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Forget Trump’s Boy Scout speech. Let’s talk about Girl Scouts and STEM.

Many people across the country were appalled by Donald Trump’s rambling and boorish political speech to the Boy Scouts of America National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia. The insecure braggart-in-chief found a way to work in: Insults to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Washington, and the news media. An incoherent anecdote hinting about a fellow real […]

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It’s spring: Time to save the planet

Upcoming weeks offer several opportunities to join the fight against global warming. And in the age of a Donald Trump administration, the environment needs all the friends it can get. Trump is proposing to cut the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency by as much as 31 percent. Climate change research and international climate change […]

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You want action on climate change? Elect some scientists.

As the nation is forced to deal with an actual President Trump and the climate deniers in his cabinet and in Congress, those opposing him and his party are starting to “grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself,” as President Obama encouraged them to do in his farewell address. But who […]

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The ‘Next Einstein’ could come from Africa

Eight years ago, while accepting the 2008 TED Prize, physicist Neil Turok gave a speech in which he issued a challenge: To bring Africa into the global scientific community. “Our TED dream is that the next Einstein will be African,” he told his audience, to much applause. It looks like he may be getting his […]

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