A group of well-known scientists, science writers and politicians is calling for a public debate in which the U.S. presidential candidates share their views on the environment, medicine, health and other important issues of science and technology policy. More than 40 science bloggers climbed aboard the debate train in the first 24 hours.

Among the issues that could be debated are some of the hottest topics of the day, ranging from climate change to stem cell research. Want to join the political party? Go to The petition is also circulating on Facebook. —Dawn Stover