Entries by Buckwheat

Smart Fruit from the Valley

There’s some great innovation taking place in the Okanagan Valley. This biotechnology company has developed the non-browning Arctic® apple varieties, right here in Summerland. Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. (OSF) began as a small, dynamic agricultural biotechnology company based in Summerland, British Columbia, Canada. Founded in 1996, OSF specializes in developing tree fruit varieties with novel attributes […]

Introducing Non-browning Apples

So how’d we “make” nonbrowning Arctic® apples? This modern marriage of nature and science is more straightforward than you may think. In essence, we use an apple’s own genes and some cutting edge innovation to “turn off” the genes that make apples turn brown. Read more… Valley Smarts There’s some great innovation taking place in the […]

The 20 best science images of the year?

This thermal image shows the temperature of two people’s hands – a healthy person on the left, and someone with Raynaud’s disease on the right. Click here to see some great science images from the BBC.

Gene editing could be the future, but doctors think humans might be immune to it

Yellow, caution flag raised Our body’s own immune system could present a roadblock to the efforts of medical researchers who aim to develop gene therapies based on the genome-editing tool called CRISPR-Cas9. The genome editing tool topped a few lists of the best science developments in 2017 and it’s poised to garner great interest this year as well. It’s been […]

Problems with Atheism

written by John Waddington It seems to me that the various individuals – Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins, et al. who have written books, appeared on talk shows, presented comments on the internet (youtube for instance) all describe quite clearly what they are against but not so much what they are for. Mostly they […]