Science Education & Policy

Smoking Bans Reduce Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease In Non-Smokers

A Cochrane Library review suggests that smoking bans may reduce harms of passive smoking, unclear as they are, since there has never been evidence that second-hand smoke has harmed anyone. Yet epidemiologists have linked it to risks of heart disease and s ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 6 2016 - 10:54pm

Government System For Awarding NIH Grants Is No Better Than A Lottery

Do you feel good about getting that National Institutes of Health (NIH)? You should. As government has spent billions on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) outreach promoting the idea that only government-funded science is real science, the ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 16 2016 - 11:28am

Gynecologic Oncology: Women Lag In In Scholarly Productivity

A new study indicates that younger female gynecologic oncologists are less productive scholastically and that is why they are poorly represented in the higher academic ranks compared to male contemporaries. There are obvious differences in gender make-up ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 17 2016 - 1:51pm

Britain Is Burning Wood From US Forests To Meet Renewables Targets

Last year, 6 million tons of “wood pellets” harvested from forests in Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Virginia were shipped across the Atlantic, to be burnt in renewable “biomass” power plants. This was almost double the 2013 figure. The US “wood ...

Article - The Conversation - Feb 19 2016 - 4:03pm

Effects Of Louisiana School Voucher Program

The Louisiana Scholarship Program has widely varying effects on students, according to a series of studies released jointly by the School Choice Demonstration Project at the University of Arkansas and the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans at Tul ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 23 2016 - 11:34am

James Hansen: A New Argument For Carbon Taxes And Green Subsidies

A new study reports that current rising temperatures already noticeably load the 'climate dice', with growing practical impacts. As a bottom line, lead author D. James Hansen argues in Environmental Research Letters that a carbon fee is needed t ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 2 2016 - 6:43am

Bernie Sanders Isn’t Pro-Science (and Neither Are Most Progressives)

“For those of us who believe in science,you simply cannot ignore what the scientific community is saying almost unanimously.” ...

Article - Jenny Splitter - Mar 5 2016 - 2:18pm

Using Your Education To Live Better

I was enthralled by reading the latest post by Greg Kotkowski on the Amva4NewPhysics blog. He has something to teach us all about how we should be rational and use our knowledge to address everyday problems, rather than follow the groupthink and be driven ...

Blog Post - Tommaso Dorigo - Apr 6 2016 - 7:49am

Publishing In An International Scholarly Journal: Tips From An Editor

These tips will help researchers for whom English is a second language, and who work at universities and research institutes where the international publishing culture is still young.  ...

Article - Fred Phillips - Apr 15 2016 - 8:53am

What Environmental And Pro-Science Groups Agree On: Ending A Government Carbon Sequestration Facility

Friends of the Earth, an activism group generally devoted to impeding science and progress, is excited that the Texas Clean Energy Project, a carbon capture and sequestration facility in Texas, has support from the Department of Energy that is set to expi ...

Article - Hank Campbell - May 13 2016 - 12:56pm