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Evelyn Katingi and Tsehay Gashaw of the International Livestock Research Institute working on their laptops at a conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Photo: ILRI\Zerihun Sewunet

American Prosperity Depends on International Science: Our Border Policy Should Reflect That

Tyeen Taylor

At first, the new ‘laptop ban’ sounded like a minor nuisance. This is a part of a recent executive order prohibiting large electronics as carry-on items on flights to the U.S. from eight countries in northern Africa and the Middle East. Only when I saw a Facebook outburst from my American colleague in Africa did it become clear how even a small encumbrance like this can cast a devastating blow to science. Read more >

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Permian Basin oil patch near Midland, Texas. Gas and oil extraction as far as the eye can see. Photo: Barbara Briggs

Climate Risk in the Spotlight of Chevron’s Annual Shareholder Meeting

Stephanie Thomas

I journeyed to Midland to attend Chevron’s annual shareholder meeting, held on May 31st, because I wanted to let the company know the importance of planning for a low carbon future. Read more >

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Science Needs to Learn Lessons from the LGBTQ Rights Movement

Dan Pomeroy

The recent March for Science did not help public support for science. That is what the majority of Americans told a recent Pew Research Center survey and what certain news outlets are quick to put in their headlines. My response: Who cares? If my years of organizing for LGBTQ rights taught me anything, it’s that the success of the march should not be measured by the day, but by the movement it creates. Read more >

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An Insider’s View on the Value of Federal Research

Mike Haas

Not long after receiving my doctorate in biochemistry I took a research position with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the main research arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Prior to retiring in 2014 I had spent my entire career, 33 years, with ARS. I had a chance to see federal research from within the system. Contrary to what you may have heard, it’s been my experience that federal research is solutions-oriented, transparent, and nonpolitical.   Read more >

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The Ill-logic of Alternative Facts (sic)

Sandra D. Mitchell

The recent surge of “alternative facts”, “fake news”, and claims that accepted science is a “hoax” propagated inside some conspiracy is not just disturbing, but threatens to undermine the hard-won authority of scientific facts. What’s going on, logically speaking, beneath the surface of these attacks? Read more >

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