The entry on Hot & Not now has more comments than my Women in Physics entry! Benn, who runs a center at AAAS, and who was a fellow in congressional Rep. Markey's office for a year, tells me he would be happy to answer more questions posted to him in that entry or this one. If you don't normally read the comments you should on that post. Otherwise you'll miss gem's like:
have a nano-tech "geek" build a monster truck on TV while fitting in basic research plugins
It would be a tragic thing if our scientific experts got backed into a political corner to the extent that they were afraid to speak up when policy based on bad science is being promoted.