Study Questions if School Closures Limit the Spread of COVID-19
Study Questions if School Closures Limit the Spread of COVID-19
School shutdowns might have a relatively small effect on preventing the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, a new meta-analysis suggests, though the preliminary data point to the need for more studies.
Study Questions if School Closures Limit the Spread of COVID-19
Study Questions if School Closures Limit the Spread of COVID-19

School shutdowns might have a relatively small effect on preventing the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, a new meta-analysis suggests, though the preliminary data point to the need for more studies.

School shutdowns might have a relatively small effect on preventing the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, a new meta-analysis suggests, though the preliminary data point to the need for more studies.

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Opinion: Stop Private Speculation in COVID-19 Research
Opinion: Stop Private Speculation in COVID-19 Research
Emiliano Brancaccio, Ugo Pagano | Mar 23, 2020
We present an economic plan for a collective sharing of scientific knowledge on the pandemic.
UK Government to Boost R&D Spending
UK Government to Boost R&D Spending
Catherine Offord | Mar 13, 2020
The 2020 budget includes a 15 percent increase in public funding for research and development next year, but some scientists want more details on where the money will go.
Trump Administration Weakens Endangered Species Protections
Trump Administration Weakens Endangered Species Protections
Ashley Yeager | Aug 13, 2019
Enforcement of the Endangered Species Act will be altered, easing protections for the most critically threatened plants and animals.
Global Biodiversity Assessment Reports “Unprecedented” Declines
Global Biodiversity Assessment Reports “Unprecedented” Declines
Chia-Yi Hou | May 6, 2019
The intergovernmental organization reports “accelerating” species extinctions, with 25 percent of animal and plant species evaluated under threat of extinction.
Reorganization of USDA Research Offices Concerns Scientists
Reorganization of USDA Research Offices Concerns Scientists
Ashley Yeager | Aug 16, 2018
The plan would move two scientific branches out of Washington, DC, by 2019.
How Orphan Drugs Became a Highly Profitable Industry
How Orphan Drugs Became a Highly Profitable Industry
Diana Kwon | May 1, 2018
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.
University of Oregon Erecting a $1-Billion Science Center
University of Oregon Erecting a $1-Billion Science Center
Jim Daley | Mar 16, 2018
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.
Opinion: Hidden Environmental Cost in Green Solutions
Opinion: Hidden Environmental Cost in Green Solutions
Meredith Richardson, Praveen Kumar | Jun 30, 2017
The inclusion of soil nutrient fluxes is critical for more-accurately assessing the societal value of ethanol biofuel vs. corn feed.
Zika's Economic Burden
Zika's Economic Burden
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. 
Image of the Day: Senior Scientists
Image of the Day: Senior Scientists
The Scientist Staff | Mar 27, 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.
Reproducibility Crisis Not So Bad?
Reproducibility Crisis Not So Bad?
Kerry Grens | Mar 7, 2016
Two studies temper the dismal assessment of psychology and economics researchers’ abilities to replicate one another’s experiments.
The Cost of Irreproducible Research
The Cost of Irreproducible Research
Kerry Grens | Jun 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.
Speaking of Science
Speaking of Science
The Scientist Staff | Dec 1, 2014
December 2014's selection of notable quotes
Clean Wood = Fewer Insects
Clean Wood = Fewer Insects
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.
Science Funds Feed the Economy
Science Funds Feed the Economy
Kerry Grens | Apr 4, 2014
New data reveal that a sizable chunk of the investment in science is spent on materials and services from U.S. companies.  
How the NIH Fuels Private Business
How the NIH Fuels Private Business
Bob Grant | Jul 25, 2013
A new report details the ways in which the federal science agency boost the US economy by stimulating the private sector.
Genetics-Poverty Link Questioned
Genetics-Poverty Link Questioned
Edyta Zielinska | Feb 3, 2013
Harvard geneticists and anthropologists challenge the work of two economists who say there’s a link between genetic diversity and wealth.
Conservation Will Cost $76 Billion
Conservation Will Cost $76 Billion
Dan Cossins | Oct 11, 2012
Researchers estimate annual investment needed to conserve habitats and save the world’s most at-risk species.
Happiness by Numbers
Happiness by Numbers
Dan Cossins | Oct 8, 2012
Psychologists and economists identify key aspects in work and life to achieve optimal wellbeing.