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Virginia Tech students process water samples from homes in Flint. Flint Water Study/Facebook

We helped uncover a public health crisis in Flint, but learned there are costs to doing good science

Virginia Tech University engineering students blew the whistle on Flint, Michigan's toxic drinking water. Hailed as heroes, they've also learned that it isn't easy to do science for the public good.
‘What’s in it for me?’ is a common question today, but not one that necessarily produces the best answers for collective wellbeing. Shutterstock/iQoncept

Explainer: the greater good and why it matters more than ever

The concept of the greater good has made a comeback in Europe in an era of budget austerity, but in Australia too few of us are alive to its meaning – and to its vulnerability.
Who’s pulling the strings - the public or the media moguls? AP Photo/Helen Allman

Defining public interest – why Gloria De Piero’s privacy matters

A few days ago Paul McMullan, former deputy features editor on the News of the World, popped up on a Sunday morning debate programme with his oft-repeated lament that, in the wake of the “chilling effect…

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