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October 26, 2012

WOMEN IN STEM

Closing the Pay Gap in STEM Fields

Fewer women than men choose science and engineering majors in college and fewer of those who do enter technical careers upon graduation. And those women who do enter technical careers are paid less on average than men. But a new study suggests it doesn’t have to be this way.

October 1, 2012

SCIENCE AND SOCIETY

Of Particles and Politics

The discovery of physics’ most elusive particle this summer is a tremendous accomplishment for humanity, but it also raises a few questions about our scientific priorities here in the United States.

September 6, 2012

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

The Religiosity of the Fracking Debate

The debate over hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has a religious aura to it, despite each side claiming to have science on its side. Adam Briggle discusses the politics of fracking, and the perils of values debates that masquerade as science issues.

July 12, 2012

POLITICS OF SCIENCE

Fracked Ideologies

Natural gas fracking has ignited a fiery political debate, but the two sides do not fall evenly along party traditional party lines. Perhaps technology is giving rise to a new ideological dichotomy: ‘precautionaries’ and ‘proactionaries’.

June 8, 2012

NEUROSCIENCE

Should Teachers Learn Neuroscience?

Can modern, neuroscience-based psychology help teachers prepare their students for the tough competition ahead so they can have a chance to realize the American dream? More to the point, should teachers learn some neuroscience themselves?

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