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Science Advice? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Science Advice!

David Ropeik | Posted 08.14.2014 | Green
David Ropeik

In 2011, in response to a growing number of controversial risk issues that required scientific expertise beyond the abilities of most government officials, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and the European Commission took a daring chance.

Ecover, Come Clean About Using Extreme Genetic Engineering in Your Products

Erich Pica | Posted 08.08.2014 | Green
Erich Pica

Following in the footsteps of the chemical industry, the synthetic-biology industry is rushing its untested products to market before there is any regulation, oversight or even scientific understanding of the impacts this technology could have on ecosystems and human health.

Selling Stem Cells Honestly

Pete Shanks | Posted 07.07.2014 | Science
Pete Shanks

Scientists around the world are campaigning in favor of sensible regulation of stem-cell therapies. The recent conference of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) opened with a panel discussion about how to sort the real from the bogus treatments.

WATCH: Scientist Eyes Creation Of Organ That Makes Electricity Inside The Body

HuffPost Live | Posted 06.09.2014 | Science

As 3D printing technology matures, scientists can foresee the day when we simply "bio-print" replacement human organs -- putting an end to transplant ...

To Deal With Climate Change, We Need Agricultural Innovation -- Now

Dr. Robert T. Fraley | Posted 07.06.2014 | Food
Dr. Robert T. Fraley

By adopting smart new innovations and other helpful agricultural strategies, and by working to limit greenhouse gas emissions before they climb much higher, we can pave the way for a century where more people can enjoy safe, nutritious, affordable food than they ever have before.

High-Profile Stocks Come Crashing Back To Earth

Reuters | Posted 06.05.2014 | Business

By Angela Moon NEW YORK, April 4 (Reuters) - After their worst week in several years, high-flying stocks that defied gravity throughou...

President's Manufacturing Institutes Are a Good Idea: Now Let's See About the Other 90 Percent

Dr. Sheldon Schuster | Posted 04.30.2014 | Education
Dr. Sheldon Schuster

From an educator's perspective, my experience is that on a small scale, a partnership which involves industry, educators and innovative thinking can lead to great things.

Just HOW Flexible Are Jellyfish?

| John Bohannon | Posted 02.23.2014 | Science

Nothing we have ever built can ply water as efficiently as the humble jellyfish. This video shows the pressure systems created with each of its thrust...

Saying 'Not Really' to Chipotle's 'No' to GMOs

Dr. Robert T. Fraley | Posted 04.06.2014 | Food
Dr. Robert T. Fraley

I'm glad that Chipotle's CEO, Steve Ells, has taken the time to explain his company's position on agriculture and GMOs. As I've said before, the future of agriculture requires dialogue.

Fruitful Lessons From Papayas to Oranges

Joni Kamiya | Posted 04.05.2014 | Hawaii
Joni Kamiya

It was the saddest sight I've ever seen: My father's fields turned into a diseased wasteland of trees.

Hope for the Future Generation of Farmers

Joni Kamiya | Posted 03.11.2014 | Hawaii
Joni Kamiya

Will I be like my parents who discouraged us to not pursue it because of the issues and risks involved or will there be a real future for farming for my kids?

Four Key Obamacare Questions (and the Event Where They Might Get Answered)

Brian Reid | Posted 03.01.2014 | Business
Brian Reid

What was once, three decades ago, a small gathering of brave souls trying to lift the biotechnology industry off the ground has become a four-day celebration of the intersection of money and health care.

The Science Behind Hawaii's GMO Bill 113

Hector Valenzuela | Posted 01.23.2014 | Hawaii
Hector Valenzuela

A new paradigm of sustainable agroecosystems is required, to meet community food security needs, and to satisfy the growing consumer demand for locally-grown, wholesome, toxic-free, and nutritious fruits and vegetables.

A Former IVF Baby on "Three-Parent IVF"

Jessica Cussins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Jessica Cussins

There are large social and ethical considerations that mitochondrial replacement forces us to confront. Most importantly, this technology raises one of the thorniest questions humanity will ever face: are we willing to genetically modify future generations of humans?

Degrees of Distinction: 12 Associate Degrees for Tomorrow's Jobs

Dr. Gary M. Green | Posted 11.25.2013 | College
Dr. Gary M. Green

If these technologies are creating economic value and the jobs of tomorrow, community colleges are preparing graduates for the opportunities these jobs represent.

Say 'No Can,' or Find a Solution?

Richard Ha | Posted 11.16.2013 | Hawaii
Richard Ha

A recent bill up before the Hawai'i County Council would have criminalized Big Island farmers for using biotechnology to grow their crops with less fertilizer and fewer pesticides. A second bill is still on the table, and I almost cannot think of anything that would take us further away from where we need to be heading.

Should Companies Patent Life?

Judy Frankel | Posted 11.09.2013 | Technology
Judy Frankel

Before we march off into this dark future where the source of our food comes from companies that would like to control all seed and food supplies, remember to find a congressman who would vote against the TPP.

Monsanto Wants Your Questions: Go Ask!

Tamar Haspel | Posted 09.28.2013 | Green
Tamar Haspel

So do Syngenta, DuPont, and Dow Chemical. Those companies, along with a couple others in the biotech industry, have decided that they've been bad at c...

California Clearly a Top State for Business

Mike Rossi | Posted 07.24.2013 | Los Angeles
Mike Rossi

When it comes to being one of the Top States for Business, there are those who talk about their potential and those who exercise it. For the Golden St...

This Future Blood Test Could Track MS

Posted 07.18.2013 | Healthy Living

By Mollie Bloudoff-Indelicato A blood test could one day provide a fast, inexpensive way for multiple sclerosis patients to assess the effectiven...

Life At The Fringes

Derek Sherman | Posted 09.16.2013 | Books
Derek Sherman

What is it that compels some people to push every conceivable boundary? To live and work in the fringes, when they could succeed easily in the middle?

The Democratization of Health Care: Advancing the Analog to Digital Medicine Evolution

Gary Puckrein | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Gary Puckrein

Yes, government also has a vital role to manage the economy in a broad context; but it oversteps when it risks disrupting America's progress towards higher quality medicine and the improved health of the American people.

The New Global Leader, Part III: Dr. André Domin, at the Beating Heart of the Bio Tech Revolution

O'Brien Browne | Posted 09.08.2013 | Business
O'Brien Browne

"I firmly believe bio tech start-ups have to network globally -- both in a business and a scientific sense. Also, they need to work with externals -- business leaders, mentors, coaches, consultants -- to ramp up their sales, management and marketing skills."

Biotechnology and Climate Volatility: The Debate We Must Have

Kenneth M. Quinn | Posted 08.26.2013 | Green
Kenneth M. Quinn

If smallholder farmers, so many of them from poor rural areas, are to thrive in the face of these climatic challenges, can we afford to rule out, as critics suggest, using biotechnology and genetically modified crops to assist them?

The 2013 World Food Prize: Monopolizing the War on Hunger?

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 08.21.2013 | Green
Eric Holt Gimenez

Apparently the way to revive lackluster seed monopolies is to guarantee them a monopoly on ending hunger. But giving the World Food Prize to the monopolies profiting from hunger is like awarding the Nobel Peace prize for going to war... wait, that's already been done.