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The Department of Energy Just Created a Powerful Tool to Protect its Scientists
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 Inquisition Congress, Abetted by Trump, Has Begun
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...
Your Profoundly Disturbing Yet Hopeful Thanksgiving Reading List on Science and Democracy
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...
Sharing Our Climate Deception Research with Lamar Smith (Again)
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...
Celebrating Science and Hispanic Heritage Month: A Conversation with Hector Arce
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...
Facing Reality, Speaking Out, and Building Trust after St. Paul, Baton Rouge, and Dallas
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...
How to Support LGBT Scientists After Orlando
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...
Hulk Hogan, World Heritage Sites, and a Missing Tortoise: What’s Worth Reading This Week
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...
Berkeley Breathed, and the Great Barrier Reef: What’s Worth Reading This Week
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...
Real Scrutiny of Science and Scientists Goes Well Beyond FOIA
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...