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PCAST Report: The Future of U.S. Research

James M. Gentile | Posted 02.18.2013 | Science
James M. Gentile

Increased and predictable funding and incentives for research and development are essential, as is a workforce skilled at filling the resulting jobs. But it's also important that America's approach to research shift from safe and incremental research to the "high-risk, high-reward" research.

Why Bad Science Is Like Bad Religion

Dr Rupert Sheldrake | Posted 01.31.2013 | Religion
Dr Rupert Sheldrake

Bad religion is arrogant, self-righteous, dogmatic and intolerant. And so is bad science. But unlike religious fundamentalists, scientific fundamentalists do not realize that their opinions are based on faith.

Changing Culture in Higher Education

Paul Stoller | Posted 01.26.2013 | College
Paul Stoller

In the corporate culture of the contemporary American universities--a virtual minefield of administrative obstacles--time and patience are in increasingly short supply.

Whale Calls Meet Citizen Science

Laela Sayigh | Posted 01.21.2013 | Science
Laela Sayigh

Based on our visual assessments of similarity, we had found evidence for repeated call types, which had not been previously reported for pilot whales. However, to make the case, we really needed to see how generalizable our classifications were.

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.

Hey Pols: Hurricane Sandy Is Climate Change

Josh Garrett | Posted 12.30.2012 | Green
Josh Garrett

Manmade climate change is happening right now, bringing us more "unprecedented" weather events like Hurricane Sandy more often.

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.

A Foundation For A Beautiful Friendship

Robert Fuller | Posted 12.15.2012 | Religion
Robert Fuller

Both science and religion make use of educated guesses to create theories, devise rules and build models. The vast majority of these scientific and religious models are found wanting and must be revised or discarded.

Nobody Knows Anything: Autism Edition

Todd Drezner | Posted 11.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Todd Drezner

The message that both Times articles send to readers is that autism should be feared, fought against, and eradicated. That message can do nothing to improve the lives of the hundreds of thousands of autistic people who are with us now.

Prizing High-Risk, High-Reward Research

James M. Gentile | Posted 10.20.2012 | Science
James M. Gentile

In times of tight budgets, high-risk, high-reward research is typically under-funded and under-appreciated, because it can too easily be ridiculed for being outlandish or mistaken, although even wrong paths in science can be illuminating in profound ways.

Curiosity -- America's Endangered Triumph

Ahmed Zewail | Posted 10.19.2012 | Science
Ahmed Zewail

The landing of the Rover Curiosity on Mars is a triumphant historic achievement, but the current state of curiosity-driven research may endanger America's capacity for future innovations.

The Benefits of Studying Chimpanzees

William T. Talman, MD | Posted 10.08.2012 | Science
William T. Talman, MD

Because of the continued debate over the scientific use of chimpanzees, the eminent Institute of Medicine (IOM) in the United States recently assessed the necessity of studying chimpanzees in biomedical research.

The Politics of Struggle vs. Snuggle

James O'Dea | Posted 09.09.2012 | Politics
James O'Dea

We are ready for something more subtle and more evolved in our politicians. Democracy is indeed about both the contest of contrasting ideas and the collaborative energy needed to meet common challenges and forge a national consensus.

Time For Chimps To Retire, Activists Say

The Huffington Post | Lee Hernandez | Posted 07.10.2012 | Science

An animal advocacy group is demanding that four chimpanzees at a medical testing firm be allowed to retire. The Physicians Committee for Responsi...

Congress Could Deal Death Blow to American Scientific Exceptionalism

Robert Forrest | Posted 08.18.2012 | Politics
Robert Forrest

The pattern of polarizing rhetoric and inability to compromise is sure to continue. However, both Democratic and Republican voters should insist their leaders act and agree to maintain funding for scientific research and development.

Cooperation or Obstruction? California Counts Votes on Paralysis Cure

Don C. Reed | Posted 08.05.2012 | Politics
Don C. Reed

It cannot be denied that the Republican party has changed, and not for the better. Even on matters where once they agreed with Democrats, they now seem compelled to oppose.

The Health of Science

Dr. Arturo Casadevall | Posted 07.29.2012 | Science
Dr. Arturo Casadevall

We call for nothing short of a major reformation of the scientific enterprise.

STEM Education = Scientific Success

Elizabeth Marincola | Posted 07.18.2012 | Education
Elizabeth Marincola

Yesterday I watched as the world's top young high school scientists, researchers and innovators took home more than $3 million in awards. Each of these competing students are a force for profound good.

How Science Works

Priyamvada Natarajan | Posted 07.11.2012 | Science
Priyamvada Natarajan

The reality of how science works is in sharp contrast to the way most Americans seem to see it--perhaps as definitive, time-limited, and based on speculation or assertion.

Scientists Behaving Badly

Michael Brooks | Posted 06.24.2012 | Science
Michael Brooks

It might not be something to celebrate, but scientists who commit research fraud are following in a grand tradition.

Science Deficit

Javier Garcia-Martinez | Posted 06.16.2012 | World
Javier Garcia-Martinez

The worldwide economic situation is bringing scrutiny to how developed countries balance their budgets, and this provides an opportunity to observe how public investment in scientific research and development is being either increased or significantly reduced by different countries.

Can the Microscopic Help Build the Colossal?

Murray Rosenbaum | Posted 06.13.2012 | Teen
Murray Rosenbaum

It is very risky, but if we could make an elevator to space, we would be using a less wasteful and less dangerous way to explore the stars.

Check This Box: Science Is Getting Easier/Harder/Both/Neither?

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 06.06.2012 | Science
Jonathan D. Moreno

We seem to be in a transition period from a marvelously rich era of discovery in the last thirty years to an era in which new concepts and methods will be required to gain access to another range of powerful discoveries.

Let's Stop Wasting Our Dead

Larry Doyle | Posted 06.01.2012 | Politics
Larry Doyle

When I die, I would like to be eaten by puppies. I would prefer happy, rambunctious puppies, about eight weeks old and from the same litter if possible.

How to Build a Science Superpower

Priyamvada Natarajan | Posted 06.01.2012 | Science
Priyamvada Natarajan

The era of America's unchallenged world dominance as a scientific superpower is coming to an end. In an era of ever-increasing globalization, what it takes to become and remain a science superpower has fundamentally changed.