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Posted: September 23, 2012 in Ethics, Policy, Science


NPR’s review of controversial French GMO study.


“Yesterday, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault announced that the High Council for Biotechnology (HCB) and the Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety have been asked to look into the study, headed by Gilles-Eric Séralini of the University of Caen and published by Food and Chemical Toxicology this week.”


“Carl Wieman, the former associate director for science within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), gave a blistering critique of the state of science and math education during a hearing by the Senate’s commerce and science committee.”


“The most comprehensive review ever of existing research on Hood Canal has concluded that septic systems aren’t a leading cause of the massive fish kills that have hit the hooked fjord over the years.”

“Some believe that people are still a significant source of the problem, but that our technology and monitoring capability aren’t yet sensitive enough to prove it.”


“Public-health officials say hazardous air conditions in Chelan and Douglas counties resulting from nearby wildfires are worse than in the days after Mount St. Helens erupted and the region was coated with ash.”


Bill to increase the number of green cards awarded to foreign researchers who have earned a graduate degree in the US was not passed by the House of Representatives. While both Republicans and Democrats (and both candidates for President) support green cards as a mechanism to retain foreign PhD students, the two sides do not agree where those green cards should come from.


“U.S. government agencies recruiting scientists and other experts to serve on advisory panels should be asking for more detailed disclosures of potential conflicts of interest. That’s just one of the take-home messages from a report released today by The Keystone Center, a Colorado-based think tank.”


Arsenic in Rice.


National Science Foundation Ethics CORE website now up and running.


Clear cut land in Brazil on the rise again.


Regulations regarding how priority for kidney transplants are created may be changing.


“Group Health Cooperative says it must cut $250 million over the next 16 months through better cost control, some reorganization at the top and layoffs.”


Discussion of recent advances and implications of genetics screening.


Scientists work atop Mt. Rainer servicing volcano monitoring equipment.


Health care workers have increased risk of contracting Ebola.


Fermi lab dark-energy camera snaps first pictures.


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