Humans have always sought knowledge, all the way back to Eve.
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Free inquiry has always been a fraught business, from Eden to Facebook, but is a key component of any open society. It shouldn't be taken for granted.
Out of all these ideas, will one rise to the top?
We don't know much about the origins of most human achievements – scientific and otherwise. Like evolution, does progress occur as random insights are selected for or against?
Science works in ways that reflect our rationality.
There's a big difference between science and pseudoscience. But if people don't understand how science works in the first place, it's very easy for them to fall for the pseudoscience.
Science and technology has always helped us feed the world. GM has more to offer, if we let it.
There have been squabbles of course, but the science project in Geneva is an example of putting differences aside to pursue common goals.
Children are natural scientists. They learn from their mistakes, then try something new.
Scientists being wrong is not a bug or a glitch – it's a feature of science and mistakes can actually lead to new, deeper discoveries.
A researcher buried in records requests can’t attend to actual science.
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Some activists use open records requests to bully researchers – distracting them from their actual work and silencing others who don't want to draw attention.
Who decides what has a future in science?
In a recent article in Times Higher Education, it was argued that crowdfunding could threaten government investment in science and research. Joe Cox, an economist from the University of Portsmouth suggested…
China: “No, thanks. We don’t want a Nobel peace prize.”
“China is at the forefront of medicine and hi-tech and computing.” So said UK Chancellor George Osborne, who recently visited the country. Global tests for 15-year-olds show the youth of Shanghai are comfortably…