Category: Meta Science

Development Engineering: A Critical Overview

Development engineering is an emerging field that brings together communities, businesses, students, faculty, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and governments, as well as for- and non-profit organizations, with the intention of working collaboratively to solve global challenges. It is, by design, a multidisciplinary field that bridges engineering and social sciences such as economics, public health, and gender
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Diversity’s positive feedback loop

Featured image: When they hear the word “scientist”, most people envision a white male—but as research topics become more diverse, so does the face of science. Photo by Jiri Navratil (Own work)  via Wikimedia Commons. I am a physics graduate student, a woman, and an Asian American. When I look at the 52 other
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Truth In Science

The world of the unseen, unlearned, and unknown has forever entranced human minds. Imagine the delight of the first creature to wield fire on the end of a stick, suddenly able to illuminate features in the darkness on command. Scientists enjoy a similar feeling when, for a brief moment at the microscope or analyzing fresh
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Greenhouse Gases versus Glass Greenhouses

The way things are named in science can be confusing. In physics and physical chemistry, we have penguin diagrams and Proton-Enhanced Nuclear Induction Spectroscopy (PENIS)—names that were intended to be funny but are not particularly descriptive. We also have naming conventions that reflected the best thinking at the time they were developed, but now remain
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