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Book Review: Are Liberals Anti-Science?

Sixty-eight percent of Republicans do not believe in evolution. Only 11 percent of Tea Party supporters think climate change is real. But according to Alex Berezow and Hank Campbell, authors of Science Left Behind: Feel-Good Fallacies and the Rise of the Anti-Scientific Left, progressives are the real science deniers. Progressive opposition to genetically modified foods, …

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Little Fish, Long Wait: Where we Stand on Menhaden Conservation


In an historic vote in November 2011, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) decided to reduce the allowable harvest of Atlantic menhaden by as much as 37 percent from 2010 levels. This is the most significant management action ever taken for Atlantic menhaden, and has been lauded as a “science-based” decision that will leave …

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Demand Funding for the Office of Technology Assessment: Science Denial has Gone Too Far!


Science and technology inform nearly every aspect of modern life, pioneering innovation, creating jobs, and often contributing substantially to improvements in quality of life for Americans. But the pace of development and the gravity of many of these technologies (nuclear weapons, nanotechnology, and the internet, to name a few), has left government scrambling to keep …

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How Congress Lost its Science Advisors — and what that means

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In 2010, geneticist J. Craig Venter created the first synthetic life form, a genome based on an existing bacterium. The field of synthetic biology raises a host of scientific questions — from potential applications in medicine, agricultural production, and renewable energy to the possibility that synthetic organisms could be used for bio-warfare. Many of these …

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