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Dusting off Science

As President-elect Obama fills out his cabinet positions, people in the sciences are wondering just when he will name a science advisor. To increase the status of the position, Chris Mooney says at the online publication Science Progress that the advisor should be named soon, and announced as prominently as the other cabinet-level positions have been.

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