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SCIENCE AND CIVIL RIGHTS

Why a Recent Study on Gay Parenthood Shouldn’t Matter

A recent study by Mark Regnerus claimed to find that children raised by same-sex couples turn out to have more problems as adults than those raised by heterosexual parents. Ilana Yurkiewicz explains why policymakers should ignore it.

BIOETHICS

Unnatural Selection

As prenatal screening for both medical and nonmedical traits becomes a serious possibility, we walk a moral tightrope between letting parents choose and upholding our societal standards of tolerance.

GENOMICS AND THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD

Fishing for Funding

The marriage between biology and computer science is changing the scientific method: Collect the data first, figure out what you’re searching for later. Scientific cultures are clashing and it may be influencing who gets grant funding.

STEM EDUCATION

The Demoralization Equation

When assessing how to close the American math achievement gap, we cannot overlook the importance of attitudes and stereotypes that – consciously and subconsciously – invade classrooms, warp student and teacher perceptions, and impede performance.

SCIENCE COMMUNICATION

(Don’t) Keep it Simple

Scientists get a lot of flak for their poor communication skills, but a journalistic culture of brevity before accuracy surely must share some of the blame.