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Fukushima warning: danger level at nuclear plant jumps to 'serious'

Japan's nuclear agency dramatically raises status after saying a day earlier that radioactive water leak was only an 'anomaly'<p>Japan is to issue its gravest warning about the state of the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant since the facility suffered a triple meltdown almost two and a …

The utility of bad art

THE father of consumer choice theory, Alfred Marshall, believed that the more of something you have the less of it you want: a phenomenon economists …

Militant Filipino farmers destroy Golden Rice GM crop

Genetically modified foods have an image problem all over the world. Field trials of GM wheat were targeted last year in the UK, and now some 400 …

Agriculture

Eine Vernunftehe?

Gentechnik und Biolandbau – das sind in Deutschland unversöhnliche Gegensätze. Ein Forscherehepaar aus Kalifornien zeigt: Das muss nicht so sein. …

The green movement is not pro-science

If we are to win against climate change, greens need to replace spin with sober analysis<p>Do many environmentalists hold anti-scientific positions? This idea, put forward by environmental journalist Fred Pearce and others, may have received some pushback (eg Anne Chapman earlier in this series) but …

Bacterial apocalypse – the bugs are getting cleverer, and we are doing little to stop them

We're all doomed.<p>Well, possibly not. But having recently returned from the American Society for Microbiology annual meeting in Denver, Colorado, …

Why some GM crops fail to fight pests - Futurity

U. ARIZONA (US) — Some genetically modified crops deter pests for a decade or longer, …

Genetically Modified Food

The Energy Fix: How Waste Could Power The U.S. For Decades

The world throws away enormous amounts of energy each day. In the U.S. alone, waste streams could account for 100,000 megawatts of untapped electrical capacity. New technology could convert those overlooked sources into usable power.<p>The Radioactive Option<p>Next-Next-Gen Nuclear Power<p>U.S. nuclear …

Nuclear Energy

Trust in science would be improved by study pre-registration

In an ideal world, scientific discoveries would be independent of what scientists <i>wanted</i> to discover. A good researcher would begin with an idea, …

Scientists and policymakers: wave goodbye to the valley of death

Powerful metaphors are often used to describe the challenges of linking science to its application and use in the world. We often hear about the gap …

Suffer the little children

<b>Childhood mortality rates differ for boys and girls</b><p>IT MIGHT be thought that in poor countries, girls would live harder lives than boys. It is true …

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Towards the end of poverty

IN HIS inaugural address in 1949 Harry Truman said that “more than half the people in the world are living in conditions approaching misery. For the …

Fipronil named as fourth insecticide to pose risk to honeybees

A widely used insect nerve agent has been labelled a "high acute risk" to honeybees by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). A similar …

Have the climate sceptics really won?

Earlier this week, Martin Wolf of the Financial Times announced that the "climate sceptics have won". His comments echo those of former Nasa …

Most UK species in decline, wildlife stocktake shows

An unprecedented stocktake of UK wildlife has revealed that most species are struggling and that one in three have halved in number in the past half …