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Scientists Get Political—and It’s About Time


Recent steps toward a more considered political stance are helpful to both the scientific community and society at large.

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Why I Will March for Science on Saturday


As the White House and Congress take their budget knives to science funding, most of the leading U.S. scientific institutions are urging their members to hit the streets.

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Time for a Federal Robotics Agency


As drones, driverless cars, robotic surgeons and algorithms that can buy and trade in the stock market become part of the daily conversation, there needs to be an understanding of how the law and the public will deal with these imminent realities.

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Iran Casts Suspicions After Bomb Attacks


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On Monday, after two Iranian nuclear scientists were targeted in apparently coordinated bombings, killing one scientist and wounding another, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad pointed to the West and to Israel to place blame for the attacks.

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Missing Iranian Scientist Case Causes Diplomatic Discomfort

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bbc.co.uk

Well, this is awkward: After months of conflicting reports as to his whereabouts, missing Iranian scientist Shahram Amiri has apparently turned up in the Iranian section of Pakistan’s embassy in Washington, D.C. But was he kidnapped?

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‘Climategate’? Not So Much


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A British panel investigating allegations that several scientists studying climate change had massaged their data to prop up global warming claims has largely cleared them of those charges ... (continued)

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The Case of the Missing Iranian Nuke Scientist

Amiri
bbc.co.uk

One video shows a man who may well be Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri claiming that he was abducted by Americans and is now being held in Tucson, Ariz.—in which case, whoever kidnapped him should make sure he has the right papers.  (continued)

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U.S. Denies Blowing Up Iranian Scientist


An Iranian spokesman accused the “triangle of wickedness,” otherwise known as Israel, the U.S. and “their hired agents,” of carrying out the Tuesday bombing of Iranian scientist Massoud Ali Mohammadi. The State Department said that was “absurd.”

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Scientists Crack Skin and Lung Cancers’ Genetic Codes

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Scientists are now able to map the complete genetic codes of lung and skin cancer, and now an international effort is in motion to do the same for more varieties, including breast, stomach, liver, brain, mouth and pancreatic cancer.

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U.N. to Investigate Climate E-Mail Controversy

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The apparently deliberately timed release of leaked e-mails stolen from climate scientists at the University of East Anglia has created problems for the global warming cause just as world leaders are preparing to convene at the Copenhagen climate change summit, and now the United Nations is launching its own investigation into the incident.

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UK Science Squad Hoping to Make Blood

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sandhurstjoggers.org.uk

In a bid to create a vast reserve of universally acceptable O-negative blood, a team of Scottish scientists is heading up a research project that aims to produce synthetic blood from embryonic stem cells.

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Terror From the Inside

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AP photo / Kenneth Lambert

The terrorists find all sorts of reasons to hate us. On Aug. 5 came word that the deadliest biological assault on the United States may be linked to the rejection of the terror suspect by a Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority sister decades ago.

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Scientist Targeted in Anthrax Probe Dies in Apparent Suicide

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AP file photo / Brian Branch-Price

The apparent suicide of 62-year-old scientist Bruce E. Ivins on Tuesday shook up his co-workers at the military biodefense labs in Maryland where he’d worked for nearly two decades. But the significance of his death extended beyond personal tragedy when it emerged that Ivins was about to be prosecuted by the Justice Department for alleged involvement in the anthrax attacks of 2001.

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Scoping Out Sexual Discrimination in Science

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science-ed.pnl.gov

Debates about gender equality in the sciences are nothing new, but now the stakes may be higher for universities with science funding from the federal government to prove that sexual discrimination isn’t present in their departments. Title IX isn’t just for sports anymore.

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We May Not Be Alone, Says Vatican

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nasa.gov

The pope’s chief astronomer has written an article in the Vatican newspaper that argues that intelligent beings “created by God could exist in outer space.” The article, “Aliens Are My Brother,” is likely a move by the Vatican to strengthen its scientific credentials, bringing science and religion closer while maintaining papal control over the entire universe.

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Study: Scientists Taking Brain-Boosting Drugs

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reversespins.com

Call them the steroids of the scientific set: A British journal found that drugs like Ritalin and Provigil are popular among some scientists, mostly under 35, to enhance focus and ward off fatigue. A full 80 percent of the 1,258 respondents in the Nature survey believed “healthy humans” had the right to use performance-boosting drugs to give them an edge in their work.

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Dr. Watson Hangs It Up

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AP photo / Kirsty Wigglesworth

Although his contributions to the field of genetics will probably continue to define his scholarly legacy, it seems that the final chapter of DNA pioneer James Watson’s career has been irrevocably marred by the reckless and inflammatory remarks he recently made about race and intelligence.

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DNA Scientist Apologizes for Race Remarks

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AP photo / Markus Schreiber

Nobel-winning scientist James Watson, half of the DNA-pioneering team Watson and Crick, is undergoing a firestorm of criticism for recent comments he made in London’s Sunday Times about how he was “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours—whereas all the testing says not really.” 

Posted on Oct 19, 2007 READ MORE

Scientists Teleport Two Different Objects

Danish researchers “beamed” (Star Trek style) information from light to matter—a first in science. We can’t pretend to understand this article. But it seems significant.

Posted on Oct 5, 2006 READ MORE

Andy Borowitz: Rocket Scientists Not as Smart as Originally Thought

The satirist reveals that rocket scientists, according to a report by the American Association of Brain Surgeons, are less intelligent than you might imagine.

Posted on Sep 15, 2006 READ MORE

Scientists: Global Warming Fueling Hurricanes

Nineteen scientists from 10 institutions collaborated on a paper concluding that the burning of fossil fuels, which warms the climate, is also heating the oceans and intensifying hurricanes like Katrina. Some skeptics remain unconvinced.
Of course, some skeptics remain unconvinced that America ever landed on the moon…

Posted on Sep 12, 2006 READ MORE

Maher: Scientists ‘Cut and Run’ on Pluto

Bill Maher
From HBO

Bill Maher sends up conservatives’ war on science, abortion and the United Nations in this planetary riff during the first new episode of his HBO series “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

Posted on Aug 28, 2006 READ MORE

Jon Stewart, Enemy of Democracy?

Jon Stewart
From the Washington Post

Remember when Jon Stewart famously told the “Crossfire” boys that they were “hurting America”? Well, now two political scientists are saying the same thing about Stewart. In a study, students who watched “The Daily Show” developed cynical attitudes about politics, the news media and the electoral system.
Actually, more cynicism and skepticism would be helpful in the age of Bush and his Lies. But if, as the study suggests, “The Daily Show”  turns young people off from voting, we can’t be happy about that.

 

Posted on Jun 23, 2006 READ MORE

Climate Scientist to Think Tank: Stop Misrepresenting My Research

A global warming researcher is claiming that a Big Gas-funded think tank has been misrepresenting one of his studies in an effort to throw doubt on the reality of global warming.

  • Earlier: The think tank goes after Al Gore.
  • Keep in mind that, to date, there have been no peer-reviewed studies that cast real doubt on the fact of global warming.

    Posted on May 20, 2006 READ MORE

    Top Climate Scientist Ravages Bush on ‘60 Minutes’

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    NASA scientist James Hansen says that in three decades of government work, he has “never witnessed such restrictions on the ability of scientists to communicate with the public.”

    Posted on Mar 21, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN

    A Young Bush Appointee Resigns His Post at NASA


    From spacegrant.nau.edu

    The 24-year-old presidential appointee tried to hush up a top climate scientist and add the word “theory” to mentions of the Big Bang. |  story
    Also, he lied about graduating from Texas A&M. | blog

    Posted on Feb 8, 2006 READ MORE

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