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Pitfalls in nuclear energy risk analysis

The 100 year war between chemistry and bacteria, in 100 episodes

A strategy to reduce animal tests

There is no such thing as an individual

In memory of Wijnand Schonewille

Nature as a guiding principle

Consequences of the Novacene

Covid-19: take care of each other

Do not avoid risks, but contain them

Insects are in decline, around the world. How worried should we be?

Engineering life will require responsibility and control

Modern biotechnology: does it develop too fast?

Indirect effects, we often ignore them

Club of Rome 50 years old

Can we engineer life? 3.3 Well-being for all

Rejuvenation through biotechnology, for whom?

The bioscience of immortality

Healthy aging and the science of living forever

Can we engineer life? 2.1 From evolution to revolution

Can we engineer life? 1 Gene technology is the key

Why cannot organic farmers benefit from New Breeding Techniques?

Biodiesel causes storage tanks to corrode: about unintended consequences of new developments

Organic is not a good hallmark of quality – this is why

Circular bioeconomy: an uneasy marriage of concepts, so far

Cloning monkeys: slippery slope or dead end?

Conferences: old wine in new bottles

Geopolitics of information, the next conflict zone

Doughnut economics, or why economists should learn more about technology

Geopolitics of phosphate in a biobased economy

Food and water as geopolitical assets

Geopolitics of sustainability

Renewable energy system costs – the untold story

Innovation is ‘Chefsache’

Scientific fantasy gone wild

Dutch ecomodernism: down-to-earth but also a crusade against environmentalists

Duchenne muscular dystrophy CRISPR cure: just for the rich and well-connected?

Regulatory process of insecticides: let’s apply some logic and social science

Ban neonics, or not, or something else

Precision, the hallmark of a new era

Lost in translation: dysfunctional science communication

A common sense or 50-50-40 energy scenario. Part 2: renewable energy

A common sense energy scenario. Part 1: global energy consumption

Biobased means thinking in short cycles

Gaia, and James Lovelock’s gentle revenge

Micronutrients, small but essential

Diversity is the key to new agriculture, says Louise Vet

Reconnect with nature – the new sustainability

Brexit was not about the EU

GMO debate, nuclear power, and the concept of absolute evil

Fibres of the future (1): cotton and its limits

Gene drive: the new debate

Economists, listen: the earth is NOT a closed system

We need genetic engineering

Bioeconomy, circular and small scale. Really?

Roundup discussion: much like the climate debate

Cleantech has much more economic potential than just low CO2 energy technologies

Systems thinking is not our forte

Controversies on genetic modification, part 1: why to support it

Stepwise changes, a ray of sunshine in the climate debate

Ecomodernism, a great idea and a big disappointment

Welcome to the age of CRISPR

Rudy Rabbinge: genetic modification has much potential but also entails risks for world food supply and the environment

Nature as an inventor

Sustainability needs green growth

What is biomass anyway?

Are polyolefins really cheaper than sustainable alternatives?

Towards a sustainable medicines production

Green chemistry: nature as our teacher

Mother Earth Day: let us protect healthy soils

Synthetic biology: health, fashion and ethics

Iain McGilchrist: neurological battle between sustainability and efficiency

Psychology of innovation: biotechnology should learn to listen!

Marine biotechnology: major opportunities, many obstacles

Panarchy, for a transition with less disruption

Trust is the basis of successful R&D

Energy storage: the necessary supplement to sustainable energy sources

Cooperatives essential for the biobased economy, says Yvon Le Henaff

Trend: green cosmetics

Logical mistakes on CO2

Towards an ambitious Europe

Sustainable: tenable or degradable?