Science Heroes!

I don’t know if the winners of the John Maddox
Prize for Standing up for Science get
a trophy… but they should.
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Did you know there is a new prize for standing up for science? It’s called…. “The John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science”! And the inaugural prize this year went to psychiatrist Simon Wessely for his work on chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and Fang Shi-min, a journalist from Beijing, China, for uncovering clinics using unproven medicine.

The reason for the prize appears to be to help good, non-biased science resist manipulation from commercial companies or political parties, and to help inform the public about scientific matters without influence from these factors. For example, Shi-min uncovered dodgy clinical practices even though he was, at times, receiving death threats. All to bring the public vital information.

It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Read all about it here. Who do you think should win next year?


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