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Is there any correlation between energy consumption and scientific progress? [closed]

I was just thinking of an unconventional argument that if (hypothetically) cutting carbon emissions could slow down an economy if it meant there was less access to energy and hence less general ...
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Is there a way to measure how technologically and economically independent a country is?

Is there a way to measure how technologically and economically independent a country is? With all this talk of derisking and banning technologies to other countries, I was wondering if there was a way ...
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Do countries other than China protect genetic data from access by other countries?

https://www.cnn.com/2023/08/11/china/china-human-genetic-resources-regulations-intl-hnk-dst/index.html With DNA increasingly seen as a valuable natural resource like oil or land, China is keen to ...
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Did China's scientific incentives address the fact that the system can be gamed?

These guys have surveyed the financial incentives offered by the top 100 universities in China and mined that data for interesting trends. They say that cash-per-publication incentives are common and ...
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What is the logic of allowing animal testing for cosmetics regarding the safety of workers but not the safety of customers?

25 years ago in response to public pressure concerning animal welfare in the cosmetics industry a ban on cosmetic testing on animals was introduced. The text of that motion: That this House welcomes ...
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Has the WHO investigated the origin of COVID-19 outside of China?

Has the WHO investigated the origin of COVID-19 outside of China? Is there a procedure that the WHO uses when it needs to investigate the origin of a virus, and what has the WHO done to get some ...
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How does the USA know that the balloon they shot down was Chinese?

The USA has recently created a hot sensation around the globe by shooting down four aerial objects, the most prominent one being the 'Chinese Balloon'. How does the USA even know that the balloon is ...
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Why is there a disconnect between innovation index and Nobel prizes won?

I'm seeing the innovation index wikipedia and the Nobel prize by country list. It seems to me Asian countries ranked high on the innovation index are ranked relatively lower compared to Asian ...
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Is the NIH solely federal or public-private?

Many say the US drug industry came from the Federal, not the private sector. The US invests absurdly in basic health research. There they have the National Institutes of Health, the largest health ...
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For what reasons have countries outlawed prenatal testing?

For what reasons have countries outlawed prenatal testing? Is it something that is seen more in specific regions or not? Prenatal testing includes Chorionic villus sampling (CVS), Amniocentesis, ...
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What is a possible theoretical relationship between social trust and political polarization?

Copying this question from Academia.Stackexchange. Trying to do my research on trust and political polarization relationship, but my analysis section contradicts the theoretical. My dependent variable ...
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How to find scientific consenus and form thorough opinions? [closed]

Recently I've become more interested in politics and in the general question of what we, as a society, ought to do. While I realize that subjective values play a huge role in answering that question, ...
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Political or legal reason why US jurisdictions don't update their lethal injection protocols?

Most states in the US that administer the death penalty, as well as the federal government, use lethal injection as their method of execution. In almost all of these jurisdictions, the method used is ...
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Do countries and institutions have a political interest in allowing researchers to plagiarize scientific research?

Do countries and institutions have a political interest in allowing researchers to plagiarize scientific research? I am wondering if there might be any political interest in allowing plagiarism in ...
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Why is there such a partisan divide on confidence in science in the US?

A study conducted by the Pew Research Center and published in February presents eight key findings on Americans’ confidence in science and their views on scientists’ role in society, drawn from a ...
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Has the membership of SAGE during the COVID-19 pandemic been published?

SAGE is the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, a key body which advises the UK government on its approach to emergencies. Its membership is not fixed, the gov.uk website linked above states: ...
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Has the US government provided details on plans to deal with AIDS and childhood cancer?

Twitter moments reports that Trump said that the US government is going to deal with the AIDS epidemic in the USA, and cure childhood cancer. Most of the comments in the Twitter moment, along with ...
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Do two-thirds of Americans believe that Congress needs to act on a climate crisis?

In comments about the Green New Deal on Feb 14, 2019, US Senator Chuck Schumer said: "I challenge Leader McConnell to say that our climate change crisis is real, that it’s caused by humans, and ...
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Why does nobody consider science or capitalism sacrosanct? [closed]

I do not know any country in the world that jails people for "blaspheming" against science. People are free to say evolution is just a theory. Nobody says "that's blasphemy, jail him". We may think ...
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Are many laws adopted with unscientific (pseudoscientific or untested) foundations? [closed]

I often saw many laws in various countries were adopted because various premises, like religious, national (which in mostly are not national, but those the one want to be national) or simply they ...
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Examples of European political parties/movements that put emphasis on science and technology and why so few? [closed]

The US Transhumanist party is small party that put emphasis on science and technology for fulfilling the aspirations of humanity. Indeed - there are very, very few limits in science. E.g. inertial ...
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How is innovation measured in private-public partnerships?

It is great that governments invest in innovation and research. Specifically in research done by private public partnerships, they do a lot of controlling to track budget, but how do they measure the ...
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Do wrong beliefs threaten democracy? [closed]

According to this video (from @3:05 to 3:40), Neil deGrasse Tyson says believing in something that is wrong threatens democracy. But this... but this whole thing-- it's just a symptom of a larger ...
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Why did the EU Council also suggest homeopathic products to treat animals beside conventional drugs?

This EU Council Regulation from 1999 argues about organic livestock production regulation: (..) when animals become sick or injured, they should be treated immediately by giving preference to ...
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Why should people other than political scientists become or be allowed to be politicians? [closed]

Why should people other than political scientists become or be allowed to be politicians? Since one ought to guess that political scientists would have broadest knowledge of history and empiricism of ...
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How long has the STEM movement for women existed [closed]

A simple question. How long has the social/political drive for the idea of "Women in STEM" been around? Lately, it feels as though a stigma has been attached to non-STEM degrees/jobs if you are a ...
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Why is the Trump Administration often labeled as anti-science?

Is there any evidence that Trump and his administration are anti-science? And since when has the equation been drawn between conservatism and anti-science sentiment? Allegations (from, for example, ...
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AGIL scheme of Talcott Parsons

I feel very lost in my political science course and now we're talking about functionalism, more especially about Talcott Parsons and his AGIL scheme. It seems so abstract to me. Do you have a ...
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Is there a scientific political ideology?

It could be argued, that the idea of "freedom" dictates much of US politics, that the idea of "nation" dictates much of Russian politics, that the idea "responsibility" directs German politics, and so ...
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Why fund research in pure mathematics?

I post this question on politics.se, as suggested by this answer of Bjørn Kjos-Hanssen. The research in pure mathematics has (generally) no other choice that being funded by public organizations ...
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Is support for nuclear energy correlated with other political positions?

I was recently told by a right-wing Japanese person that in Japan, right-wingers are more likely to support nuclear energy than left-wingers. It's previously appeared to me that in the USA and ...
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What is it that "97% of climate scientists" actually believe about global warming?

It is widely known that reporting on polls must be done with careful consideration. I have often heard that there is a scientific consensus on global warming that can no longer be denied, that 97% of ...
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Why is denying global warming associated with conservatives?

I'm not asking for arguments about whether global warming is true. I'm asking why denying the presence of global warming is primarily associated with a conservative political affiliation. I am looking ...
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Why are Republicans opposed to alternative energy?

(DISCLAIMER: I am asking this in the most non-partisan way possible. Please no arguments or mudslinging!) What are the Republican party's premises for opposing alternative energy in place of fossil ...
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Are there any states that require leaders to respect empirical studies?

It's possible to divide policy positions into two broad categories: X is good/bad - for example: Smoking is bad Home-ownership is good Bovine tuberculosis is bad X will encourage/discourage Y - for ...
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