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  • Baltimore City Paper

For Science

The folks at

didn't get their wish this year--a presidential debate focused on the candidates' scientific policies-even though a poll commissioned by the group indicated that 85 percent of Americans wanted to see it. Science Debate, which is sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine and others, and supported by a host of Universities and organizations, did manage to get the two major candidates' responses to 14 questions on topics like global warming, genetic research, and space exploration. It may not change many votes at this point--no one mentions robot armies or jet packs--but at least it gets past mavericks, change and Joe the Plumber, and touches on some things that actually matter.

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The 14 questions, and each candidate's answers, can be found

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