Rwanda has proposed the world’s first country-wide DNA database, a project that will involve collecting samples from all of the country’s 12 million citizens in an effort to crack down on crime. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/rwanda-dna-database-human-rights-privacy-a8832051.html The scheme has prompted concerns from human rights campaigners who believe the database could be misused by the government and violate international […]

A federal jury in California found that a Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer caused a 70-year old man’s cancer, the second major blow for the company in a year. https://drudgetoday.com/article/?u=https://abcnews.go.com/Health/us-jury-finds-roundup-weed-killer-caused-cancer/story?id=61809259&n=0&s=2&c=1&pn=Anonymous The six-member jury in San Francisco federal civil court unanimously concluded on Tuesday that glyphosate — Roundup’s key ingredient — was a “substantial factor” in Sonoma […]

Often touted for being highly nutritious, kale has joined the list of 11 other fruits and vegetables known to be “dirty,” according to an analysis by the Environmental Working Group. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/20/kale-is-now-one-of-the-most-pesticide-contaminated-vegetables.html The watchdog group publishes its “Dirty Dozen” list annually, in which it ranks the 12 produce items that contain the highest amount of pesticide […]

Can two versions of reality exist at the same time? Physicists say they can — at the quantum level, that is. https://www.livescience.com/65029-dueling-reality-photons.html Researchers recently conducted experiments to answer a decades-old theoretical physics question about dueling realities. This tricky thought experiment proposed that two individuals observing the same photon could arrive at different conclusions about that […]

A South Carolina inmate sued the state prisons department with claims that the agency violated his religious freedoms by not allowing him to keep dreadlocks or smoke marijuana. https://www.newsweek.com/inmate-claims-religious-freedoms-were-violated-after-being-denied-marijuana-1261458 In a federal lawsuit against the South Carolina Department of Corrections, James Rose claimed that the agency unlawfully shaved off his dreadlocks in April 2017. He […]

The United States Air Force missed six opportunities to alert law enforcement authorities about an airman’s history of domestic abuse that would have stopped him from legally buying firearms that he used to kill 26 people in a Texas church in 2017, according to a government report released this week. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/07/us/devin-kelley-sutherland-springs.html The 131-page report, by […]

A Chinese researcher states that he helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies this month whose DNA he said he altered with a powerful new tool capable of rewriting the very blueprint of life. https://www.yahoo.com/news/ap-exclusive-first-gene-edited-023839746.html A U.S. scientist said he took part in the work in China, but this kind of gene editing is […]