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October 17, 2010 | By Scott Glover, Los Angeles Times
For a kid who says he wants to build robots, 10-year-old Jabari Griffie came to the right place. The fifth-grader was among hundreds of curious kids who turned out Saturday morning for the grand opening of Iridescent, a nonprofit science and discovery center near downtown Los Angeles. The first exhibit Jabari saw featured something even cooler than a robot: An underwater robot. Remote control in hand, Jabari grinned broadly as he maneuvered the device in an apparent effort to make it crash into another one in the same wading pool.
March 10, 2009 | Jim Tankersley and Noam N. Levey
President Obama made his most forceful break yet from his predecessor's controversial scientific agenda Monday, opening the door to a major expansion of government-funded research on embryonic stem cells and ordering federal agencies to strengthen the role of science in their decision-making. The twin announcements marked a clear departure from former President George W.
October 5, 2012 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times
With the U.S. economy struggling to gain steam and tensions flaring in the Middle East, discussion of science policy has taken a back seat in the presidential campaign. But a group of voters concerned about the state of American science has solicited the opinions of both candidates on a variety of issues related to research, technology, energy and the environment. - an effort supported by the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science, the National Academies and the Council on Competitiveness, among others - compiled a list of 14 questions and posed them to President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
March 22, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
California stands to lose about $180 million in medical and scientific research funding under sequestration cuts, the most of any state, according to a group of biomedical researchers. Sequestration, which went into effect March 1 after  Congress failed to reach a budget compromise, cuts $85 billion across government departments, agencies and programs. The National Institutes of Health, which will lose $1.6 billion of its $30-billion budget through the sequester, is the world's largest supporter of biomedical research, funding $2 billion in programs at the University of California system alone.
August 7, 1997
Science is wonderful. It has succeeded where nature has failed. Lo and behold, it has removed the flavor from peaches and watermelons. HARRY LEVIN Woodland Hills
March 29, 2012 | By John HoeffelLos Angeles Times
As the Republican presidential race has shown, the conservatives who dominate the primaries are deeply skeptical of science — making Newt Gingrich, for one, regret he ever settled onto a couch with Nancy Pelosi to chat about global warming. A study released Thursday in the American Sociological Review concludes that trust in science among conservatives and frequent churchgoers has declined precipitously since 1974, when a national survey first asked people how much confidence they had in the scientific community.
December 2, 2006
Re "Fundamentalism for adults only," Current, Nov. 26 Michael Bywater wrongly blames science for the deficiencies of those who do not understand it. He claims that science includes "articles of faith," when in fact it deals exclusively with logic and mathematically quantifiable confidence. He tries to equate religion and science, but only the latter necessarily shows its work. Bywater characterizes religion as a "valid way of thinking," though logical validity entails truth preservation, which faith does not. Religion also "delivers results," but only in the form of comfort, not knowledge.
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