October 5, 2012 |
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. ScienceDebate.org - 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.
February 24, 2014 |
It was confusing when, several years ago, Bill Gates blasted American education for failing to produce enough graduates in science, technology and engineering. Really? Not enough workers in those fields? At the same time that he was making these statements, I knew computer programmers and biologists who couldn't find jobs and others who were facing stagnating and falling wages. Yet, as with many positions Gates takes on education - often backed by sizable contributions to bolster his vision - this one took off and clung.
March 22, 2013 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2001
Re "$1-Million Templeton Prize Goes to British Priest," March 9: With all due respect for the Rev. Canon Arthur Peacocke, who has devoted a substantial chunk of professional energy to higher learning, his conclusions as presented by The Times are sophomoric at best. His attempted rapprochement between religion (Christianity for Peacocke) and science amounts to little more than self-help theorizing for Christian intellectuals. Yes, biological systems are immensely complicated, and therefore there must be a God who made it all and will grant us everlasting life.