Government funding for scientific research is set to fall and then stagnate in the decade ahead. Scientists are warning that the U.S. could lose its technological edge. But how dire is the situation, really?
Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) has created a new kind of award in order to show how seemingly obscure research funded by the government can result in revolutionary, unexpected scientific breakthroughs. The first recipients studied microwaves, jellyfish, and coral.
This week, the press is giving plenty of attention to two climate papers, one from "converted skeptic" Richard Muller and one from current skeptic Anthony Watts. But neither have gone through the traditional peer-review process. And neither seem to be all that significant. Do they really deserve this much hype?