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  • Unknown
  • Occam's Typewriter
  • The Guardian

Past articles by Steve:

The birth of genetics

Whether Gregor Mendel was a genius or simply a seasoned plant breeder, he was among the first researchers to observe and publish findings that showed that traits are inherited. → Read More

Reversing Copernicus

The revolutionary advance in our understanding of the universe, as proposed by Copernicus. Donald Trump heads the single most anti-science administration → Read More

Nobel Prizes in science: strictly a man’s game?

Steve Caplan: A new play examines why fewer than 3% of Nobel laureates in science are women → Read More

Can we expect a MIRAcle for biomedical researchers in the US?

Steve Caplan: The National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the US National Institutes of Health has come up with a new system for funding researchers. Will the new Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) prove beneficial? → Read More

Science careers: doomed at the outset

Steve Caplan: Has it become harder for graduate students to thrive, and are our best potential scientists giving up on academia? → Read More

Does Miss America really promote gender equality in science?

Steve Caplan: Despite good intentions and a strong dedication to the promotion of science and technology, pageant winners chosen largely by their attractiveness in swimsuits perpetuate gender inequality and serve as poor role models → Read More

How super-resolution microscopy made me fall in love with science (again)

Steve Caplan: If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a super-resolution image may be worth a thousand gigabytes – and it’s changing the course of biomedical research → Read More

A plea for Mr Obama and other world leaders: it’s time to support science

Steve Caplan: As the Ebola epidemic demonstrates, the world is an ever more dangerous place, and wealthy democracies have a moral obligation to invest in less fortunate countries and to support a more stable and secure world. But neglecting science will be devastating in the long run → Read More

Is funding the most serious threat facing science today?

Steve Caplan: Are inundations of paperwork overwhelming scientists? → Read More

What makes a river sing the blues?

Steve Caplan: The Rio Celeste in Costa Rica becomes an enchanting celestial blue at the convergence of two tributaries. Until recently scientists have been at a loss to explain this mysterious phenomenon → Read More

How r u? Is it worth my time to appeal my grade?

Steve Caplan: Are today's biomedical research graduate students lacking in professionalism as well as skill? → Read More

Why we are not ready for radical changes in science publishing

Steve Caplan: A boycott of the 'super-journals' – as proposed by Nobel Laureate Randy Schekman – misses the point → Read More

Science of the sole: do orthotics help people with sore feet?

Steve Caplan: By 2015, the global orthotics industry may be worth as much as $4.7bn, mostly for foot orthotics. The question is, do orthotics really help? → Read More

Coming out of the scientific closet: unapologetic about basic research

Steve Caplan: In order to cure specific diseases, the new paradigm is for researchers to focus almost exclusively on 'translational' studies directly related to diagnostics and treatment. But is this wise? → Read More

Will Barack Obama or Mitt Romney be better for US science?

Steve Caplan: Little has been said about science policy in the course of the US election campaigns, but I'll put my mouth where the money is → Read More