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Polygenic screening of embryos is here, but is it ethical?

The birth of the first IVF baby, Louise Brown, in 1978 provoked a media frenzy. In comparison, a little girl named Aurea born by IVF in May 2020 went almost unnoticed.

17/10/2021 The Guardian

Beijing shop launches 'Squid Game' bake-off challenge

A Beijing bakery has introduced a Squid Game-themed confection-making challenge in its store as it seeks to cash in on the massive popularity of the South Korean Netflix show.

17/10/2021 Reuters

Inside Nigeria’s unregulated human egg industry

In the booming fertility business, women donating their eggs face unfavourable conditions and health and safety risks.

17/10/2021 Al Jazeera

Africa is the key to ending harmful use of polluting fuels in the home

The number of people using mainly polluting fuels in sub-Saharan Africa is rising at an alarming rate and is due to exceed 1 billion people by 2025.

17/10/2021 The Conversation

Dental workers face particular risks: we designed a device to protect them

Pre-COVID-19 dentists wore some sort of respiratory protection like examination masks, surgical masks or respirators. COVID-19 has elevated the number of personal protective equipment needed.

17/10/2021 The Conversation

How Johannesburg's suburban elites maintain apartheid inequities

The city’s government wanted the wealthy and overwhelmingly white areas of the city to subsidise the development of the poor and overwhelmingly black areas.

17/10/2021 The Conversation

COP26: Africa's challenges must steer the climate change conference

The 26th session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties, popularly known as COP26, is happening at a time when the world has just experienced one of the warmest years on record. The year 2020 reached…

17/10/2021 The Conversation

Japan planning ¥100 billion tech fund for economic security

The fund is expected to help Japanese firms and universities develop AI, quantum and robot technologies, biotechnology and other important tech, and put them into ...

17/10/2021 The Japan Times

Gen Z on how to save the world: young climate activists speak out

When I was 20, I dropped out of university to live on a road protest. I was terrified by the oncoming apocalypse of climate change, and loathed the short-term, environmentally catastrophic logic that prioritised road-building over trees.

17/10/2021 The Guardian

Australia's top economists back carbon price, say benefits of net-zero outweigh cost

Australia’s top economists say Australia can’t “free-ride”, allowing others to cut emissions while it gets the benefits.

17/10/2021 The Conversation

Why Australia could halve emissions by 2030 with minimal cost and inconvenience

Setting this as our target would see Australia become a valued and relevant party to negotiations at Glasgow, rather than a resented freeloader. So how do we get there?

17/10/2021 The Conversation

Prince William calls for unity to repair planet

The inaugural winners of Prince William's Earthshot Prize will be unveiled Sunday at an glittering awards ceremony at London's Alexandra Palace -- in what Kensington Palace are calling "the most sustainable event of its kind."

17/10/2021 CNN

Apparently, it's the next big thing. What is the metaverse?

The metaverse is a concept being talked about as the next big thing by tech companies, marketers, and analysts. It's attracting attention - and money - from some of of tech's biggest names, such as Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Epic Games' Tim…

16/10/2021 BBC

Prof Sarah Gilbert, Covid vaccine creator: Now let’s take on 12 more diseases

Medical science has transformed the pandemic, and the experimental technologies that helped develop vaccines in record time have strapped rocket boosters to scientific ambitions. Could we be entering a golden age of new vaccines?

16/10/2021 BBC

Price spike highlights how switching to greener energy will be a dirty job

The transition to renewables may take decades – in the meantime, the world can’t depend on notoriously fickle sources of power, writes David R Baker

16/10/2021 The Independent

Biden Cannot Declare Victory on Climate Without One of These Policies

In the past few years, a historic shift has occurred in American public opinion: For the first time ever, and across a variety of polling outlets, a majority of Americans say that they want to see the government take serious action on climate change.

16/10/2021 The Atlantic

A herd of ‘cocaine hippos’ from Pablo Escobar’s private zoo are being sterilized

16/10/2021 The Guardian

In a rocky Israeli crater, scientists simulate life on Mars

16/10/2021 Reuters

Art mistake: Cardiff artwork washed off by cleaners in error

16/10/2021 BBC

Former homeless couple can buy Wednesfield home for £1

16/10/2021 BBC

New skyscraper lab will test elevators high above Atlanta

16/10/2021 The Independent

A love story: One year after they met, his husband became his kidney donor

16/10/2021 USA Today

Ground-Level Ozone Is a Creeping Threat to Biodiversity

16/10/2021 Wired

Arizona is full of fossils. Here's where to look for ancient sea creatures, petrified wood

16/10/2021 USA Today