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Loud noises are emanating from the laboratory these days, but they’re declamations, not explosions. This month scientists and other advocates for science assembled in cities around the country for the second annual March for Science. The organizers called on people to march for “a future where science is fully embraced in public life and policy.”
Researchers were once content to let their work speak for them. What changed? The politicization of science — partisan debates over climate change and evolution are two prominent examples — has worsened over time. Now scientists want to be heard in the public square.