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375 Top Scientists Warn Us Not To Vote For Trump

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 09.21.2016 | Politics

Hundreds of the world’s leading scientists, including famed physicist Stephen Hawking, warn in an open letter Tuesday that a Donald Trump win in Nov...

The Zika Virus And Politicized Science

Peter Schwartz | Posted 08.22.2016 | Science
Peter Schwartz

The Zika threat is causing great concern at the Rio Olympics, with some athletes having chosen to avoid the Games altogether rather than risk infection. But among the measures being taken around the world to combat this danger, one is notably absent: the use of DDT.

What Is Old, Outdated, And Obsolete?

Liz Ryan | Posted 07.21.2016 | Crime
Liz Ryan

Answer: A Youth Prison. We're using the mnemonic "locked up" to show some of these key characteristics of a youth prison. This article is the second...

U.S. Missile Defense Program Costly, Unreliable, And Exempt From Oversight, Report Finds

Elliott Negin | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Elliott Negin

Congress is currently considering expanding the U.S. national missile defense system, despite the fact that -- nearly 15 years after the Bush administration began deploying it -- it has not been demonstrated to work under real-world conditions and is not on a path to do so.

Why Do Some Continue to Deny the Evidence That GMOs Are Safe?

David Ropeik | Posted 05.23.2016 | Green
David Ropeik

The expert panel has posted its report online, along with the evidence they rely on, in the hope that their massive meta-analysis might inform public thinking about the issue. The sad thing is, given the nature of human risk perception, minds already made up on the issue are unlikely to change.

Climate Change... We've Been Stalling Too Long

Chris Komisarjevsky | Posted 04.07.2016 | Science
Chris Komisarjevsky

"The evidence speaks for itself ... with all the science surrounding climate change, it's not a secret and certainly not a debate. It is, most importantly, a time for action. We've been stalling for too long," said Marcia McNutt, the incoming president of the National Academy of Sciences.

To Cut Emissions Faster, U.S. Should Ditch Tax Credit-Based Subsidies for Renewable Energy

The Conversation US | Posted 01.15.2016 | Green
The Conversation US

Congress last month extended valuable tax credits to producers of electricity from wind turbines and solar photovoltaic panels, a move that came as a relief to an industry that has experienced rapid growth in recent years.

Toxic Influence: How a Chemical Industry Trade Group You've Never Heard of Threatens Your Health

Elliott Negin | Posted 10.19.2016 | Green
Elliott Negin

The ACC has been doing a lot more than just posting disinformation on the Internet. Along with Koch Industries -- owner of Georgia-Pacific, one of the largest U.S. formaldehyde and plywood manufacturers -- it has been currying favor on Capitol Hill with large sums of lobbying and campaign cash.

Janet Napolitano: Why More Scientists Are Needed in the Public Square

The Conversation US | Posted 10.13.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

In this presidential election season, one thing is certain: candidates will rarely - if ever - be asked what they would do to keep this nation at the forefront of science and innovation. That's a shame.

Neil deGrasse Tyson's Warning For Politicians Who 'Cherry-Pick' Science

The Huffington Post | Ryan Buxton | Posted 08.28.2015 | Science

Science plays a role in nearly every aspect of our lives from the economy, to the environment, to global health. But it seems like these science-relat...

Valuing Nature

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 08.19.2016 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

The EPA had to do more inspecting to bolster its argument for Superfund designation and accidentally breeched a secret dam built inside the mine to hold back accumulated snowmelt, unleashing three million gallons of poisonous sludge.

For Genome Editing, Self-Regulation Beats a Government Ban

Techonomy | Posted 06.04.2016 | Science

Gene editing has been around for years, but CRISPR is a new version of it. Taken from a mechanism commonly used by bacteria to recognize invading viruses, it has proven remarkably useful and effective in altering other organisms since it was first adapted in 2012.

'Green News Report' - February 26, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 04.28.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

Siberia's melting permafrost: crater saga is scarier than anyone thought; Berkeley study directly IDs climate change culprit; Even earth scientists struggle to defeat global warming using interactive game.

Climate Change This Week: Apple Goes Solar, Apocalyptic US Droughts Predicted, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 04.25.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. @@ Deadpan Climate Humor At Its Best: Philomena Cunk Moments of Wonder - Climate...

Kate Sheppard

Controversial Method Of Addressing Climate Change Needs More Study, Experts Say | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.10.2015 | Green

WASHINGTON -- A pair of reports from one of the country's leading scientific bodies suggests that while geoengineering should not be treated as the so...

Maryland She-roes

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 03.22.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Harriet Tubman was born a slave on Maryland's Eastern Shore. In 1849, when she was about 30, her owner died. Believing she was going to be sold, she escaped and made her way to Philadelphia.

Nine Steps Closer to Safe Science

Pamela Tom | Posted 10.01.2014 | Science
Pamela Tom

A new study released July 31 by the National Research Council may help prevent future accidents by challenging current safety standards in academic and nonindustrial labs across the U.S. with nine recommendations aimed at the higher-education and scientific community.

New Report Examines the Growth of Incarceration in the United States

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 07.09.2014 | Crime
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

Incarceration rates in the U.S. have more than quadrupled in the past four decades. There are now 2.2 million people behind bars, a rate of nearly 1 out of 100 U.S. adults, placing the U.S. far outside the experience of other western democracies.

Michael McLaughlin

Shocking Number Of Innocent People Sentenced To Death, Study Finds | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 04.29.2014 | Crime

More than 4 percent of inmates sentenced to death in the United States are probably innocent, according to a study published Monday that sent shock wa...

Wild Horses at Risk of Slaughter as BLM's Problems Worsen

Suzanne Roy | Posted 05.13.2014 | Green
Suzanne Roy

The BLM told us this could never happen, but it did. They told us they'd investigate how this happened, but they didn't. They said it would never happen again; do you trust them? You shouldn't.

How Do You Get Help From Scientists?

Alice Bean | Posted 05.05.2014 | Science
Alice Bean

So you want information about what is happening with the most up-to-date science? How do you get it? Lately I've been lucky that interested youth and their parents have been emailing me to find out about questions they have.

Archaeology Professor Sarah Yeomans Discusses the Reality of Ancient Pompeii

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 04.27.2014 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

The eponymous movie (Pompeii) is fun, and I like this stuff, thus I figured I'd go the extra mile and speak with a real-life archaeologist -- the intrepid kind! -- in the form of Professor Sarah Yeomans, a faculty member at West Virginia University.

Did You Hear the One About the Serious Environmentalist?

Keith Gaby | Posted 03.18.2014 | Green
Keith Gaby

If you spend time with environmental activists, you'll find that most of us don't fit the stereotype. We won't scold you for driving the wrong car or turning up the heat on a cold day, and we probably tell more jokes about ourselves than any else.

Monsanto CTO: Humanity Needs Science, Not Ideology

Dr. Robert T. Fraley | Posted 03.18.2014 | Home
Dr. Robert T. Fraley

It appears that for some people -- whether the issue is vaccination, GM technology, pasteurization or climate change -- there can never be enough proof.

Kate Sheppard

Climate Change's Biggest Threats Are Those We Aren't Ready For: Report | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.04.2013 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Climatic changes -- and the results of those changes -- could occur within decades or even sooner, and they are becoming a greater conce...