The United States faced down authoritarian governments on the left and right. Now it may be facing an even greater challenge from within
Scientific American rates the candidates' answers to 14 science questions
Find out where the candidates stand on climate change, research, energy, space and more
Scientific American asks leaders of a dozen House and Senate committees for written answers to eight policy questions related to science and technology
The editors used a five-star ranking system—and had lots of help from experts—to assess the presidential candidates' responses to 14 top science questions
When it comes to complex behaviors, gene variants don't count for much
A surrogate debate on climate change was held in Washington, D.C., this week by an independent organization advocating for science-related dialogue by candidates for office
An Emory University psychologist recounts why "fearless dominance," a personality trait used to screen for psychopaths, may be a quality to consider in our next chief executive
Somebody please ask Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama to talk about climate change at the next debate for crying out loud! Or what to do about growing fresh water shortages or protecting the Internet or addressing any of the other fundamental challenges the U.S.
A quest to get more discussion about science and scientific issues in the run-up to this year's presidential election in the U.S, is starting to get noticed.
Scientists and concerned citizens ask the 2012 presidential candidates and leaders in Congress to discuss science and technology
Scientific American is partnering with the folks at ScienceDebate.org and more than a dozen leading science and engineering organizations to try to inject more discussion about critical science issues into the U.S.
Money and politics go together like sodium and chloride--an important element (in the non-chemical sense of the term) of life that can also be corrosive and deadly.
Increases for science and technology in the 2012 US budget prioritize innovation over reductions in the national deficit.
How to improve the state of the planet: "everybody can do something"
Phil Handy An education advisor to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign said last night that a Romney administration would not use federal funds to encourage states to adopt higher standards in math and science.President Barack Obama’s Race to the Top Program has offered grants to states that adopt certain reforms, including the Common Core State Standards in math and language arts.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney staked out a softer position than usual last night on the role of the federal government in American life.
No matter who is elected president of the United States on November 6, there are bound to be new cuts to next year's federal budget. The question is whether they will be really really big or just sort of big.
A new strain of H3N2 influenza virus transmitted from pigs to humans has caused U.S. patient cases to spike in the past two weeks. During the same time period, an Ebola virus outbreak in Uganda killed at least 14 people.
We now have responses to the Top Science Questions facing the US from Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama.
The Republican platform adopted by the GOP in Tampa this week reaffirmed the party's commitment to achieving "domestic energy independence."As it happens, question #6 of the 14 "Top American Science Questions in 2012" deals with exactly this issue.
We have passed the halfway point in our weekly examination of the 14 top science questions that President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney need to address as part of their quests to lead the United States for the next four years.
Education in science, technology and engineering leads to strong, innovative future generations. Scientists and educators (probably rightly) credit the U.S.'s global leadership to advances in these fields.
The chances that government policy about the internet is going to decide who will win the U.S. presidential election are pretty slim. (I'll leave it to others to consider the possible effect of recent videos posted on the internet.) But one of the clearest differences between Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama on the 14 top science questions facing the US has to do with the Internet, which is the subject of this week's closer look.Romney thinks the FCC's rules promoting "net neutrality" are the fulfillment of a campaign promise that was made to "special interests." Obama reiterates his support for an open internet, while listing all the issues that compete for regulatory attention--from protection of intellectual property to cybersecurity to privacy.
Subliminal influences guide our voting preferences
The earth is about 9,000 years old, according to U.S. House Representative Paul Broun, who is also a physician and member of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology of the House of Representatives.
Less than two weeks after the state's senate passed a climate science-squelching bill, research shows that sea level along the coast between N.C. and Massachusetts is rising faster than anywhere on Earth
In North Carolina, as you well know, we like our science with a side of crazy. The old Flying Burrito Brothers tune says, “The scientists say it’ll all wash away, but we don’t believe them anymore,” and we love our country music here, so we made quite a splash with the legislative nuh-unhs about sea level rise a while back.
Drilling the Arctic for Energy: Does tapping Alaskan oil to increase energy independence come at our peril?
Plans to greatly expand fossil-fuel exploration and retrieval in the Far North are raising environmentalists' hackles
The controversial measure will let broadband providers prioritize Internet content, but detractors say the government is fixing something that is not broken
People's deeply held beliefs may contradict what they think they believe--and can affect the choices they make in the voting booth. Steve Mirsky reports