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Friday, March 27, 2009

The slow erosion of science news

The death of print newspapers hasn't just meant the loss of quality journalists, but also the loss of science reporting.  And that's particularly important in the United States.

Before discussing the highlights, let's consider the context. Truth is that the United States never has been a wellspring of scientific knowledge, even given its great achievements in that regard.

We wring our hands over low math and science test scores, but few adults bother themselves with the details. We get steamed over the politics of stem cells and global warming, but few voters know even the basics of cellular development and carbon emissions.

Read more at the original piece on Minnpost, and try your hand at the basic science knowledge quiz.  

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