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In Indonesia, a Worrying Silence on Climate Change

Resilient coral. A colony of table coral that broke down, recovered and is now growing into other direction.

Dive into the limpid waters off Indonesia’s resort island of Bali and you’ll spot the beginnings of an environmental success story. Older reefs are recovering from the devastating coral bleaching of 1998 and 2009. New corals are now taking hold. On shore, local fishermen also see improvement. There are, at long last, more and bigger [...]

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Election: China Plays Big Role in Rare Earths, Too

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With just over a week left in this year’s presidential election, all eyes are focused on Ohio, Florida and a few other battleground states. Many of the themes that kept cropping up in this year’s live debates–China, the economy  and regulation–can also be found in the next-to-last of the 14 ScienceDebate questions, on the rare [...]

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Town Hall: Obama and Romney Talked about Science (a Little)

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If you blinked you missed the fact that President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney dealt with a few science issues in the Town Hall debate this week at Hofstra University. So, for a change of pace from our ongoing weekly look at one of  ScienceDebate.org’s 14 questions about the “Top American Science Questions,” I’ve [...]

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Voters Should Pay More Attention to Freshwater Issues

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We have passed the halfway point in our weekly examination of the 14 top science questions that President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney need to address as part of their quests to lead the United States for the next four years. Question #8 tackles increasing concerns about the health of the U.S. freshwater supply. [...]

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Food Safety: Romney and Obama Focus on Different Solutions

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We now have responses to the Top Science Questions facing the US from Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama. So I thought I’d look at some of the specifics in their answers to the next question in our weekly list–number 7, on agriculture and food safety. (For this election-year project, Scientific American partnered with [...]

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Will the Candidates Tell Us about Their Policies on Pandemics and Biosecurity?

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A new strain of H3N2 influenza virus transmitted from pigs to humans has caused U.S. patient cases to spike in the past two weeks. During the same time period, an Ebola virus outbreak in Uganda killed at least 14 people. Both these outbreaks are demanding cooperation among scientists and political leaders. Back in 2009, the [...]

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Who Should Fund Scientific Research? How Much?

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Money and politics go together like sodium and chloride–an important element (in the non-chemical sense of the term) of life that can also be corrosive and deadly. The third question in Sciencedebate.org’s list of top 14 science questions that President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney should address this election year has to [...]

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Senators Fiddle While Deep Ocean Temperatures Rise

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The latest evidence that average temperatures are increasing around the globe comes from the deepest parts of the ocean, Dr. James McCarthy of Harvard University told a Senate committee hearing on climate change on Wednesday. (His ten-minute testimony begins just after the 126 minute mark and is well worth a listen.)  As it happens, what [...]

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Advances in Science Drive Economic Growth

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A quest to get more discussion about science and scientific issues in the run-up to this year’s presidential election in the U.S, is starting to get noticed. NPR’s Ira Flatow will be talking about science and the elections with political analyst David Gergen, author Shawn Lawrence Otto and physicist Michael Lubell in the first hour [...]

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What Do Obama and Romney Know about Science? And Why It Matters

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Scientific American is partnering with the folks at ScienceDebate.org and more than a dozen leading science and engineering organizations to try to inject more discussion about critical science issues into the U.S. presidential election campaign this year. As part of that effort, we will be asking the two main presidential candidates—Barack Obama and Mitt Romney—to [...]

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How Elections Are Decided: Who Would You Choose as Captain of Your Boat?

The 1960 Presidential election, in which Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts squared off against Vice President Richard Nixon, would usher in a new era in Presidential politics, thanks to the growing prevalence of television ownership. The so-called “Great Debates” – four of them – would be the first ever televised Presidential debates, and some [...]

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