Federal Science Freedom, Cancer Death Rates, Snake Trackers
This week, staff at several U.S. government agencies dealing with science were told to restrict what and how they communicated with the public. Although some of those instructions were later walked back, the climate in Washington has caused some to call for a march on Washington in support of science, and has spurred the creation of several ‘rogue’ accounts on social media, supposedly managed by disgruntled agency employees. Maggie Koerth-Baker, senior science reporter at FiveThirtyEight.com, describes the current state of scientific freedom in Washington. We’ll also talk about news from the week in cancer statistics, asteroids, and the strange tale of snake trackers in Florida.
Maggie Koerth is a senior science reporter with FiveThirtyEight.com. She’s based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.