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Rep. Rush Holt, Physicist, to Lead American Association for the Advancement of Science

Can you imagine what would happen if we had a PhD physicist in the US Congress? We actually already have one there, Representative Rush Holt (NJ-12), who has done a lot of excellent work in that role over the past sixteen years. 470 more words

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US policy out of the Cold War freezer

In response to an article in Foreign Affairs By Alexander J. Motyl, which  has been takenout the Cold War freezer tells more of the Western (i.e. 1,805 more words


A Bad Week for Commercial Spaceflight

The US commercial space industry did not fare well last week. Two accidents on 28th and 31st October highlight the risks, costs, and difficulties of spaceflight—as well as pointing to potential setbacks for commercial spaceflight. 852 more words

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Implications of the Midterm Election for Science

Just to be clear, I should distinguish between my statements as a scientist and my views on “science policy” and politics. This post is more about the latter, and I’m interested to hear your thoughts and views about these issues too. 1,063 more words

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New CDC guidelines: If you jabbed yourself with a needle while treating an Ebola patient, it’s still okay to go jogging


New rule: If you’ve been treating someone with Ebola and have actually jabbed yourself with a used needle, you should probably maybe think about hanging around the house for a few weeks. 16 more words

Student Loans: Government or Citizen’s Responsibility?

At $1.3 trillion and growing, student loan debt is behind only mortgage debt in terms of largest personal debt in the United States, according to usdebtclock.org, a website dedicated to keeping track of the various debts the country and its citizens have. 737 more words

Three Astrophysicists (including me) Meet with Congresswoman Davis

Last Tuesday, three weeks before the midterm election, three astrophysicists—graduate students and Ph.D. candidates Darcy Barron and Evan Grohs and I (a research scientist)—met with Representative Susan Davis (CA-53) and her staffer, Gavin Deeb. 734 more words

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