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Election 2008

Some of you may have already seen it, but I would encourage to have a look at the excellent special news section on the 2008 US election that my colleagues Roxanne Khamsi, Coco Ballantyne and Charlotte Schubert put together for our October issue. It’s great stuff and a perfect complement to the related special that Nature published several weeks ago.

Also, thanks to those of you who have made positive remarks on the cover of the issue. For our readers beyond the US who may not care about US politics, the elephant and the donkey are the symbols of the Republican and the Democratic parties, respectively.

The cover was created by David Parkins, an excellent cartoonist who impressed me not only because of the quality of his work, but also because of his creativity and speed. To give you an idea, below are a couple of additional ideas we entertained for the cover. He mocked up this drafts incredibly quickly and, for those ideas we put forward to him, he was able to understand them immediately and put it down on paper. Enjoy!


Republicans and Democrats running away from an angry mob of scientists.


Republicans and Democrats searching the right formula to support science.


Republicans and Democrats sleeping, oblivious to the scientists’ demands.


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