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April 2014

Nominations open for the John Maddox Prize 2014

The John Maddox Prize rewards an individual who has promoted sound science and evidence on a matter of public interest. Its emphasis is on those who have faced difficulty or hostility in doing so.


Europe votes for clinical trial transparency
New law will ensure drug trials in Europe are registered and results reported


Ask for Evidence on antimicrobial products & policies


March 2014

Q&A on plastic packaging
Send us your questions about plastic packaging for a Q&A with experts from the British Plastics Federation and independent toxicologists.


Write to your MEP as EU Clinical Trial Regulation reaches final hurdle

Thousands of clinical trials have not reported their results; some have not even been registered. The new Clinical Trial Regulation, if it’s passed in the form it’s in now, would mean that every drug clinical trial done in the EU would have to be registered before it begins and results published in a publicly accessible EU database.


We're calling for the timely publication of all government research
The government has delayed or failed to release reports on the increased use of food banks and on immigration, despite guidelines that urge prompt publication.


February 2014

Ask for Evidence at the Brighton Science Festival
We’ve teamed up with the Brighton Skeptics in the Pub for a session at the Brighton Science Festival.


Emerson Ask for Evidence Party
Join us in Boston for the official Emerson College Ask for Evidence campaign release party


Join us at AAAS
We are running two events at the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Chicago, on hazards and Ask for Evidence.


Lecture to celebrate 180 years of The Royal Statistical Society
An upcoming talk about extraordinarily improbable events - and why they keep happening.


What will the impact of flooding be?
Send us your questions


January 2014

Help secure new EU clinical trial regulation
Please write to your MEP to urge them to vote in favour of new law.


Ask for Evidence on '5 a day'
Lots of people have been helping us Ask for Evidence behind the "5 a day" message in the UK and elsewhere.


Toxic chemicals in kids' clothes?
A Greenpeace campaign about “toxic chemicals in clothes” prompted us to ask some questions.


Sense About Science and NHS Choices launch new online forum
We have teamed up with NHS Choices Behind the Headlines to help people better understand the science behind health claims and to connect people with expertise.


Ministers quizzed on recycling policies


Neuromyths and why they persist in the classroom
We ask why popular teaching methods claimed to be based on neuroscience persist in the classroom, when there's little or no supporting evidence.


MPs call for results from clinical trials to be made available


Defamation Act 2013 has come into force
England and Wales now have the new libel law we, thousands of individuals and hundreds of organisations campaigned for for nearly five years.


December 2013

All change with Celebrities and Science

We have not produced a Celebrities and Science review of 2013. No round up of celebrities’ misleading claims and none of the usual effort by scientists to work out the underlying misconception that gave rise to them.


Send us your questions on animal feeding studies


Until the results of all clinical trials are published, patients everywhere lose out


What’s the evidence for banning electronic cigarettes?
We asked the BMA why they want them banned in public.


Medical students are Asking for Evidence
Students 4 Best Evidence is supporting the Ask for Evidence campaign


Our Christmas list is up
Crime, Drugs, Star Wars and the Simpsons... It is time once again for this year’s Sense About Science Christmas Reading Room.


November 2013

Waste experts answer your questions
Read our rubbish and recycling Q&A.


Ask for Evidence on recycling claims
Lots of people have been asking for evidence behind claims about rubbish and recycling. Get involved in our rubbish week.


Is casual sex linked to depression?


New libel law in January
The Defamation Act 2013 will come into force on 1st January 2014 Minister for Justice Lord McNally announced in the House of Lords yesterday.


Ask for Evidence coming to Scotland
Monday 25th November 2013 - Come and join us at our first Scottish Ask for Evidence event!


Launch of Making Sense of Drug Safety Science


AllTrials briefing on Clinical Trials Regulation


Please donate or we'll send this video around the world

We need to make a video to help people around the world to build the AllTrials campaign for all trials registered and all results reported. The video will feature the voices of some of the many patients, doctors and researchers who have joined forces under AllTrials, and just a little of Ben Goldacre.


Winner of the 2013 John Maddox Prize for standing up for science announced


October 2013

Public led expert fed


Additives in children's medicine


New Miracle Cure! An #AskforEvidence sketch


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