Sunday Night Science & Innovation Links, Nov 27, 2016

A lot of people talk about science and innovation.  Few of them talk to each other.  

Talk!  To each other!

“By moving research closer to the team that actually builds the products, the company believes it can develop a better understanding of how AI can do things customers truly want.” — Artificial Intelligence Is Driving Huge Changes at Google, Facebook, and Microsoft | WIRED

“If anything, the situation for underrepresented minorities is getting worse. Gibbs found that between 2005 and 2013, almost 6,000 scientists from those groups earned their doctoral degrees, while the number of assistant professors fell by six.” — The Minority Talent Pool in Science Is Draining Away – The Atlantic

“But as Richard Smith, the former editor of the BMJ, summed up: “We have little or no evidence that peer review ‘works,’ but we have lots of evidence of its downside.”” — This new study may explain why peer review in science often fails – Vox

“Carafano’s recent report on science policy argues that OSTP should be eliminated because it is unnecessary given the other sources of science advice the president can access” — Advocate for Eliminating OSTP Appointed to Trump Transition Team | American Institute of Physics

“A move like this, if it actually happened, could be a big deal. Not only would it mean serious changes to US climate research, but it could affect a host of other key NASA programs that provide info on everything from weather to wildfires to drought and much more.” — A Trump adviser wants to scale back NASA’s ability to study climate change – Vox

“[the plan] shows what the NIH is interested in and (likely) where grants will follow. And that could ultimately shape the direction of behavioral and social science itself.” — Social Science Is Busted. But the NIH Has a Plan that Could Fix It | WIRED

“Because of the competition for grants, scientists often propose projects that they know will work rather than on ideas that are more adventurous with potentially greater payoffs.” — James Simons’s Foundation Starts New Institute for Computing, Big Data – The New York Times


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