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Charles Darwin for Congress

By | November 13, 2012

Nominated as a write-in candidate as a protest against the anti-science incumbent, famed naturalist Charles Darwin won 4,000 congressional votes in a Georgia county.

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Industry Donates Big This Election

By | November 6, 2012

Biotech, pharmaceutical, and insurance companies have spent a record-breaking amount this election—nearly $200 million.

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Retraction Backlash

By | November 1, 2012

Retracting a paper from the scientific literature can lead to fewer citations for related studies.  

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Skimping on Research Funds

By | October 26, 2012

Research spending dropped $4 billion dollars in 2011, and could continue to drop, according to a new report.

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Fewer Dollars for Universities

By | September 27, 2012

The United States government is concerned over the declining levels of state funding for public research universities, citing a threat to overall economic health.

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Agriculture-Ecology Initiative Announced

By | September 18, 2012

The US Department of Agriculture announces a partnership of 10 study sites to help promote long-term research.

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Dotting “i”s and Crossing “t”s

By | September 17, 2012

As federal budgets tighten, the US government is getting serious about enforcing reporting and administrative rules that accompany academic grants.

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UK Ponies Up for Open Access

By | September 10, 2012

The United Kingdom government has devoted £10 million towards the goal of making all of the research it funds open access by next spring.

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The NSF Shake-Up

By | September 7, 2012

The federal agency is shuffling around its programs to streamline management and promote international scientific collaboration.

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Funding Cuts Threaten Big Data

By | September 5, 2012

Reduced support from the US National Library of Medicine threatens to shut down five popular biological databases.

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