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Renowned neuropharmacologist Solomon Snyder has a thought-provoking take on what seems to be one of the two evils that has plagued modern academia: publication (the other one is the job market)...
At Neurotic Physiology today, Sci is contemplating publishing. And how, many times, our papers end up shuttled around and around and around. There's got to be a way to reduce this problem...
Two prominent neuroscientists have published a commentary in the Feb. 28th Nature suggesting that video games might be crafted to improve brain function and enhance personal well-being...
As the brash, stylish new kid on the block, SpaceX was sure to win its share of admirers. But last week’s launch hiccup showed that the private space operator, helmed by Elon Musk, has a few issues to work out, just like stodgy old NASA.Don’t get me wrong: SpaceX has done unbelievably impressive things...
At some point in the next decade, if advances in biotechnology continue on their current path, clones of extinct species such as the passenger pigeon, Tasmanian tiger and wooly mammoth could once again live among us...
Image of the Week #82, March 6th, 2013: From: A Museum Chapel for Microscopic Biodiversity by Hannah Waters at Culturing Science ...
On the evening of October 6th, 2005, I drove a cream-colored pickup along a bumpy, dusty track deep inside Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, just west of the Mara River and less than 10km north of the border with Tanzania and the Serengeti National Park...
#SciAmBlogs Tuesday - Fall of Food, Ethics in Citizen Science, The Gate, Drug Screens, Scientific Method, and more.
- Patrick Mustain - The Decline and Fall of Food: How Our Greatest Fuel Source Became Our Greatest Health Threat [Podcast] - Caren Cooper - Animal Care Ethics in Citizen Science: My Conundrum - Judy Stone - Drug Screens-and More Security Theater (Part 2) - Evelyn Lamb - Wrong in Public: the 4-Color Theorem Edition - Ashutosh Jogalekar - The Gate: Contemplating the secret portal that led to the atomic bomb - Janet D...
PRESS RELEASE***********The Coalition for the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS) today announced this year's winner of the second annual Paul Shin Award, honoring the unsung heroes of science communication and engagement.The 2013 winner is Mónica I...
Several recent blog posts and a session at Scio13 (discussed here) have addressed ethical issues in citizen science. Ethics in research is taken extremely seriously in academia: every single research project that involves human subjects gets reviewed by an independent committee (an Institutional Review Board, IRB) before it begins.When citizen science involves human subjects, it has to play by the same rules – even when it seems like there is no possible ethical conflict...
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