Obama to take first step toward building Skynet

The Obama administration wants to jumpstart brain research in an ambitious collaborative enterprise that's already being called the Human Genome Project of Neuroscience. The decade-long endeavor will explore the inner workings of the human mind and work toward charting a map of its activity. According to the NYT, the… » 2/18/13 12:20pm 2/18/13 12:20pm

This is the most accurate American election map we've seen yet

There are no red states or blue states. There are purple states. Mauve states. Violet states. You've probably seen maps that depict America's blended political landscape before ("we are not that divided" writes Jesus Diaz over at Gizmodo), but odds are you've never seen one quite like this. It was created by… » 11/14/12 8:41am 11/14/12 8:41am

Will Obama's second term free him to take bold action on climate change?

The election results indicate it's a win for Obama — but is it a win for climate science? Maybe. Will it be a more central piece of an Obama presidency than a Romney one? Most definitely. Romney's willingness to mock sea level rise (here's the soundbite, in case you somehow missed it being played on repeat in the… » 11/07/12 8:00am 11/07/12 8:00am

Read Obama and Romney's answers to the country's top science questions

Where do the two men who would be President stand on crucial questions about science? Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have released their answers to a series of incisive, science-themed questions assembled by ScienceDebate. » 9/05/12 4:00pm 9/05/12 4:00pm

Why Romney and Obama's Written Science Answers Aren't Enough

Romney and Obama have agreed to answer questions on science and science policy, but it's a bittersweet victory. A few weeks ago we told you about ScienceDebate, an independent citizens' initiative devoted to having Obama and Romney face off over fourteen questions about science in a publicly televised debate. Now,… » 8/30/12 11:00am 8/30/12 11:00am

If President Obama could choose a superpower, what would he choose?

Nearly everyone has asked themselves the question at some point: If I could have one superpower, which one would I choose? Flight? Invisibility? Superstrength? Telekinesis? But what about our current Commander-in-Chief? Would he select a superpower that would help him in his current political office, or something that… » 8/18/12 7:30am 8/18/12 7:30am

It's time to bring science to the fore of political discourse by having …

If you want to see Obama and Romney devote time to addressing important questions about science and science policy in a publicly televised debate, you're going to have to fight for it. Back in 2008, an independent citizens' initiative, known simply as "ScienceDebate," pushed to have 14 such questions addressed in a… » 7/20/12 11:06am 7/20/12 11:06am

If this video doesn't make your heart swell, there's a decent chance you …

Here comes your daily dose of optimism. Filmmaker Michael Marantz has just released The Future is Ours, a rousing two-minute tribute to the people and companies pushing humanity forward. Full screen, HD, headphones if you've got 'em. Fair warning: this will, at a minimum, give you chills — but don't be surprised if… » 6/26/12 11:20am 6/26/12 11:20am

Will We Ever Send Another American Into Space?

Today in Florida, President Obama will announce his new goals for the NASA space program. Robots will go to space instead of humans. And Americans may never walk on the Moon again. But is that a bad thing? » 4/15/10 11:20am 4/15/10 11:20am