Archive by date | April 2012

Sound science policy center gets a million-dollar boost

Sound science policy center gets a million-dollar boost

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has received a $1 million donation from physicist and former IBM vice president Lewis Branscomb (pictured) to set up a Centre for Science and Democracy. The Center, to be launched on 17 May, aims to combine the Cambridge, Massachusetts, -based Union’s previous work beating back political interference in federal science, with an ongoing mission to ensure that US policy is based on sound scientific evidence.  Read more

California BSE prion comes with a different twist

California BSE prion comes with a different twist

Reports of ‘mad cow’ disease in United States erupted in the news this week after the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed on 24 April that the remains of a California dairy cow had tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).  This marks the fourth case of BSE identified in the US, and the first case in six years.  Read more