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Don't Claim Purell Protects Against Ebola and MRSA, FDA Warns Company

In what can only be described as an incredible dunk, the Food and Drug Administration has sent a letter to Gojo Industries, maker of Purell hand sanitizer, warning that the company is violating federal rules by saying its products can kill “99.99% of most common germs that may cause illness in a healthcare setting,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Science policy, Fda, Hand Sanitizer, Purell, GOJO Industries, MRSA FDA Warns Company


Why Are There So Few Black Physicists? A New Report Describes What Needs to Change

A task force organized by the American Institute of Physics, a not-for-profit organization made up of other American physics societies, has released the results of a study into why African American students are persistently underrepresented in receiving undergraduate degrees in physics and astronomy. Read more...
Tags: Science, Physics, Science policy, American Institute of Physics, Diversity In Science


A Major New Particle Collider Is Coming to New York

The U.S. Department of Energy has decided on the final location of a major upcoming American particle collider: Brookhaven National Lab on Long Island in New York.Read more...
Tags: New York, Science, Physics, Science policy, Particle physics, Department Of Energy, Long Island, U S Department of Energy, New York Read, Brookhaven National Lab, Electron Ion Collider


Publishing Companies Are Mad That The President Might Want to Make Federally-Funded Research Open Access

Scientific societies and publishers are angry about a rumor that a White House executive order might make all federally-funded research open access.Read more...
Tags: Science, White House, Science policy, Open Access, Science Publishing


Yet Again, Trump Proposes Slashing Popular Federal Science Programs

The White House released its record-breaking  yesterday, and once again, it sucks if you care about science.Read more...
Tags: Science, White House, Science policy


Mark Kelly, Retired Astronaut and Husband of Gabby Giffords, Announces Senate Bid

Mark Kelly, retired astronaut and husband of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, this morning announced his bid for the U.S. Senate seat in Arizona previously held by John McCain. Read more...
Tags: Politics, Science, Senate, Arizona, Science policy, Astronauts, U S Senate, Gabby Giffords, Mark Kelly, Astronaut Politicians, Husband of Gabby Giffords Announces Senate, John McCain Read


Government Shutdown Puts Damper on America's Major Astronomy Conference

As the U.S. government shutdown drags on, scientists are beginning to see the effects of the closure firsthand.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, America, Science policy, Government Shutdown, Shutdown


US Passes Bill to Inject $1.2 Billion Into the Quantum Tech Race

President Donald Trump signed a bill last week providing over a billion dollars in funding to quantum research.Read more...
Tags: Science, US, Physics, Darpa, Science policy, Donald Trump, Quantum Computing, Quantum Physics, Quantum Technology


New House Science Committee Chair to Climate Scientists: We've Got Your Back Again

Change is in the air over at the House Committee on Space, Science, and Technology. An oozing sump of climate change skepticism under the leadership of Texas Republican Lamar Smith, the committee is poised to be taken over by Democrats and led by Texas’s Eddie Bernice Johnson, a registered nurse and longtime champion…Read more...
Tags: Texas, Science, Science policy, Climate Science, Lamar Smith, House Committee on Space Science and Technology, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Political Climate Change, New House Science Committee Chair


Major Scientific Society's Decision to Honor Anti-Environment Senator Sparks Outcry

American’s largest annual Earth science conference doesn’t kick off until next week, but things are already getting heated. Members of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) are up in arms over the organization’s decision to give a prestigious award to Senator Cory Gardner, who in 2015 voted against a measure declaring…Read more...
Tags: Science, Science policy, Sparks, Climate Denial, Cory Gardner, American Geophysical Union AGU, Science Integrity, Major Scientific Society


The Democrat Who Flipped a Republican Stronghold by Running on Climate Change

The 2018 midterms were a mixed bag for the environment, with some key ballot initiatives failing but several environment-friendly candidates winning their elections. One of those candidates hails from Orange County, California, long considered to be a center of Republican power. In CA-49, previously held by …Read more...
Tags: Politics, Science, Science policy, Orange County California, Mike Levin, Political Climate Change


'Of course it's not ethical': shock at gene-edited baby claims

Chinese geneticist He Jiankui’s claim to have altered embryos prompts outcry from scientistsScientists have expressed anger and doubt over a Chinese geneticist’s claim to have edited the genes of twin girls before birth, as government agencies ordered investigations into the experiment.A global outcry started after the genetic scientist He Jiankui claimed in a video posted on YouTube on Monday that he had used the gene-editing tool Crispr-Cas9 to modify a particular gene in two embryos before th...
Tags: Hong Kong, Science, Biology, China, World news, Genetics, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Ethics, Science policy, Gene Editing, He Jiankui


Victory: A Climate Change Denier Will No Longer Run the House Science Committee

However you feel about the outcome of last night’s election, if you care about evidence-based policymaking, there’s one thing to cheer: The House Committee on Space, Science, and Technology will, for the first time in nearly a decade, be led by someone who accepts the conclusions of mainstream climate science.Read more...
Tags: Science, Global Warming, Science policy, Brave New World, House Science Committee, Lamar Smith, House Committee on Space Science and Technology


Hard Brexit could cripple UK science, say Nobel prizewinners

Dozens of scientists write letter to May and Juncker setting out their concernsA coalition of Nobel laureates has said a hard Brexit could cripple UK science, in a letter to Theresa May and the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker.The letter, signed by 29 Nobel prizewinners and six Fields medallists, says the UK “must now strive to ensure that as little harm as possible is done to research”. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, UK, Science, Education, Research, European Union, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Higher Education, Jean Claude Juncker, Science policy, People in science


Brexit, cutting ourselves off from our past, and from science funding | Letters

Letters from Prehistoric Society president Clive Gamble, British Academy Europe liaison chair Helen Wallace, Steve Peers and Louise Rowntree and Kelvin AppletonHow hard can it be for the government to stop its Brexit dithering for a moment and remove the planning blight surrounding EU research funding (‘We haven’t got a plan B’: Academics race to safeguard research amid Brexit fears, 16 October)? Archaeology may deal in timescales of many thousands of years but the crisis looming in two years’ t...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Science, Education, Eu, European Union, UK News, Foreign Policy, Higher Education, Nicola Sturgeon, Archaeology, Science policy, Universities, People in science, Article 50, Brexit


House Passes Bill to Advance Quantum Science in the U.S.

The House of Representatives passed the National Quantum Initiative Act yesterday. When signed into law, the bill will outline a 10-year plan to push forward applications using the counterintuitive science of subatomic particles.Read more...
Tags: Science, Congress, House, House Of Representatives, Science policy, Quantum Computing, Quantum Computers, Advance Quantum Science


Report: NASA Needs to Get Moving on Its Plan to Snatch Some Mars Dust

NASA doesn’t just randomly decide what telescopes and satellites to shoot into space and what planet to study next. Instead, a committee of outside scientists drafts a set of goals and recommendations in what’s called a decadal survey. And though it notes some financial setbacks, a midterm review of the last decadal…Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Nasa, Science policy, Mars, Astrophysics, Planetary Science, Science Getting Done


Trump's Science Advisor Nominee Is an Outlier

Noted craver of “the cleanest air” Donald Trump has finally nominated a science advisor. It’s the longest the post has remained vacant since its was created under law in 1976 (the post has been around since 1941).Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Science policy, Donald Trump, Climate Policy, Trump Administration, Science Advice For Dummies


Two Quantum Computing Bills Are Coming to Congress

Quantum computing has made it to the United States Congress. If this field of quantum information is the new space race, the US doesn’t want to fall behind.Read more...
Tags: Science, Congress, China, US, Physics, United States, Science policy, Ibm, Quantum Computing, Quantum Mechanics, Micius, D Wave


Record-Breaking Laser Experiment Could Teach Us About the Cores of Super-Earths

An enormous laser targeted for shutdown by proposed federal budget cuts has just done some record-breaking science in order to understand the centers of faraway exoplanets that scientists call “super-Earths.”Read more...
Tags: Science, Physics, Lasers, Science policy, Rochester, Exoplanets, Trump, Super Earths, Omega Laser


Federal Science Research Is Getting a Lot More Money

As this year has dragged on, science fans have probably thought, dang, this federal government hates funding research and scientists. We also thought that. But despite the White House’s initial proposal, science agencies will be getting a somewhat surprising funding boost across the board for research.Read more...
Tags: Science, White House, Nasa, Science policy, Epa, Usgs, Nih, DOE, Trump, NIST, NSF, President Trump, Science Research, Federal Science Research


The Congressional Budget Could Have Been a Lot Worse For the Environment

It may not include everything on environmentalists’ wish lists, but a $1.3 trillion spending bill just released by Congress spares climate and energy research programs that President Donald Trump envisioned gutting.Read more...
Tags: Science, Congress, Science policy, Epa, Donald Trump, DOE, Climate Policy, Environmental Policy, Oh Thank God


Lamar Smith Is Okay Addressing Climate Change as Long as It's With Fusion Power

House Science, Space and Technology Committee chairman and man who calls hearings to challenge basic climate science Lamar Smith struck an unusual tune in a hearing that garnered little attention earlier this week. Apparently, despite all evidence to the contrary, Smith is concerned about reducing carbon emissions and…Read more...
Tags: Energy, Science, Science policy, Smith, Energy Policy, House Science Committee, Lamar Smith, House Science Space and Technology Committee, Fusion Energy, The Energy Source Of The Future


Scientists React to New Ruling Requiring NSF-Funded Institutions to Report Sexual Harassment

The National Science Foundation will require the institutions it funds to report findings of sexual or any other kind of harassment involving a principle investigator, according to a notice passed to Presidents of NSF Grantee organizations.Read more...
Tags: Science, Sexual Assault, Policy, Science policy, Sexual Harassment, National Science Foundation, NSF, University of Rochester, MeToo


Now Scott Pruitt Thinks Climate Change Could Be Good

On the heels of revelations that he called President Donald Trump an “empty vessel” in 2016, EPA Chief Scott Pruitt is now thinking this whole global warming thing might not be so bad after all.Read more...
Tags: Science, Science policy, Epa, Donald Trump, Scott Pruitt, Climate Change Denial, Everything Is Embarrassing


Trump's Plan to Gut Clean Energy Research Is Misguided and Dangerous

Foiled in his bid to slash the Department of Energy’s clean energy research programs in 2018, Trump is apparently going to try again: As reported by the Washington Post last week, a draft of the administration’s FY-2019 budget proposes cutting funding for the DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)…Read more...
Tags: Science, Washington Post, Science policy, Clean Energy, DOE, Department Of Energy, Trump, Energy Department, Energy Efficiency And Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy EERE


This Outdated Law Makes CRISPR Illegal in Canada—and That’s Hurting Science

Canada is among the few countries in the world where genetically engineering human embryos isn’t just illegal, doing so could land you behind bars.Read more...
Tags: Science, Canada, Science policy, Crispr


Should Scientists Be Posting Their Work Online Before Peer Review? 

Earlier this month, when the biotech firm Human Longevity published a controversial paper claiming that it could predict what a person looks like based on only a teeny bit of DNA, it was just a little over a week before a second paper was published discrediting it as flawed and false. The lightening speed with which…Read more...
Tags: Science, Genetics, Science policy, Human Longevity, Pre Prints


It Turns Out That Knowing More About Science Doesn't Correct Misbelief

When Kevin Esvelt, an evolutionary biologist at MIT, started thinking about using genetically engineered mice to fight Lyme disease, among his first stops was a community meeting in the small Martha’s Vineyard town of Chilmark. Esvelt makes regular field trips to talk to the public about his work. If the potential of…Read more...
Tags: Politics, Science, Mit, Science policy, Martha, Politics Of Science, Kevin Esvelt, Chilmark Esvelt


This Is Not How Science Works

Last week, a draft of a Department of Energy study on electric grid reliability leaked. Though its final version could change, it essentially found that an increased reliance on renewable energy sources, including solar and wind, have not made the grid less stable. Instead, electric grids are “more reliable today”…Read more...
Tags: Politics, Science, Climate Change, Environment, Science policy, Department Of Energy, Screaming Into The Void, Political Climate Change