From a message just received from the Union of Concerned Scientists/Citizens and Scientists for Environmental Solutions:

“A joke is a very serious thing.” These words, spoken by 18th century British poet Charles Churchill, still ring true today.

That’s why we again asked 12 talented artists to create editorial cartoons that poke fun at the not-so-humorous issue of political interference in science. View the cartoons and vote for your favorite here.

The cartoons will be published in the 2012 Scientific Integrity Calendar, which will highlight the ways that special interests manipulate, distort, and suppress the science used to make policy and undermine the public’s understanding of scientific issues—often with disastrous consequences for our health, safety, and environment.

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