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State of Science

The National Science Foundation releases a rather extensive analysis of science and technology in the US every two years. This is a nonpartisan report that the National Science Board (NSB) uses to advise the government (both the president and Congress). … Continue reading

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Vaccines: Beyond Hype and Hyperbole

With the ongoing debate raging between science and the right of parents to make medical decisions for their children, I have thought long and hard about how to approach this issue. Several people have asked me to write about it, … Continue reading

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Today we have a question posed by an 8th grade science class. Water goes from a liquid to a gas at its boiling point, so why does water turn into a gas even at room temperature? To understand what’s going … Continue reading

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Faith in Science Poll

Faith in science is a topic we covered here last month, but a new HuffPost/YouGov poll provides some numbers on this problem. 78% of people assume that scientific results are often or sometimes influenced by political ideology. 82% of people … Continue reading

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What is gently buzzing, buzzing at my freezer door?

One of my favorite science questions came in a phone call that went something like this: “The power went out and the freezer thawed. When we opened it up, the freezer had flies in it. How did they get in … Continue reading

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Peer Review and Scientific Standards

Credibility in science is dependent on a process of peer review. Scientific studies and their conclusions must be written, submitted to a journal, reviewed by peers, and deemed valid and worthy of sharing with the community. There is a lot … Continue reading

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Keeping Faith in Science

Science requires some level of faith. Coming from a scientist, this position of the faith of science often takes people by surprise, particularly when they have accepted science as an unwavering truth. After some explaining, the intricacies of this position … Continue reading

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Citizenship in Science

A scientist, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is “a person learned in science and especially natural science [or] a scientific investigator.” While the phrase “a person learned in science” could refer to anyone with a science education, I prefer to think … Continue reading

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