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SEA has put together a list of state ballot measures that involved science including info on what the end result was. The list can be found here and below. It was particularly interesting that Colorado rejected an amendment to the state constitution that defined “the moment in which an egg becomes an established “person.”” Also…

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.”

Here we are going to look at the best available figures for offshore drilling, specifically the areas that are currently off-limits. That’s what the current political fight is about. First, how much oil we consume and how much we “produce”: The bottom line is that we consume a heck-of-a-lot more oil than we prodce, about…

tags: socialized medicine, uninsured Americans, health care policy, election2008, politics I have a confession to make: I am an American who has no health insurance, and I have been so ever since my postdoctoral funding ended four years ago. But I am not alone: according to the most recently available statistics, somewhere between 45-47 million…

Governmental funding of science is fundamentally important to our economic future. First let’s look at funding for the National Institutes of Health, the main source of money for biomedical research in the US: Joseph j7uy5 @ Corpus Callosum points out: I can’t help but notice that the funding leveled off the same year that the…

Friday Trivia from SEA

Here is your Friday Trivia question brought to you by Scientists and Engineers for America. Question: What percent of new R&D sites planned for construction in the next 3 years will be built in China or India? A. 38% B. 54% C. 68% D. 77% Click HERE for the answer.

How Palin’s Policies Will Promote Terrorism

Strictly speaking, McCain’s and Palin’s policies, but Palin’s got the alliteration thing going there. Plus, let’s face it, she’s just more interesting. In an earlier post, I wrote about how Palin presents an un-scary, Nice Feminist face to the average voter, which facilitates the sense that one is being all progressive and modern and supportive…

Once upon a time, one of America’s greatest strengths was its ability to lead. Citizen from other nations looked up to the US as a model. In WWII soldiers would give up to the US on purpose, because they knew that they would be treated fairly. How do I know this? My grandfather who fought…

Back when I lived in Canada, health insurance was never a worry. Sure you might have to wait a bit before you got it, but you could always count on being seen by a doctor when ever something is wrong. If you wanted you could have purchased additional health insurance that pays for upgrades, but…

Again here’s a simple graph that says it all. And they say that Democrats are fiscally irresponsible.