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Government incentives, advances in technology, and an army of patient advocates have spun a successful market—but abuses of the system and exorbitant prices could cause a backlash.

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With the largest private gift to a public college, the new facility aims to infuse the local economy with fresh opportunities, but returns on the investment are anything but guaranteed.

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Opinion: Hidden Environmental Cost in Green Solutions

By Meredith Richardson and Praveen Kumar | June 30, 2017

The inclusion of soil nutrient fluxes is critical for more-accurately assessing the societal value of ethanol biofuel vs. corn feed.

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Zika's Economic Burden

By Jef Akst | May 11, 2017

A new analysis estimates that the viral disease could cost between $183 million and more than $10 billion in the U.S. alone. 

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Image of the Day: Senior Scientists

By The Scientist Staff | March 28, 2017

The aging science and engineering workforce in the U.S. can be traced back to the Baby Boomer cohort of researchers and the elimination of mandatory retirement in universities.

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Reproducibility Crisis Not So Bad?

By Kerry Grens | March 7, 2016

Two studies temper the dismal assessment of psychology and economics researchers’ abilities to replicate one another’s experiments.

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The Cost of Irreproducible Research

By Kerry Grens | June 10, 2015

Half of basic science studies cannot be replicated, according to a new analysis—to the tune of $28 billion a year in the U.S.

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Speaking of Science

By The Scientist Staff | December 1, 2014

December 2014's selection of notable quotes

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Clean Wood = Fewer Insects

By Bob Grant | May 28, 2014

A study finds that fumigating or heat treating wooden pallets and crates can slow the spread of bark- and wood-boring insect pests such as the emerald ash borer.

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Science Funds Feed the Economy

By Kerry Grens | April 4, 2014

New data reveal that a sizable chunk of the investment in science is spent on materials and services from U.S. companies.  

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