In the context of the relationship between science, media and ethics, there are three major players: news consumers, journalists and researchers. All of the actors in the chain are a potential source of distortion of science news. For more successful efforts to communicate science at a large scale, the science community may need to learn a bit more about the nature of the media.
This article peers into the history of technology that brought genetically modified organisms before looking into current European attitudes towards GMO food products. It looks at the various stakeholders responses over the years, which have led to the current status quo over approval of new GMO varieties in Europe. And now, the debate appears to be stalled, as the GM products currently in the pipeline are progressing through the system at a snail’s pace .
“I always turn to the sports section first. The sports page records people’s accomplishments; the front page has nothing but man’s failures”. ~Earl Warren
In Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) a hive fails to thrive but the bee keepers don’t find the carcasses of their yellow and black striped friends.
Michael Conway discusses the UK’s drastic shake up to University funding and student fees.