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Pushing Past Discovery

Now that toxic pollution is common knowledge, is it possible to write a modern Silent Spring? What could be equally momentous for an environmental writer help us discover? Oddly enough, it may be our … Continue reading

June 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Lab Safety: Who Is Responsible When Accidents Happen?

Today, we understand many of the dangers of laboratory research–but fatal accidents still happen in labs across the country. An upcoming court ruling could ultimately decide who is to blame. … Continue reading

November 17, 2013 · 1 Comment

One of Earth’s strongest storms. Ever.

Yet another devastating storm ups the ante in the global conversation about climate change. Was this powerful typhoon a symptom or just another part of nature? What can we do? … Continue reading

November 12, 2013 · 2 Comments

Welcome, internet commenters

A new online commenting system on PubMed, one of the leading databases of peer-reviewed biomedical research, has opened the door for scientists to provide honest feedback about the pros and … Continue reading

October 31, 2013 · 1 Comment

Science. Shutdown style.

The U.S. government is on partial shutdown as Congress battles another philosophical war. Science has become its POW. Here’s what wartime science looks like. By: Kelly Tyrrell Doors closed. Websites … Continue reading

October 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Decoding the Supreme Court

Last week, the Supreme Court decided DNA could not be patented. But some types of DNA were left fair game. The justices made errors and left it difficult to explain. … Continue reading

June 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Science Funding: No Secrets Here

Opinion: Recent disclosure of NSA surveillance has opened a national conversation about confidential government programs. The trouble with secrecy extends to research too, where competitive grant dollars are becoming increasingly … Continue reading

June 18, 2013 · Leave a comment