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By Nathan Emmerich | Published: January 10, 2017
Several recent high-profile incidents suggest that the confidentiality promises routinely made by social scientists have little in the way of legal support.
By Darren Curnoe | Published: January 5, 2017
There is a clear consensus among anthropologists that races aren’t real, that they don’t reflect biological reality, and that most anthropologists don’t believe there is a place for race categories in science.
By Andrew Maynard and Dietram A. Scheufele | Published: December 14, 2016
A new report from the National Academies on current science communication finds it's going to need strategic and serious investment in the 'science' of science communication and demand much greater engagement and collaboration between those who study science communication and those who actually do it.
By Brian Herman and Claudia Neuhauser | Published: November 22, 2016
Two research executives from the University of Minnesota see there isn't enough government funding to pay for all the innovative research that needs to be taking place. Might business take up the slack?
By Tricia Serio | Published: November 21, 2016
Peer review clearly isn’t perfect, but rather than simply bypassing it and releasing even more information into an overloaded system, we should focus on making it better, says this life sciences editor. The first step is to reset and clearly state our standards for quality in both publishing and peer reviewing.
By Hongyi Li and Anton Kolotilin | Published: October 11, 2016
As technology improves and organizations become more complex, the theory and practice of contract design will only increase in importance. As such, we owe, we owe a great debt to this year's Nobel laureates in economics for giving us powerful tools to structure effective contracts.
By Will J. Grant and Rod Lamberts | Published: August 26, 2016
Perhaps the solution to conflicting spending priorities, write Rod Lamberts and Will J. Grant, is simply to acknowledge that people will always have conflicting priorities, and think about how best to live alongside each other: mythical, homogeneous pub-goer and irrelevant, out-of-touch academic alike.
By Rob Brooks | Published: August 22, 2016
Shonkily researched assertions are okay if you enjoy the safe patronage of a major news organisation, argues Rob Brooks. But know, he adds, you would never get away with such abject laziness, or such contempt for professional disinterest in a grant proposal to a federal funding body.
By Ahmed Essop | Published: August 18, 2016
The decolonization debate in African universities raises critical issues about the relationship between power, knowledge and learning, argues Ahmed Essop. It also provides an opportunity to rethink the role of universities in social and economic development and in fashioning a common nation.
By Tim Lomas | Published: August 17, 2016
We can all aspire to aim higher, not merely to be free of problems, but to try and truly flourish as human beings and make the most of our all too brief lives. And psychology should have a role in that, says Tim Lomas.
By Stefano Balietti | Published: August 10, 2016
Researchers decided to conduct behavioral testing on competition and the process of peer review. What they learned offers some prescriptions for improving peer review going forward.
By David M. Greenberg | Published: August 9, 2016
Sorting music by genre often says more about the sorter than it does about the tune. A new system developed by an interdisciplinary team has come up with a three-dimension test for determining what someone will like apart from the label.