Science & the Public

Where scienceand society meet

  1. self-driving car
    Tech

    When it comes to self-driving cars, what’s safe enough?

    Even as unmonitored self-driving cars take to the streets, there’s no consensus about how safe is “safe enough” for driverless vehicles.

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  2. Arecibo Observatory
    Astronomy

    New questions about Arecibo’s future swirl in the wake of Hurricane Maria

    The iconic Arecibo Observatory was damaged in Hurricane Maria, but not as much as originally thought. But its funding is still in doubt.

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  3. portable tower for measuring wind speed
    Earth

    How hurricanes and other devastating disasters spur scientific research

    Hurricanes such as Harvey, Irma and others have been devastating, even deadly, yet they drive our desire for scientific discovery.

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  4. flasks of yeast
    Life

    Wild yeasts are brewing up batches of trendy beers

    Wild beer studies are teaching scientists and brewers about the tropical fruit smell and sour taste of success.

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  5. photo illustration of an eclipse on a smartphone
    Science & Society

    Your solar eclipse experience can help science

    The Aug. 21 total solar eclipse offers a rare opportunity for crowdsourced data collection on a spectacular celestial phenomenon.

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  6. parched landscape
    Science & Society

    Does doom and gloom convince anyone about climate change?

    New York magazine spurred conversation with a recent article on climate change. Will its apocalyptic approach have an impact?

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  7. child looking at firearm
    Science & Society

    Latest stats are just a start in preventing gun injuries in kids

    New stats on firearm deaths and injuries are disturbing, but the picture to make policy is far from complete, researchers say.

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  8. budget document
    Science & Society

    Trump’s proposed 2018 budget takes an ax to science research funding

    Administration would cut total federal research spending by about 17 percent, according to a preliminary estimate.

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  9. girl getting HPV vaccine
    Science & Society

    HPV vaccine as cancer prevention is a message that needs to catch on

    Vaccination against HPV is cancer prevention, but low vaccination rates suggest that message isn’t clear.

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  10. March for Science 2017
    Science & Society

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

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

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  11. pro-science protest
    Science & Society

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

    The March for Science may be the first of its kind, science historians say.

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  12. Paradise Fossil Plant
    Environment

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

    Health concerns prompted a shift from nuclear power to coal. But that shift came with its own health troubles, a new study suggests.

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