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The Top Six Science Marketing Hits of 2012

Marc Kuchner | Nature | Dec 26, 2012

#4 Science Debate 2012

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Le Scienze | Nov 16, 2012

IVF, OGM, energy policy, homeland security and more. A group of journalists, bloggers, researchers and citizens are calling for candidates in the primaries to declare their firm position on six central questions of politics and science

Scientists Hope Obama Continues Support for Basic Research

Kenneth Change | New York Times | Nov 13, 2012

David Baltimore, a biology professor and former president of the California Institute of Technology — and another Nobel laureate who signed the Obama endorsement — said he hoped that the president in his second term would “have the political space to take on climate change.”

Post-Election Roundup: The Road Ahead

David Brin | Tomorrow Happens | Nov 09, 2012

Science, the central enemy of Culture War, stood up for itself in several ways during the election.

How Did Science, Medicine, and the Environment Do in the Elections?

Laura Helmuth | Slate | Nov 08, 2012

Your House of Representatives now has twice as many physicists.

U.S. House Science Committee Set For Big Turnover

David Malakoff | Science | Nov 07, 2012

Ten current members of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology have been defeated in this year's elections or are retiring.

Science may benefit from election despite fiscal cliff

Peter Aldhous | New Scientist | Nov 07, 2012

As the dust settles on bitterly contested US elections, can the nation's political leaders now move past the gridlock that has plagued the government since the Congressional elections of 2010?

It’s Obama—Now What?

Alden Meyer | Union of Concerned Scientists | Nov 07, 2012

Now comes the hard part: how to move forward in a polarized political environment where the two major parties don’t agree on the overall role of government, on most policies, and all too often, not even on the facts.

Dear President Obama: Congratulations! But We Need To Talk.

The Editors | Popular Science | Nov 07, 2012

An open letter from PopSci to President Obama about science and the future

How Obama can seal his climate change legacy

Peter Aldhous | New Scientist | Nov 07, 2012

US VOTERS have delivered their verdict, handing Barack Obama four more years as president. But how will history judge his performance on climate change – which barely got a look-in during the campaign, but may later come to be seen as the defining issue of our era?

In Which I Actually Get a Democrat and Republican to Debate Climate Change

Chris Mooney | | Nov 05, 2012

There are only so many things you can do, prior to an election, to make a difference. My cardinal contribution, I think, was captured right here.

Election Guide: Obama And Romney Say Little About Water Issues, But Important Decisions Await Voters

Brett Walton | ThinkProgress | Nov 05, 2012

The two candidates responded to questions about water, food, energy, climate change, and 10 other science-based categories posed by the nonprofit organization

Political science

Karen Kaplan | Los Angeles Times | Nov 05, 2012

With the economy struggling and tensions flaring in the Middle East, discussion of science policy has taken a back seat in the presidential campaign. But a group of voters concerned about the state of American science has solicited the opinions of both candidates on a variety of issues related to research, technology, energy and the environment.

The Science Debate

Razi Safi | Washington University Political Review | Nov 04, 2012

Both President Obama and Governor Romney answered questions provided by The debate provided a platform for both campaigns to raise arguments related to science that are rarely hit on in campaigns. Again, we fact check the candidates’ promises.

Why we need a televised science debate

Vikram Singh | Golden Gate Xpress | Nov 04, 2012

Hurricane Sandy reminds us that global warming is not a topic to be swept under the rug. A televised science debate would force national discourse on topics like climate change and clean energy.

WATCH: In Sandy's Wake, an Election Debate About Science and Climate

Chris Mooney | Mother Jones | Nov 03, 2012

Climate Desk Live and present the seemingly impossible: A Democrat and Republican having an actual conversation about climate.

Where Obama and Romney Stand on Life Sciences

Meredith Salisbury | Techonomy | Nov 02, 2012

Where do the candidates stand on another matter critical to innovation in our country and the future of healthcare: life sciences?

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