Category: Opinion

Warp drives and science fictions

Title image courtesy NASA, STScI, and ESA Excitement for science is why I’m the blog editor for the BSR.  But if history is any indication, I’m a fan of tempered excitement. If you’ve followed science news for the past few days, you’ve no doubt seen an abundance of articles about the EmDrive–the prototype reactionless engine
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Walking the talk: taking ethics seriously in science

“What would you say is the most important thing you’ve gained from this ethics course?” the assistant chemistry professor asked her mixed audience of chemistry, bioengineering, molecular biology, and neuroscience graduate students. “It’s a bit scary how much we rely on an honor system in order to root out scientific fraud,” I recall saying, three years ago.
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If you want people to get vaccines–then listen

It’s pretty clear that most Americans actually believe in vaccines. A Pew research poll from January 29 of this year found that 68% of American adults think that childhood vaccines should be mandatory, so it’s safe to assume that most everyone thinks they are efficacious at preventing disease (which they are). But there are a
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Converging and diverging views in Pew Research Poll on science and society

Image credit – Wikimedia – public domain A report published last week by New Pew Research Center polled both the general public and scientists’ views on science and society. Although the public generally appreciates and regards science highly, when it comes to actual scientific topics, such as climate change and GMOs, views diverge. Pew surveyed
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