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The presidential candidates on science

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9:06am, September 17, 2008

Developing an economic competitiveness strategy or climate-change-mitigation policy will inevitably challenge whoever wins in November, points out Shawn Lawrence Otto. It would be nice, he suggests, to know that the chief executive had done his homework.

A Minnesota-based screenwriter, known for the movie House of Sand and Fog, Otto is also a founding organizer of a movement to put science and technology front and center by petitioning both major national parties to engage in dedicated science debates. The American Association for the Advancement of Science joined this call in January, as have over 37,000 other backers (among them Elizabeth Marincola, publisher of Science News) and representatives of 200-plus universities and research organizations. The signatory organizations represent more than 125 million people, Otto says.

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