Museums are rethinking who they are, their core competencies, and importantly, what they can do to partner with schools, libraries and others to ensure American kids have the thinking skill the 21st century demands.
When was the last time you saw a science special in primetime? When was the last time you heard rock stars speaking passionately about the value of science, engineering and technology? If you had to think long and hard, you're not alone.
Rick Perry could be an effective leader. He is able to cause people to rally behind him. But it is incumbent on the president of the United States to make decisions based on evidence. Sticking to a personal ideology when it is contradicted by evidence is a dangerous.
The government funds a lot of weird and wacky research, something politicians occasionally point out. How's a scientist to respond? "Crazy-ridiculous" is expected in a functioning scientific community.