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If you could improve one thing in discussions between people with differing views, what would it be? I would encourage people (myself included!) to stop making assumptions about each other. The thoughts here have been swirling in my mind for years, and it’s finally time to try to collect my ideas. I’m inspired to action after the recent Public Interfaces of Life Sciences event at the National Academy of Sciences, When Science and Citizens Connect: Public Engagement on Genetically […]
Innate Potato next to a conventional one There’s always a little catch-up to do when coming out of the Holiday season. Back in December, the USDA public comment period opened up for a next-generation transgenic potato variety developed by Simplot. The previous Simplot “Generation 1 Innate” potato, which reduced browning, acrylamide, and bruising, was approved by the USDA in November last year. Back in 2013, we conducted an interview with Haven Baker at Simplot to find out […]
We can learn a lot about people from not just what they say, but how they choose to say it. Communication scholars claim that something like 75% of meaning comes from non-verbal cues. Non-verbal cues are not just gestures, they come from our rate, volume, proximity and our willingness to absorb feedback. Many suggest that the non-verbals communicate true intention, and that these signals may not always match the words. When we critically evaluate the non-verbal performance of […]
Hi everyone, Frank N. Foode™ here, and I think 2015 is going to be a good year! The plushies from our Kickstarter have finally made it to the U.S., updates are coming to GENERA, and an invigorating discussion about the future of Biology Fortified following a month of cyber attacks has inspired us to do more. We’ve got several projects in the works, and a campaign we’re preparing to embark on and we want to make it easier for everyone to stay informed and to help spread the […]
Many consumers today feel out of touch with how their food is produced and are disturbed by a lot of what they hear about it through their social networks or other sources of information. If it is necessary to assign fault for this phenomenon, I think we could blame Jethro Tull. Jethro Tull!? Ian Anderson and Martin Barre of the more modern Jethro Tull No, I don’t mean the 70s rock band led by flautist Ian Anderson and guitarist Martin Barre, I mean the early 18th century […]
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