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Posted: October 28, 2012 in Events, Jobs, Policy, Science

“Seven experts tasked with giving advice ahead of the deadly earthquake that struck here in 2009 have been found guilty of manslaughter by a judge in the central Italian town this evening. The four scientists, two engineers, and a government official were accused of having carried out a superficial analysis of seismic risk and of having provided false reassurances to the public ahead of the quake, which killed 309 people. The prosecution had requested prison terms of 4 years for the accused, but Judge Marco Billi has handed each a sentence of 6 years imprisonment. The lawyers of the convicted say they will appeal the verdict.”

Congressional members weigh in on a subset of ScienceDebate questions.

American Insitute of Physics Bulletin of Science Policy News comments on a letter, sent by House Subcommittee on Research and Science Education Chairman Mo Brooks (R-AL), to the “Government Accountability Office (GAO) to request a review of the current regulations and reporting requirements imposed on research universities.”

“The University of Washington marked the start of the data-gathering phase of the UW Smart Grid Project with an event featuring Washington’s two US Senators.

The UW is one of 11 sites in the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project, made possible by an $89 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (supplemented with matching funds) and managed by Battelle.”

“The pay gap between men and women is nothing new, but the science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, fields have long been touted as having a lower-than-average wage gap. A new study, however, has found that’s not always the case.”

“Sea level rise is threatening Florida’s coastlines and straining its economy, and Floridians want to know what the presidential candidates will do about it.”

“As Michiganders prepare to head to the polls in less than two weeks to cast their vote on Proposal 3, which would increase the state’s renewable electricity standard from 10 percent by 2015 to 25 percent by 2025, the cost of meeting the higher standard is one of the most important issues on their minds. The experience of other states that have adopted similar standards should help dismiss the extreme scenarios that fossil fuel interests are presenting to the public.”

“From genes to hormone levels, biology may help to shape political behaviour.”

“Egg freezing is no longer an experimental procedure, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), which on 22 October issued new guidelines on the controversial practice.”

“Joshua Foer’s Moonwalking with Einstein is an exploration of memory in which we meet extreme examples — people with extraordinary abilities to remember, and others who can only forget. Ultimately, however, it is the story of one man’s journey from average forgetfulness to competitor in the USA Memory Championship.”

“Moves towards a global water commodities market must be stopped. It will push the price of food far beyond the peaks of the past five years, warns Frederick Kaufman.”


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