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There are four ways to change the legal framework that transgender people live under: legislation, ballots, case law, and policy changes. The sooner we stop wasting our time tilting at legislative and ballot windmills, the better.
It's common to rely on peer-to-peer advice or product reviews when buying an oven, a tractor, or even when looking for a new school district for your children. Why isn't their as much availability for advice, mentorship, or reviews when seeking out help for our physical and mental health?
I just spent several hours down a rabbit hole. The topic was the "electric universe," an unconventional cosmological theory that emphasizes electromagnetism rather than gravity as the primary structuring force of the universe.
The sciences are ever extending their insight and reach, while more than two billion people call themselves Christians today.
Up there with the tenure system, the peer-review process is perhaps one of the most baffling and convoluted aspects of modern academia. What is it, though, and how exactly does the process of peer-review work?
We know bullying is a common factor in many school shooting incidents, but what does the data really say? As a trained researcher, I wanted to dig deeper beyond the news reports and went searching for the study.
The scientific world is suffering through a rash of examples of the sad consequences of the "hype now, hide later" approach to scientific news.
A politician who proposes politicizing a jury would rightly be pilloried by the court of public opinion and should never hold political office again. And yet the chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, Rep. Lamar Smith, has been proposing to do this to scientists.
Here is Smith's statement: The draft legislation and letters were obtained and published by The Huffington Post and the ScienceInsider
Most people are aware of the devastation of print journalism by the rise of digital media, but most people are oblivious to the consequences the same upheaval is having on scientific publication. There is no science without scholarly publication, and scholarly publication as we know it is dying.
Did you ever consider why the thing scientists do is called "research"? Where did the "re" come from? If it derives from "repeat," as some might suggest, then it is no surprise that the answer to that question really defines why science is what it is.
The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, created with $3 billion of state taxpayer money, is now facing charges that it meddled with peer review to award contracts to preferred candidates.
Paul Krugman discusses what his worst-case scenario if Mitt Romney were to win the election.
It's shocking to me that the Mitt Romney campaign is now lurching around, daily trotting out new "studies" and "solutions" to their tax plan's math problem -- "we'll broaden the base (but can't say how)"... "we'll cap deductions at $17,000"... "whoops... that doesn't work... we'll cap them at $25,000." The Romney team clearly threw out their tax plan -- 20 percent cuts across the board -- without any of the requisite spade work to see if it actually made sense. And now that real studies are challenging it, they're veering from "just trust us" to setting the evidentiary bar down so low that anything with numbers on it can clear it. Not surprising, given the beating the facts have taken in this election cycle, but not so good for democracy, not to mention the truth.
One of the most interesting aspects of this new, open review process is that the names of the reviewers are also made public. In the conventional pre-publication peer-review model, anonymity of the reviewers is somewhat of a sacred cornerstone.
If teaching were just a pathway to wealth and respect, no apology could compensate for the insults and the damage that Arne Duncan has helped inflict on teachers. Teaching, however, is an act of love.
Every scientist has at least one paper or graph tucked in a folder that lies in a dusty corner of the hard drive. The data is interesting, but doesn't lend itself to the creation of the grand narrative you must have for a traditional publication.
Since when we have ever required judges to disclose the details of the personal lives in such a manner? On what basis does one's sexual orientation affect his or her ability to determine the legality of matters?
I finally saw Waiting for "Superman" at a Chamber of Commerce showing. The United States Chamber is taking the film on a 12 city tour. The film was even more inaccurate than I expected.