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Palin takes on fruit flies--And loses

Amid the hoopla about Sarah Palin's very un-hockey mom $150,000 campaign wardrobe, the Republican veep candidate managed to drop another flammable tidbit that set off the science community,
not to mention the blogosphere.During a speech on her ticket's special needs policy last week, Palin, who has held up her Down's syndrome young son as a symbol of her kinship with all parents of special needs children, mocked earmarks better known as pork for eating up much-needed federal funds.

October 27, 2008 — Lisa Stein

Fruit Flies, Fragile X and Foolery

A study in the journal Nature Neuroscience shows that fixing damage to a specific fruit fly gene appears to correct memory problems, which could point to possible treatments for fragile X syndrome in humans (despite Sarah Palin's negative campaign comments about fruit fly research). Cynthia Graber reports. For more McCain-Palin science slipups, check out the Anti Gravity column in the January issue of Scientific American magazine at

December 16, 2008

No indictment for alleged Palin e-mail hacker

A federal grand jury today decided not to indict a University of Tennessee student in connection with the hacking of Republican vice presidential pick Sarah Palin's personal e-mail.

September 24, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

Biden and Palin talk energy and environment

Last night's debate between vice presidential candidates Joe Biden and Sarah Palin showcased their differences on energy policy and climate change, and also reminded us of some intra-ticket differences on those key scientific issues.

October 3, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Fruit fly research, maligned by Sarah Palin, bears fruit

Remember when Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin dissed research on fruit flies? Well, the little buggers—a favorite of scientists who like studying their genome and the bane of kitchens everywhere—are back in the spotlight, this time with news that technology could one day spot olives spoiled by the flies.

February 26, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Palin brings creationism debate back into the headlines

The addition of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to the GOP presidential ticket has brought the creationism-evolution fight back into the news cycle, as voters learn more about her agnostic take on the subject: "Teach both," Palin has said.

September 11, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Sarah Palin's health described by doc

Voters know a little bit more about Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s health as they head to the polls today. According to a two-page letter released by her physician last night, Palin, 44, is in "excellent health and has no known health problems that would interfere with her ability to carry out the duties and obligations of vice president of the United States." 

Until now, Americans knew next to nothing about Palin’s health, other than that she gave birth to five children, the youngest of whom was born with Down Syndrome in April.

November 4, 2008 — Jordan Lite

News Scan

February 1, 2011 — George Hackett
End-of-Days Danger

End-of-Days Danger

If 2012 marks the start of the apocalypse, it will be our own fault, not nature’s or God's

March 1, 2010 — Lawrence M. Krauss

Special Edition: Mysteries of the Mind