Michael Halpern

It’s harder to create good science, and to follow the evidence where it leads, when your work can be easily corrupted by political meddling. The Department of Energy has significantly expanded...

The increasingly reckless House of Representatives, caught up in a public mutiny, may have walked back its abandonment of congressional ethics . But it simultaneously took several other steps that...

The past two weeks have brought significant change and significant uncertainty about the future of science and democracy under a Trump administration. What will be their governing philosophy? Will...

The House Science Committee is continuing to pursue its baseless and dangerous subpoenas that, if enforced, would strike a significant blow to the First Amendment. Yesterday, we sent a response to...

Diversity strengthens science . It’s more than just a matter of fairness and equity— diverse groups of people create better science . Yet it should come as no surprise that people of color continue...

This morning, I awoke to news that eleven police officers were shot in Dallas at a protest that had been otherwise profoundly peaceful . President Obama called it a “vicious, calculated, despicable...

There are plenty of parallels between the Orlando killing and other mass shootings. But this one is different in one important way. The murderer chose his target because it was a sanctuary where LGBT...

Here are a few things I found interesting this week. Australia pressured UNESCO to remove references to Australia in climate change report : Worried that discussion of coral bleaching and other...

This has been quite the week. From the overwhelming to the fascinating to the touching, here’s what I’ve found worth reading: Graham Readfearn reports for the Guardian on the unbelievably...

In today’s Boston Globe, reporter David Abel profiles our work to push back on those who harass scientists through open records laws. The Globe article helps prove the point that the Freedom of...

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