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The Trans Movement Needs a New, Science Based Strategy

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brynn Tannehill

There are four ways to change the legal framework that transgender people live under: legislation, ballots, case law, and policy changes. The sooner we stop wasting our time tilting at legislative and ballot windmills, the better.

How Your Story Can Save Someone's World

Josh Rivedal | Posted 09.14.2015 | Impact
Josh Rivedal

It's common to rely on peer-to-peer advice or product reviews when buying an oven, a tractor, or even when looking for a new school district for your children. Why isn't their as much availability for advice, mentorship, or reviews when seeking out help for our physical and mental health?

The Need for Venture Science

Charles Eisenstein | Posted 08.27.2015 | Science
Charles Eisenstein

I just spent several hours down a rabbit hole. The topic was the "electric universe," an unconventional cosmological theory that emphasizes electromagnetism rather than gravity as the primary structuring force of the universe.

Can You Trust Anything Written About Science and Faith by a Christian?

Lynn Billman | Posted 06.15.2016 | Religion
Lynn Billman

The sciences are ever extending their insight and reach, while more than two billion people call themselves Christians today.

Diverse Conversations: Understanding the Peer-Review Process

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 10.10.2014 | College
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Up there with the tenure system, the peer-review process is perhaps one of the most baffling and convoluted aspects of modern academia. What is it, though, and how exactly does the process of peer-review work?

Do Bullied Youth Really Carry Weapons to School?

Deborah Temkin | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Deborah Temkin

We know bullying is a common factor in many school shooting incidents, but what does the data really say? As a trained researcher, I wanted to dig deeper beyond the news reports and went searching for the study.

Hype Now, Hide Later: No Way to Do Scientific Research

David H. Bailey | Posted 07.28.2013 | Science
David H. Bailey

The scientific world is suffering through a rash of examples of the sad consequences of the "hype now, hide later" approach to scientific news.

The Scientific Star Chamber?

Nicholas Warner | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics
Nicholas Warner

A politician who proposes politicizing a jury would rightly be pilloried by the court of public opinion and should never hold political office again. And yet the chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, Rep. Lamar Smith, has been proposing to do this to scientists.

Michael McAuliff

Politics Would 'Improve' Science, Republican Says | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the House Science Committee on Tuesday defended his controversial draft legislation that would subject the National Scie...

50 Shades of Grey in Scientific Publication: How Digital Publishing Is Harming Science

Dr. Douglas Fields | Posted 01.19.2013 | Science
Dr. Douglas Fields

Most people are aware of the devastation of print journalism by the rise of digital media, but most people are oblivious to the consequences the same upheaval is having on scientific publication. There is no science without scholarly publication, and scholarly publication as we know it is dying.

Back to Basics

William T. Talman, MD | Posted 12.29.2012 | Science
William T. Talman, MD

Did you ever consider why the thing scientists do is called "research"? Where did the "re" come from? If it derives from "repeat," as some might suggest, then it is no surprise that the answer to that question really defines why science is what it is.

Did Texas Cancer Research Institute Meddle With Peer Review?

Paul Raeburn | Posted 12.26.2012 | Media
Paul Raeburn

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, created with $3 billion of state taxpayer money, is now facing charges that it meddled with peer review to award contracts to preferred candidates.

Romney's Tax Plan: Are Blogs Evidence? What Is?

Jared Bernstein | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

It's shocking to me that the Mitt Romney campaign is now lurching around, daily trotting out new "studies" and "solutions" to their tax plan's math problem -- "we'll broaden the base (but can't say how)"... "we'll cap deductions at $17,000"... "whoops... that doesn't work... we'll cap them at $25,000." The Romney team clearly threw out their tax plan -- 20 percent cuts across the board -- without any of the requisite spade work to see if it actually made sense. And now that real studies are challenging it, they're veering from "just trust us" to setting the evidentiary bar down so low that anything with numbers on it can clear it. Not surprising, given the beating the facts have taken in this election cycle, but not so good for democracy, not to mention the truth.

Transparency During Scientific Peer Review

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 10.29.2012 | Science
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

One of the most interesting aspects of this new, open review process is that the names of the reviewers are also made public. In the conventional pre-publication peer-review model, anonymity of the reviewers is somewhat of a sacred cornerstone.

Secretary Duncan Owes an Apology to Teachers

John Thompson | Posted 08.22.2012 | Education
John Thompson

If teaching were just a pathway to wealth and respect, no apology could compensate for the insults and the damage that Arne Duncan has helped inflict on teachers. Teaching, however, is an act of love.

Negative Irreproducible Tweets... for Science

Michael Ham | Posted 03.06.2012 | Science
Michael Ham

Every scientist has at least one paper or graph tucked in a folder that lies in a dusty corner of the hard drive. The data is interesting, but doesn't lend itself to the creation of the grand narrative you must have for a traditional publication.

Jurists' Personal Lives Should Remain So

Fred Silberberg | Posted 02.08.2012 | Politics
Fred Silberberg

Since when we have ever required judges to disclose the details of the personal lives in such a manner? On what basis does one's sexual orientation affect his or her ability to determine the legality of matters?

My Waiting for 'Superman' Experience

John Thompson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Thompson

I finally saw Waiting for "Superman" at a Chamber of Commerce showing. The United States Chamber is taking the film on a 12 city tour. The film was even more inaccurate than I expected.