Tech Roundup: Cleaner Gas, Superwheat, and Ancient Mice
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  • Lorenz Gude

    Judging the past by extending the present was characterized by McLuhan as driving into the future with our eyes firmly fixed in the rearview mirror. We can’t help it, but we can learn to recognize that we do it all the time. And while it is fun to invent positive futures it is also important to remember that terrible events occur too. Look at Europe’s prospects in 1913. No one knew, except perhaps Oswald Spengler, it was going to begin to destroy itself the following year. And then do it again two decades years later. The future always the surprises. Perhaps Europe, still trying to avoid the trauma of the 20th century, will surprise us and somehow pull through its current difficulties.

  • James Jones

    I hope the BBC reporter was intentionally ironic about the lack of genetic modification for the new type of wheat. When you breed new types of plant from other varieties of the plant, you are always creating a changed DNA structure for the new type of plant. This is genetic modification of the organism.
    It would be incredibly sad if the BBC reporter does not realize that humans have been genetically modifying plants and animals for thousands of years through cross-breeding.

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