Here are 10 topics senators could ask Trump’s science adviser nominee to address

Proposals to cut spending on basic research, such as this scientific balloon launch in Greenland funded by the National Science Foundation, could get attention at the 23 August Senate confirmation hearing for Kelvin Droegemeier, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the White House science office. August Allen/Polar Field Services/NSF By Jeffrey MervisAug. 21, 2018 , […]

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Failing GCSE science students handed pass as Ofqual steps in and moves grade boundaries

In a blog published on Ofqual’s website, Cath Jadhav, associate director of standards and comparability, wrote: “During the awarding period exam boards reported to us that, while they were confident in standards set at 4-4, there were more students than expected getting an unclassified result on higher tier combined science. “Receiving an unclassified result because […]

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How the Great American Solar Eclipse Sparked Nationwide Interest in Science

The Great American Solar Eclipse ignited exceptional interest in science among the U.S. public, according to one new report. Last summer, it seemed like everyone was obsessed with the solar eclipse. People scrambled to get their hands on eclipse glasses, shared articles about the event and brought up the eclipse in what seemed like every conversation. In […]

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What does Trump’s pick for science adviser think about climate science? A 2014 talk offers clues

Kelvin Droegemeier Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press By Jeffrey MervisAug. 20, 2018 , 12:45 PM The meteorology professor picked to advise President Donald Trump on science-related matters has urged climate scientists to be more humble when they talk about the conclusions of their research—and said Earth might be more resilient to human-caused environmental assaults than many believe. […]

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Science’s Bullying Problem

Over the past few weeks, the stories of three high-profile scientists accused of bullying have emerged: geneticist Nazneen Rahman, psychologist Tania Singer and astrophysicist Guinevere Kauffmann. Each of these researchers are (or were) at the top of their fields, recipients of huge amounts of funding. They are accused of abuses of power, bullying and abuse […]

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