Every Story Is a Science Story

Every Story Is a Science Story

Critics often tell us that Scientific American is sometimes straying from what might be called “classical scientific content” and is dipping into subject areas where it doesn’t belong.

This claim is most common when we publish stories about social just or human right–on the research supporting health for transgender people , or abortion for basic medical care .. A Twitter user responded to an opinion article against forcing transgender girls to play on boys’ sports teams. He wrote, “You should probably move all your information back to science, facts, and stats and leave behind the ‘wokness’ [SIC], narrative skewing, and agenda setting.” It’s not good for your credibility.”

As a response to a job listing that described our commitment towards diversity and inclusion, another person tweeted: “Advancing DEI & Social Justice should not be something any truth-seeking institution/organization should prioritize .”

These detractors tell us to “stay on our lane”, that scientific inquiry should be a pure, objective, objective enterprise and that what we publish should not contain politics or the perspectives that are influenced by the culture of scientific investigation. Science is relevant to all elements of society, policy, and politics ..

As an organization committed to explaining the world around you, every lanes is our lane .

Science has solved many problems and provided answers to important societal questions through data-driven reasoning. For instance, after sequencing the human genome in 2001, the researchers who analyzed our strings of genetic code showed there were no significant differences among humans corresponding to racial categories. This helped change the narrative around the inherent meaning of race–that it is a social construct, not a biological one.

The landmark Turnaway study from the University of California, San Francisco, revealed the long-term effects of abortion. People who have had abortions claim they suffer emotional and physical harm. Researchers found the opposite. By following approximately 1,000 pregnant women who either received an abortion or were denied one, the scientists found that the women who could not access abortion services suffered numerous negative aftereffects. These included financial problems, lower education attainment, and more severe mental and physical health problems than women who were able access abortion services. This medical procedure, politicized by people who believe that women should not be in control of their bodies, is not only safe and effective, but has lasting, positive results.

A recent feature article that we published challenged the popular perception that Viking culture is male-first, might always. Michele Hayeur Smith, an anthropological archaeologist at Brown University found that Viking women controlled the production of tradable textiles, making them economic leaders in this society that is romanticized by white supremacists and incels (which stands for “involuntary celibates” and is an identity claimed by misogynist groups).

Science should illuminate controversial topics, and it is part of our mission to share the evidence relevant to important social issues.

In 2020, the editors of Scientific American endorsed Joe Biden for president. One Twitter user stated that “Getting political” means being biased. The editors of Scientific American endorsed Joe Biden for president. In April 1950, the magazine was set to publish an article written by physicist Hans Bethe (who had worked on the Manhattan Project) that was critical of the development of the hydrogen bomb. When the federal Atomic Energy Commission got wind of the manuscript, agents burned all 3,000 copies of the issue that contained the article. More than 30 years later, we published technical criticisms, also by Bethe and other physicists, of a space-based missile defense system known as Star Wars.

Science offers voters, policy makers and political leaders indispensable insight into the best course of action. However, science is also a part of governing. The executive and legislative branches determine budgetary allotments for billions of dollars in medical research and technological innovation for the energy sector, military tools, health care, food security, national infrastructure, and education. Perhaps as a reflection of this close relationship, a record number of candidates with STEM backgrounds are running for political office this year, according to the political action committee 314 Action Fund. They include meteorologists, doctors, and others who are aiming to use their scientific expertise to influence policymaking.

Telling scientists and other science writers to “stay on our lane” is a tactic that silences people with relevant expertise who are not weighing in on divisive topics. Sometimes, the criticism is meant to preserve the power of white, wealthy men in society. This criticism comes most often when we report on science relevant to the health and well-being of disempowered groups, suggesting it is not a pure rejection of the fact that there is science behind social issues. Science is everywhere, and we at Scientific American are going

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