Can our nation afford political waffling on issues of scientific consensus?
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December 11, 2012 What would you want in a national Pledge For Science? How would you balance out the need to keep politicians from waffling on scientific issues as diverse as evolution, climate change and vaccines while separating out issues of research from issues of policy?
The Universe of Particles exhibition at CERN in 2011.
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November 21, 2012 Theories are the life-blood of science; but ruling them out may be harder than you think. And letting a cherished model fall on the trash heap of history is even harder, yet. Take "supersymmetry" from the world of particle physics, for example. When might we see its demise or its vindication?
October 24, 2012 Scientists often face a quandary when deciding how to communicate important results to the wider world. Commentator Tania Lombrozo asks whether delivering a forceful message to the public on issues of the day is more important than remaining true to the questioning nature of science when addressing a general audience.
April 25, 2012 Science hardly ever advances in a straight line. Recent observations casting doubt on the existence of Dark Matter force us to consider the lessons of history.
January 25, 2012 As science advances, it becomes more abstract and distant from people's everyday reality. How do we bridge the gap so that society as a whole can engage in the questions of the day, from global warming to the debate on evolution?
Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House on House
November 16, 2011 The hit series House can be used as a model for understanding how science works: ongoing testing of hypotheses leads to an explanation.
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