More and more Americans are going without science in their lives. Or so they think.

A new article in The Nation discusses how science coverage is gradually disappearing from newspapers.

That would be, well, acceptable if science didn’t actually impact people’s lives whether they read about it or not. Thing is, most of the major issues that are part of our lives, and will be—epidemics, global warming, technology, terrorism and anti-terrorism—require science to understand and to make informed decisions about.

So it’s a problem that Americans aren’t getting, and in large part don’t seem to really want, the information needed to make those decisions.