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Election 2012: Grading Obama and Romney on Science

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

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...

October 5, 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

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...

October 12, 2012 — Christine Gorman

Can the US Achieve Energy Independence by 2020?

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

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"

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...

September 21, 2012 — Christine Gorman

Senators Fiddle While Deep Ocean Temperatures Rise

The latest evidence that average temperatures are increasing around the globe comes from the deepest parts of the ocean, Dr. James McCarthy of Harvard University told a Senate committee hearing on climate change on Wednesday...

August 3, 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
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