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Does Science Need More Compelling Stories to Foster Public Trust?

The touching stories that advocacy groups are so good at telling—the 49-year old mother whose breast cancer was detected by an early mammogram before it had spread; the 60-year-old neighbor who had a prostate tumor removed thanks to a routine PSA test—should inspire scientists to use anecdotes of their own, argue two doctors from the University of Pennsylvania.In the scientific realm, anecdotal evidence—the individual patient, the single result—tends to be shunned in favor of large, dense data sets and impersonal statistical analyses...

November 8, 2011 — Katherine Harmon

Supreme Court Considers GPS Cases and the Future of Privacy

If, in the early 1980s, the U.S. government had proposed a new crime-solving program requiring every adult to carry a small device that not only performed location tracking but also recorded the phone numbers of all recent contacts, opposition would have been swift and indignant...

November 8, 2011 — John Villasenor

Bloggingheads: What will power the future?

I had the pleasure of chatting with Maggie Koerth-Baker again for Bloggingheads Science Saturday, this time talking about the future of energy, how biotechnology might play a role in that future, and the risks involved in new technologies as well as the risks of sticking to old ones...

November 8, 2011 — Christina Agapakis

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