Category Archives: The business of science

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Can parental income affect brain development in children?

A recent study published in the prestigious journal Nature Neuroscience claimed that there is a correlation between parental income and children’s brain size. The publication was followed by researchers arguing …

Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the EU commission and former prime minister of Luxembourg, a country of 500 thousand people which vehemently opposes GE crops. (pic. from The Telegraph)

The EU vs science

Some people still grumble about the inquisition or Galileo’s trial. Optimists will argue that those days are long gone now. After all, even the Catholic Church has embraced evolution and the …

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GMO: the pointless label

When it comes to arguing about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) there is a big obstacle: the name GMOs describes things ranging from bacteria producing human insulin to super-sized salmons. General …

"The dose makes the poison” Already in the 16th century
Educated people knew this truth

Chemophobia and the anti-science hordes

  A band of spoiled brats is waging jihad against science. Its victim is the public and -as it happens in war- most casualties will be poor folk without the …

Karl Popper:
“A theory in the empirical sciences can and should be scrutinized by decisive experiments”

Science is based on evidence not opinion

Not long ago, a new technology that could revolutionise stem cells-based therapies was in the news. The reporting may have escaped many but the media was not to blame; this …

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Next generation insect-resistant plants

Farmers like genetically engineered (GE) crops because they require less pesticides and fertilizers than conventional crops. This allows farmers to save money, time, and also the environment. One of the …

Going for a run after work? You can skip the “organic” from the organic chicken breast you will have later

Organic food, health and ABC1 living

Most of us know that people who eat a balanced diet, exercise and have disposable income live longer. This may sound unfair to unemployed coach-potatoes but it is a blessing …


Science is based on evidence not authority

The triumphs of science have provided its practitioners with an aura of respect*. Many people would have problems describing what the job of a scientist is. However, if someone can …

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Why I am not too worried about companies patenting genes

  A gene patent is a dodgy concept; genes can’t be patented –that’s right– natural genes can’t be patented; they simply cannot be patented. An analogy will serve as an …

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Scientific journals: The risks of a free meal.

  Funding bodies in the US and the UK are pressing scientists to publish their research in open access journals (1). Open access journals are free for readers. The reason …

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