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The Yale computer scientist last month met with then-President–elect Donald Trump and key advisors to discuss, among other things, the position of Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy. In a conversation with The Scientist, Gelernter shared his thoughts on climate change, the impacts of immigration on science, and more.

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Top UK Science Advisor to Control Science Funding

By | February 2, 2017

Immunologist Mark Walport will shift from his position as chief science advisor to the UK government to head its new science funding agency.

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Scientific Societies Respond to Trump Immigration Order

By | February 2, 2017

More than 150 scientific societies have objected to the new president’s executive order, arguing that it will hinder international collaboration and make America less competitive

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Artificial Cells Talk to Real Ones

By | February 1, 2017

Nonliving cells developed in the lab can communicate chemically with living bacteria, according to a study.

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Trump’s Crackdown on Federal Regulations

By | February 1, 2017

The President has signed an executive order requiring that federal agencies, including the FDA, to cut two regulations for every new one they adopt.

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Q&A: Marching for Science in Buffalo

By | February 1, 2017

A conversation with pharmacology PhD student Alexandria Trujillo and undergraduate research assistant Jonathan Plaza

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Cannibalism: Not That Weird

By | February 1, 2017

Eating members of your own species might turn the stomach of the average human, but some animal species make a habit of dining on their own.

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Contributors

By | February 1, 2017

Meet some of the people featured in the February 2017 issue of The Scientist.

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Plant Photoreceptor Doubles as a Thermometer

By | February 1, 2017

Warmth acts on a light-sensing protein similarly to the way shade does, setting off a growth spurt in plant seedlings.

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Infographic: Dual-Purpose Photoreceptor

By | February 1, 2017

See how different environmental conditions affect the activity of a molecule sensitive to both light and temperature.

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