Courageous Border Collie Leads 900 Sheep to Safety During Australian Bushfires

By Jessica Stewart  When tragedy strikes, communities pull together and this is exactly what has been happening across Australia due to the devastating bushfires. Among some of the biggest heroes, particularly when it comes to protecting and rescuing animals, have been some incredible working dogs. Now, a new story is emerging about Patsy, a 6-year-old border collie and kelpie mix who was essential in helping save her owner’s farm and livestock. Collies are known for their incredible drive and work ethic, which is being put to good use in this urgent time of devastation. Just like Bear (another border collie mix who has helped … Continue reading Courageous Border Collie Leads 900 Sheep to Safety During Australian Bushfires

Rules or citizens?

Ancient Athenian and Greek practices afford us insights into how and why to maintain real accountability in public life Melissa Lane is the Class of 1943 Professor of Politics and director of the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. Her books include Eco-Republic (2011/2012) and The Birth of Politics (2015), and she often appears on the In Our Time broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Edited by Sam Haselby What is anarchy? The word evokes lawlessness, a generalised disorder. But the root meaning of anarchia has nought to do with law or lawlessness. It is formed in classical Greek from an-archē, a negative or privative compound of the noun hē archē, … Continue reading Rules or citizens?

3D Printing and the Murky Ethics of Replicating Bones

Bone scan databases offer scientists new ways to study human remains. But some worry they could be misused. BY SARAH WILD TEN YEARS AGO, it wasn’t possible for most people to use 3D technology to print authentic copies of human bones. Today, using a 3D printer and digital scans of actual bones, it is possible to create unlimited numbers of replica bones — each curve and break and tiny imperfection intact — relatively inexpensively. The technology is increasingly allowing researchers to build repositories of bone data, which they can use to improve medical procedures, map how humans have evolved, and even help show a … Continue reading 3D Printing and the Murky Ethics of Replicating Bones