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Election 2012: Grading Obama and Romney on Science

Scientific American evaluates the scientific merit of the presidential candidates' proposed policies

  • October 16, 2012

Advances in Science Drive Economic Growth

Source: League of Women Voters 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.

July 26, 2012 — Christine Gorman

What Do Obama and Romney Know about Science? And Why It Matters

Image: League of Women Voters Scientific American is partnering with the folks at and more than a dozen leading science and engineering organizations to try to inject more discussion about critical science issues into the U.S.

July 19, 2012 — Christine Gorman

Who Should Fund Scientific Research? How Much?

Source: League of Women Voters 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.

August 10, 2012 — Christine Gorman

Romney Would Not Fund New Science and Math Standards

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.

October 16, 2012 — Anna Kuchment

Can the US Achieve Energy Independence by 2020?

Source: League of Women Voters 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.

August 31, 2012 — Christine Gorman

Voters Should Pay More Attention to Freshwater Issues

Source: League of Women Voters 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.

September 14, 2012 — Christine Gorman

Romney Says No to "Net Neutrality"

Source: League of Women Voters The chances that government policy about the internet is going to decide who will win the U.S. presidential election are pretty slim.

September 21, 2012 — Christine Gorman

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.

October 5, 2012 — Christine Gorman

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.

September 27, 2012 — Scott Huler

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

October 29, 2008

Gifts for Mom

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