NASA instructed its staff to stop cooperating with the Russian Federal Space Agency. The agency claims this is a choice between funding Russia or developing our own rockets, but astronaut Ron Garan disagrees. In his view, we shouldn't be bringing political conflict into orbit.
I've seen some surreal moments in our nation's capitol, but few can compare to watching Republican members of Congress lecture John Holdren last week on the meaning of "science." Here are some highlights.
In what may be the first of its kind, a proposed bill in Missouri would require that parents be notified when evolution is being taught to their children at school. They could then pull them from the class. Critics say the bill would "eviscerate" the teaching of biology.
If you look back in U.S. history, you'll discover something profound. The presidents who did the most for science are evenly distributed between Democrats and Republicans. This isn't a partisan issue. But which of these presidents did the most to advance the cause of scientific discovery?