ANDREW HARRER/BLOOMBERG/GETTY IMAGES INSTEAD OF FIGURING out how many Pacific hake fishermen can catch sustainably, as his job demands, scientist Ian Taylor is at home with his four-month old daughter, biding his time through the partial government shutdown. Taylor’s task is to assess the size and age of hake and other commercially harvested […]

Kim Schrier, a pediatrician, played up her technical training in a winning congressional campaign. AP PHOTO/ELAINE THOMPSON The results of last week’s divisive midterm elections, with Democrats reclaiming control of the U.S. House of Representatives and Republicans likely strengthening their hold on the Senate, have allowed both parties to claim […]

Robert-Jan Smits, the European Commisison’s Special Envoy for Open Access, was a “catalyst” behind the new plan. LUIGI MISTRULLI/SIPA/AP IMAGES Frustrated with the slow transition towards open access (OA) in scientific publishing, 11 national funding organizations in Europe turned up the pressure today. As of 2020, the group, which jointly […]

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, recently re-elected, has overseen budget boosts for science, but many researchers distrust his government’s intentions. AP PHOTO/DARKO VOJINOVIC In early April, several days after Viktor Orbán secured his third consecutive term—and fourth overall—as Hungarian prime minister with a landslide victory for his conservative party, the […]

Scott Pruitt is administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. GAGE SKIDMORE/FLICKR (CC BY-SA 2.0) Research looking at everything from links between air pollution and disease to the impact a pesticide has on children’s brains could be banned from consideration by environmental regulators under a new policy proposed yesterday by the U.S. Environmental […]