Articles and Election News!!!

Posted: November 11, 2012 in Ethics, Events, Policy, Religion, Science

“The race to become the next head of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology (SST) is heating up. Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) today issued a statement confirming that he wants the job. “I intend to be a chairman who exemplifies the Republican philosophy that science, technology and innovation offer a pathway to a better, more prosperous future, and solve problems that bureaucracy and rampant government spending cannot,” he wrote.”

“California voters have rejected Proposition 37, which called for the mandatory labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods. With about 98.5% of the vote counted, the measure was losing 53% to 47%. Prop 37 garnered a great deal of attention and campaign money after it was introduced this past April. The initiative’s opponents, including agribusiness firms, raised $45.8 million; its supporters $8.4 million.”

“It’s a good 130 years too late to answer that question empirically, but at least symbolically Charles Darwin has won support from more than 4000 voters in the 10th congressional district of Georgia, thanks to an initiative headed by James Leebens-Mack, a plant biologist at the University of Georgia in Athens.”

“Bill McKibben plans to travel the country in a sustainable-fuel bus, asking public institutions to divest portfolios of dirty energy holdings — and encourage more civil disobedience against those companies.”

“Information collected and disseminated by government science agencies plays a critical role in predicting where storms will go and how severe they will be.The government also plays an important role in providing this information to the public.”

“As more and more people get large-scale sequencing as part of clinical care and research, the genetics community is struggling to define what to tell people about their own genomes. At the meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics, Holly Tabor at Seattle Children’s Hospital described an emerging approach to help people decide what results from their sequencing data they want to see and when.”



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