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Hexagon Bio Raises a $47 Million Series A to Develop Fungi-Based Medicine

3 Mins Read California-based Hexagon Bio has closed a $47 million Series A funding round led by The Column Group, with participation from 8VC and Two Sigma Ventures. Hexagon is using first-of-its-kind proprietary genomics technology to develop secondary metabolites—small molecules produced by bacteria, fungi, and plants—to combat human disease. Examples include the antibiotic penicillin and the cholesterol-lowering drug […]

Medieval Kings Didn’t Eat a Lot of Meat. You Probably Shouldn’t Either.

3 Mins Read Here’s a little trivia night fodder you didn’t know you needed: medieval period royalty were mostly plant-based, a recent study discovered. Kings in the Middle Ages (500 to 1400–1500 ce), also known as the medieval period, ate meat sparingly despite having the resources to be more indulgent, reports new research. The findings were published by […]

10 Things You Need To Know About The Resale Luxury Market

5 Mins Read What does the future hold for the luxury resale market? The future is bright, according to recent findings from McKinsey. McKinsey looked at the resale luxury market late last year. Consumer research was conducted in the U.S., EU and Asia. Overall findings concluded that consumers are growing the sector. If judicious, brands could enter the […]

Mass Extinction Threat Worse Than Previously Thought, New Research Finds

2 Mins Read New research says our understanding of endangered species is limited, and some species may face greater extinction risks than previously thought. Conservation statuses for nearly 8,000 species with limited population data show a grim reality, according to research published in Communications Biology. More than half of those species likely face extinction, according to the researchers. The […]

6 Female Scientists Making the World More Sustainable

7 Mins Read Scientific research might be considered a male-dominated arena, but it’s time to recognise that there are plenty of female pioneers to celebrate. Strong women who identified a niche or subject that was ripe for further exploration have led the charge for progress for centuries. The following scientific powerhouses have made leaps in their respective fields […]

New Study Finds Eating Fish Linked To Increased Melanoma Risk In Older Adults

3 Mins Read New research links higher fish consumption in older adults to an increased risk of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer. The findings have led to wider questions surrounding diet and its impact on melanoma. The study was published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Cancer Causes & Control. The large research project gained access […]

First Meat And Now Dairy Is Linked To Higher Risk Of Cancer, in New China Study

4 Mins Read The first in-depth multi-year study looking at correlations between dairy consumption and cancer rates has been undertaken in China. Findings point to a higher risk of liver and female breast cancer in people eating larger amounts of dairy.  Previous studies have focussed on Western countries and suggested that dairy can lower colorectal cancer likelihood but […]

Low-Fat Vegan Diets Can Alleviate Arthritis Symptoms, New Study Suggests

4 Mins Read A new study has released evidence that following a vegan diet can help ease arthritis symptoms. Specifically, a low-fat and whole-food plant-based reduces pain and lessens joint swelling. The study claims that pain was reduced by up to 53 percent in the 44 adults observed during the research project. Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) […]

Sweden Wants to Be the First Country To Account For Consumption Emissions In Climate Targets

4 Mins Read Already acknowledged as an ambitious nation due to a 2045 net-zero target, Sweden is flexing its eco-credentials even further. The country has announced intentions to account for consumption-based emissions within its targets, something no other country has pledged. This means that products made overseas for import into Sweden will have their carbon emissions added to […]

Vegan Omega-3 Sources Reduce Risk Of Heart Disease By Up to 20 Percent, New Analysis Shows

4 Mins Read Plant-based omega-3 offers heart-healthy benefits and can reduce the likelihood of serious heart disease, a new study has found. Published in the medical journal, Advances in Nutrition, findings point to vegan omega-3 offering comparable benefits to those commonly sourced from fish. Omega-3 fatty acid, specifically alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is not produced naturally by the body. […]

Rapid DNA Analysis System Being Developed To Audit Processed Vegan Foods

3 Mins Read Cross-contamination is a big concern for allergy sufferers, as well as vegans. With numerous companies producing ‘fully vegan’ products, EthiChain developed technology that could put such claims to the test. It has done so to heighten transparency and integrity in the food chain, citing ‘food fraud’ as a global concern. Food fraud undermines consumer confidence, […]

European Farmers Are Struggling With Animal Welfare Concerns They Can’t Talk About, Study Suggests

3 Mins Read A study published last December has highlighted a growing unease amongst European farmers: increasing moral concerns surrounding the practice of animal agriculture, alongside an inability to voice them for fear of ‘betraying’ the industry.  The peer-reviewed report, published by Elsevier (which is facing its own climate-related woes), revealed other surprising trends. Avoidance of meat products […]

5 Climate Facts You Need To Know About The New IPCC Report

4 Mins Read The latest IPCC report has been dubbed as the most searing indictment of the planet’s climate predicament yet, with little optimism included. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report is a three-part release that provides a comprehensive overview of the climate crisis. It looks at where the world currently stands, what is being done […]

Vegetarians 14% Less Likely To Develop Cancer, New Study Claims

4 Mins Read New research from Oxford University suggests that those following a meat-free diet are 14 percent less at risk of cancer than their omnivorous counterparts. Pescatarians were discovered to be 10 percent less prone than meat-eaters. Findings have been released after a large-scale study that involved data analysis on more than 470,000 British individuals.  Meat reduction, […]