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Battling Against the Criminalization of Persons With Mental Illness: A Matter of Social Justice

Ginger Lerner-Wren | Posted 09.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Ginger Lerner-Wren

Clearly, it is more than time to lead a nation forward in putting an end to stigma and the understanding that mental health is not only essential to overall health -- its prioritization is a matter of social justice.

Nine Steps Closer to Safe Science

Pamela Tom | Posted 08.04.2014 | 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.

Scientists Urge For Funds To Prevent Coastal Disasters, Not Just Recover From Them

Reuters | Posted 07.23.2014 | Green

July 23 (Reuters) - A group of top scientists has called for a fundamental change to how the United States deals with risks to its Atlantic and Gulf...

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.

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.

Emily Thomas

The U.S. Rape Crisis You Didn't Even Know About

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Thomas | Posted 11.21.2013 | Crime

Rape has been widely underreported in America, according to a new panel study by the National Research Council. After comparing several official me...

5 Reasons Why Obama's Climate Change Moment Mustn't Be Missed

Michael Shank | Posted 06.24.2013 | Green
Michael Shank

This is no time for a small pitch on power plant carbon parameters. We need something big if we are to survive at all. Now let's hope he understands that and does something real to address it.

Scientists Fight Back Against 'Witch Hunt' By Animal Rights Activists

Posted 06.04.2013 | Science

By Tiziana Moriconi About 300 researchers and students from around Italy demonstrated in Milan on 1 June to increase awareness of the need for lab an...

Proposed NASA Mission Said To Lack Broad Support

Posted 12.31.2012 | Science

By: Leonard David Published: 12/31/2012 01:26 PM EST on SPACE.com A report this month from the National Research Council (NRC) has called NASA’s...

Does Fracking Cause Earthquakes?

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 08.15.2012 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) — The controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas does not pose a high risk for triggering earthquakes lar...

Does Death Penalty Deters Murder? Experts Can't Tell

Newser.com | Posted 06.19.2012 | Crime

Many Americans support capital punishment, but researchers can't tell whether it deters murder since the studies being used are badly flawed. That'...

Death Penalty Doesn't Deter Murderers: Report

AP | Posted 04.18.2012 | Crime

WASHINGTON -- A new report says there is no reliable research on whether the death penalty has any effect on the murder rate, more than 35 years since...

The Costs and the Lost Benefits of Graduation Exams

John Thompson | Posted 08.09.2012 | Education
John Thompson

Most educators already know that we should be teaching analysis, synthesis, and problem-solving, so perhaps our experiment with graduation exams will prompt us to follow the path we always knew we should be taking.

School Board Member Who Took State High School Exam: Tests Lack Accountability

Posted 12.08.2011 | Education

To take state standardized exams to the test, a Florida school board member sat down to take a version of the state's high-stakes 10th grade math and ...

Joy Resmovits

Do Tests Help Student Learning?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.23.2011 | Education

When the National Research Council published the results of a decade-long study on the effects of standardized testing on student learning this summer...

Let's Make Waves for SpongeBob SquarePants

William S. Becker | Posted 10.17.2011 | Green
William S. Becker

The recent squall over SpongeBob SquarePants and his book about global climate change appears to have died down now. That's a pity. Sometimes, it's in the public interest to turn a squall into a hurricane.

New Science Framework Paves Way For Standards

Education Week | Erik W. Robelen | Posted 09.18.2011 | Education

With the goal of sparking big changes in K-12 science education across the country, an expert panel convened by the National Research Council today is...

Research Calls Efficacy Of Education Reforms Into Question

David Bloomfield | Posted 08.26.2011 | Education
David Bloomfield

Two new reports on standards-based accountability and incentive systems should end the current thrust of U.S. education policy.

National Research Council Ranks The Best Doctoral Programs

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Fifteen years in the making, the National Research Council's ratings of doctoral programs are -- according to chairman of the project committee Jeremi...

U.S. Scientific Establishment Throws Down Gauntlet to Big Ag

Andrew Gunther | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Andrew Gunther

I don't often find much to cheer about when I read the food and farming news, but a new report from the influential National Research Council on the future of U.S. farming had me reaching for my pom-poms.

Improving Science Education by Ignoring Evolution? Absurd!

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Studies continue to show that U.S. students' science literacy is very poor. The science curriculum advanced by creationist organizations make an already bad situation far worse.

Ocean Acidification Rising At Alarming Rate: Report

McClatchy | Les Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- With the oceans absorbing more than 1 million tons of carbon dioxide an hour, a National Research Council study released Thursday found ...

Asia Ozone Pollution Making Its Way To U.S., Study Finds

McClatchy | Les Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- A new study further bolsters concerns that pollution blowing across the Pacific Ocean from China and other rapidly developing Asian nati...

The Deep Impacts of Unfunded Science

Steven Newton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Steven Newton

The Hale-Bopp comet was discovered only two years before its passage by Earth, not nearly enough time to divert the comet. So much for the Deep Impact scenario.

A Level-4 Biolab Grows in Boston: Pathogens Welcome

Barton Kunstler, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barton Kunstler, Ph.D.

We are in the grips of a military-industrial complex for whom projects such as the Boston Biolab are as much meat and potatoes as any multi-billion dollar weapon system, no matter how dubious the need.