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Ronald Bailey is the award-winning science correspondent for Reason magazine and Reason.com, where he writes a weekly science and technology column.
Bailey is the author of the book Liberation Biology: The Moral and Scientific Case for the Biotech Revolution (Prometheus, 2005), and his work was featured in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2004.
In 2006, Bailey was shortlisted by the editors of Nature Biotechnology as one of the personalities who have made the "most significant contributions" to biotechnology in the last 10 years.
From 1987 to 1990, Bailey was a staff writer for Forbes magazine, covering economic, scientific and business topics. His articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Commentary, The Public Interest, Smithsonian, TechCentralStation, National Review, Reader's Digest and many other publications.
Prior to joining Reason in 1997, Bailey produced several weekly national public television series including Think Tank and TechnoPolitics, as well as several documentaries for PBS television and ABC News. In 1993, he was the Warren T. Brookes Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
Bailey won a 2004 Southern California Journalism Award for best magazine feature for his story, "The Battle For Your Brain," which delved into the ethical and political conflicts over new brain enhancement technologies. In 2005, Bailey won a first place Southern California Journalism Award for best online commentary for his series on creationism, "Creation Summer Camp."
Bailey is the editor of several books, including Global Warming and Other Eco-Myths: How the Environmental Movement Uses False Science to Scare Us to Death (Prima Publishing, 2002), Earth Report 2000: Revisiting The True State of The Planet (McGraw Hill, 1999), and The True State of the Planet (The Free Press, 1995). He is the author of ECOSCAM: The False Prophets of Ecological Apocalypse (St. Martins Press, 1993).
Bailey has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including the NBC Nightly News, PBS' Newshour, several National Public Radio programs, and various C-SPAN programs. He has lectured at Harvard University, Yale University, Morehouse University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rutgers University, the University of Virginia, and many other places.
In 2004, Bailey testified before a congressional committee on "The Impact of Science on Public Policy."
He is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.
Bailey lives in Washington, D.C., and Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife Pamela.
- How Scared of Terrorism Should You Be?
Not very. You are four times more likely to be killed by a lightning bolt than by a terror attack.
September 6, 2011
- Trading Fertility for Prosperity
Good news about trade from the dismal science
August 30, 2011
- China Derangement Syndrome
Once again, an economic yellow peril is exaggerated.
August 23, 2011
- The Myth of Pristine Nature
A review of Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World
August 16, 2011
- Conflict Oil or Canadian Oil?
A second dispatch from Alberta's oil sands.
August 10, 2011
- The Man-Made Miracle of Oil from Sand
A dispatch from Alberta's oil sands
August 9, 2011
- A Trick of the Mind
Looking for patterns in life and then infusing them with meaning, from alien intervention to federal conspiracy.
August 2, 2011
- Why Are People "Irrationally" Generous to Strangers?
New research finds that nice guys tend to finish first.
July 26, 2011
- Natural Gas Flip-Flop
Big environmental groups were for fracking before they were against it.
July 22, 2011
- An Environmentalist Joins the Reality-Based Community
A review of Mark Lynas' The God Species
July 19, 2011
- Climate Change and Confirmation Bias
A new study suggests that your values, not science, determine your views about climate change.
July 12, 2011
- Lukewarmers, Denialists, and Other Climate Change Skeptics
Impressions and reporting from the Sixth International Climate Change Conference
July 5, 2011
- Among the Biotech Conventioneers
A dispatch on the value of failed drugs, new vaccines against superbugs, and the prospect of a molecular stethoscope.
June 28, 2011
- Congress Moves to Ban Frankenfish
Special interests trump science in the debate over transgenic salmon.
June 21, 2011
- I, Pineapple
Reason's science correspondent files a second dispatch from his sustainability tour in Costa Rica.
June 15, 2011
- "If It's Plastic, It's Organic"
Reason's science correspondent goes on a junket to Costa Rica in search of sustainability.
June 14, 2011
- More Central Planning: The Failed Panacea for Health Care Reform
A rebuttal to The New Republic's latest prescription for health care reform
June 8, 2011
- Does Disease Cause Autocracy?
New studies say that lowering the rate of infection helps lead to political liberalization.
May 31, 2011
- Will Comparative Effectiveness Research Kill More People Than It Helps?
Consumers, not bureaucrats, should make healthcare decisions.
May 24, 2011
- Charging Ahead
To speed along the success of the electric car, improvements in battery chemistry will matter as much as the price of oil.
May 23, 2011
- A Better Way to Frack?
A new technique for natural gas extraction eliminates fears about contaminated water and stops opponents in their tracks.
May 17, 2011
- The Book on Mormons
A brilliant new musical from the creators of South Park both mocks and admires religion.
May 13, 2011
- Environmentalists Were For Fracking Before They Were Against It
Shale gas is still the bridge fuel to a low-carbon energy future.
May 10, 2011
- “No Nation Was Ever Ruined By Trade”
More trade means more jobs.
May 3, 2011
- Whither Gasoline Prices?
Prices up, poll numbers down, round up the usual suspects!
April 26, 2011
- Fear Itself
A one-in-a-million risk may not be imaginary, but it's pretty damned close to it.
April 12, 2011
- It's Hard to Make Predictions, Especially About the Future
The new book Future Babble explains why dart-throwing monkeys are better at predicting the future than most pundits.
April 5, 2011
- Radiation Non-Alert
Japan’s broken nuclear reactors will have no detectable effect on the health of Americans.
March 29, 2011
- Is the Great Stagnation Real?
In many ways yes, but there is still room for hope and even celebration.
March 22, 2011
- Nuclear Disaster in Japan
Does it show a way forward for nuclear power?
March 15, 2011
- The Loughner Panic
Breaking down the media/political breakdown over the Tucson massacre
Nick Gillespie, Jesse Walker, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Brian Doherty, Radley Balko, Ronald Bailey and Jacob Sullum
March 14, 2011
- Oil Price Shocks and the Recession of 2011?
Ten of the last 11 recessions were preceded by oil price hikes.
March 8, 2011
- The Political Economy of the End of Tyranny
Will the recent uprisings succeed?
March 1, 2011
- Down with Gene Tyranny!
Freeing ourselves from our genes
February 22, 2011
- Deconsumption Versus Dematerialization
How to protect the environment by doing more with less
February 15, 2011
- The Unseen Consequences of "Green Jobs"
Will investing in clean energy harm the economy?
February 8, 2011
- Bioethicists Can't Handle the Truth
But research shows that normal people can.
February 1, 2011
- Government Pills
I'm from the government and I'm here to help with new drug discovery
January 25, 2011
- Cyberwar Is Harder Than It Looks
Internet vulnerability to attacks exaggerated, says new report.
January 18, 2011
- Just Your Typical Would-Be Assassin
Tuscon shooter Jared Loughner fits the profile of a killer. But not in the way you might think.
January 11, 2011
- E.T. Stay Home?
We haven't heard from space aliens and that might be good news.
January 4, 2011
- Carbon Rationing By Other Means
After Congress fails to regulate greenhouse gasses, the president hands the job over to the EPA
December 28, 2010
- What the Frack!
The war over a natural gas production technology flames up
December 21, 2010
- Cancun Climate Change Breakthrough Greatly Exaggerated
Climate change negotiators agree to meet again next year in Durban. And that's pretty much all they agree on.
December 14, 2010
- I’ll Show You My Genome. Will You Show Me Yours?
Our science correspondent reveals his genetic code. Soon you will too.
December 13, 2010
Fourth dispatch from the United Nations Climate Change conference in Cancun
December 10, 2010
- Cancun Crunch Time
Third dispatch from the United Nations Climate Change conference in Cancun
December 9, 2010
- Cancun Climate Platitudes and Predictions
Second dispatch from the United Nations Climate Change conference in Cancun
December 8, 2010
- Cancun Climate Change Shakedown
First dispatch from the United Nations Climate Change conference in Cancun
December 7, 2010
- The Eleventh Commandment: Punish Free Riders
Religion and the evolutionary origin of cooperation
November 30, 2010
- Baltimore City School District Has Come a Long Way since 2007, but There's Still Work to Be Done (12/11)
- Mileage Based User Fees or Road Usage Charges—Some Thoughtful Commentary (12/9)
- Human Rights Watch Exposes Injustice of Plea Bargains and Mandatory Minimums (12/6)
- Southwest Struggles As Legacy Airlines Establish Solid Business Models (12/6)
- Texas Families Show Strong Demand for More School Choice (12/5)
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