Of course, there’s the argument that men should be given a choice too, and to take it away from them at this stage could be said to mimic the treatment women have received over their own reproductive health in the past. Some men might not mind the prospect of hormonal intervention, while some may simply prioritise knowing that they are doing their bit to guard against an unwanted pregnancy. But given all these roadblocks, wouldn’t we better off investing in improving condoms (which is much-needed, given that contraceptive apps don’t protect against HIV or STIs)? Or research into body-safe biohacking that could provide a non-hormonal solution, such as the Michigan State University research into temporarily turning off the gene that controls sperm production? … [Read more...] about Women have had enough of the pill. So why foist it on men?
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Dominic Cummings seems to understand as little about parental love as he does about intelligence (Cummings supported selecting embryos for IQ, 20 February). Most parents do not want children who will vanish to a posh university, only to reject and belittle them. Of course, we don’t want our children to be sick or disabled. That apart, we want them to be as much as possible like ourselves, to love, understand and reflect us. The idea that selecting for IQ, even if it were feasible, would set off a global stampede to Mensa reflects only his limited understanding of what makes humans lovable – and intelligent. … [Read more...] about Dominic Cummings’ support for ‘designer babies’ is telling
Germany shootings: What we know about the Hanau attacks Letter of confession A letter claiming responsibility for the attack from the suspect was found by police. Authorities are also examining a video that the suspect posted online several days earlier in which he details a conspiracy theory about child abuse in the United States. … [Read more...] about Shootings in Hanau: ‘We aren’t safe anywhere’
On a tour of his fields, I see why. The rich brown soil has greyed out in recent years, leaving a barren salt-encrustation on the surface. The cause is underground saltwater intrusion from the nearby coast, which pushes up through the soil and kills off roots. Coastal farmland has always been threatened by saltwater, but salinity has traditionally been kept at bay by plentiful supplies of fresh water gushing over the soil and flushing out the salt. It used to happen naturally with the Nile's seasonal floods; after the construction of Egypt's High Dam in the 70s (one of the most ambitious engineering projects on earth), these seasonal floods came to an end, but a vast network of irrigation canals continued to bring gallons of fresh water to the people who worked the land, the fellahin, ensuring salinity levels remained low. … [Read more...] about Nile Delta: ‘We are going underwater. The sea will conquer our lands’
Around the world, this process that produces sinkholes has created such striking natural features as the hills of Ireland's western coast, the caves of Slovenia and the pillars of Guilin in China. Where the underlying limestone layer is thick and rainfall heavy, vast underground caverns and subterranean rivers have produced sinkholes of dimensions that make what's happened in Florida or Essex look positively insignificant: the Xiaozhai tiankeng ("heavenly pit") in Chongqing, China, is 662m deep; the Dashiwei tiankeng in Guangxi 613m. Croatia has a 530m-deep hole, with vertical walls, called the Red Lake, while Papua New Guinea has the Minyé sinkhole (510m deep) and Mexico the Sótano del Barro (410m) and Sótano de las Golondrinas (372m deep). … [Read more...] about What are sinkholes and what causes them?