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In the UK, members of parliament are kept aware of what's going on in science through several channels, the most prominent being the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, says The Guardian's Adam Smith. POST gives MPs briefings on a wide range of topics, and holds seminars for them, in collaboration with scientists and industry. Though they are not perfect, these POSTnotes, as they are called, are a good resource for politicians, Smith says.

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