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We went to the March for Science in D.C. Here's what happened

March for Science 2017

Science News staff members reported live updates from the March for Science in Washington, D.C., on April 22. 

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Science & Society

March for Science will take scientists’ activism to a new level

By Rachel Ehrenberg 4:03pm, April 19, 2017
The March for Science may be the first of its kind, science historians say.
Pollution,, Health

When coal replaces a cleaner energy source, health is on the line

By Laura Sanders 2:30pm, April 4, 2017
Health concerns prompted a shift from nuclear power to coal. But that shift came with its own health troubles, a new study suggests.
Science & Society,, Psychology

Online reviews can make over-the-counter drugs look way too effective

By Bruce Bower 2:48pm, March 14, 2017
Online patient reviews put a far more misleading spin on medications than clinical trials do.
Science & Society

Data-driven crime prediction fails to erase human bias

By Rachel Ehrenberg 10:00am, March 8, 2017
Software programs that predict where crimes will occur don’t eliminate bias; they exacerbate it.
Human Development,, Science & Society,, Health

Transgender children are at greater risk of mental health problems

By Laura Sanders 7:00am, March 1, 2017
The Trump administration has rescinded federal protections for transgender kids in public schools, a move that the American Academy of Pediatrics condemns.
Astronomy,, Technology

Citizen scientists are providing stunning new views of Jupiter

By Ashley Yeager 6:00am, February 17, 2017
A camera aboard NASA’s Juno spacecraft is giving citizen scientists a crack at discovering never-before-seen features of Jupiter.
Science & Society

Trump administration clampdowns on research agencies worry scientists

By Rachel Ehrenberg 4:00pm, January 26, 2017
Mixture of bans on federal research communications create confusion and fear.
Psychology,, Science & Society

You’ve probably been tricked by fake news and don’t know it

By Erika Engelhaupt 6:00am, December 4, 2016
In the fight against falsified facts, the human brain is both the weakest link and our only hope.
Technology,, Science & Society

Obama worried about research funding

By Janet Raloff 11:25am, April 30, 2013
Barack Obama offered yet another argument about why the current federal-budget stalemate is so risky: “[T]he sequester, as it’s known in Washington-speak — it’s hitting our scientific research.” As things now stand, “we could lose a year, two years of scientific research as a practical matter, because of misguided priorities here in this town.”
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