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An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
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Live Chat: The Importance of Failure in Science
1 June 2011 11:47 am
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Scientists and officials are increasingly embracing so-called "high-risk" research in which a lot of research will fail but a few projects could lead to big gains. We'll interview economist and author Tim Harford about the role of failure in scientific progress, and how to encourage more blue-sky research in science. Chemist Seth Snyder is a recipient of funding from ARPA-E, the new U.S. energy research agency, and he'll talk about the importance of risky research in practice.
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Chemist Seth Snyder is the leader of Process Technology Research at Argonne National Laboratory, a cross-cutting R&D program in energy and the environment. He serves as the relationship manager to the Department of Energy's Biomass Program and as the president of the Council for Chemical Research. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in biophysics, a B.A. in chemistry and environmental studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and early career experience in pharmaceutical discovery research.
Tim Harford is a senior columnist for the Financial Times and author of the new book Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure. His column, "The Undercover Economist," reveals the economic ideas behind everyday experiences.