Lawmakers in the US Senate and House of Representatives dropped the bid to prevent the US military from being able to develop or buy biofuels, ScienceInsider reports. The program had drawn criticisms from some politicians for being too expensive. Some advanced biofuels, ScienceInsider notes, cost the military up to $26 per gallon.

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The US National Science Foundation's new sexual harassment policy is to go into effect next month, according to Nature News.

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