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Mind control, polypharmacy, and biotechnology, a looming disaster and a dead end

An article in the UK Daily Telegraph entitled “The ‘black sheep’ brain chip start-up backed by Bezos and Gates" and a fascinating Tucker Carlson...

Science writing is rarely journalism

The Covid pandemic created some of the worst science writing in our lifetimes. Major media outlets failed at providing readers with accurate and balanced news...

You can make science say whatever you want it to say

Technical and scientific information is like any resource. It can be used for special purposes, it can be shaped and moulded to ensure an outcome...

Guy Hatchard: What is life?

In 1953, the same year that DNA was discovered, Mount Everest climbed and Queen Elizabeth crowned, a graduate student in Chicago passed an electrical...

The “Boys Will Be Boys” of Science

The history of the Covid-19 pandemic started long before 2019. If I were to put a start date on the series of events leading to...

Science or Magic?

It seems to me that there has always been a fine line between science and magic, medicine and quackery. We are told that there is...

The year that expertise collapsed

Getting sick and getting well is part of the human experience at all times in all places. As with other phenomena of human existence, that...

MBIE strengthens ties with leading Chinese science agencies

MBIE officials met with two major Chinese science agencies in Wellington recently, recognising a continued commitment to collaborative research and innovation between New Zealand...

DNA found on discarded fruit busts prolific thief

A scene of crime officer's attention to detail has helped put the squeeze on a prolific offender. It started in September when a woman returned...

Guy Hatchard: The Big Picture – We have jumped off an evolutionary cliff

Post-pandemic we have found ourselves living in a considerably changed world. A polarised world with elevated levels of social and international conflict. How did we...

Guy Hatchard: The coalition teeters on the brink of some dangerous decisions

With the announcement of an impending policy deal between the coalition partners, it is a time to reflect on where we are as a...

Genetic testing company confirms theft of data

Personal information offered for sale by hackers is authentic, 23andMe has said. The California-based 23andMe has confirmed that the personal information of its customers put...

The world is gripped by a dream that is opening the road to annihilation

A paradigm is a framework of ideas, concepts, models, research methods and assumptions that constitute the basis of a scientific theory or outlook. It can...

What just happened to New Zealand? Apparently it is all our own fault.

In the short space of three years New Zealand society has been transformed. Our economic circumstances, our health landscape, our political ideas, our attitude to...

Guy Hatchard: Business as usual is a miscarriage of justice

Another among hundreds of novel biotech vaccines currently under development for a range of diseases has gained approval from the US FDA. Abrysvo is Pfizer’s vaccine...

Guy Hatchard: Twenty Reasons Biotechnology Experimentation Should Be Outlawed

The National Party with the support of ACT have announced that if elected they will recklessly ignore the lessons of the pandemic by deregulating...

Guy Hatchard: Why do we ask the same questions again and again?

Someone wrote to us after our last article “Startling revelations change everything New Zealanders have been schooled to believe” and complained that my writing...

You are the population they want to control

Worldwide birthrate per 1,000 people follows a very predictable trend. In “developed” and/or wealthy nations, the birthrate is low and in nations at the lower...

The Long Read: How political ideology, scientific hubris, and pharmaceutical greed changed the established canons of science and sealed the fate of billions

Many of my undergraduate courses covered the process of scientific progress. We were required to examine key watersheds including the advent of relativity, quantum mechanics, and...

Heigh Ho, Luxon, Collins and the National Party announce a biotech dystopia

The National Party, a.k.a. Chris Luxon and Judith Collins, have announced their genetic engineering policy. According to the policy document, the National GE policy will benefit...

Guy Hatchard: A seismic shift in scientific understanding is underway

Members of the public adversely affected by Covid vaccines may be the last to hear about it. In his book Structure of Scientific Revolutions Thomas Kuhn describes...

The facts being kept hidden from the NZ public at all costs

An article “Effectiveness of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Bivalent Vaccine" has been published in the journal Open Forum of Infectious Diseases in their June 2023 issue. The...

What’s really behind the frequency of climate change articles?

Why is no one talking about the obvious? The UN slipped up by letting us know that the world temperatures did NOT increase last year,...

Losing faith in science

You're not alone! With so much seeming bonkers about our world lately, I wanted to share something positive. A small indication that people might be...

Guy Hatchard: We are being prepped to suffer another catastrophe

Two lead articles in the UK Guardian yesterday give an indication of what we collectively face over the next five to ten years. One was...

Wastewater testing for drugs a winner

It was a kooky idea, but the person who had it deserves a medal. So said Dr Jarrod Gilbert, Director of Criminal Justice at the...

Researchers find rogue DNA fragments promote cancer

New research has highlighted the role of fragments of genetic information in the development of aggressive cancers. Genetic information known as extrachromosomal DNA (ecDNA) has...

Eating less may slow your aging, scientists say

One of the authors of the new research argued that their findings essentially confirm that it might be possible to slow aging in humans. A...

Mattias Desmet: My book is being burned

On January 25, 2023, Ghent University banned the use of my book The Psychology of Totalitarianism in the course “Critique of Society and Culture.”...

Microplastics found in human veins

Researchers discovered 15 particles of the contaminants per gram of vein tissue in the first study of its kind. Microplastics have been found for the...

Scientists discover new form of ice, say it may help understand secrets of water

Water is one of the basic elements on Earth. However, water in space may have different characteristics than terrestrial water. A recent experiment is opening...

Eugenics, Then and Now

The catastrophic Covid response has many people wondering whether we should really turn over public policy — which deals with fundamental matters of human...

US Navy stops ‘gruesome’ experiments

Animal-rights group PETA claimed that sheep suffered severe pain and paralysis in “scientifically worthless” decompression tests. The US Navy has stopped commissioning decompression sickness experiments...

Open letter to all members of Parliament – The Therapeutic Products Bill

If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry as...

Genetic essentialism and biotechnology experimentation

After the end of World War II, everyone was left wondering what had gone wrong and who or what was to blame. Simultaneously there was...

Earth’s inner core rotation seems to slow, study claims

While the Earth's inner core apparently started rotating faster during the 1970s, its rotation eventually slowed down and came into sync with that of...

How government regulation of therapeutic products will work in practice—not at all—it is designed to unleash a tsunami of biotechnology and synthetic food

The NZ government is introducing the Therapeutic Products Bill which is an omnibus piece of legislation controlling among many other things, the availability of...

Study identifies best place to hide from nuclear-blast shockwave

Those who shelter indoors relatively far from the explosion will still be in danger, scientists warn. The corner of a room is the safest spot...

A Manhattan Project for the Biomedical Security State: Part 1

When Dominic Cummings testified before Parliament in May 2021 and he was asked about the UK Covid Vaccine taskforce, he said: ‘What Bill Gates...

Guy Hatchard: The origin of life, consciousness and gene editing

The general public has been educated to regard DNA as the molecule which unravelled the mystery of the origin of life. When you hear that...

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