Obama Wins; Science Rejoices

By Melissa Lafsky | November 5, 2008 12:32 pm

The new president-elect promises to usher in a “new era of scientific innovation” (of course, exactly how much funding that will entail/receive remains to be seen).

Alternative-energy industries, shrug off your wounds—there may yet be hope on the horizon.

Stem cell researchers, re-start your engines.

Another huge winner last night: The Internet.

Also consider it a huge win for academia: The president-elect, his vice president, and both their spouses have all worked in higher education.

The Senate and the House didn’t do so badly either.

And we hate to do this, but here’s the bad news.

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    And just in case wills begin to waver, http://2020science.org has a list of essential bed-time reading for the next administration which, while rather unconventional, might help reinforce the receptive and innovative thinking on science policy that has characterized Obama’s campaign:

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