funding, evolution, policy
Infographic: Rare Disease by the Numbers
Infographic: Rare Disease by the Numbers
The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2018
How rare conditions and research spending on them compare with more common diseases.
EU States Vote to Ban Neonicotinoids
EU States Vote to Ban Neonicotinoids
Diana Kwon | Apr 27, 2018
The pesticides, which studies show are harmful to bees, will be prohibited in open fields by the end of 2018.
Marine Biologist Susan Williams Dies
Marine Biologist Susan Williams Dies
Diana Kwon | Apr 26, 2018
The UC Davis researcher was an advocate of ocean conservation and science communication.
Fungus Repurposed a Bacterial Gene to Sense Gravity with Crystals
Fungus Repurposed a Bacterial Gene to Sense Gravity with Crystals
Viviane Callier | Apr 24, 2018
Rather than getting a gene for its original function, a horizontal gene transfer provides the raw material for evolutionary innovation.
Opinion: “Drug Sanctuaries” Offer Hope to a Post-Antibiotic World
Opinion: “Drug Sanctuaries” Offer Hope to a Post-Antibiotic World
Rees Kassen | Apr 24, 2018
Drug-free environments, such as a designated ward in a hospital, might reduce the strength of selection for resistance.
Study: Winning an Early-Career Research Grant Begets More Funding
Study: Winning an Early-Career Research Grant Begets More Funding
Shawna Williams | Apr 23, 2018
The relationship is independent of grantees’ scientific accomplishments.
EPA Seeks to Restrict the Science Used in Policymaking
EPA Seeks to Restrict the Science Used in Policymaking
Kerry Grens | Apr 23, 2018
Republican politicians have been trying to limit data to only those publicly available, but opponents say that would neglect private, yet important, information.
Jim Bridenstine Confirmed to Lead NASA
Jim Bridenstine Confirmed to Lead NASA
Kerry Grens | Apr 19, 2018
The US Senate narrowly approved the politician, who does not have a science background.
Inside the OSTP: Q&A With a Senior Science Policy Advisor
Inside the OSTP: Q&A With a Senior Science Policy Advisor
Shawna Williams | Apr 18, 2018
Sara Brenner discusses why she took a break from academia to join the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, and what she hopes to accomplish there.
Women Less Successful When Applying for Patents
Women Less Successful When Applying for Patents
Diana Kwon | Apr 18, 2018
An investigation of 2.7 million patent submissions in the U.S. finds gender disparities throughout the application process.