China celebrates centennial of science turning point

May 3, 2019
One hundred years ago this week, protests set China on a path to scientific modernity.
Shanghai in 2014.
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Bringing bacteria to the market

Apr 29, 2019
A slew of new companies are selling bacteria they say can improve our health.
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How to be a cosmetic scientist

Feb 15, 2019
Beauty and science aren't mutually exclusive.
Balanda Atis serves as the director of face innovation and multicultural beauty at L'Oréal USA.
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A record number of scientists are running for office, and 314 Action is helping them

Jul 9, 2018
The political action committee is conducting a series of trainings for STEM professionals.
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China's quiet hunt to hire top U.S. researchers

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Jun 5, 2018
Academics at U.S. schools are being recruited to help build the Chinese economy.
In a picture taken in 2010 Professor Shi Yigong, who walked away from a top research position in the United States to become the dean of the School of Life Sciences at Beijing's prestigious Tsinghua University in 2008, places a note among bottles of bacterial culture in a university lab in Beijing.
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Critics fear EPA changes will give big industry more sway over science

Mar 29, 2018
Under the new policy, academic study authors will have to share their raw data, leaving it vulnerable to distortion, some worry.
“Data needs to be transparent and objective for the American people to consume,” says Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency administrator. Above, Pruitt answers questions at a White House briefing in June.
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How a friend’s assault led one researcher to study sexual harassment in science

Anthropologist Kathryn Clancy studies harassment that occurs among science researchers, and finds it's prevalent and not often reported.
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EPA head shifts makeup of panel science advisers

Nov 1, 2017
Pruitt is installing new science advisors who have a history of being more industry friendly.

Spider silk, the newest fabric for military uniforms

Oct 31, 2017
The silky strands made by spiders are strong and supple. Now, scientists in Michigan are using genetic engineering to reproduce spider silk for a wide range of uses, including military uniforms.
These silk threads are mass produced by silkworms but based on the protein a spider uses to spin its web.
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What happens when a body is donated to science?

Oct 27, 2017
The growing industry of body part sales.