Science

Even Feds With Lifetime Tenure Can Be Fired for Cause, Court Rules

The dismissal does not require a special procedure, court finds in new precedent-setting case.

Move Over, Mars

After decades away, NASA is sending not one, but two missions to Venus.

EPA Admits to Altering Science Under Trump, Pledges New Course

Senior management demanded modifications to scientific conclusions that "did not make sense," career employees said.

Preparing for the Next Pandemic

Three challenges stand out as testing our nation’s ability to counter emerging biological threats.

The Environmental Threat More Immediate Than Climate Change

The uptick in earthquakes and volcanic eruptions poses substantial dangers for people and the economy, says an EPA scientist.

Lawmakers Renew Efforts to Protect Animals in Government Labs

Bipartisan legislation builds on current policies at the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments, Food and Drug Administration and National Institutes of Health. 

Flurry of Climate Action Belies a Major Omission: There’s No Strategy

As Biden’s climate priorities gain momentum, the need for a national climate adaptation strategy is more important than ever.

How a National ‘Green Bank’ Could Help Advance Biden’s Climate Agenda

The concept has roots in other federal financing programs.

Union Criticizes Civil Service Carveouts in Science Bills

Two bills aimed at revitalizing the National Science Foundation include major exceptions to federal hiring rules that AFGE officials say are reminiscent of former President Trump’s controversial and aborted Schedule F initiative.

Managing Pay When the Goal is Rebuilding the STEMM Workforce

This would be an ideal time to rethink the talent management policies for these essential occupations.

New Task Force Will Conduct Sweeping Review of Scientific Integrity Policies

The governmentwide review will look at policies and political interference in science over the last two administrations.

Prominent Scientists Call on CDC to Better Protect Workers From COVID-19

The academics insist that more workers should get top-rated N95 masks, the best defense against airborne coronavirus particles.

The Military Wants To Produce Water From Air. Here’s the Science Behind It

The key is the right combination of elements in porous crystal structures, and the AI-powered search is on.

Why Biden's Embrace of Evidence in Policymaking Is Just What We Need Right Now

A new presidential memo signals commitment from the very top to the use of data and science at a time when the country is confronted by major crises, two experts say.