Following an enquiry into peer review in scientific research, U.K. parliamentarians have concluded that, despite many criticisms and little evidence of its effectiveness, the traditional practice of having research articles evaluated by anonymous colleagues before publication is valued by the community and shouldn't be completely abandoned.
Debate is heating up over proposed changes to the National Science Foundation's (NSF's) merit review process' "broader impact" criterion, which requires that research have benefits to society beyond merely advancing scientific knowlege.
For its top job linking science and diplomacy, the U.S. State Department has chosen a consummate Washington insider. E. William Colglazier, recently retired National Academies executive officer, was named yesterday to be the State Department's adviser on science and technology.
After 20 years, it's time for an overhaul. That was the message today from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which wants to beef up protections for people participating in research.
The votes are in: Google announced the three winners of its (and the world's) first online international science fair on Monday night, before a crowd gathered at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California.
The two sides in a high-stakes legal battle over stem cells expanded on their arguments in briefs filed today in a case being heard by Chief Judge Royce Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
A Russian astrophysicist who pioneered the study of fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background to learn more about the universe and an American chemist whose work led to the development of several new materials have won the Kyoto Prize from the Japanese Inamori Foundation.
Pinpointing the origins of gamma-ray bursts, determining the workings of innate immunity, and extending the use of differential equations to applications in relativity are achievements paying off in Shaw Prizes for the scientists involved.
Early in April, Europe will launch the first satellite in its Copernicus program: a fleet of a dozen environmental monitoring spacecraft designed to study Earth's oceans, changes in land use, and atmosphere.