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Misconduct Around the Globe

By Richard Smith and Tracey Koehlmoos | June 1, 2013

Research misconduct is not limited to the developed world, but few countries anywhere are responding adequately.

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DIYbio: Low Risk, High Potential

By Todd Kuiken | March 1, 2013

Citizen scientists can inspire innovation and advance science education—and they are proving adept at self-policing.

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Regulating Amateurs

By Dustin T. Holloway | March 1, 2013

How should the government ensure the safety and responsibility of do-it-yourself biologists?

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Military Mind Wars

By Jonathan D. Moreno | November 1, 2012

How neuroscience research can inform military counterintelligence tactics, and the moral responsibilities that accompany such research

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Medicines for the World

By Suerie Moon and Ellen ’t Hoen | October 1, 2012

A global R&D treaty could boost innovation and improve the health of the world’s poor—and rich.

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Science and Democracy

By Lewis M. Branscomb and Andrew A. Rosenberg | October 1, 2012

Researchers and conscientious citizens must unite against the partisan rancor in American politics and restore the role of scientific information in policymaking.

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Bring On the Transparency Index

By Adam Marcus and Ivan Oransky | August 1, 2012

Grading journals on how well they share information with readers will help deliver accountability to an industry that often lacks it.

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Predatory Publishing

By Jeffrey Beall | August 1, 2012

Overzealous open-access advocates are creating an exploitative environment, threatening the credibility of scholarly publishing.

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All’s Not Fair in Science and Publishing

By Frederick Southwick | July 1, 2012

False credit for scientific discoveries threatens the success and pace of research.

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One Year On

By Nick Beresford and Jordi Vives i Batlle | March 1, 2012

Some thoughts about the ecological fallout from Fukushima

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