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Picking Up STEAM in San Diego

John M. Eger | Posted 03.22.2014 | Education
John M. Eger

Next Friday, corporate technology leader, Qualcomm, will play host to a unique one-day forum organized by non-profit STEAM Connect, spelled STE [+a] M...

Private Science and National Security

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Jonathan D. Moreno

Like government or hate it, in the 21st century no other organization can provide the coordination required to develop new knowledge about the nature of the universe at the most basic level, knowledge that is now a matter of global competition.

Peer Review Is Time-Tested to Withstand Political Fashion Trends

American Anthropological Association | Posted 03.13.2014 | Science
American Anthropological Association

Cherry-picking grants awarded by the National Science Foundation is not an effective use of time or money. Investment in scientific research has never been more important than the present.

Why Are Latinos Way Ahead of the Climate Change Curve? 3 Latino Climatologists Respond

Javier Sierra | Posted 02.21.2014 | Green
Javier Sierra

In the battle against climate change, Latinos are in the line of fire. And our musketeers are our scientists.

LOOK: Poll Reveals Shocking Ignorance Of Baby-Making Basics

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.14.2014 | Science

Sure, most of us know storks don't drop babies on doorsteps. But a new report shows that a surprising number of people are in the dark about some basi...

Scientific Spill Studies, Funded by BP, Start to Yield Results

Susan Buchanan | Posted 04.10.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Scientists gathered in Alabama last month said their current research on impacts of the 2010 BP spill will help authorities deal with future disasters.

7 Cool New Findings About the Brain

Lily Whiteman | Posted 03.11.2014 | Science
Lily Whiteman

Here are examples of ongoing National Science Foundation-funded brain research that runs the gamut from discoveries about the brains of dinosaurs and birds to research involving Alzheimer's and beyond.

The Waste That Wasn't: Senator Coburn Misrepresents Science in Annual Hit List

Michael Halpern | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Michael Halpern

There is waste in government just as there is in the private sector. Oversight is fantastic. But showmanship is galling. As to which camp Coburn's new report falls into, it's an easy call.

Ladies, We Can Do This! 6 Ways to Mentor Her, Sponsor Her, Elevate Her Career

Julie Kantor | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Julie Kantor

Share with a few girls what you do professionally and what you enjoy about your position. Speak to a classroom and share perspective about your experience as a female in the career you selected and what education you needed to get there.

Why National Science Foundation Funding -- and Archaeology -- Matters

Paul Mullins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Paul Mullins

Eric Cantor and Lamar Smith's apparently reasonable claim for fiscal sobriety conceals their skepticism about the value of social science, and it underscores an anti-scholarly agenda that aspires to erode the nation's longstanding commitment to science.

Don't Take Federal Science for Granted

Elliott Negin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Elliott Negin

If not for government-funded research and innovation, many corporations -- and individuals -- would not be as successful as they are, and a number of them wouldn't be in business at all.

Kate Sheppard

Antarctic Researchers To Congress: Don't Stop The Science!

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A contractor working at the United States Antarctic Program has started an online petition asking Congress to shield the program's McMur...

Weld County Water Being Tested For Effects Of Oil, Gas Drilling

The Greeley Tribune | Sharon Dunn | Posted 09.13.2013 | Denver

Two teams of researchers will soon begin testing water throughout Weld County to determine what effects or changes, if any, come from oil and gas indu...

Radical Innovation Summit Focuses on Education

John M. Eger | Posted 08.16.2013 | College
John M. Eger

The National Science Foundation (NSF) underwrote a Radical Summit on Innovation in Washington D.C. last week to learn a little more how educators see ...

Keeping Score: Using Evidence to Improve Lives

Michele Jolin | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Michele Jolin

Only a limited number of government programs use data and evidence to guide funding choices or conduct evaluations to understand the impact after programs are implemented, meaning we know startlingly little about which government programs are working and which are not.

CU-Led Study Links Protein Complex To Tumor Growth

The Boulder Daily Camera | | Posted 08.06.2013 | Denver

Researchers led by the University of Colorado have uncovered a protein complex that could be targeted with drugs to stunt tumor growth. As tumors exp...

Milky Way Study Challenges Ideas About Earth's 'Home'

Posted 06.03.2013 | Science

By: Miriam Kramer Published: 06/03/2013 02:23 PM EDT on SPACE.com INDIANAPOLIS — Our home in the Milky Way could be much larger than ever thought...

A Radical Idea for Pure Science: The Scientist-Entrepreneur

David J. Teece | Posted 07.29.2013 | College
David J. Teece

As much as we celebrate new technology and treat successful entrepreneurs like rock stars, there is still a tension at many universities between the mission of fundamental research and the quest to commercialize new breakthroughs.

On Science, Politics and Climate Change

Bill Chameides | Posted 07.23.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

One reason you don't want to have politicians mucking around in the nuts and bolts of science is that they often have a shaky grasp of the science at best.

Basic Research and Its Contributions to Science and Society

American Anthropological Association | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
American Anthropological Association

It is the weight of cumulative evidence that drives changes in health care provider behavior as well as changes in funding priorities. But do changes in clinical practice alone get the job done? Absolutely not.

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Amanda Terkel

Obama Promises To Protect Science Research From Partisan Politics

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama promised on Monday to ensure that scientific research is insulated from partisan politics, as government-funded p...

Michael McAuliff

GOP Pushes Politicization Of Scientific Research

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans on the House science committee are making an unprecedented move to require oversight of the scientific research process, pus...

Science Education Fuels Innovation

Anne Wojcicki | Posted 06.24.2013 | Impact
Anne Wojcicki

April 25th is DNA Day. I know, you probably had no idea. If you are like a lot of Americans, you don't give much thought to DNA or genetic science in general. You should.