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Not So Bad...

Going over the so-called fiscal cliff isn't necessarily a bad thing for science, argues Colin Macilwain at Nature. Sequestration — which includes sharp budget cuts across the US budget — will be reached at the end of the year if lawmakers do not come to an agreement on a new budget.

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