A person’s response to science depends largely on the medium in which the science is communicated. Rarely does the public hear about the everyday events in a laboratory; breakthroughs or merely interesting results are translated many times before the public hears of them. The journey of a piece of data is like a game of Telephone: it starts in the […]

It’s a fundamental problem in science: what good is knowledge if it doesn’t solve a problem, make an improvement, or otherwise provide clear and actionable guidance to society? Commonly, politicians and the media don’t understand how small-scale or unusual projects contribute to a greater pool of knowledge, deeming them wasteful, impractical, and out of touch. One well-known […]

Science as we know it has not been around forever, nor did it spring fully formed into existence. In the seventeenth century, investigative science in Europe was an emerging institution that had to prove itself to be “a form of knowledge worth pursuing in spite of both the jeers of the unlearned, and the caveats […]