Sweden (Sputnik) – The sexual assaults and rapes that have plagued Swedish summer festivals for several years have spurred the authorities into action. A Swedish municipality is poised to arrange a “man-free” festival to avoid any harassment whatsoever, which goes against the grain of Sweden’s egalitarian, inclusive and gender-neutral ways, many argued. Earlier this summer, comedian and program leader Emma Knyckare proposed arranging a festival without men amid a seemingly incessant wave of sexual assaults, which earned Sweden, which sees itself as having “the world’s first feminist government,” the unflattering moniker of “the rape capital of Europe.” “What do you think of holding a super-cool festival Read MoreRead More
Sweden (Sputnik) – Scandinavians are celebrated bird-lovers, yet even their love for the bird-kind seems to have its limitations. A Swedish city is suffering from a jackdaw invasion, with birds breeding in huge numbers becoming both an environmental problem and a hygienic hazard. In the Swedish city of Karlstad (population over 60,000), the sky is not always blue. Sometimes, it can be actually quite black, with thousands of jackdaws blocking out the sun. Jackdaws seem to be thriving in Karlstad’s accommodating cityscape, chirping, mating, eating and, eh, doing other things, directly on the city’s attractions, city dwellers and their vehicles. None of Karlstad’s sights has been spared, with birds seemingly Read MoreRead More
Have you ever had a so-called ‘know it all’ friend who was proven wrong in front of a crowd? If so, do you remember how it felt? Maybe satisfying, especially if you debated them without gaining much ground. Here’s an interesting question: Did that friend, after being proven wrong, still cling to their shaky assumptions? Well, that’s precisely what happened when a gene researcher decided to eat genetically modified lettuce on television.
Swedish plant biologist Stefan Jansson was interviewed by a TV reporter regarding a new method of genetic modification. CRISPR, as it’s called, focuses specific molecules to allow for ultra-precise gene modifications. Jansson’s stunt coincided with a piece by The Atlantic claiming the new technique–called CRISPR–could “usher in a new era of delicious GMO foods.” According to GM Watch, Janson offered to eat a plate of modified cabbish he’d grown in his garden. He’d reputedly been supplied the seeds by anonymous researchers ‘outside Sweden’.Read More