Believe it or not, US regulators are very concerned that everybody get a chance to participate in science research. Often, when applying for a grant, scientists have to give information about what populations will be included.
The government should then like the recent explosion of Web-based experiments. Experiments on the Internet are available to anyone with an Internet connection, which is already the considerable majority of Americans of a wide range of ethnicities.
I recently started a new web-based research lab, the Cognition and Language Laboratory. The experiments typically run about 5 minutes. Right now there are experiments on mother-child speech, language processing, visual cognition and birth order effects on personality. I really appreciate your participation.
I listened to astronaut Sally Ride on the radio this morning talking about the importance of science, and science in education, particularly for girls. You can find information about it on her website Sally Ride Science.
The site has links to science festivals, books, science camps and toys for young people, along with information for educators. It also includes a blog with teacher Barbara Morgan, the 1st Educator Astronaut, who launched into space on the space shuttle Endeavour just two days ago on August 8.
Threadless T's joined up with Seed Magazine to sponsor a "Science and Culture" T-shirt design contest. The bummer is that the contest ends today. But the good news is you can check out all the designs folks submitted, rate them, and maybe buy a few.
A popular science blogger from U of MN, Morris, PZ Myers, has started a discussion to answer: "What is science?"
President Bush has been criticized for appointing scientists who agree with his policy positions to important committees. Now comes word from Oregon that Democratic Governor Ted Kulongoski wants to replace the state climatologist, George Taylor, because Taylor doesn't support the Governor's position on global warming.
Some scientists are alarmed by this. They argue that science is the process of searching for the truth -- regardless of whether or not anybody likes the answer. Also, having doubters and skeptics ask questions is necessary to keep scientists honest.
On the other hand, politicians are not scientists. Their job is to implement laws and policies which they feel are in the best interests of the people. And it's difficult to do that if key personnel openly disagree with you.
What do you think? What's the proper balance between science and public policy? Leave us a comment.
Well, 2006 is nearing its end and that means it's time for those always fun end of year lists. So what science discoveries, news stories, scandals, or events were the most important of 2006. Post your ideas as a comment and we will turn the list into a poll where people can vote which ones were the most groundbreaking. I 'heart' community created lists.
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Do you think science is boring? Then we aren't doing our jobs right. True science nerds love this way of looking at the world because its exciting and answers our questions. I think I can easily say there is nothing boring about it. An editorial in today's StarTribune points out that educators aren't doing a good job at communicating that. If there's nothing boring about science, then it just might have something to do with how we are presenting it.
So really, do you think science is boring? If so why? If not why?