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December 5, 2012

TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY

The Ideology of Fracking

This online survey about natural gas fracking and beliefs about technology will seek to understand why the divisions on these issues don’t necessarily match traditional political boundaries.

November 26, 2012

INVESTING IN SCIENCE

What the Fiscal Showdown Means for Science

The coming austerity crisis could set us back years in science research if lawmakers don’t come together to protect this critical long-term investment in economic growth. Here’s an overview of where cuts will hurt the most.

November 21, 2012

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

It’s Time for the Patent System to ‘Man Up’

At an event at CAP, US Patent and Trademark Director David Kappos addressed the need for the patent system to adapt and respond to the increasingly important role of software in all aspects of technology. But the issue isn’t cut and dry.

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 31, 2012

DATA PRIVACY

State of Federal Privacy and Data Security Law

In his testimony before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental affairs, Peter Swire argues for four key reforms to improve federal data privacy and online security policy.

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’.

July 3, 2012

TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY

Art in the Virtual Age

The partnership between the Google Art Project and art museums has created a high-quality virtual experience for users that both enhances and challenges the relevance of physical museums.

June 18, 2012

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.

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?

June 5, 2012

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Microsoft Goes Out on a Limb for Online Privacy Protection

Microsoft’s bold decision to have Internet Explorer 10 automatically send a Do Not Track signal to websites and search engines is opening up a vigorous debate about the management of consumers’ private browsing data.

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