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A hot button issue

It is, and I think will remain so for some time to come, the hottest of hot button issues. A subject which has polarised the general public, policy makers and the scientific community alike. I talk, of course, about the use of animals in medical research.

Synthetic biology; learning the language of nature

It was, I suppose, inevitable that we would reach this point.

Environmental Science – the perfect multidiscipline

As an endeavour, Environmental Science is surely the prime example of the term ‘multidisciplinary’.

Europe divided on GM

Genetically modified crops are cause for debate in Europe; but in the UK field trials push ahead

Journey to The Island of Stability

The idea of an undiscovered island seems almost impossibly romantic. In an age where satellites probe the Earth with the precision previous generations of cartographers would barely have dreamed of, there are, perhaps, few geographical surprises left. 

How do we combat the anti-vaxxers?

A spike in the number of measles cases in America has been blamed on the anti-vaccination movement, but why – when science has proved that vaccination is safe – are anti-vaxxers given the time of day and how can we counteract their arguments?

Asteroid impact a greater threat than we thought

On the 6th of August 1945 the World’s eyes were violently opened to the reality of nuclear war. As ‘little boy’ – an American uranium-gun type warhead – detonated over the Japanese city of Hiroshima the fear of future nuclear war became imprinted on the psyche of humanity. 

Health & Safety gone MAD

In the first LN Companion Series of 2014, we take a look at some of the Health & Safety issues facing laboratory professionals.

Science is boring? Far from it

Is science boring? Last month, I became involved in a discussion on Twitter as to whether that statement was true. In some cases it is – experimental work isn’t all about mixing chemicals to make explosions, or smashing atoms together in a particle accelerator. It can be monotonous, repetitive and downright dull – but it’s a means to an end with an outcome hopefully more interesting than the journey.

Defining a nation

How to define a nation? Its military clout? Its territories and geopolitical machinations? Its economic situation?