Trump Ctrl-Alt-Deletes climate change policies

That Donald Trump’s scepticism about climate change will adversely impact policies to address global warming became abundantly clear minutes after he become the President. The White House website deleted all mentions of climate change. Turning its attention to other agencies, the Trump administration instructed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to follow suit and scrub all … Continue reading Trump Ctrl-Alt-Deletes climate change policies

Editorial: Open, Sesame

Published in The Hindu on November 3, 2012 If in 2004, Nucleic Acids Research made an overnight switch from being a subscription-based journal to an open access (OA) one, 10 years later high-energy physics as a field will make such a shift when nearly 90 per cent of papers published in a dozen journals will … Continue reading Editorial: Open, Sesame

Editorial: Ideology ruins science

Published in The Hindu on September 7, 2010 Human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research in the United States has hit a major roadblock once again. A temporary injunction by the Federal Court for the District of Columbia has turned the clock back and brought to a halt all federally funded research on hESC. The court's … Continue reading Editorial: Ideology ruins science

Editorial: China’s rise in science

Published in The Hindu on March 26, 2010 President Barack Obama has earmarked $66 billion for non-defence research and development, which includes substantial funding for basic-science research, in his budget proposal for the fiscal year 2011. This six per cent increase over the 2010 budget allocation reflects the United States' anxiety to stay on top; … Continue reading Editorial: China’s rise in science

“CIA health professionals played greater role in torture than previously known”

Published in The Hindu on September 7, 2009 A report released recently by the Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), a body that shared the 1977 Noble Peace Prize, provides shocking information of the extent of human rights violation by U.S. doctors and psychologists attached to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The report argues that doctors … Continue reading “CIA health professionals played greater role in torture than previously known”

Editorial: HIV entry ban repealed

Published in The Hindu on November 30, 2009 By announcing the end of a 22-year-old ban on the entry of people with HIV into the United States, President Barack Obama has once again shown that scientific considerations alone would shape decisions concerning science. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has followed up … Continue reading Editorial: HIV entry ban repealed

Editorial: Clearing the final hurdle

Published in The Hindu on August 11, 2009 The suspense over the eligible human embryonic stem cell lines for federal funding has been finally removed after the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the rules recently. The draft guidelines issued earlier by the NIH, after President Barack Obama signed an executive order overturning the eight-year-old … Continue reading Editorial: Clearing the final hurdle

Editorial: Accessing publicly funded research

Published in The Hindu on July 25, 2009 In less than six months of U.S. President Barack Obama signing into law a bill that made the National Institutes of Health’s ‘public access policy’ permanent, a legislation has been introduced in the Senate aimed at expanding open access to all research funded by as many as … Continue reading Editorial: Accessing publicly funded research

Has the war directed at science ended?

Published in The Hindu on May 28, 2009 Informed consent, one of the most frequently used expressions in clinical trials, is posing a lot of uncertainty among researchers working in the field of embryonic stem cell research in the U.S. The National Institutes of Health (NIH), under the direction of President Barack Obama, had recently … Continue reading Has the war directed at science ended?

Editorial: Ending the war on science

Published in The Hindu on May 6, 2009 One of the significant promises made by Barrack H. Obama during his campaign for the presidency was ending the Bush administration’s “war on science where ideology trumps scientific inquiry and politics replaces expert opinion.” Stem cell researchers are already cheering President Obama’s overturning, through an executive order, … Continue reading Editorial: Ending the war on science