Posts tagged ‘scientists’

March 18, 2012

MP Bulletin Extra: Why Legos are the most ingenious toy ever

via Slate:
Scientists at Cambridge University prove that in this video, using Lego robots to create artificial bones. Making the bone structures is time-consuming and extremely repetitive, making it a great job for robots. It’s a task that could be done by expensive, specialized bots, but as we see here, robotics doesn’t always have to be so complicated. “The importance in science is the creativity in going forward,” Cambridge lecturer Michelle Oyen says in the video. “It’s not exactly what tools you use to get there.”

February 18, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Muzzling of federal scientists targeted by campaign

Reports of ghosts from the George W. Bush administration sighted within the Canadian federal government.  Accusations swirl around their lobbying of government officials to censor public-funded scientific research.

CBC News – Canadian government scientists are still being hampered from talking to the media about their taxpayer-funded research and that’s bad news for the public, say groups representing both journalists and federal scientists.

The groups appealed to delegates at an international meeting of scientists in Vancouver on Friday, arguing that democracy depends on citizens having access to research so they can make informed decisions about government policy.
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November 27, 2011

The Daily Scoop: What is the Role of Scientists in American Politics?

 For the most part scientists keep themselves at arms length from the political fray. They present the facts in an objective manner and leave them out there for everyone else’s interpretation. However, this allows others of influence in the political arenas with opportunity to spin those facts into a size and shape to fit into the mold of their political agenda. Scientists rarely step forward to correct the frequent misrepresentation of their research findings. Given the current political environment of “say anything to get elected” and the highly charged debates surrounding climate change and environmental regulation one may ask, is it time for scientists to step forward and defend the facts with as much vigor as politicians and policymakers who seek to discredit them? From the scientists’ perspective there is risk. Taking a position leaves them open to accusations of bias and closed-mindedness which, in the future, may well impact acceptance of their future research. But has the political gamesmanship reached such a point where it is time for scientists to set the record straight by standing firm behind their findings and demand valid, testable evidence from those who seek to counter or discredit the research? In other words is it time to challenge the “just because someone says it [on television, on radio, or on the internet], it must be true” rationale?

Consider these questions while reading the following article and ruminate on role science and scientists should play in today’s political environment.
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