National Academy of Sciences

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2014

    Dallas DA's New Digital Forensics Lab Could Cause Conflicts of Interest, Critic Says

    Ahead of his election day disaster, District Attorney Craig Watkins announced the creation of a new division in his office. He's done this before, most recently with the Civil Rights Division, a team that will investigate, right alongside Internal Affairs, when a police officers shoots someone. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    Junk Science Review: Texas to Examine Microscopic Hair Analysis in Criminal Convictions

    Less than a year since the U.S. Department of Justice announced it would review the "highly unreliable" results of microscopic hair analysis in federal cases, the State Forensic Science Commission will do the same in Texas. In cases nationally where DNA has later exonerated the wrongfully imprisoned ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 1, 2013

    Veterans Are Putting Down Their Guns and Taking Up Farming

    In Oak Cliff, ex-warriors charge into the local food movement.

  • News

    January 3, 2013

    There Will Be Tar Sand

    Tarry Canadian bitumen is barreling its way to Texas via the Keystone XL pipeline. Will it bring energy independence or environmental calamity?

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    A Moron's Guide to the Fracking of Dallas

    In this week's print edition, staff writer Anna Merlan provides a handy guide to natural-gas drilling debate in Dallas. Read on for a primer, a glossary of terms, a look at the opponents and supporters and a special fracking board game! Important civic issues have a way of sneaking up on you. They ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    University of Texas Fracking Study: No Evidence That It Contaminates Groundwater

    ​The University of Texas released the preliminary results today of that comprehensive study on the controversial natural gas producing process known as hydraulic fracturing (or fracking), drawing no link between it and claims of groundwater contamination. "While there have been casing/cement ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    Natural Selection Only a "Figure of Speech," Says State Education Board Chair

    Don McLeroyDon McLeroy, a Republican dentist from Bryan, is the chair of the Texas State Board of Education. He's also a book critic: Over the weekend, an indie book publisher posted his recommendation of Robert Bowie Johnson Jr.'s new book Sowing Atheism: The National Academy Of Sciences' Sinister ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 19, 2009

    Stay Hungry, Live Longer: the Science Behind the Calorie Restriction Diet

    An SMU biologist thinks the secret to the fountain of youth may be found by putting fruit flies on a diet.

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2008

    Look Sharp: Or , You Ain't Heard the Last About UT Southwestern's List

    Ruth Sharp Altshuler Now, Ruth Sharp Altshuler for the defense. In this week's subscription-only Chronicle of Philanthropy, Dr. Ken's missus weighs in on behalf of UT Southwestern Medical Center's prez, Dr. Kern Wildenthal, who, as you no doubt recall, has been pro'd and con'd to death in the mag's ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 17, 2007

    Sheer Genius

    Isaacson discusses a legendary brainiac

  • News

    December 5, 2002

    Green Giant

    Nobel laureate Norman Borlaug is credited with saving the lives of 1 billion people. So why is a small cadre of activists bent on tarnishing his legacy?

  • News

    March 22, 2001

    Joint Effort

    "Aging hippies" team with the desperately ill and one lawmaker to fight for medical marijuana in Texas. Is that just a smoke screen?

  • News

    July 13, 2000

    Attack of the suits

    And the business community wants to take over the Dallas school system exactly why?

  • Dining

    June 22, 2000

    Hash Over

    Village strokes; Mixed hash

  • News

    February 17, 2000

    Why Johnny's in the dumpster

    DISD would rather protect itself and teachers than teach kids to read

  • News

    June 3, 1999

    Unacceptable Risk

    Texas health officials say that mandatory childhood vaccinations against hepatitis B will prevent the spread of life-threatening illness. But which is riskier--the disease or the vaccine?

  • News

    September 10, 1998

    Some Fly, Some Die

    How DISD betrays children of color

  • News

    September 10, 1998

    Chemical Warrior

    When Phyllis Glazer learned a chemical plant was making her East Texas neighbors sick, the wealthy Dallas homemaker could have cut and run. Instead, she chose to stay, fight, and win.