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April 2014Nominations 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.
New law will ensure drug trials in Europe are registered and results reported
March 2014Q&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.
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.
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 2014Ask 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.
Join us in Boston for the official Emerson College Ask for Evidence campaign release party
We are running two events at the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Chicago, on hazards and Ask for Evidence.
An upcoming talk about extraordinarily improbable events - and why they keep happening.
Send us your questions
January 2014Help secure new EU clinical trial regulation
Please write to your MEP to urge them to vote in favour of new law.
Lots of people have been helping us Ask for Evidence behind the "5 a day" message in the UK and elsewhere.
A Greenpeace campaign about “toxic chemicals in clothes” prompted us to ask some questions.
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.
We ask why popular teaching methods claimed to be based on neuroscience persist in the classroom, when there's little or no supporting evidence.
England and Wales now have the new libel law we, thousands of individuals and hundreds of organisations campaigned for for nearly five years.
December 2013All 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.
We asked the BMA why they want them banned in public.
Students 4 Best Evidence is supporting the Ask for Evidence campaign
Crime, Drugs, Star Wars and the Simpsons... It is time once again for this year’s Sense About Science Christmas Reading Room.
November 2013Waste experts answer your questions
Read our rubbish and recycling Q&A.
Lots of people have been asking for evidence behind claims about rubbish and recycling. Get involved in our rubbish week.
The Defamation Act 2013 will come into force on 1st January 2014 Minister for Justice Lord McNally announced in the House of Lords yesterday.
Monday 25th November 2013 - Come and join us at our first Scottish Ask for Evidence event!
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.