Ironically, "ag-gag" laws are being pushed at a time of heightened public concerns about healthy eating and the safety of the food supply. Nonetheless, ALEC's strategy, while receiving relatively little press, has proved alarmingly successful so far.
Is Algebra II irrelevant for most students? The answer is yes, if we are to believe a new report from the National Center for Education and the Economy (NCEE), which finds that few community college courses require much more than a solid grounding in middle school math.
It seems increasingly clear that at the core of our modern politics, which is to say, of an American politics mired in and thwarted by twisted fantasies and lies, is the religiousness of many of its practitioners. Problem is, religious people will believe anything.
Amazing things happen when you bet on people -- including entire transformations. But with this ability comes great responsibility, in all of our work, to grapple with the big moral questions of our day.
When it comes to putting our economy on a path toward expansion and growth, and ensuring America's global competitiveness, one of the smartest things we can do is continue to invest in the research that makes discovery and innovation possible.
Recently, I was asked to describe my average work day as a scientist--what time I get into the office, what I do once I'm there, what I eat for lunch, that sort of thing. But, the thing is, I don't have an "average" work day.
In an era in which some members of Congress are attempting to undermine the peer-review process and academic freedom in research, it is heartening to have the support of the president on these important issues.
In no small measure inspired by BBC America's Canadian-produced tricky and fun new series Orphan Black, which centers heavily on cloning what-ifs, I came back to this simmering question (thanks, TV!) -- why not cloning?
The answers to some of the biggest challenges facing us this century lie waiting to be discovered in the laboratories and institutions of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. But we must remember, scientists do not operate in a vacuum in such endeavors.