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In the latest issue of Science, an article on grass-roots efforts by scientists in the last weeks before the election brought up a startling point, that there have been a lot of letters to the Editor and OpEds published in newspapers either endorsing Obama or pointing out the errors of the McCain campaign rhetoric on…

An Overhead Projector I was recently contacted by Glen Gould, a reader who is also a relative regarding the repeated mention by Republican Candidate John McCain of the “Overhead Projector” earmark for a planetarium in Chicago. Glen, together with my sister, Bunny Laden, are very serious amateur astronomers. For instance, when Bunny and Glen bought…

Economical Numbers and the Bailout

Richard Feynman once said of large numbers that “astronomical” was no longer the best adjective. “Economical” was. There are more dollars in the national debt than there are miles in a lightyear. Today we’re getting a some exposure to one of those numbers: $700 billion. It’s the size of the bailout of the various failing…

Does Science Matter in this Election?

Welcome to Seed’s latest blog, Vote for Science. Seed set this blog up to cover science, science policy, and science politics relevant to the November election. The current plan is that the blog will run only until the election. Maybe it will continue. We shall see. I have been told I am a “guest blogger,”…