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Why the human genome still isn’t fully complete

The original Human genome project was started in 1990, and aimed to determine the entire sequence within 15 years. In 2000, a rough draft was published to celebrate the...

Generation Sharent: Are Hyper-Exposed Children the Price of Social Media Fame?

"While parents' desire to share the lives of their little ones are often borne out of the best intentions, a child’s right to determine the course of their lives on their own terms, on-and-offline, should take precedence."

Meta-perverse: on the inherent misogyny of the technology and gaming industry

"Despite voicing intent to take action, the victim-blaming of female beta testers in the metaverse only echoes Facebook’s inherent misogyny that, unlike their re-brand, has not been resolved."

Broader system challenges for net-zero energy transition

"Despite the availability of technologies and abundance of resources, the net zero ambition remains far from realisation – this shows that technical restructuring is likely not the main obstacle hindering energy transitions."

Could the pandemic get worse, again? And can we anticipate the future of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, or of any organism?

"Fitness landscapes appear everywhere from the social sciences to string theory/cosmology, and is arguably one of the most powerful tools in science to conceive of problems with large spaces."

Why the human genome still isn’t fully complete

The original Human genome project was started in 1990, and aimed to determine the entire sequence within 15 years. In 2000, a rough draft...

Generation Sharent: Are Hyper-Exposed Children the Price of Social Media Fame?

"While parents' desire to share the lives of their little ones are often borne out of the best intentions, a child’s right to determine the course of their lives on their own terms, on-and-offline, should take precedence."

Meta-perverse: on the inherent misogyny of the technology and gaming industry

"Despite voicing intent to take action, the victim-blaming of female beta testers in the metaverse only echoes Facebook’s inherent misogyny that, unlike their re-brand, has not been resolved."

Broader system challenges for net-zero energy transition

"Despite the availability of technologies and abundance of resources, the net zero ambition remains far from realisation – this shows that technical restructuring is likely not the main obstacle hindering energy transitions."

Could the pandemic get worse, again? And can we anticipate the future of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, or of any organism?

"Fitness landscapes appear everywhere from the social sciences to string theory/cosmology, and is arguably one of the most powerful tools in science to conceive of problems with large spaces."

Pig transplants: the science behind the dilemma

"David Bennett is perhaps a name you’ve heard quite frequently since the last week or so. On the 7th of January 2022, he became the first man in the world to successfully receive a transplant of a pig’s heart."

Humanness in AI: the Turing Test and a technology based on deception

"Without genuine semantic understanding of the language output, AI ethics is particularly difficult to navigate when it comes to chatbot technology."

Could artificial intelligence disrupt our world?

"AI has great potential for human welfare, holding the promise of countless scientific and medical advantages, as well as cheaper high-quality services, but involves a plethora of risks."

Transgender healthcare inequality: The life and death battle for adequate treatment

"It is clear that unacceptably long wait times, costly treatment and poor general care are endangering transgender people who encounter roadblocks to treatment at all stages. The light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak, is fueled by the success stories of trans people who have received their treatment or have had positive experiences with medical professionals."

What next for Meta?

Mark Zuckerberg might want to sell us all on the metaverse, but there are far more pressing issues for the social media giant. As yet...

A secret science: What cisgender people don’t know about voice

Exploring this behavioural side of voice is invaluable for uncovering the full variety of expression available to you, regardless of the extent and contexts in which you choose to use it.

Constructing sustainable futures

Green architecture, or green design, is the approach to building that minimizes the harmful effects of construction projects on human health and the environment. The “green” architect or designer attempts to integrate nature by choosing eco-friendly building materials and construction practices - this is key in the decarbonisation of society and promotion of sustainability as we mitigate climate change.

The discovery of a true Welsh dragon

"Pendraig helps us to understand how these island communities would have lived. It is quite remarkable that, deep in the ancient past, the UK would have been a tropical paradise filled with dinosaurs."

The pain scale needs a revamp

If you've been to A&E, you’ll probably be familiar with the pain scale. It goes something like this: a caregiver shows you a scale...

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