Because I have a life….4

Posted: August 6, 2012 in Ethics, Events, Policy, Science, a grassroots science advocacy organization, has released a list of the current most important science policy questions. The group hopes to obtain answers from both Obama and Romney and encourages all candidates to answer the questions and form positions on science related policy issues.

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy will discuss the potential negative outcomes of sequestration on STEM funding on Wednesday, August 8th at 2pm EST.

A letter signed by numerous groups sent to US House Representative Denny Rehberg, Chairman of the subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education (within the appropriations committee), expressing concern with provisions of the Fiscal Year 2013 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act (funds the NIH among others).

US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing on climate change, but the conversation quickly devolved into the typical debate over whether climate change is even happening and the role humans have played.  Essentially the committee ended up just where they had started.

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NASA has created an online 3-D simulation of the cosmos accessible from your computer. ” Fly with NASA’s Voyager spacecraft. See the entire solar system moving in real time. It’s up to you. You control space and time.”

Mapping the sea floor of the Salish Sea

Official report from the US Antarctic Program Blue Ribbon Panel. 

The US FDA has approved ingestible microchips that will be imbedded in pills. Researchers hope these devices will aid health care professionals is determining whether patients are taking their medication or not.

Stem cell treatments are drugs says a US federal court. Increased oversight and regulation of stem cell therapies may be in the near future.

Air China has joined the growing number of air carries who will no longer fly non-human primates intended for scientific research.

The Brazilian government has preliminarily determined that deforestation has dropped by 23% in the past year. The Ministry of Science and Technology also announced that funds from the Amazon Fund will be disbursed in the next few weeks.

Charles Groat, associate director of the Energy Institute at the University of Texas, Austin is currently under fire for failing to disclose a potential conflict of interest involving a report on hydraulic fracking and Groat’s service on the board for a US tracking company.

23andMe has asked permission of the US FDA for seven tests for personalized genetics.

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory  director to step down.

A play by play of the ongoing controversy surrounding legislation in North Carolina pertaining to climate change induced sea level rise. North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue recently allowed the controversial bill to become law without her signature.

Growing evidence that cancer stem cells exist and drive tumor formation.

Current assessment of NASA’s Curiosity rover predicts a 98.3% chance of successfully landing on Mars on August 6th.

“Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center were approved to begin a trial to test whether a bone-marrow transplant from a healthy donor can cure patients with severe Crohn’s disease by giving them a new immune system.”

“The Army will no longer use forensic psychiatrists to evaluate soldiers diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder who are under consideration for medical retirement, a change resulting from an investigation of a screening team at Madigan Army Medical Center.”

Record breaking ice melt in Greenland has researchers worried.


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