Science policy - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Science policy Sessions' Justice Dep't will end forensic science commission WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday he is ending an Obama-era partnership with independent scientists that aimed to improve the reliability of forensic science, as longstanding concerns remain about the quality of such evidence in court cases. The Justice Department will not renew the National Commission on Forensic Science, a pan... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 17:51:00 GMT 2017-04-10T17:51:00Z Senior China government adviser criticizes web censorship BEIJING (AP) — A senior Chinese government adviser has warned that the country's internet censorship is hampering scientific research and economic development, in a rare public criticism of a sensitive policy that the government has vigorously defended. Slow access to overseas academic websites have forced domestic researchers to buy software to circumven... Sat, 04 Mar 2017 07:15:00 GMT 2017-03-04T07:15:00Z Obama science adviser rejoins climate-change think tank FALMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama's top science adviser has rejoined the climate science organization he led before his White House service. John Holdren on Friday rejoined the Massachusetts-based Woods Hole Research Center as a senior adviser to its president. Holdren was himself president of the organization from 2005 to 2009 before joining Obama's team. ... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:01:00 GMT 2017-02-24T16:01:00Z South Dakota bill leaves evolution skepticism up to teachers PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota legislators are weighing whether to let teachers decide how much skepticism to work into lessons on contentious scientific topics such as evolution and climate change. A House committee on Wednesday is set to consider the measure, which would give legal protection to teachers who want to discuss "in an objective scientific... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:42:00 GMT 2017-02-22T00:42:00Z Official: Trump wants to slash EPA workforce, budget WASHINGTON (AP) — The former head of President Donald Trump's transition team at the Environmental Protection Agency says he expects the new administration to seek significant budget and staff cuts. Myron Ebell said in an interview Thursday with The Associated Press that Trump is likely to seek significant reductions to the agency's workforce — currently about 15,000 employe... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 08:39:00 GMT 2017-01-27T08:39:00Z Obama presses Trump not to back away from clean energy WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama cast the adoption of clean energy in the U.S. as "irreversible," putting pressure Monday on President-elect Donald Trump not to back away from a core strategy to fight climate change. Obama, penning an opinion article in the journal Science, sought to frame the argument in a way that might appeal to the president-e... Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:08:00 GMT 2017-01-09T17:08:00Z EPA fracking report offers few answers on drinking water WASHINGTON (AP) — Is hydraulic fracturing — better known as fracking — safe, as the oil and gas industry claims? Or does the controversial drilling technique that has spurred a domestic energy boom contaminate drinking water, as environmental groups and other critics charge? After six years and more than $29 million, the Environmental Protection Agency sa... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 23:18:00 GMT 2016-12-13T23:18:00Z