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Archives for September, 2008

The Candidates On Oil Drilling

On September 25th, Nature magazine published ‘Choosing A Future,’ telling us more about where each presidential candidate stands on science related topics. And despite the humorous and uncanny similarities of the front and back covers, this is a very serious issue because it outlines some differences in the candidates’ strategies. Not surprisingly, of particular interest…

McCain: Wrong on bears.

It is a shame when a perfectly good research project gets picked up by a vote grubbing elected official to use in a derogatory way in a sound bite. It is embarrassing when we are talking about the presidential election and the candidate is incapable of hitting his mark properly … mispronouncing the term “paternity.”

Obama’s malaria plan

Obama announced last week plans to end deaths from malaria by 2015. I have an analysis of his plan here at Aetiology.

Linux.com on the candidates

Linux Dot Com has a piece comparing Obama and McCain. Here. This will be important to anyone with an interest in Open Source technology, the intertubes, all that stuff.

Live blogging the debate

2100 hrs This is a bit of an experiment for me. First, I haven’t done a lot of live blogging. Second, I don’t know whether science will play any part in tonight’s debate. 2102 Lehrer is introducing. Looks like McCain showed up… Lehrer: quoting Eisenhower, re military and econ strength. Obama: poised, confident. Acknowledges poor…

Questions for the debate

FYI for everyone. John McCain has recanted his offer not to campaign and postpone the debate tonight. In other words, GAME ON! Tonight’s debate is going to focus on foreign policy and national security. Will they discuss some of the big issues that never get discussed in the foreign policy debates. Here are some questions…

This is big news for science. Yesterday, the Obama campaign released their most detailed plan to date for how he will manage US government science and science policy. The 11 page plan (pdf) is a significant improvement on the previous “fact sheet” that they had up, which was severely lacking in detail. Somehow this story…

If you live in the Boston area: Symposium: Science and the Presidential Election September 30, 2008 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School Confirmed Speakers:

Election Coverage in Nature

Umm … Seriously, the latest issue of Nature has a special section on the US presidential election, including another Q&A with the candidates: Barack Obama accepted Nature’s invitation to answer 18 science-related questions in writing; John McCain’s campaign declined. Obama’s answers to many of the questions are printed here; answers to additional questions (on topics…

A group of 61 Nobel Laureates have gotten together to endorse Barack Obama for President. Their letter and the signatories are below. This is the largest number of Nobel Laureates to ever endorse a candidate for office, more than endorsed either Gore or Kerry. (Kerry had 48 total.) That is a remarkable statement. Here is…