Science Policy Challenges, Part Four: Information Overload Science Policy Technology 

Science Policy Challenges, Part Four: Information Overload

By Jonathan Trinastic @jptrinastic This is the fourth in a series of four articles by Dr. Jonathan Trinastic in our new Science Policy section. In 2002, human civilization duplicated or recorded 23 exabytes of data (that’s 23 followed by 18 zeros, or 23 billion gigabytes). That may sound like a lot, but fast-forward to 2017, and we are manipulating this much data in just one week. The amount of information at our fingertips is staggering, whether it be about Stephen Curry’s clutch 3-point field goal percentage at home against winning…

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Science Policy 

Scientists, Please Describe Your Failures

We don’t ask people in other professions to put their failures on display, but it’s vital for speeding up progress in crucial areas of research from climate change to medicine and public health. By Ijad Madisch Ask any budding director if they would like to see the first iterations of Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather. I don’t think many would pass up the opportunity to see Coppola’s process from filming, to editing, to deciding what makes the final cut.  Indeed, people in nearly any occupation, from painters to journalists to architects…

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Science Literacy Starts with Accessibility Uncategorized 

Science Literacy Starts with Accessibility

By Shayna Keyles Outreach Coordinator Science Connected Science is a broad term that covers numerous disciplines, from paleontology and particle physics to medicine and mechanical engineering. Nutritional recommendations, architectural limitations, and football-throwing specifications are all guided by science—as are birth, death, and everything in between. So where does Science Connected fit in with all that? Science is vast, and for many around the world, it’s a foreign concept. Many factors contribute to its inaccessibility: teaching methods or curricula that are less than ideal; prohibitive expenses of higher learning; difficulties in…

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Failed Experiments Move Science Forward Education Health 

Failed Experiments Move Science Forward

A new series for ResearchGate by Katherine Lindemann Article contributed by Michele Heisler Researchers don’t dream of negative studies, but experiments that don’t go as expected and trials that yield negative results are critical for moving science forward. To highlight this important part of the research process, we asked research scientists to speak about their own experiences with “failure.” Our first contributor is Michele Heisler, a health services researcher who develops and tests health system-based interventions. There is a certain moment that every researcher who develops and evaluates health care interventions…

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European laboratories open to visitors Astronomy Engineering Physics Technology 

Five European Laboratories Open to Visitors

Do you want to see science in action? Now, you can go deep inside some of the top research laboratories in Europe. Our friends at ResearchGate have produced this list of five recommendations for members of the public who want to go where the science happens. The following list includes some of the most amazing laboratories in Europe that are open to visitors. 1. Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire (CERN), France & Switzerland CERN is synonymous with the biggest questions in physics. What is the universe made of? What happened after the Big Bang?…

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Time Travel: The DeLorean Time Machine Science & Art 

Back to the Future and Time Travel Science

ResearchGate Back to the Future’s Marty McFly lived the dream: he traveled back in time, forward in time, and rode hover boards. To celebrate his imminent arrival – October 21st 2015 is the date he and Doc travel to in the second movie – we highlight the studies that show scientists are as heavily hooked on time travel as we are… Mental time travel: Pat yourself on the back because you’ve already time traveled a million times over. Researchers have long-considered our ability to re-experience the past (memory) and pre-experience…

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