After a long journey struggling to conceive naturally, Caroline and husband Niall unsuccessfully explored IVF and adoption, until a documentary on Dr Patel's Infertility & IVF Clinic in India brought a glimmer of hope. They met the surrogate mother and following a successful embryo transfer returned to Dublin. However the Irish governement refused to offer baby Ava a passport because she was a surrogacy baby, born abroad. Caroline and Niall embarked on a legal struggle to have Ava legally recognised as theirs, ultimatly causing a change in passport rules.

Note: Baby Ava is now age six and a half years old. Her mother Caroline is currently in long term hospital care.


Why we can't leave AI in the hands of Big Tech

Our fear is that a GM-style public backlash to AI might lead to a clampdown on its use in the public sector – leaving private companies to use it unchecked

Fresh breakthroughs in artificial intelligence come thick and fast these days. Last month, Google’s DeepMind revealed its latest Go-playing AI which mastered the ancient game from scratch in a mere 70 hours. AI can spot cancer in medical scans better than humans, meaning radiotherapy can be targeted in minutes, not hours. We may soon use the technology to design new drugs, or repurpose existing ones to treat other, neglected, diseases.


We can brighten clouds to reflect heat and reduce global warming. But should we?


Ever-higher temperatures are melting the ice sheets faster than projected. Sea level is rising. International efforts to reduce greenhouse gases are taking longer than expected. It’s a nightmare scenario that could soon demand an emergency response. What to do?

One idea gaining traction is to seed marine clouds with salt water or other particles, increasing their potential to reflect solar rays, cooling the earth. Its part of nascent and controversial branch of science known as “sunlight reflection methods,” or SRM.

“We think SRN could buy time for other (carbon-reduction) measures to be put in place,” said Philip J. Rasch, chief climate scientist for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington.


Bob Lutz: Kiss the good times goodbye

'Everyone will have 5 years to get their car off the road or sell it for scrap'

This article will be included in “Redesigning the Industry,” a five-part Automotive News series exploring the future of a business in the throes of change.  Part I begins in our Nov. 6 issue with a focus on “Predictions & Possibilities.”

It saddens me to say it, but we are approaching the end of the automotive era.

The auto industry is on an accelerating change curve. For hundreds of years, the horse was the prime mover of humans and for the past 120 years it has been the automobile.

Now we are approaching the end of the line for the automobile because travel will be in standardized modules.

The end state will be the fully autonomous module with no capability for the driver to exercise command. You will call for it, it will arrive at your location, you'll get in, input your destination and go to the freeway.


From Prof. Olle Johansson, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm

Maternal exposure to magnetic fields during pregnancy in relation to the risk of asthma in offspring.

Li DK1, Chen HOdouli R.



To determine whether maternal exposure to high levels of magnetic fields (MFs) during pregnancy is associated with the risk of asthma in offspring.


A prospective cohort study.


Kaiser Permanente Northern California.


Pregnant Kaiser Permanente Northern California members in the San Francisco area.


Asthma was clinically diagnosed among 626 children who were followed up for as long as 13 years. All participants carried a meter to measure their MF levels during pregnancy.


After adjustment for potential confounders, a statistically significant linear dose-response relationship was observed between increasing maternal median daily MF exposure level in pregnancy and an increased risk of asthma in offspring: every 1-mG increase of maternal MF level during pregnancy was associated with a 15% increased rate of asthma in offspring (adjusted hazard ratio [aHR], 1.15; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.04-1.27). Using the categorical MF level, the results showed a similar dose-response relationship: compared with the children whose mothers had a low MF level (median 24-hour MF level, ≤0.3 mG) during pregnancy, children whose mothers had a high MF level (>2.0 mG) had more than a 3.5-fold increased rate of asthma (aHR, 3.52; 95% CI, 1.68-7.35), while children whose mothers had a medium MF level (>0.3-2.0 mG) had a 74% increased rate of asthma (aHR, 1.74; 95% CI, 0.93-3.25). A statistically significant synergistic interaction was observed between the MF effect and a maternal history of asthma and birth order (firstborn).


Lack of success of ‘displacement-of-furniture-sensitivity’ provocation study may prove validity of real-life cell phone tests for electrohypersensitivity

A recent provocation study using our ability to easily recognize displacement of furniture in our own home, but not in strangers' homes, points to that most similar experiments trying to prove electrohypersensitivity as real in a laboratory cell phone test setting were bound to fail. The big question is "was such failures deliberately constructed and designed?". The only way to overcome such failures is to stick to real-life cell phone tests, and not to artificial set-ups.

Publicerad 8 november 2017 

Olle Johansson, is a Ph.D., associate professor at the The Experimental Dermatology Unit, Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.

He is a world-leading authority in the field of EMF radiation and health effects. Among many achievements he coined the term ”screen dermatitis” which later on was developed into the functional impairment electrohypersensitivity which recognition mainly is due to his work.