Ask a Science Professor: I feel terrible about overpriced textbooks and think there is a conspiracy, is it true and what are my options?

By Ben Alonzo 0 Comments

Amanda from Texas wants to know if there is a textbook conspiracy to purposely “rip-off” students. She also is desperate for suggestions because science textbooks are becoming prohibitively expensive. It’s true that college is extremely expensive, but a meaningful degree is always worth it. Obviously, we would like reasonable tuition and materials costs, but we ….read more

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A response to the “Academics can change the world – if they stop talking only to their peers” article

By Ben Alonzo 0 Comments

This is a response to Savo Heleta’s article on The Conversation that suggests academics only talk among themselves and hardly ever share, write, or talk about science to the public. Once again, someone with little to no hard science credentials tries to say public ignorance, lack of intellectual interest, and the lack of science leaders ….read more

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Ask a Science Professor: Is Snopes.com unbiased, reliable for skeptics or journalists to use for research? No!

By Ben Alonzo 4 Comments

An undergraduate student recently emailed us to ask about using Snopes.com for fact-checking and undergraduate research. The truth is Snopes is good for debunking outlandish urban myths, but it is biased junk for far too many other things, especially politics, history, and current events. Many professors point out that Snopes and Wiki are not rigorous, ….read more

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Unreasonable, excessive federal accessibility regulation destroying valuable academic content

By Ben Alonzo 0 Comments

The destruction of massive amounts of valuable free public data is the end result of overregulation in higher education. What was essentially the updated language of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 has turned into a heavy burden on overworked professors, academic departments, and a major reason why free public educational content is currently ….read more

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