Scott Pruitt was confirmed to head the EPA. Scientists and activists protested against Trump’s attacks on science. Read these stories and more in our twice-weekly news roundup.
A federal judge rejected two tribes’ efforts to stop the final stage of construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline. The March for Science is scheduled to take place on April 22 in Washington, D.C. and over 100 other cities around the world. Read these stories and more in our twice-weekly news roundup.
The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is being accused of manipulating data to show more planetary warming in a 2015 study. This fails to recognize that the new NOAA results have been validated by independent data from independent groups using data from satellites, buoys, and other sources.
Climate change, illegal harvesting, coastal development, destructive fishing practices, and ocean pollution have been driving the world’s wild coral populations to the brink. But a high school science class on Long Island is hoping their captive-grown corals might one day help to address the problem.
For reasons complex, historic, and muddy, the lower Mississippi River ecosystem now depends greatly on the slow-moving, seasonal backwaters that thread through the thin, riverside forests that persist between engineered levees. Those backwaters, a growing chorus of scientists say, are beginning to disappear.
Plastic pollution is a problem on Hawaii’s beaches, but tiny beads and fragments from cosmetics, clothing, and other consumer products that lurk below the water’s surface also have scientists worried. These microplastic particles can be mistaken for food by marine life and make their way up the food chain.
With the exception of rogue experiments, most geoengineering schemes — which aim to reverse climate change on a planetary scale — are still in the “what if” phase, and caution would seem to dictate that we go slowly. Still, with temperatures and emissions still rising, such ideas could gain new urgency.
What’s wrong with science? Stanford University’s John Ioannidis has been asking this question for a long time – at least since his 2005 article, “Why Most Published Research Findings Are False.” Seventeen years later, he and a slate of co-authors have some suggestions about how to solve the problem.
Experts have said for decades that engineering schools should do more to prepare their students for the ethical challenges they’ll face in the industry, including powerful incentives to cut corners and hide mistakes. Some schools are making such ethics coursework mandatory, but critics say it’s not enough.
President Obama has banned new oil and gas drilling in most U.S.-owned waters in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced felony charges against four more officials for their roles in the ongoing water crisis in Flint. Read these stories and more in our news roundup.