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Scientists Need Funds to Continue Spill-Related Research

Susan Buchanan | Posted 06.20.2011 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Last summer, biologists and chemists whipped through Gulf waters collecting samples to gauge impacts from BP's spill. Analyzing some of those samples is stalled, however, until BP releases more research funds.

How It Became Acceptable To Publicly Reveal Bias Against Muslims In America

Mathew J. Creighton | Posted 06.14.2011 | Religion
Mathew J. Creighton

Americans, in their heart of hearts, do not see Muslims differently than any other immigrant groups. However, the public expression of this opposition is more important.

Why Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are High Quality Imports

Angela Haines | Posted 06.05.2011 | Business
Angela Haines

Overlooked in the recent raucous debate on illegal immigration is the powerful role of legal immigrants on both innovation and job creation.

Schakowsky Announces Winners of the 'So Be It' Awards

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

Of the hundreds of amendments being offered by Republicans to their bill, H.R. 1, we offer 10 up for you to judge whether or not they are worthy of note, ridicule, or an end-of-a-long-week chuckle.

Paul Ryan's Budget: Unnecessary Pain With No Long-Term Gain

Andrew Fieldhouse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Fieldhouse

It's not the non-security discretionary budget that is the culprit of today's deficit. But if enacted, Paul Ryan's proposed budget would have devastating consequences in those key public investments.

Harvard Students Promote Science Education in New Book

James M. Gentile | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
James M. Gentile

Five current or recent Harvard undergraduates hope to inspire high school students to become involved in science with a new book titled Success with Science: The Winners' Guide to High School Research.

New York Times Promotes Latest Educational 'Gimmick of the Month'

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Alan Singer

The sticky problem is the removal of teachers for "refusal to obey rules." As everybody who has ever held a job knows, most workplace rules are designed to legally protect employers.

Why University Scientists Do Not Discuss Religion

Elaine Howard Ecklund, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Elaine Howard Ecklund, Ph.D.

If the scientists at elite universities fail to successfully engage with religion on their campuses, other American universities might follow suit.

Green Energy Innovation: Building A National Commitment

James M. Gentile | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
James M. Gentile

Clean energy may well be the next economic revolution, and the United States can be at the forefront, if we take full advantage of our nation's streng...

Increase Science Funding to Grow U.S. Jobs

James M. Gentile | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
James M. Gentile

In the second half of the 20th century, well over 40 percent of U.S. prosperity was the result of scientific and technological advances, and science and technology continue to be the key to the jobs that so many Americans need.

In Phd Hunt, Men Track Men

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Philip N. Cohen

While women integrate, men accumulate. The National Science Foundation has published new numbers on the PhDs granted in 2009, with a nice interactive...

Scientific Community Chips In To Bolster Evolution Ed

Education Week | Sarah D. Sparks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

When a federal court in 2005 rejected an attempt by the Dover, Pa., school board to introduce intelligent design as an alternative to evolution to exp...

America Needs To Re-Energize Our Scientific Culture

James M. Gentile | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
James M. Gentile

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman recently endorsed a "Manhattan Project" approach to renewable energy research. Specifically, he urged the U.S...

Ken Buck: No Science Foundation, No Disease Center

Nancy Cronk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Nancy Cronk

If Ken Buck and supporters won't tell the truth about Ken Buck's extremist ways, who will?

Looking For Fall in All the High Places (PHOTOS)

Rich Wolf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Rich Wolf

Autumn comes early to the Colorado high country. The late bloomers can no longer compete with the crescendo of leaf color that is the finale of this season of plant life.

Why Funding University Innovation Matters

Krisztina 'Z' Holly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Krisztina 'Z' Holly

For our government to fund university researchers, but then fail to help them advance their ideas so they can attract private investment and grow real businesses, is penny-wise and job-foolish.

WATCH LIVE: National Science Foundation Reports On Humanitarian Crisis In Haiti

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

At 2:00 p.m. ET, the National Science Foundation hosted a live webcast, featuring researchers who recently returned from Haiti. They primarily studied...

House Passes $84 Billion Science Bill

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

The House has passed an $84 billion bill for scientific and technological innovation, the largest of its kind to be considered this year. The Associ...

Science Education: The Value of Undergraduate Research

James M. Gentile | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
James M. Gentile

Growing concern about America's continued leadership in science and innovation is well- documented, and now new research offers hope. It provides, for...

What Women Bring to the Table -- Designers, Artists, Thinkers & Inventors to Start the Week

Chauncey Zalkin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Chauncey Zalkin

Ideas and Design on my radar right now. An eclectic bunch. Cutaway vase by Polish designer Edyta Cieloch "Dr. Afsaneh Rabiei of Iran, awarded a CARE...

Asia Challenges U.S. Innovation Leadership, New Report Shows

Teryn Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Teryn Norris

A major report released last week by the National Science Board concludes that U.S. global leadership in science and technology is declining as foreig...

Papaya Hermaphrodites Sought By Farmers, Researchers

LA Times | Jodi S. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Papayas, it turns out, have not just one but three sexes: male, female and hermaphrodite. The third produces the yummy fruit, but the male and females...

CU-Boulder Students Get Grant To Build Tiny Spacecraft To Explore 'Killer Electrons'

Boulder Daily Camera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

University of Colorado students will build a tiny spacecraft to observe particles in space that should give scientists a better understanding of solar...

Miniature Robots To Swarm The Oceans

LiveScience | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Swarms of soup-can-sized robots will soon plunge into the ocean seeking data on poorly understood phenomena from currents to biology. ...

The Politics of Science

John Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Zogby

Our recent poll found that 96% of progressives consider environmental science to be legitimate, but just 59% of those who self-identify as "very conservative" believe that it is a real science.