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Ban Ki-moon, the secretary general of the United Nations, told the Planet Under Pressure Conference in London that he is recommending that the UN have a chief scientific advisor or a scientific board, reports the Nature News Blog. The conference focused on sustainable global development. "Policy-makers often fail to turn to scientists for advice, or discount it too easily owing to electoral or other political considerations," he said.

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The Los Angeles Times reports that experts say Moderna's investigational COVID-19 vaccine results seem to be a step in the right direction, but that more testing is needed.

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