The Union of Concerned Scientists has kicked off voting for its second annual "Science Idol" editorial cartoon contest. You can view all 12 finalists and cast your vote for the winner. Everyone who votes will have the chance to win limited edition T-shirts plus copies of the 2008 UCS scientific integrity calendar.
The cartoon contest highlights the continuing problem of political interference in federal science regarding everything from global warming to public health. 2007 UCS Science Idol winner James McLeod, along with Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau, Washington Post cartoonist Tom Toles and Speed Bump artist Dave Coverly, helped choose the finalists, whose drawings will appear in the 2008 UCS scientific integrity calendar.