Presidential Pledges (Physics World Link)

Leaders who fail to act in accordance with robust and informed science, and instead act in a gut-based, ideological way, are behaving in an authoritarian manner against the wishes of the US’s founding fathers, who viewed knowledge as key to democracy.  Politicians who fail to take science seriously are a threat to the country. Here’s a way to help voters spot them and prevent them from being elected (January 2012).

Pyramid Metrology (Physics World Link)

I find echoes of modern anti-reform movements in a bizarre 19th-century anti-metric effort that sought to base a measurement system on Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza (January 2011).