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The ideal of objectivity.

In trying to figure out what ethics ought to guide scientists in their activities, we’re really asking a question about what values scientists are committed to.

February 26, 2013 — Janet D. Stemwedel

Step into the Twilight Zone: Day 25, or A Walk Through Santiago's Witching Hour

“The witching hour, someone had once whispered to her, was a special moment in the middle of the night when every child and every grown-up was in a deep deep sleep, and all the dark things came out from hiding and had the world all to themselves.” Roald Dahl, “The BFG,” about five minutes before the protagonist is kidnapped by a giant.As a kid I was obsessed with this idea of a witching hour, a time when, I imagined, every person living in my town, everyone I’d ever met and everyone they’d ever met, would be simultaneously asleep...

February 26, 2013 — Katie Worth

Introducing: Dani Grodsky

This is a series of Q&As with new, young and up-and-coming science, health and environmental writers and reporters. They - at least some of them - have recently hatched in the Incubators (science writing programs at schools of journalism), have even more recently fledged (graduated), and are now making their mark as wonderful new voices explaining science to the public...

STAFFFebruary 26, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Robot Geologist on Mars Makes History

One small scoop full of powdered rock, one giant step forward for exogeology. Lovers of the good science of rock-breaking will find their breath catching at this image:That's the first, folks...

February 26, 2013 — Dana Hunter

#SciAmBlogs Monday - The Language Gene, DSM-5, Big Neuroscience, cookie withdrawal, Fastest Spacecraft Ever, and more.

- Athena Andreadis - The “Language” Gene and Women’s Wagging Tongues - Sidney Zisook - Getting Past the Grief over Grief - Gary Stix - Big Neuroscience: Billions and Billions (Maybe) to Unravel Mysteries of the Brain and Neuroquotes of the Month…Maybe the Year - Scicurious - Of course I’m stressed, I’m in cookie withdrawal. - Caleb A...

STAFFFebruary 25, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

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