Today I visited the Marian Koshland Science Museum, which is the museum associated with the National Academy of Science. The $5 admission was well worth it - a very new, interactive, informative museum that limited itself to two (big) topics with the underlying theme of science informing policy. The museum itself is one floor and the two exhibits were on climate change and infectious diseases. The interesting twist was the policy angle, which is I suppose the role of the National Academy of Science. For example, the climate change exhibit featured historical and scientific data showing a warming planet but the text itself was non-committal, only saying that the "human factor" became much more prominent over the last century. The infectious disease exhibit had two short films in HIV, which did not shy away from showing condom distributions. Probably not too shocking for the tweens sitting behind me if they watch TV regularly.
Regardless, let's blame Bessy the cow for the melting polar ice caps.