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A new twist on an old grade school science project

From Stanford University something familiar to most anyone who has taken science – electrolysis of water into hydrogen and oxygen. Stanford scientists develop a water splitter that runs on an ordinary AAA battery In 2015, American consumers will finally be able to purchase fuel cell cars from Toyota and other manufacturers. Although touted as zero-emissions…

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Beware of false Prophets

By Charles Battig, M.D. Positive public perception of the scientist has long been powerful.  The public has the tendency to defer to scientists, as it does to authority in general.  It is part of the educational and socialization process inherent in societies. Scientists are in a special category in the public’s mind, since they are…

The perils of Science by press release: ‘overly exaggerated presentation of research findings’

From the London School of Economics and Political Science: The growth of the science PR industry has resulted in an overly exaggerated presentation of research findings. Science journalism is not immune to the budget crisis facing newsrooms more widely. With smaller staffs and tighter budgets, more science reporting is being done through press releases, many of which…