Dawn of the textBOOC

Dawn of the textBOOC

While Massively-Open Online Course (MOOC) platforms hawk college credit equivalents, instructors and students just want better learning materials
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High Quality Research Act doesn't know how science works

High Quality Research Act doesn’t know how science works

The High Quality Research Act (HQRA), a bill proposed by Congressman Lamar Smith, proposes to cut basic science funding in favor of applied research -- but at what cost?
Tesla may be forced to hit the brakes, ending sales directly to consumers

Tesla may be forced to hit the brakes, ending sales directly to consumers

Electric car company, Tesla, has had a banner year in sales and innovation. But lobbyists from the National Automobile Dealers Association are attempting to prevent Tesla from selling their product directly to consumers by changing state law.
The irony of our new Green Consumer Culture

The irony of our new Green Consumer Culture

By improving Recycling and Reusing, we have entered into the age of a strange new Green consumer culture that simultaneously motivates and undermines efforts to Reduce and subsequently make society more environmentally friendly. Our Green consumer culture could use a healthy transformation into a Post-consumer culture.
Cancer is no longer a first world problem

Cancer is no longer a first world problem

A conversation with the founders of the Global Oncology Initiative: What we can learn from studying the rates of cancer in developing nations and why we need a global standard of care.
Obamacare: Relevant for the Young and Invincible?

Obamacare: Relevant for the Young and Invincible?

Arguments against Obamacare do not account for numerous protections written into the bill to prevent drastic rate changes. Most 20-somethings can expect to see increased health benefits, and only a small fraction should expect their premiums to increase.
Congress’ Overwrought Response to European Air Travel Regulations

Congress’ Overwrought Response to European Air Travel Regulations

Obama signs legislation prohibiting airlines from complying with European law incentivizing reducing greenhouse gas emissions, undermining his rhetoric to combat climate change.
Not so quiet on the left-ern front

Not so quiet on the left-ern front

When it comes to anti-GMO campaigns, left-leaning political parties may also be guilty of coopting science to serve ideology. Is the war on science being fought on both fronts?
Investing in humanity’s future means divesting from fossil fuels

Investing in humanity’s future means divesting from fossil fuels

Divestment operates on the simple principle that it is wrong to make unethical investments. The campaign to divest from fossil fuels will succeed in America by returning the discussion of climate change to an honest scientific dialogue rather than special-interest backed misinformation attempts.
Pulling back the curtain on Dr. Oz

Pulling back the curtain on Dr. Oz

Sensationalized health claims by TV personality, Dr. Oz, devalues evidence-based medicine.
To lick or not to lick...

To lick or not to lick…

Illustrating the uncertain future of our genetic privacy...
The Surprising Truth of “Anonymity” in Genomic Studies

The Surprising Truth of “Anonymity” in Genomic Studies

Fifty participants were unmasked in the 1000 Genomes Project, despite signing an informed consent form promising privacy. If future employers or life insurance companies can start using genetic information to assess risks, it becomes vital to inform study participants about the extent to which they can expect genetic privacy.
Astronomy: The Gateway Science

Astronomy: The Gateway Science

Astronomy can play a crucial role in science education, not only in the media but directly in our schools, by acting as a "gateway science" and opening the door for all science, technology and engineering fields.