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
Does Congress Get a Passing Grade on Science?
Scientific American asks leaders of a dozen House and Senate committees for written answers to eight policy questions related to science and technology
Rating the Candidates: How Did SA Grade Romney and Obama on Science?
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
Why Genes Don’t Predict Voting Behavior
When it comes to complex behaviors, gene variants don't count for much
The Presidential Debate We Never Had: Climate Change [Video]
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
Seeking a Chief Exec with the Right Stuff?: Look for a Touch of Psychopathy
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
Obama and Romney Should Talk about Climate Change at Next Debate
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...
Advances in Science Drive Economic Growth
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.
Bring It: A Call for Candidates to Debate Science Policy
Scientists and concerned citizens ask the 2012 presidential candidates and leaders in Congress to discuss science and technology
What Do Obama and Romney Know about Science? And Why It Matters
Who Should Fund Scientific Research? How Much?
Obama's 2012 Budget Resists Research Cuts
Increases for science and technology in the 2012 US budget prioritize innovation over reductions in the national deficit.
State of the Earth: Still Seeking Plan A for Sustainability
How to improve the state of the planet: "everybody can do something"
Romney Would Not Fund New Science and Math Standards
Romney and Obama: U.S. Government Can Play a "Very Important" Role in STEM Education
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney staked out a softer position than usual last night on the role of the federal government in American life.
Space Out: NASA Faces More Budget Cuts in 2013
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...
Will the Candidates Tell Us about Their Policies on Pandemics and Biosecurity?
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...
Food Safety: Romney and Obama Focus on Different Solutions
Can the US Achieve Energy Independence by 2020?
Voters Should Pay More Attention to Freshwater Issues
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...
Will the U.S. Remain a Leader in a Science- and Technology-Driven Economy?
Romney Says No to "Net Neutrality"
Why Your Brain Is Irrational about Obama and Romney
Subliminal influences guide our voting preferences
Senators Fiddle While Deep Ocean Temperatures Rise
House Science Member Says Earth Is 9,000 Years Old
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...
North Carolina Sea Level Rises Despite State Senators
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...
Further Science Adventures from North Carolina
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
FCC Ends Net Neutrality Debate (for Now) by Passing Its Open Internet Order
The controversial measure will let broadband providers prioritize Internet content, but detractors say the government is fixing something that is not broken
Voting Affected by Implicit Beliefs
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