Everything's not lost: America's youth are living healthier lifestyles

Close to 100 million Americans are obese, making the U.S. the fattest country in the developed world. But while the AMA recently declared obesity a disease, the country's youth actually appear to be eating better and exercising more, according to a report published today in the journal Pediatrics. » 9/16/13 10:20am 9/16/13 10:20am

How to Argue About Research You Don't Like: A Flowchart

Via WaPo's Wonkblog comes the definitive guide to critiquing research findings that rub you the wrong way. And while this chart refers more specifically to studies on things like health and budget policy, it works surprisingly well for scientific studies, as well. » 9/12/13 12:40pm 9/12/13 12:40pm

FINALLY: Obesity rates among America's impoverished children are…

Some not-so-surprising facts and figures on fat and figures: Americans are fat. According to data released earlier this year by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, America is the fattest country in the developed world; and tragically, it's kids who bear much of obesity's burden. » 12/26/12 7:30am 12/26/12 7:30am

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

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

Scholarly conference to deal with the legal status of robots

Lawyers and policy wonks with a futurist bent are advised to take note. The University of Miami School of Law is organizing a conference called "We Robot: Inaugural Conference on Legal and Policy Issues Relating to Robotics." They're seeking scholars, lawyers, and roboticists who want to discuss a topic that will… » 12/21/11 6:30am 12/21/11 6:30am

Obama Promises National Tech Officer and a Space Advisor to the…

Want to know what presidential candidate Barack Obama will do to make the U.S. a great nation for science again? Among other changes, he promises to create a position of "chief technology officer" for the country, and to recreate a space advisory council that reports directly to the president. In addition, he claims the… » 9/03/08 7:00am 9/03/08 7:00am

io9's Official Spoiler Policy

There's no doubt that io9 needed a spoiler policy. So, we surveyed over 1000 readers about their opinions. Then people debated it in comments, and meanwhile offline I was arguing with Charlie about it. Although Charlie writes the "morning spoiler" roundup, she is very strict in her no-spoiler-without-warning policy. I… » 1/21/08 12:30pm 1/21/08 12:30pm