We spoke to candidates with science backgrounds from across the political spectrum
His rulings in six previous cases can give us some idea.
Facts aren't political
Rationally speaking, it would be bad for people and bad for science
It's a no-brainer: The government should be spending money on science that nobody else wants to fund.
As the first potentially deadly hurricane of the season nears the Gulf Coast, government employees are working around the clock to monitor it and issue warnings. And they're doing it for free, because of the government shutdown.
In the event of an earthquake, contact... someone else.
"If this stoppage is protracted, the start of the BRAIN project in 2014 will definitely be at risk."
For the first time since the 1970s, researchers are being allowed to study the potential medical properties of the most tightly controlled substances around. But it's not easy.
A bureaucracy built for oil and gas leasing punishes the most efficient technology
South Korean government sites are also struck. Was North Korea to blame?
* that's a big, fat "might"
Two desktop-printer engineers quit their jobs to search for the ultimate source of endless energy: nuclear fusion. Could this highly improbable enterprise actually succeed?
During a week of attempting to cloak every aspect of daily life, our correspondent found that in an information age, leaving no trace is nearly impossible
Western architects have grand plans for helping China solve its expanding environmental crisis. But the world's dirtiest country already has the power to clean up all on its own
Why I think I'm on the government's watch list
Biological threats provide fertile plot material for books, movies and videogames
Who really stole the secret of the atom bomb? In this PopSci.com exclusive, the producer of the NOVA special tells us what it was like to be involved with this project.