The Dow-DuPont merger was confirmed at the end of 2015. The merger binds two of America’s oldest companies—and two of the industry’s most important chemical companies—into a mega-company worth nearly $120 billion.
The cost and complexity of science and technology equipment have grown faster than science funding, and research has become so specialized that a gap has grown between the experiments scientists would like to do and the ones they can do.
Faced with increasing concern that children and administrators can’t count on new science teachers having sufficient knowledge about science safety, the Laboratory Safety Institute is now crowdsourcing a collection of questions, answers and resources.
If a critique can be made of scientists and their work, it’s this: most don’t share well. Of course, it’s understandable given today’s pressures and complicated legal system. But researcher Rachel Harding thinks this is an inefficient way to perform science, which is why she is now the first known biomedical researcher to open her lab notes to the research community, in real-time.
A provocative new book is lending credence to frustrated teenagers everywhere when they inevitably shout, “when am I ever going to need to solve for x in real life?”
By now, you've probably heard of the neurodegenerative disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), most popularly linked to football players who receive multiple sub-concussive blows to the head. But what does it have to do with King Henry VIII? Welcome to the intersection of science and history.
With President Obama’s State of the Union announcement of the cancer “moonshot,” the importance of research reproducibility will now be put under an even higher resolution microscope.
On Monday, I wrote a blog expressing my viewpoint about an infographic the CDC released on women and drinking, which I believe was done in a sexist manner. On Wednesday, the agency edited the infographic to include men, both in verbiage and illustration. As of today, the more insulting portion of the infographic has been completely removed from the CDC's website.
The CDC has now made itself a laughing stock on a very serious issue. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are horrible and can 100 percent be avoided. But instead of taking the time to properly address and provide education about the disease, the CDC created a belittling infographic that belongs in a 1950’s Home Economics textbook.
An increasing number of medical tests are becoming so mainstream and foolproof that almost anyone can perform them if they read the directions. More than likely, you've had a waived test done by someone who was not formally trained.
The STEM fields supposedly suffer from a shortage of graduates. Conventional wisdom says there’s no one for employers to hire for science and engineering jobs. But look again. There are actually plenty of STEM graduates; the U.S. is just training them the wrong way.
If you’ve walked into a supermarket recently, odds are you saw at least one product labeled “all natural” or “made with natural ingredients.” And while that may sound good and look nice on packaging, what does the word “natural” really mean? And how are these products different than “non-natural” foods? Truth is, as consumers, we don’t really know.
Expansion of the human race into space will require conquering new and unique problems. Obstacles that were overcome in early space exploration have already made invaluable contributions to today’s technologies and helped tackle problems we have faced planet-side.
It upsets me when prominent men make disparaging comments about women in science. But what upsets me more is when women make disparaging comments about other women, whether in science or elsewhere. Recently, a woman named Averil Macdonald did just that, suggesting women in the U.K. don’t support fracking because they “don’t understand” the science behind the oil extraction process.
It’s no secret many “gaps” exist in science. We’ve talked about them before—there is a gap between overall women in the workforce and women in STEM, especially high-ranking positions. There is a gap between the general public and scientists in terms of how much trust the public has in scientists and regarding topic-specific areas, like GMOs and climate change.
When designing laboratories today, we should draw upon the successes of the past. Edison is known for creating the first industrial research lab that applied the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork. So how is Edison’s lab similar to those we design today?