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Pope Francis Wants ‘Ecological Sin’ Added To Catholic Catechism

When you think of sin, what kinds of things come to mind? Murder? Greed? Using a plastic straw? Pope Francis has made a proposal: Add “ecological sin” to the list of wrongdoings in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. At…

Something mysterious is syncing the movements of galaxies across the universe

Scientists have been gathering a growing well of evidence that our universe may be connected via a vast array of largescale “structures” that seem to reach out across the cosmos, like the hand of some metaphorical God, to synchronize the…

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Synthetic phages with programmable specificity

Researchers are using synthetic biology to reprogram bacterial viruses — commonly known as bacteriophages — to expand their natural host range. This technology paves the way for the therapeutic use of standardized, synthetic bacteriophages to treat bacterial infections.

The UK Election And Another Lying Climate Poll

The Guardian has a piece with the headline: “Climate crisis affects how majority will vote in UK election – poll” reporting on a survey which claims that two-thirds of people agree that the climate emergency is the biggest issue facing humankind, with only 7%…

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Guardian environment writers: ‘With your help, we are tackling humankind’s greatest challenge’

George Monbiot, columnist and author of several books on the climate crisis Before I worked for the Guardian, I tried writing for other newspapers, in the belief I should reach the unconverted. But I gradually discovered that all of them…

California says 'no' to animal fur

California will be the first state to ban the sale and manufacture of new fur products. Under the legislation, signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, it will be illegal to manufacture, sell or donate new fur products. The law applies to…

Energy Companies Ask Supreme Court For Emergency Stay In Climate Suits

Given their past failures at the federal level, climate activists are working overtime to ensure their lawsuits against energy producers, filed by Baltimore and Rhode Island, remain in state court. Earlier this week the defendants petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court…

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A reliable clock for your microbiome

The microbiome is a treasure trove of information about human health and disease, but getting it to reveal its secrets is challenging. A new genetic ‘repressilator’ circuit acts like a clock that tracks how bacterial growth changes over time with single-cell precision. This tool allows scientists to noninvasively study the dynamics of the microbiome, and also unlocks the potential for complex, synthetic-biology-based diagnostics and therapeutics for the human gut.