Science & Tech
Associated Press/Photo by Robert Markowitz/NASA

Artemis’ failure to launch

Science | NASA’s effort to put humans back on the moon falters
by John Dawson
Posted 1/21/21, 12:58 pm

NASA’s Artemis program to return humans to the moon suffered a setback on Saturday when a rocket test at the Stennis Space Center in southern Mississippi ended prematurely. The failure marks the latest in a number of hiccups for the ambitious program.

Read more

Foundations of scientific sand

Science | Retractions don’t ensure scientists avoid bad research
by John Dawson
Posted 1/21/21, 12:46 pm

When a scientific paper is retracted, researchers should stop using that debunked research for their own studies. But according to University of Illinois information sciences professor Jodi Schneider, that’s not happening nearly enough.

Read more

Julia de Boer

Eyes on education

Technology | Facial recognition technology offers potential safety benefits, but most U.S. schools remain wary
by Juliana Chan Erikson
Posted 1/14/21, 03:16 pm

Matthew DeBoer never intended to be a spokesperson for facial recognition. Back in 2018, the principal of St. Therese Catholic Academy, a K-8 school in Seattle, was looking to upgrade the academy’s aging security system when he heard about an offer from tech firm RealNetworks to pilot test its facial recognition technology.

With support from parents and staff, DeBoer signed up and installed facial recognition by the school’s external doors.

Read more