When It Comes To Teaching Children, A Picture Is Not Worth A Thousand Words

Some interesting research was published last week that, to begin with, seemed a little counter intuitive to me but actually makes sense when you look at it a little more deeply. It concerns teaching words to pre-schoolers and how best effectively to do that. They probably pick up most words just from having conversations with… Read More When It Comes To Teaching Children, A Picture Is Not Worth A Thousand Words

Evolution in Real Time: Antibiotic Resistance

I saw a paper in Science this week that was simultaneously very exciting and, frankly, terrifying. It involved the study of antibiotic resistance in Escherichia coli. Many studies have been done looking at how E. coli and other bacteria can evolve resistance to both single and multi-drug environment. These are normally conducted in flasks of liquid culture,… Read More Evolution in Real Time: Antibiotic Resistance

Genetically Modified Aubergine Reveals Desperation of Anti-GMO Zealots

I have written extensively in the past about the benefits of genetically modified crops and how the anti-GMO lobby will tell any lie they can think of to try to discredit a technology that not only doesn’t do harm but actually has the potential to do enormous amounts of good. They say that it increases… Read More Genetically Modified Aubergine Reveals Desperation of Anti-GMO Zealots

GMO Myths

Right, let’s take another look at some of the nonsense that surrounds genetically modified organisms (GMOs, in this instance I’m talking about food crops again). One of the ways that Greenpeace and the organic food industry in general has successfully demonised GMOs is to scaremonger amongst the public by telling outright lies. The internet is… Read More GMO Myths