Barack Obama's achievement of the American presidency is significant for an endless litany of reasons, but here's a few more.

The lives that will be saved due to his support of stem cell research. All those ideological, anti-science Bush cronies that are going to be booted off scientific advisory boards. The as-yet-unknown discoveries that will come from his promised investments in basic science research. The school kids that are going to get a huge boost in STEM education. No more wildly upsetting dismissals of science in policy speeches. No more censorship of climate change research. A new, demure space policy that encourages international cooperation. The restoration of the Presidential Science Advisor. The appointment of a Chief Technology Officer. Someone in the White House who knows what net neutrality means. The end of the war on science.

Learn more about President-Elect Barack Obama's plan for science here.

And welcome to the future.

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