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February 1, 2017

DEADLINE: AAAS Minority Science Writers Internship

The journal Science offers a 10-week, paid summer internship for undergraduate students who are interested in journalism as a career and who want to learn about science writing. The internship is intended to increase diversity among journalists who cover science. Deadline: Feb 1, 2017.

Pie Chart: 13,950 Peer-Reviewed Scientific Articles on Earth's Climate

Don't believe everything you read in the news media. A new study of 13,950 peer-reviewed scientific articles published between 1 January 1991 and 9 November 2012 reports that only 24 of them, or 0.17% rejected the idea that human activity was causing global warming. It was self-published by geologist-blogger James Lawrence Powell.

Source: TreeHugger, 11/30/2012

"To Find Warming's Speed, Scientists Must See Through Clouds"

"JUNGFRAUJOCH, Switzerland -- On a clear day at the Sphinx, a legendary atmospheric observatory 11,000 feet up in the snowed-in peaks of the Bernese Alps, the blue sky runs down green hills and white glaciers toward seemingly all of Europe beyond. On a lucky day here, though, there's only gray. There are only clouds."

Source: Greenwire, 11/27/2012

As Drug Industry Influence On Research Grows, So Does Potential Bias

"For drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline, the 17-page article in the New England Journal of Medicine represented a coup. The 2006 report described a trial that compared three diabetes drugs and concluded that Avandia, the company’s new drug, performed best. ... What only careful readers of the article would have gleaned is the extent of the financial connections between the drugmaker and the research."

Source: Wash Post, 11/26/2012

"SUNY Buffalo Shuts Down its Frack-Happy Shale Institute"

"Remember that questionable study put out by the State University at Buffalo earlier this year, the one that claimed Pennsylvania was doing a good job at regulating the fracking industry? This week SUNY Buffalo's president announced his decision to shutter its publisher, the school's own Shale Resources and Society Institute (SRSI)."

Source: Mother Jones, 11/21/2012

"Enviros Vexed By What's Missing in Water Contamination Reports"

"Pennsylvania's environmental protection chief is defending his agency's controversial system for testing water wells near Marcellus Shale operations by saying other states work the same way. But regulators in those states say that's not true."

Source: EnergyWire, 11/21/2012

"Amid Budget Scrutiny, CIA Shutters Climate Center"

"With the U.S. intelligence budget shrinking, the CIA has quietly shut down its Center on Climate Change and National Security -- a project that was launched with the support of Leon Panetta when he led the agency, but that drew sharp criticism from some Republicans in Congress."

Source: Greenwire, 11/20/2012

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