Science will be taken more seriously with Barack Obama in the White House

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Midway through his inauguration speech Tuesday, President Barack Obama said “we will restore science to its rightful place …” It was his only mention of science, but the message was welcomed by those who have devoted their lives to research and innovation.

Science took a beating during the Bush administration. If a finding didn’t match the administration’s political and ideological dogma, it got tossed aside, as was the case on issues dealing with the environment, nuclear technology and biomedical research.

In 2004 more than 60 prominent scientists, including 20 Nobel laureates, criticized the Bush administration. They released a statement in which they said: “When scientific knowledge has been found to be in conflict with its political goals, the administration has often manipulated the process through which science enters into its decisions.”

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