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A slot for science

Weather, sports, and animals have their own cable television channels. Why not 24-hour science?

Christine Soares(csoares@the-scientist.com)

Science is too important and the scientific process too complex to leave to the "tyranny" of the network news sound bite, contends a small California-based group trying to generate support for an entire television network devoted to unadulterated science. Modeling their proposed science channel on the nonprofit Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network (C-SPAN), the group is seeking seed money from investor angels or foundations to move forward with the idea whose time, they believe, has come.

"We now have more than 100 channels on cable, so it seems that to me there ought to be one of them devoted to some serious scientific discussion," said Terry Sejnowski, head of the Salk Institute's Computational Neurobiology Laboratory, who is serving as advisory board chair for the fledgling "Cable Science Network" (CSN) initiative.

Sejnowski makes a case for the network in the August 1 issue of Science, citing stem...

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