering to a statement. But it sucks you in, doesn't it? Let me say straight away, that unless you are from a limited subset of ...
by mem from somerville
Comment Count 55 comments on Sat Mar 05, 2011 at 10:24 AM PST with 33 Recommends