This is why as we marked the occasion of Right to Know Day, I joined the protest outside this latest reading room in Brussels. It is totally inappropriate for private companies to control transparency in this way and to put their profits ahead of our right to information. We need to put the "freedom" back into "freedom of information." so that we know how our health and environment might be impacted. As policy makers we have a right to verify or challenge findings and to work for the public good.
Virus and bacteria cause infection in the body. When their presence is detected, the body switches on its inflammatory response, which is its strategy for fighting infection. However, inflammation can kill, though it was meant to be our body's lifesaving strategy.
We have never lived in a society whereby identity is so fluid and yet, we still try to label and stereotype. We still try to operate under a paradigm that, in my eyes, is long gone. A paradigm that existed only within the society that bred it, a society that has evolved and changed to no end since.
In an age of cheap mass flight, it can be hard to recall the earliest days of civil aviation. We tend to assume the demand for flying has always been there, suppressed only by the limitations of the science and technology of the day. In reality, a market for civil aviation had to be constructed, and it was not an easy sell.
The human race has always had an insatiable appetite for exploration; despite the fact maps used to say "there be dragons here", or feared that we'd sail off the edge, heading over the horizon is in our nature. Jump 1000 years later and we're still doing it. Everywhere on the globe is now reachable by air travel, but with rising population comes rising demand...
Far from signalling the twilight of scientific literacy, my own view is that that vaccines' sheer ubiquity may contribute to the doubts about their safety, since even the rarest side-effects are likely to manifest when hundreds of millions of people are immunised each year.
In nature, failures become fossils and survivors are the pinnacle of proven patterns and sustainable strategies for success. Nature and its products, processes, and policies has already solved many of the problems humans have been unable to. Isn't it time we paid attention?
This is a short introduction to the maths of snooker. There are two basic approaches to analysing snooker mathematically: one is the scoring system and the other is the mechanics of the balls in motion.
What has happened earlier this month in Chile is another page in the unfolding story of the once-off transition to sustainability that we are witnessing across the world. In the face of what many feared would be catastrophic climate change, mankind has responded through innovation and sheer hard work to develop an alternative to burning fossil fuels to generate electricity.
Going green and being eco-friendly, they are two things that don't typically go hand-in-hand with the world's big cities... or do they? With more than half of the world's population living in cities, the time to adapt and 'go green' has definitely come! So here are the five cities that are proving it is possible to be sustainable and be a huge metropolis!
Is sustainable development still achievable? I personally think not; damage to the planet is too great and we would need 1.6 planets to sustain current consumption patterns. We need regenerative development: development that builds a viable, if different, future.
Because of overuse, resistance to existing antibiotics is rising at alarming levels, and there is a dearth of new drugs being brought to market. Without antibiotics that work, infections, small cuts and minor surgeries could once again become killers.
Doubling food production in developing countries by 2050 might seem impossible, but we have the technologies to achieve it. From simple farming techniques like microdosing, to GPS and mobile technology, applying new innovations and methods at the small scale can have a significant impact on food production in developing nations
Everyone should be aware (though few are) of the mysterious GCF, an institution set up to change how we have been operating for over 200 years, by financing and accelerating the world's shift away from oil, gas and coal towards clean energy economies and lifestyles.
I always knew that I would be a scientist. As a child I loved exploring the world around me; I was fascinated by fossils and had a voracious appetite for any science books, documentaries or experiments.
Last month, universities in England announced a tuition fee increase above the £9,000 limit for UK nationals registering for an undergraduate degree ...