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Archives for June, 2009

Though Liberia’s 14-year civil war ended in 2003, wartime effects are still evident in the country’s horrific incidence of sexual violence; between January and April of this year, Doctors Without Borders treated over 275 new cases of sexual abuse in Liberia, 61% involving children under the age of 12. During the month of June, ScienceBlogger…

This week’s Science Saturday is all about sci fi: John Horgan explores the connections between Battlestar Galactica and Terminator Salvation, George Johnson examines the science and the theology of Angels & Demons, and John and George discuss the nonsense of time travel in some popular science fiction. They also talk about a bit of science…

The anti-vaccine movement has infiltrated society so thoroughly that correcting the trend of misinformation might verge on the impossible, argues Liza Gross in a PLoS Biology paper published last Tuesday. The public’s lack of trust in the authority and motivations of doctors and of governmental health organizations is one factor cited in the article, as…

A new channel made its debut last week on ScienceBlogs: Information Science. Through feedback from the approximately 10,000 librarians who regularly visit ScienceBlogs, we came to realize that information and library scientists are positioned to offer a unique perspective on subjects that are pertinent to all working scientists: Open access and open science; digital and…