Blue-green algae and the ethics of “synthetic biology”

At our regular group meeting in September we will hear a presentation on an interdisciplinary student project which is investigating the development and use of a genetically modified material to neutralise the toxins in blue-green algae. It's part of an international competition which the students …

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Eco-housing co-ops in Dundee

Just in from Andy Glen, promoting eco housing co-ops in Dundee: Hello Along with some friends - was just discussing housing co-ops - eco housing - It would be great to have a few more interested in this - as we are all committed to staying in Dundee. No real plans as such but I wondered perhaps if …

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Stiglitz (and Robert Kennedy) on Alternatives to GDP

Nobel prize winning economist Professor Joseph E. Stiglitz co-chaired a committee of enquiry for former French President Sarkozy, looking into alternative measures for society's progress and well-being.  He will now give evidence to the Scottish Parliament's Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee, on …

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Environmental “Green” Techology – what is it and why is it important?

At a time when there’s talk of a “triple dip recession”, it’s encouraging to see the growth in the environmental technology sector. It is now at the heart of the British economy, providing around 8% of GDP and 940,000 jobs, and improving the performance of every other sector. But what is it, and why …

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