Category Archives: World

World First: Gene Editing Approved – Paving the Way for GM Babies?

This week big news in the medical world was announced: for the first time ever, a “country has considered the DNA-altering technique in embryos and approved it“. In effect, scientists have been given the green light to ‘edit’ human embryos in … Continue reading

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Surprises in the Obesity Crisis

Nearly everyday the news makes reference the growing obesity crisis that is sweeping the west. Despite common knowledge of the risks associated with being overweight, the financial costs that it puts upon healthcare systems, and the benefits of an active … Continue reading

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What is so Frightening About Women?

This week history has been made – for the very first time, in Saudi Arabia women have been allowed to vote and to even stand as candidates. For an ultra-conservative nation it is a huge political landmark, particularly now that … Continue reading

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The Surprising Legacy of the Soviet Union #Kazakhstan

The legacy of the Soviet Union. For many this will conjure images of communism, bleak architecture juxtaposed by imposing statues of Lenin, and economic stagnation. The legacy of the Soviet Union in Kazakhstan however, paints a very different picture. For those … Continue reading

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The Dual Face of Medicine?

The history of medicine is undoubtedly fascinating, from prehistoric trephination, to the discovery of antibiotics, and the synthetic pharmaceutical revolution of the 20th century. Nowadays medical advances are no less interesting, though more highly specialised. Recently there have been a … Continue reading

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Why do Languages Sound the Same?

Across the world there are thousands of languages, some of them living, some of them dead. Each is incredibly complex with its own grammar structure, vocabulary, phonetics, semantics and idiosyncrasies. Arabic is unlike French, which is unlike German, which is … Continue reading

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Climate Change: Fallen by the Wayside

Climate change, global warming, whatever you want to call it, is one of the biggest challenges facing the world today. In and amongst the news of terror threats, poverty, economic concerns and crime, it is also usually the first to … Continue reading

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AI, The Uncanny Valley & The World’s First Cyborg

Over the past few months the news has been awash with stories concerning the rapid development of AI. Just recently, in a study conducted by Professor Selmer Bringsjord, a robot passed a self-awareness test that should have only been possible for humans … Continue reading

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How many more? #GunControl in the US

Earlier this week, yet another mass shooting in the US made headlines. At the Umpqua Community College in Oregon, 9 people were killed before the gunman took his own life. This is not an uncommon story in America, and during … Continue reading

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Serial, Social Anthropology & Investigative Journalism

If you haven’t heard of the podcast phenomenon Serial, you are one of the very few left. Hosted by Sarah Koenig, and with it’s very own spin off show Undisclosed, the series follows the story of Adnan Syed, the man accused and … Continue reading

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