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April 24, 2013

SCIENCE IN SOCIETY

The ‘Broader Impacts’ of Sequestration on Science

The budget sequestration is raising interesting questions about the purpose of science, in particular, on whether the pursuit of scientific knowledge can ever be usefully separated from the question of larger societal concerns.

March 29, 2013

SCIENCE POLITICS

Science and the Public Square

Why does science so often drive irksome political debates? It could be the way science helps us better understand the boundary of what activities ought to be considered “public,” and therefore an appropriate object of government regulation, and what is “private.”

March 25, 2013

SEX SCIENCE

Future Choices II

Despite the increasing popularity, sophistication, and availability of assisted reproductive technologies, the rights and responsibilities surrounding those who take part in these processes are still largely undefined.

February 18, 2013

OPEN ACCESS MOVEMENT

The Other Aaron’s Law

A new bill to expand access to public information and the results of publicly funded research is a step toward the open access world that Aaron Swartz once envisioned.

February 13, 2013

CYBER SECURITY

TIMELINE: U.S. Cybersecurity Policy in Context

In light of yesterday’s executive order and the recent spate of cyber attacks, we take a look back at past cyber attacks, and what our government has done to fortify both the public and private sectors against hackers foreign and domestic.

January 7, 2013

INVESTING IN SCIENCE

Ethics, Science Funding, and the Fiscal Cliff

Though they don’t get as much media attention as entitlements or gun control, the still-looming automatic cuts to federal science and engineering investments are perhaps more dangerous to our long-term economic prosperity.

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