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Science blogger at the New York Times, Andrew C. Revkin, has some great questions that he is going to ask Barack Obama's science and environmental policy team. Obama has promised to keep governmental politics out of research and increase funding for scientific study as well. Revkin's questions, accumulated from the community of Times readers, put's the new president's science team on the spot about how they will actually do this. Check out the list of questions. What science questions would you ask Obama?


Race and sex in an election.

Race vs Sex: Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton
Race vs Sex: Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton

What effect will skin color, or being female, have on the next presidential election? Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton announced yesterday her intent to become the first female president. This announcement comes just days after Sen. Barack Obama announced his bid to become the first black president. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who would be the first Hispanic president, intends to announce his plans today.

What do you think?

Has America come far enough that racial predjudice or sexism will not effect who will win in an election against a white male? Use our comments box to tell us what you think. You might also comment about the effects that attractiveness, obesity, religion, or money might have.


Connections between politics and science were clear during the State of the Union address on January 31, when President George W. Bush outlined his priorities for the nation. "We see great changes in science and commerce that will influence all our lives," Bush said, expecting the United States to "lead in oppportunity and innovation for decades to come."

Here are some of the scientific objectives the President discussed:

  • Increased science and math education—to make the United States a leader in nanotechnology, supercomputing, and the development of alternative energy sources.
  • An end to the spread of the HIV-virus, and assistance internationally to people with HIV/AIDS or Malaria.
  • Ethical regulations in science and medicine (specifically in the area of human cloning).