Nobel Prize for the Economics of Innovation and Climate Change Stirs Controversy
This year's prize for economics has sparked a rarer controversy. Some economists argue one winner's work is wrongheaded and has compromised humanity's ability to deal with the existential threat of climate change.
Open-access Journal Editors Resign After Alleged Pressure to Publish Mediocre Papers
All 10 senior editors of the open-access journal Nutrients resigned last month, alleging that the publisher, the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI), pressured them to accept manuscripts of mediocre quality and importance.
Got an idea that could transform the world? NSF is launching a new contest offers prizes for "biggest" research ideas. On 31 August NSF will begin accepting online entries for the contest. Anyone can submit an idea - from individual scientists to professional societies to a high school science class.
Hidden Conflicts? Pharma Payments to FDA Advisers After Drug Approvals Spark Ethical Concerns
In examining compensation records from drug companies to physicians who advised FDA, Science found widespread after-the-fact payments or research support to panel members. The agency's safeguards against potential conflicts of interest are not designed to prevent such future financial ties.
Alarming Polio Outbreak Spreads in Congo, Threatening Global Eradication Efforts
Overshadowed by the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), another frightening virus is on the loose in that vast, chaotic country: polio. Public health experts have worked for months to stamp out the virus, but it keeps spreading.
For academic couples who are committed to living in the same place and pursuing faculty careers, asking for a dual hire—when one person receives an offer and then negotiates a position at the same university for their partner—can be a good option. But it must be approached carefully, and it is far from a sure thing.
U.S. Legislators Back Larger Facilities Budget for NSF
Spending bills would boost construction account without cutting research grants, marking the second year that lawmakers have rejected President Donald Trump’s plans for the agency, which called for deep cuts in 2018 and flat funding in 2019.
Europe’s Science Spending Set for Another Big Boost
On 7 June, the European Commission will lay out detailed plans for one of the biggest single research programs on the planet. Called Horizon Europe, the program could be worth EUR97.6 billion between 2021 and 2027, up from about EUR77 billion for the current 7-year program, Horizon 2020.
Why Are Ai Researchers Boycotting a New Nature Journal and Shunning Others?
The AI field is increasingly turning to conference publications and free, open-review websites while shunning traditional outlets - sentiments dramatically expressed in a growing boycott of a high-profile AI journal.