Politics, Information Technology, and Genomics

The horse race

Now that we are three weeks away from the election, the polls are actually worth looking at (that is, of course, if you are interested in that sort of thing). The Gallup Daily Tracking Poll is updated daily at about 1 p.m. EDT. NPR and CNN have interactive maps with the current state of the Electoral College. If you are more interested in multiple polls being mashed together into some unholy algorithm to produce a... Full Post

Politics of personality

If lately you have been asking yourself, "Just who is Barack Obama?" or, for that matter, "Who is John McCain?", you have an excellent opportunity to find out. Tonight, Frontline is airing their quadrennial, in-depth look at the major party presidential candidates in their special The Choice 2008. You can watch it in its entirety (two hours) below. Also, don't forget that the final debate is tomorrow night. You can also download the show for... Full Post

Francis Collins endorses Obama

Francis Collins, former director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, has written an op-ed in The Virginian-Pilot endorsing Sen. Obama for President of the United States. Apparently The Virginian-Pilot does not post the text of guest opinions on their web site, but you can read the entire piece by clicking the image below. For the impatient, Francis Collins begins by discussing the importance of scientific research to the growth of our economy. Establishing that,... Full Post

Campaign like it's 1908

ScienceNews has a piece on the first presidential campaign where sound recordings of the candidates were available for people to purchase and listen to in their homes. The recordings were on wax cylinders. You can listen to the recordings at the link above. Full Post


Registration deadlines in all states are coming up fast. So if you are not currently registered, find out where you can register and do it. Oh, and watch the Vice Presidential debate tonight, it's being held right here at Washington University in St. Louis. Full Post