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Synthetic biology could lead to disaster, says Oxford bioethicist

Michael Cook BioEdge Julian Savulescu, of Oxford’s Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, has issued a dramatic warning about the dangers of synthetic biology. He believe that it easily could be used to synthesise lethal new organisms which could kill vast … Continue reading

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‘I never saw him observing parents with children’: The woman who said she was forced to take babies from their mothers by the ‘expert’ who played God

Katherine Faulkner Daily Mail Anyone who works in child protection will tell you that one of the worst aspects of the job is having to take a youngster from its mother’s arms, possibly for ever. It is heart-breaking enough, even … Continue reading

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Get rich AND die trying: Ambitious people earn more money – but they die younger and are no happier, says study

Rob Waugh Daily Mail Parents who teach their children  to value career ambitions over spending time with friends could be setting them up for an early grave, a study has revealed. It found that go-getters who attend the best universities … Continue reading

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55 Free Philosophy Courses

Open Culture The Philosophy section of our big Free Courses collection just went through a major update, and it now lists more than 50 courses — 55 to be precise. Enough to give you a soup-to-nuts introduction to a timeless discipline. … Continue reading

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Artificial nutrition and hydration should normally be withdrawn, says doctor

Michael Cook BioEdge An American doctor argues in the latest issue of the leading journal Bioethics that artificial nutrition and hydration should be withdrawn from all patients in a permanent vegetative state – unless there is clear evidence that they … Continue reading

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Re-Orienting America

Source: CFR Some 40 years ago, when I entered Oxford University as a graduate student, I declared my interest in the Middle East. I was told that this part of the world came under the rubric of “Oriental Studies,” and … Continue reading

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Council accused of a ‘staggering invasion of privacy’ as it plans to record EVERY conversation that takes place in taxi cabs

Source: Daily Mail All cabs in Oxford will have at least one CCTV camera Taxpayer will be lumbered with £260,000 bill Civil liberties groups brand move a ‘staggering invasion of privacy’ Council says it is acting after increased complaints including … Continue reading

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Biotech group bids to recruit high-profile GM ‘ambassadors’

Source: Guardian Leaked documents claim Sir Bob Geldof, Kofi Annan and Lord Patten have shown interest in EuropaBio outreach programme. Europe‘s largest and most influential biotech industry group, whose members include Monsanto, Bayer and other GM companies, is recruiting high-profile … Continue reading

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RSAnimate REMIX: The Economic Consequences of Mr Brown

Source: RSA In 2009, Stein Ringen, Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Oxford, gave his assessment of the New Labour government and the state of the British constitution. This was the subject of the first experimental, … Continue reading

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Denmark taxes fatty products

Source: Telegraph Denmark is to impose the world’s first “fat tax” in a drive to slim its population and cut heart disease. The move may increase pressure for a similar tax in the UK, which suffers from the highest levels … Continue reading

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